Global grant supports creative innovation; helping two outstanding photographers to realise a dream project
Getty Images has today announced the recipients of its Getty Images Prestige Grant, which will support two outstanding creative photographers to realise a dream project. Open to commercial photographers around the globe, the grant has awarded two prizes of USD $15,000 and $7,500 to help the winners realise passion projects which will evolve their photographic portfolio.
The recipient of the top prize is British photographer Laura Pannack, who has been awarded $15,000 to realise her project, Youth without age and Life without death. Laura’s work will explore the fragility of life, focusing on two questions ‘How long do we have?’ and ‘If you could live forever, would you?’ Inspired by a Romanian folk tale by the same title, the project sets out to explore the idea of death and journey through symbolic representations and the collision or reality and fantasy.
David Ryle, an internationally renowned photographer based in London, has been awarded the second grant of $7,500 to realise his project, Borderland. Ryle’s project will investigate borders throughout Europe and their symbolism; exploring historical, geographical, metaphorical and cultural contexts surrounding them. The project will explore questions around nationality, authority and territory.
“The Prestige Grant is awarded to photographers whose project pitch delivers an original idea and a unique point of view. It should be a vehicle to examine a narrative or a topic, or to shoot people or a place, essentially demonstrating their own photographic style or approach,” says Andrew Saunders, Senior Vice President, Creative at Getty Images. “Now in its second year, the award attracted diverse entries of a very high standard, so judging was no small feat. Both Laura and David demonstrated original, creative ideas with strong thinking behind them. We are excited to see these projects develop and we’re sure creative boundaries will be pushed with the support of these grants.
The submissions were judged by a panel of industry experts including:
– Madeleine Penny – Director of Photography at Avaunt Magazine
– Damien de Blinkk – Photographer & Filmmaker
– Glen McLeod – Senior Creative Producer, Grey London
– Danielle Pender – Editor of Riposte
Glen McLeod said of Laura’s submission, “There is something really intriguing about Laura’s proposal. It ambitiously aims to draw a line through future, present and past using a blurring of fiction and reality.”
The Getty Images Prestige Grant is part of a comprehensive grants programme run by the company which also includes grants for excellence in Editorial photography – providing both emerging and established photographers with the means to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance – and the Getty Images Instagram Grant, which supports photographers using Instagram to document stories of social importance from underrepresented communities around the world. The Getty Images Grants programme has provided grants in excess of US $1.2 million since its inception 12 years ago.
For further information on the Getty Images Prestige Grant please click here.
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About the recipients
Laura Pannack is a London based Photographer. She was educated at the University of Brighton Central Saint Martins College of Art and LCC.
Her work has been extensively exhibited and published both in the UK and internationally, including at The National Portrait Gallery, The Houses of Parliament, Somerset House, and the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Her art focuses on social documentary and portraiture, and seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer.
Laura is driven by research led self-initiated projects. In her own words, she does all she can “to understand the lives of those captured, and to present them creatively”. She is a firm believer that “time, trust and understanding is the key to portraying subjects truthfully”, and as such, many of her projects develop over several years. Her particular approach allows a genuine connection to exist between sitter and photographer, which in turn elucidates the intimacy of these very human exchanges. Her images aim to suggest the shared ideas and experiences that are entwined in each frame that she shoots. Laura largely shoots with a film camera on her personal projects, allowing her process to be organic rather than being predefined by fixed ideas, thus removing additional pressure on the sitter.
David Ryle is an internationally renowned photographer based in London. He has shot editorial for the likes of The Sunday Times Magazine and Wink Creative and advertising for JWT, Saatchi & Saatchi, and AMV BBDO. His work has been in numerous awards including: IPA, AOP & Campaigns Big Awards and has exhibited at the Royal Academy. He’s represented in Europe and the USA by The Peter Bailey Company.