Cédric Gerbehaye

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Cédric Gerbehaye (born 1977) is a Belgian journalist and photographer who has specialized in the Middle East and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Trained as a journalist, Gerbehaye first turned to photography during trips to Indonesia. For his graduation thesis in 2002, he addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the light of the ineffectiveness of the Oslo Accords. After completing his studies, he reported on the situation in Hebron and Gaza and on the economic crisis in Israel.[1] He has also covered the Kurdish question in Turkey and Iraq. Since 2007, he has reported on the conflicts between the militias and the national army in the eastern Congo.[2][3]

His recent work in the Congo was facilitated by the humanitarian organization Aviation Sans Frontières which flew him into rebel zones and camps in the Ituri and North Kivu provinces where he was able to photograph adults and children involved in both sides of the conflict. He also travelled to remote areas with Médecins Sans Frontières where he reported mainly on the victims, rather than on the violence. "I’m not looking for the combat," he explained. "I’m interested in trying to tell the story of the people." Keen to bring unreported disasters into the open, he thinks of himself as a "concerned photographer". "If there is only a slight possibility that it has an impact, it’s my duty to do it so that people cannot say, 'We didn’t know, we had no clue.'"[2]


  • 2006: Two awards from Prix Photographie Ouverte, Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi
  • 2007: Second Prize, Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo.
  • 2008: World Press Photo award for "Congo in Limbo"
  • 2012: Roger Pic Prize, SCAM Paris.


  1. ^ "Cédric Gerbehaye", European Union External Action. PDF. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b James Estrin (8 January 2010). "Showcase: No Relief and Little Attention". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Cédric Gerbehaye", Agence Vu. Retrieved 15 December 2010.

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