Getty Images announces unprecedented presence at Visa pour l’Image

August 6, 2015 • Company News, Photojournalism

Committed to international press freedom and the belief that images can be a powerful force for change, Getty Images has a record number of exhibitions and award nominations, celebrates 11 years of grants programme and sponsors photojournalism festival for eighth consecutive year

Perpignan, France, 4 August, 2015: Getty Images, the world’s leading visual communications company, has confirmed an unprecedented presence at Visa pour l’Image 2015 – the 27th anniversary of the international photojournalism festival held annually in Perpignan, France.

2015 marks a milestone year for Getty Images at the prestigious photojournalism festival, with a record five exhibitions, showcasing the array of ground-breaking and compelling photojournalism the company is renowned for. The esteemed work being exhibited includes:

– Alejandro Cegarra, Living With The Legacy Of Hugo Chavez

– Daniel Berehulak, The Ebola Epidemic

– Edouard Elias, French Foreign Legion in the Central Africa Republic

– Lynsey Addario, Syrian Refugees in the Middle East

– Omar Havana, Nepal Earthquake

Getty Images photojournalists have also received several award nominations, with the company also awarding $50,000 in editorial grants on the ground to its 2015 Grants for Editorial Photography recipients.

Speaking on Getty Images’ success, Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Klein said: “Imagery is the language of our time and photojournalism has an unrivalled power to educate, inspire and spur action. We are incredibly proud of the esteemed work our photojournalists capture each and every day and are thrilled this has been recognized by the festival. At Getty Images, we are deeply committed to excellence in photojournalism and Visa pour l’Image is the ideal setting to celebrate this.”

Getty Images Reportage photojournalist Daniel Berehulak, who was recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize, has been nominated in both the Visa d’Or News and Feature categories for his work commissioned by The New York Times. The award-winning Australian photojournalist has been recognised in the Visa d’Or Feature category for his universally-acclaimed body of work covering the Ebola epidemic. Daniel spent 14 weeks in rural and urban areas of West Africa and his imagery documents the difficult, heart-breaking work carried out by aid workers and local communities. He also captured powerful images of Ebola survivors and their families. His nomination in the Visa d’Or News division is a result of of his recent work, documenting the earthquake in Nepal, also commissioned by The New York Times. You can view his award-winning portfolios here.

For the fourth time in five years, a Getty Images Reportage photojournalist has been awarded the prestigious Ville de Perpignan Remi Ochlik Award – in 2015, Edouard Elias receives the award for his work titled ‘French Foreign Legion in the Central Africa Republic. The compelling body of work documents Operation Sangaris – the French intervention in the Central African Republic in August, 2014. The work captures the troops in the oppressive atmosphere, working and waiting in a hostile tropical environment.

Getty Images Vice President, Photo Assignments, Editorial Partnerships and Development, Aidan Sullivan says: “Getty Images Reportage is renowned for defining, seminal photojournalism and this year is no exception. With Daniel’s double nomination for the Visa d’Or, as well as Edouard’s Remi Ochlik award win, we could not be more proud of our team.”

This year Getty Images is celebrating the 11-year anniversary of its grants programme, which has awarded more than $1.3 million to date. The Grants for Editorial Photography programme showcases and supports powerful and inspiring photojournalism projects. Judged by industry greats including Jon Jones, Director of Photography for The Sunday Times Magazine and Romain Lacroix, Director of Photography for Paris Match, five grants of US$10,000 will be awarded to photojournalists pursuing projects of personal and journalistic significance.

In addition to the exhibitions, Getty Images will have a strong presence at the festival through several screenings of their photographers’ work, and daily portfolio review sessions conducted by the Getty Images team in the Palais des Congres.

This is the eighth year Getty Images has sponsored the prestigious festival, demonstrating its continued commitment to the photojournalism industry and emerging talent.




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 Getty Images’ presence at the photojournalism festival includes the following five exhibitions:

Alejandro Cegarra/ Getty Images Reportage

Living With The Legacy Of Hugo Chavez

On March 5, 2013 at 4:45pm, 14 years after leading the Bolivarian Revolution to power, President Hugo Chavez died, leaving behind an orphaned revolution. His supporters wished to preserve the legacy of Hugo Chavez and his memory. This body of work explores the legacy of Hugo Chavez.Daniel Berehulak/ Getty Images Reportage/ The New York Times.


Daniel Berehulak/ Getty Images Reportage/ The New York Times

The Ebola Epidemic

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has been the largest outbreak of the virus ever recorded, claiming more than 10,000 lives.

These images, captured over four months in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, on assignment for The New York Times, chronicle the impact of the crisis: overwhelmed health workers, teeming treatment facilities, families and communities torn apart. They also attempt to capture less visible effects, such as the anxiety of living under quarantine, or the anguish of families who, for fear of infection, could not provide their loved ones with proper burials. Above all, the photographs are a testament to the humanity of Ebola’s victims, and to the resilience of the health workers and civilians who struggled to care for them.


Edouard Elias/ Getty Images Reportage | Ville de Perpignan Rémi Ochlik Award 2015

French Foreign Legion in the Central Africa Republic

This work documents Operation Sangaris – the French intervention in the Central African Republic, of August, 2014. The work captures the troops in the oppressive atmosphere, working and waiting in a hostile tropical environment.


Lynsey Addario for The New York Times/ Getty Images Reportage

Syrian Refugees in the Middle East

For three years, Lynsey Addario chronicled the plight of Syrians fleeing the civil war, now in its fifth year, reporting for The New York Times and the United Nations. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, some four million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the war and another five million are internally displaced. For this essay, Addario travelled to Syria, and to neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq.


Omar Havana/ Getty Images

Nepal Earthquake

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, killing almost 9,000, injuring 22,000 and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless, as well as destroying historic monuments. Omar Havana has been based in Nepal since October 2014, and as a first-hand witness he hit the streets immediately, documenting the chaos and humanitarian disaster. His photographs highlight not only the pain and hardship endured by the people, but also their strength and commitment to rebuild the country and their lives.

Getty Images Grants programme 2015

Getty Images strongly believes that photojournalism is a powerful tool for telling compelling social, political and cultural stories. Getty Images also understands that creating and managing world-class photography assignments requires time, freedom, support and considerable resources, which is why the world’s leading visual communications company introduced its Grants Programme in 2004.

In 2015, the Grants for Editorial Photography will provide five total grants of US$10,000 each to photojournalists pursuing projects of personal and journalistic significance.

Since its launch in 2004, the Grants for Editorial Photography has celebrated and supported independent photojournalism, evidenced by the many dynamic and compelling projects completed over the years. You can view the works of previous grant winners here.

In 2015, the judging panel is made up of the following industry thought leaders:

  • Jean Francois LeRoy, Director General, Visa Pour L’Image
  • Jon Jones, Director of Photography, The Sunday Times Magazine
  • Cheryl Newman, Photo Editor
  • Matthias Krug, International Director of Photography, Der Spiegel
  • Romain Lacroix, Director of Photography, Paris Match

Getty Images also offers a series of grants in partnership with Instagram, as well as a Prestige Grants programme.

About Getty Images

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