Awards US$45,000 to three photojournalists in support of their work highlighting survivors of civilian massacres in Guatemala in the 1980s; a community of young women as they learn to swim in Zanzibar; and the transformation of a once-fertile region into a desert in Southeast Iran
NEW YORK—September 5, 2019: Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, today announced the recipients of its annual Reportage Grants program, awarding three photojournalists $15,000 each to pursue long-term documentary projects. The Getty Images Reportage Grant aims to support independent photojournalists around the world by providing the creative freedom necessary to pursue work that is personally important to them. The 2019 recipients are:
— Daniele Volpe for Ixil Genocide, in which showcases survivors of the systemic genocide of the Ixil community in Guatemala during the 1980s, as they sought to find the remains of loved ones, justice and some semblance of healing.
— Anna Boyiazis for Finding Freedom in the Water, a series documenting Muslim girls and women as they learn to swim in Muyuni, Zanzibar, in attire that respects their conservative Islamic culture.
— Hashem Shakeri for An Elegy for the Death of Hamun, examining the drying up of Lake Hamun and the transformation of a once fertile region and community, into a desert—due in part to climate change and the construction of dams upriver in Afghanistan.
“Moving the world with images is exactly what we aim to do at Getty Images, and Volpe, Boyiazis and Shakeri are doing that through their incredible efforts toward exploring issues of international significance,” said Ken Mainardis, Senior Vice President of Content, Getty Images. “Each of our 2019 Reportage Grant recipients has shown us their drive, as well as their skill behind the camera, capturing a piece of the world that might otherwise have been out of reach, and therefore opening our eyes to what’s happening globally.”
The Reportage Grant recipients were selected from a global pool of nearly 400 entrants and judged by an esteemed panel which included:
— Andy Greenacre, Director of Photography, Telegraph Magazine
— Sunil Gupta, Photographer
— Finbarr O’Reilly, Photographer and Author
— Hilary Roberts, Senior Curator of Photography, Imperial War Museum
— Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, The Guardian
The judging panel extended honorable mentions to Rafael Resty Lerma for his series Losing Humanity, concerning the drug war in the Philippines, and Santi Palacios for South Sudan, an effort detailing the refugee crisis.
The Getty Images Reportage Grants are a core piece of the wider Getty Images Grants program, collectively aimed at supporting the world’s photographic and photojournalism community by helping to enable the telling of global stories. Since the inception of the program 15 years ago, the company has awarded in excess of US $1.4 million.
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Anna Boyiazis / Getty Images Reportage Grant winner: A young woman learns to float on Thursday, November 24, 2016 in the Indian Ocean off of Nungwi, Zanzibar.