Anton Hammerl was killed while covering the civil war in Libya. He left behind his wife Penny and three young children, 11 year-old Aurora, Neo,7, and baby Hiro, 6 months.
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Anton Hammerl, 1969-2011
On April 5th, 2011 South African photographer Anton Hammerl went missing after coming under fire from Gaddafi loyalists near the oil port of Brega in Libya.
For six weeks the world was led to believe by the Libyan regime that he was being detained and was still alive. On May 19th Anton's family learnt from eyewitnesses that his injuries were such that he could not have survived without medical attention.
Anton, 41, was a former pictures editor and chief photographer for The Saturday Star in Johannesburg, South Africa. He moved to London in 2006 where he became a freelance photographer, shooting both news and corporate work. He had gone to cover the fighting in Libya in late March as a freelancer.