Getty Images announces recipients of 2015 Grants for Editorial Photography

September 3, 2015 • Company News

Grants of $50,000 collectively awarded to five photojournalists

 Perpignan, France – 3 September, 2015 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 announced this evening at Visa pour l’Image, are:

  • Souvid Datta for Sonagachi: Vanishing Girls
  • Salvatore Esposito for What is Missing?
  • Javier Arcenillas for Latidoamerica
  • Mojgan Ghanbari for Zanan
  • Matt Eich for Carry Me Ohio

Getty Images Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Klein comments: “The 2015 Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography recipients exemplify the dedication, determination and integrity that define the photojournalism community. We strongly believe in the power of imagery to move the world and I am extremely proud that our grants programme continues to provide emerging and established photojournalists with the freedom to bring global attention to complex issues that otherwise may remain unseen.”

Getty Images has also announced that one of the Getty Images Editorial Grants will be renamed The David Laidler Memorial Award, in honour of former employee, the late David Laidler, who passed away last month. David was instrumental in bringing the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography programme to life.

Speaking on stage at Visa pour l’Image, Aidan Sullivan, Getty Images’ Vice President for Photo Assignments said: “It is with great sadness that we learned last month of the passing of a dear friend and colleague David Laidler. David founded the Grants for Editorial Photography awards during his time at Getty Images and we felt it would be a fitting tribute to name one of them after him – David, you will be missed but not forgotten.”

This year Getty Images received almost 400 grant applications, from 78 countries. The projects selected examine a range of thought-provoking and moving issues from the social structure of Naples to the sex industry in Kolkata.

The panel of notable judges included:

  • Cheryl Newman, Photo Editor
  • Jean-Francois Leroy, Director, Visa pour l’Image
  • Jon Jones, Director of Photography, The Sunday Times Magazine
  • Matthias Krug, International Director of Photography, Der Spiegel
  • Romain Lacroix, Director of Photography, Paris Match

Established in 2005, the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography programme is one of the largest of its kind, providing grants in excess of US$1.2 million since its inception 11 years ago. The programme 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 Getty Images Instagram Grant, which will support photographers using Instagram to document stories of social importance from underrepresented communities around the world. The recipients will be announced in September at Photoville.

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About the Recipients

Souvid Datta for Sonagachi: Vanishing Girls

Sonagachi, Kolkata, home to Asia’s second largest red-light district, is a colourful maze of narrow alleys, enclosed by towering, decayed brothels and bright market stalls. The neighbourhood exists as a sprawling, illegal network of organised gangs, traffickers and victims: a place where reporters and outsiders are threatened away by violence, politicians and police are bribed or complicit, and an estimated 13,000 prostituted women, often under the age of 18, are effectively raped every day for £2.

Salvatore Esposito for What Is Missing

This project explores the complicated social layers of Naples, telling the story of the city by analysing the feeblest and neediest social structures within the city. The work is captured with a desire to show the negligence that has arisen as a result of the city’s ruling class.

Matt Eich for Carry Me Ohio

Heroin has seen a resurgence across the United States in recent years, but it is keenly prevalent in Ohio. In 2010, 315 people in Ohio died in heroin-related deaths. By 2012 that number soared to 725. The state’s response has been wide-ranging, with new laws creating stricter penalties for drug traffickers and creative ideas to expand treatment and needle-exchange programs. Although Ohio is at the vanguard of drug-prevention policy, the state’s efforts appear to have their limits. Statistics show heroin is winning.

Javier Arcenillas for Latidoamerica

Honduras is considered one of the most violent places on earth. Every day on the streets of Honduras’ cities murders, robberies and violence are commonplace. This project aims to document the axis of uncontrolled violence in Honduras as social and political factors aggressively feed the issue.

Mojgan Ghanbari for Zanan

Iran, with a population of 77 million, is the third highest populated country in the Middle East, with a 50 percent female demographic and over 60 percent of the population under the age of 35. Profound changes took place in the country as a result of the Islamic revolution in 1979, which had a significant impact on the lives of women. Legislative changes to Islamic rules resulted in further restrictions being imposed on women; restrictions on community participation, enforcement of the mandatory hijab and the Family Protection Law.  Despite every effort by the State to convey a positive image of Shia Muslim Iran, there are still many clauses that limit women and their civil rights. Women are legally prohibited from the presidency, and are discriminated against in senior leadership positions, judgeships and educational fields; inheritance laws are significantly prejudiced against women.

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