Cameraman captures famine horror
CONFRONTING the unbelievable horrors of famine in Africa was no easy task for award-winning Maryborough cameraman Deon Davies.
The Ten Network cameramen was recently awarded a highly coveted Clarions Award for his work in the poverty-stricken nation, an accomplishment which Mr Davies said would help him to continue to film the unimaginable truths hidden around the world.
Mr Davies was the first person to receive the John Bean Memorial Award for Television Camerawork, for his work on the plight of thousands of refugees in Africa.
Viewing scenes of death, destruction and famine wasn't easy for the cameraman, who said they were among some of the most disturbing images he'd seen in his 23 years working in news production.
"I've done work around the world, I covered the terrorist attacks in India and I've visited a lot of Third World countries," Mr Davies said.
"Working in Africa was definitely one of the more confronting tasks I've been assigned too."
Mr Davies said he spent five days in Africa, and shot footage for the 6.30 Report with George Negus for about three days.
"We spent a lot of time travelling around with Oxfam seeing their work - it was really incredible," he said.
"There were entire cities made out of tents, with hundreds of thousands of people living in them.
"All of the communities relied solely on the work of Oxfam for water as well, so it was amazing to see the impact they had."
Receiving the John Bean Memorial Clarion Award was an honour, Mr Davies said, as it was named after a cameraman he knew well.
"John and I were actually nominated for the same award once," he said.
"He won, so it was humbling to have the Clarion Award which was dedicated to his work."
Mr Davies said he planned to keep working as a cameraman for as long as he could.