Jérôme Sessini has little time for convention. The Canon Ambassador's documentary work has taken him to Iraq, Mexico, Ukraine, Haiti and Lebanon, covering major conflicts, but he eschews the label of ‘war photographer’. “I prefer to define myself as a storyteller,” says the Magnum photographer.
Jérôme’s two series of photographs taken in Ukraine won him first and second prize in the Spot News Stories category of the 2015 World Press Photo Contest. His winning series, Crime Without Punishment, examined the devastating wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. The scenes were a test of emotional fortitude in even the most seasoned journalists.