LONDON (AP) — Associated Press journalist Mstyslav Chernov has been named camera operator of the year at the Royal Television Society awards in London.
Chernov, based in Ukraine, has covered the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, the aftermath of the deadly terror attacks in Paris in November and Europe's refugee crisis. He picked up Wednesday's prize after being honored at last year's awards in the young talent of the year category.
Organizers said Chernov, 30, had an "exceptional eye for detail," adding that his work captured emotion and conveyed "the fear and sometimes panic that was at the heart of so many news events last year."
"Mstyslav is an extraordinary talent — a photographer who, two years ago, had barely picked up a video camera," said Sandy MacIntyre, AP's Vice President and Director of Global Video. "Now he is camera operator of the year in a category that has the cream of the profession to choose from. This on top of 12 months ago winning RTS young talent of the year, for his work in Ukraine is without equal."
The RTS awards are globally recognized honors, principally in broadcast news. The AP was nominated in two other categories: breaking news during the deadly Paris attacks and young talent of the year.