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Activestills photographer Oren Ziv wins first place in photography competition

Ziv wins two awards at the ‘Local Testimony’ competition for series on the firebombing attack in Duma, as well as for series on police violence against Israel’s Bedouin.

Relatives laid dozens of photos of 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabshe in memorial to the slain toddler, Duma, West Bank, July 31, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Activestills photographer Oren Ziv won first place at the ‘Local Testimony’ photo competition for his series on the firebomb attack on the Dawabshe family home in Duma, West Bank. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Activestills photojournalist Oren Ziv won first place in two categories in the annual Israeli photography competition, “Local Testimony” for 2015.

Ziv won first place in the news category for a series of photos he published on +972 Magazine from the Dawabshe family home in Duma following the arson attack. He also took first place in the “society and community” category for photos he took in the Bedouin township of Rahat following the shooting deaths of two residents by police.

Activestills photographer Oren Ziv's first place for best photo series at the 'Local Testimony' photo competition, Tel Aviv, December 10. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Activestills photographer Oren Ziv’s first place for best photo series at the ‘Local Testimony’ photo competition, Tel Aviv, December 10. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

“Local Testimony,” a regional exhibition of photojournalism that runs concurrently with the annual “World Press Photo” exhibition that features international press photographers. The local exhibition first appeared in 2003 and has since drawn thousands of visitors each year.

The word 'revenge' is seen graffitied on the wall of the Dawabshe house, Duma, West Bank, July 31, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Activestills photographer Oren Ziv won first place at the ‘Local Testimony’ photo competition for his series on the firebomb attack on the Dawabshe family home in Duma, West Bank. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

The yearly exhibition, which opened Thursday evening at Tel Aviv’s Eretz Israel Museum, features the best documentary and press photos from Israel and the Palestinian Authority chosen by an independent jury out of thousands of entries submitted for competition by professional photographers working in the area.

Bedouin mourners pray near the body of Sami Ziadna, 43, during his funeral in the southern Bedouin city of Rahat, January 19, 2015. Sami died a day earlier following clashes with Israeli police during the funeral of another Bedouin man who was killed a week earlier by Israeli policemen in the city. (Photo by Activestills.org)

Activestills photographer Oren Ziv won first place at the ‘Local Testimony’ photo competition under the ‘society and community’ category for this series on the police shootings in the Bedouin township Rahat. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Approximately 7,000 photos by 300 photographers were submitted to the competition, of which 250 photos by 50 photographers were selected. Other categories included news, nature and the environment, religion and belief, society and community, urbanism and culture, sports, and photographed stories.

The award for photo of the year went to Menahem Kahane for a still he took in Duma. Kobi Wolf won photo series of the year for photos he took from the Jordan Valley. This is the second year in a row that Activestills photographers have taken home prizes at the competition.

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