Grants of $50,000 collectively awarded to five photojournalists
Perpignan, France – 6 September, 2013 – Getty Images has today announced the recipients of its annual Grants for Editorial Photography programme, which will see five photojournalists each receive a grant of US$10,000, as well as collaborative editorial support from Getty Images, to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance.
The winning photojournalists and corresponding projects are:
- Eugene Richards from the USA for War is Personal – Part Two
- Samuel James from the USA for The Water of My Land
- Tomas van Houtryve from France for In Drones We Trust
- Marco Gualazzini from Italy for M23 – Kivu: A Region Under Siege
- Matt Eich from the USA for Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town
Getty Images Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Klein comments: “The 2013 Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography recipients exemplify the dedication, determination and integrity that define the photojournalism community. I am deeply heartened that our grants programme continues to provide emerging and established photojournalists with the encouragement and freedom to bring global attention to some of the most complex issues of our time.”
This year Getty Images received almost 500 grant applications, a record number, from over 60 countries. The projects selected examine a range of thought-provoking and moving issues from drone strikes to consequences of the war in Iraq.
The panel of notable judges included:
- Jean-Francois Leroy, Director, Visa Pour L’Image
- Jon Jones, Director of Photography, The Sunday Times Magazine
- Olivier Laurent, Acting Deputy Editor, British Journal of Photography
- Tiziana Faraoni, Photo Editor, l’Espresso
- Fiona Rogers, Founder, Firecracker
Established in 2005, the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography programme is one of the largest of its kind in the industry and was launched to provide both emerging and established photographers with the means to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance. It also highlights Getty Images belief in the power of photojournalism to focus attention on significant social and cultural issues.
This year Getty Images expanded the reach of their grant programme even further with the creation of the Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize. The winner will be announced next month.
Since 2005, Getty Images has provided Grants in excess of US$800,000 through the grants programme, demonstrating their commitment to promoting excellence in photojournalism through tangible, positive contributions to the industry.
For further information, visit: http://imagery.gettyimages.com/getty_images_grants/Editorial.html
Images available on request
Notes to editors – summary of the winning projects
Eugene Richards, War is Personal Part Two
The war in Iraq came to an official end in 2011, but it’s far from the end for many. Richards’ project is a follow on from his publication, War is Personal, which addresses the consequences of the Iraq war.
Expanding on the work he began in War is Personal, the project aims to look at the changes in the American social landscape, the return of thousands of soldiers from Afghanistan, the rise in suicides among military personnel and the number of homeless and jobless veterans.
Samuel James, The Water of My Land
Oil is one of the most precious commodities in the world and beneath the soil of the Niger Delta exists one of the largest deposits of crude oil. Nigeria is Africa’s largest producer of oil and the fifth largest supplier to the United States, yet much of the population lives below the international poverty threshold.
James’ project follows the many who have resorted to the clandestine and environmentally destructive trades to survive – those men and women who know how to transport the ‘black’ in the darkest hours of the night either to buyers offshore or further inside the creeks.
Tomas van Houtryve, In Drones We Trust
Researchers estimate that 2,800 people have been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia during the past ten years. Of those killed, 178 were identified as children. Often, drone strikes take place in extremely remote areas, far away from the eyes of the media and humanitarian workers.
Houtryve’s project aims to shed light on this complex issue and arouse questions about being watched and followed by drones.
Marco Gualazzini, M23 – Kivu: a region under siege
In April 2012, a mutiny on the part of group of colonels and soldiers from the Congolese government armed forces, FARDC, led to the creation of a political and military force with the name of M23.
In just three months their military strength allowed them to take control of north Kivu, and the provincial capital Goma, subjugating the local population. Today the region is under siege. There are over 700,000 refugees in the region. The northern region of Kivu is descending into fratricidal conflict, with the Hutu set against the Tutsi once more.
The focus and goal of this reportage is to document these historic events and provide a deep realistic view of the lives of those involved, including both aggressors and victims.
Matt Eich, Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town
Baptist Town, established in the 1800s, is one of Greenwood’s oldest African American neighbourhoods. Just after Eich’s visit in 2010 a young man from the town was shot and killed. Demetrius “Butta” Anderson, 18, was the third person in his family to be murdered.
While many of us would like to believe that we live in a post-racial society, the legacies of racism in the South continue to impact people economically and culturally, in persistent and often pernicious ways. By visually introducing neighbours to one another in an honest and intimate way, Eich’s goal is to foster understanding and dispel uncertainty and fear.
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