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Getty Images and Women Photograph support women photojournalists with the announcement of 2018 grant winner

July 9, 2018 • Company News

Winning project “Yo No Di a Luz” awarded $10,000 grant to document the impact of El Salvador’s criminalization of abortion

New York – Monday, 9 July, 2018: Getty Images, the world leader in visual communication, and Women Photograph today announced that photographer Nadia Shira Cohen is the recipient of the inaugural  Getty Images Women Photograph Grant. The $10,000 grant will support Cohen’s project “Yo No Di a Luz” that explores the complete prohibition on abortion in El Salvador, and the many ways in which the criminal abortion ban affects the country’s women.

“The Getty Images Women Photograph Grant really spoke to me because of its focus not only of elevating the voice of women photojournalists but also that the recipient would be someone who has a personal connection with the community they are capturing,” said Nadia Shira Cohen, winner of the 2018 Getty Images Women Photograph Grant. “El Salvador is known as being a volatile place, but I feel confident with my connection to the community there and the funding from the grant that I can continue to shine a light on the dramatic repression of reproductive rights of the women of El Salvador.”

Selected by an industry leading panel, Cohen’s work was chosen from more than 400 entries from women photographers in dozens of countries. Through funding and mentorship, the $10,000 grant aims to promote gender diversity within professional photojournalism and is awarded to a professional photojournalist who has demonstrated long-term commitment to their story.

Sandy Ciric, Director of Photography at Getty Images said, “Nadia Shira Cohen’s work on the impact of the criminal ban on abortion in El Salvador is at once informative and impactful, and also beautifully rendered with a compassionate eye.  Although the topic of reproductive rights is not a new one, Cohen shines a fresh light on the hardships facing El Salvador’s women.”

“We are confident that awarding Nadia Cohen the Getty Images Women Photograph grant will allow her to expand on her powerful work to include topics of imprisonment and rape, and to create traveling exhibitions and town halls to educate women in remote parts of the country about reproductive rights and erase old stigmas.”

Daniella Zalcman, Photographer and Founder of Women Photograph said, “Women Photograph’s grants program was created to provide additional support to independent women and non-binary photojournalists in the field to continue to amplify their voices as storytellers. As we work towards a truly inclusive industry, partnerships like this with Getty Images are crucial to advancing our mission.”

An esteemed panel of industry-leading panelists judged a geographically diverse group of artists:

The Getty Images Women Photograph Grant forms part of the Getty Images Grants program, which exists to support the world’s most innovative photographers and tell important world stories. Since the inception of the programme 12 years ago, the company has awarded in excess of US$1.4 million.

The following projects were recognized as honorable mentions:

  • “Jacinta,” by Jessica Earnshaw – An intimate portrait of a family in Maine that is fractured by a cycle of addiction, incarceration and crime, but bound together by deep and complicated love.
  • “Life Inside Sanctuary,” by Cinthya Santos Briones – A look at undocumented migrants in the United States, with final orders of deportation, who have taken refuge under the protection of a church.

For more information about the Getty Images Grants program, or to submit an application for consideration,  please visit Where We Stand.

Biography – Nadia Shira Cohen

Nadia Shira Cohen is a freelance photojournalist contributing to the New York Times, National Geographic, Harpers and many international publications. She works frequently in Latin America as well as countries such as Haiti, Kazakhstan, Congo, Rwanda, and Kosovo, focusing on human rights, reproductive rights, environmental issues, disaster, revolution, and migration. Nadia was born in Boston in 1977. At 15 she received her first camera, in the same moment she was diagnosed with cancer. She began to make self-portraits to document the physical and emotional evolution of being sick as well as to photograph her fellow oncology patients at Mass General Hospital in Boston.  A University of Vermont graduate, she began her career in New York City as a stringer for the Associated Press. She became proficient in the photography business, working as a photography agent at Sipa Press and later as the Director of North America for VII Photo Agency. Nadia moved to Rome in 2007 where she has been based since, save for a brief period in Geneva while becoming a staff photographer at the ICRC. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she is an IWMF Fellow and a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grant recipient for her work on gold mining in Romania. Her work has been exhibited in Russia, Brussels, Mexico, Italy, and Peru.

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