Patrick was in Misrata documenting the effect of the siege on children for UNICEF. He stayed on after that assignment, joining a group of rebel fighters to produce this film about ordinary citizens at war.
Patrick lived with the rebels and followed them for three weeks, focusing on two main characters: Abubaker Maiteig, a teacher whose uncles were murdered by the Qaddafi regime; and Feras Asheni, a medical student. The film provides a clear portrait of the disconnect between their preconceptions about conflict and the reality of fighting and killing for the first time.
The judges thought Patrick's work showed great maturity for a young filmmaker. One said: "His work shows enormous emotional intelligence. The moving and revealing interviews he got from men under high pressure - fearful for their lives - were really quite extraordinary."
Another said: "This was Rory Peck journalism at its best - someone on their own - under their own steam - getting under the skin of a major news story."
Patrick Wells was born in 1984. He is a British freelance video journalist and filmmaker. After studying journalism at the Press Association in the UK, he joined Reuters as a cameraman stringer in West Africa in late 2009, reporting from Liberia, Guinea and Ivory Coast. He covered the 2010 election crisis in Guinea for two months - covering 4000km on a 100cc motorbike. Since March 2011, he has been working in Libya for clients including Al Jazeera English, AP, UNICEF, UNHCR, Channel 4 News, CNN, Human Rights Watch and BBC Panorama.