Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Wednesday presented the Journalist of the Year Award posthumously to Reuter’s photojournalist late Danish Siddiqui. The award was received by his wife Frederike Siddiqui.
CJI was a keynote speaker at the Red Ink Awards 2021 and applauded all the journalists who have dedicated their lives to keep the spirit of journalism alive.
Danish Siddiqui died in Afghanistan in July during the Taliban uprising. CJI Ramana said that Siddiqui was a man with a magical eye and was rightly regarded as one of the foremost photo-journalists of this era.
He went on to praise his work stating if a picture can convey a thousand words, his photos were novels.
He also stated that journalism is a tough and risky job. He added that the unfortunate death of Siddiqui in Afghanistan brought the issue of journalist safety protocols and the protection of journalists in conflict zones.
Mumbai Press Club had also awarded him the Journalist of the Year Award 2020 for his investigative and impactful news stories covering Rohingyas, anti-CAA protests, migrant labourers plight during pandemic, farmers protest, and Afghanistan civil war.
CJI also congratulated Prem Shankar Jha for winning “Lifetime Achievement Award”. He also paid tribute to the journalists who lost their lives during the pandemic.
Photos by Danish Siddiqui Which Speaks Out Loud
Here are some of the best photos clicked by Danish Siddiqui. He has powerfully captured critical stories. His photojournalism was admired among masses.
Migrant workers walk along a road to return to their villages in Jhansi from Rohtak (almost 500 kms) during a nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus. @Reuters / Danish Siddiqui #21daylockdown #coronavirus #india pic.twitter.com/ron4THd6AN
— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) March 26, 2020
#DanishSiddiqui – this image will stay forever imprinted in my mind for the scale of tragedy we have suffered. https://t.co/DRIhJJMWg0 pic.twitter.com/8wiW76TcnS
— menaka doshi (@menakadoshi) December 25, 2021
Indian fishermen, who said they were refused entry at two ports after a nationwide lockdown was imposed to fight the coronavirus disease, travel in the Arabian Sea attempting to reach to their home state Maharashtra from Gujarat, India, April 17, 2020. @Reuters /@prashantwaydan3 pic.twitter.com/Wu5Lh0pcsU
— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) April 17, 2020
Rare access for @Reuters inside a hospital dedicated for COVID-19 patients as cases surge in #india. #coronavirus #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/CH5zHFjrtx
— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) May 28, 2020
Migrant workers wait to cross the border to reach their home state, during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. @REUTERS / Danish Siddiqui #MigrantWorkers #coronavirus #Lockdown4 pic.twitter.com/Ik64eqN7Zc
— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) May 18, 2020
Health System in India was on ventilator, death bodies were floating in River Ganga.#DanishSiddiqui pic.twitter.com/X7ug2ZoB8p
— I_Speaks (@Profilo_Indiano) December 27, 2021
Many of you inquired about the young boy being carried by his migrant father as the lockdown kicked in India.
We visited Kushwaha family in a small village in central India and here is our special report on migrant labourers like him. https://t.co/7vTYjvS7aj #coronavirus #india pic.twitter.com/5Ykj9pUEAn
— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) April 21, 2020
Relatives of a girl who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mourn outside a crematorium in Ahmedabad, India, May 1, 2020. @REUTERS / Amit Dave #coronavirus #victims #india #reutersphotos pic.twitter.com/unEMechnKT
— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) May 1, 2020
We need to find affordable full body PPE suits which can work in hot and humid countries like #India. Dozens of healthcare workers on multiple occasions have told me how extremely exhausting it’s to work in PPEs when you are outdoors. #coronavirus #COVID19 #healthworkers pic.twitter.com/tPpSrAJqJr
— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) July 11, 2020
Brilliant, moving images from Reuters photographers this year, including this one showing people waiting to cremate COVID-19 victims in New Delhi, India, taken by the late Danish Siddiqui, who was later killed in Afghanistan
More here: https://t.co/7mDHl6pKqc pic.twitter.com/P8P4ettQ8X
— Lawrence Hurley (@lawrencehurley) December 23, 2021
Danish siddiqui's photos https://t.co/XVu9V69wjp
— जन्नती बिल्ला (@ismartbilla) December 24, 2021
Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Haridwar, India. #KumbhMela @Reuters pic.twitter.com/hnNF8hOLRV
— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) April 12, 2021
Scenes from inside and outside a COVID-19 hospital, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease in New Delhi, India April 15, 2021.
India recorded more than 200,000 positive cases and 1,000+ deaths today. @Reuters pic.twitter.com/yChcBgxwM3
— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) April 15, 2021
"He was a man with a magical eye. If a picture can convey a thousand words, his photos were novels": CJI NV Ramana while presenting "Journalist of the Year" to @dansiddiqui #danishsiddiqui.
Yes, I am sure the future generations will read his novels.
PC: Danish's Insta account pic.twitter.com/0T1YZVeqMn
— Jahangir Alam (@TheJahangirAlam) December 29, 2021
A Hindu holy man wears a mask before a procession to take a dip in the Ganges river during Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, India. 📷 Danish Siddiqui
More of our 2021 pictures of the year: https://t.co/msLJ6IA4uX pic.twitter.com/iuxCe8od4S
— Reuters Pictures (@reuterspictures) December 21, 2021
Ghazipur protest site is tense but calm right now. Protesting farmers on one side and riot police on the other. #FarmersProtest pic.twitter.com/wWxnbfGgGu
— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) January 28, 2021
Farmers protest continue amid chilly winters on Delhi borders. Photo taken early morning today. #FarmersProtest pic.twitter.com/q6b4hNGgJ0
— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) December 21, 2020
Thousands of women wearing bright yellow scarves representing the colour of mustard fields and farmers union flag join protest sites on International Women’s Day in India. #FarmersProtest #InternationalWomensDay https://t.co/ggQnSaekLl pic.twitter.com/BZd5bqdlcY
— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) March 8, 2021
Flooded street after heavy rains in Mumbai today. @Reuters / @Francispix #MumbaiRains pic.twitter.com/t9AEJW7OLK
— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) September 23, 2020