Fighting back in Sinjar

PhotographerTracey Shelton
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryCraigieburn, Australia
Photo DateJanuary 2015
Entry Description

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters battle with Islamic State militants on the Sinjar frontline in Northern Iraq. Many Yazidi men joined the Kurdish armed forces after the Islamic State overran this Iraqi minority groups homeland executing thousands of men and kidnapping around 5,000 Yazidi women and girls to be used as sex slaves or sold into forced marriages.

About Photographer

Tracey Shelton began working as a freelance photojournalist in Cambodia in 2005 and was appointed photo editor for the Phnom Penh Post in 2007. The photo team won several prestigious awards in photography and multimedia under her direction. Since then Shelton has broadened her work to include writing, and video filming and production. In 2009, she relocated to Iraq and began covering conflict throughout the Middle East and North African, first as a freelancer and then as senior correspondent for GlobalPost. She has won numerous international awards for her coverage of conflict in Libya and Syria including a George Polk Award and a Peabody for video reporting, a POYi multimedia award of excellence and an Overseas Press Club Award. Her work has featured in TIME magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, and many other channels, websites and publications. Shelton graduated from Bolton University in 2012 with a Masters in multimedia journalism. After 1.5 years as senior correspondent for Global Post based in Syria and Lebanon, she just returned to freelancing to work on several long-term projects.