Getty Images takes centre stage at Visa pour l’Image

August 29, 2017 • Company News, Grants, Photojournalism

Committed to leading the photojournalism industry forward, Getty Images announces widespread presence at the festival, including: celebrates 12 years of industry-leading Grants programme; leads discussion on protection for photojournalists; launch of The Reportage Collection; receives Visa d’Or nomination for Laurent Van der Stockt’s work documenting the Battle of Mosul.


London, United Kingdom – 29 August 2017: Getty Images, a world leader in visual communication, has announced an extensive and varied presence at Visa pour l’Image, 2017. For the 10th year in a row Getty Images is sponsoring the prestigious photojournalism festival held annually in Perpignan, France, demonstrating its unwavering commitment to supporting photojournalism and nurturing emerging talent.


The media company has announced a strong line-up for the week, which includes Vice President for News, Hugh Pinney, taking to the stage to moderate and lead a discussion panel centred around protection for photojournalists. With the past five years being the most dangerous on record for journalists working and reporting from conflict zones, together with The Committee to Protect Journalists, Le Manoir and The Rory Peck Trust, Getty Images will be addressing and exploring topics such as safety resources for freelancers, the gender and digital dimensions of safety in photojournalism, as well as discussing how the industry is working to embed a culture of safety among the media sector at large.


Speaking on the panel, Getty Images’ Vice President Hugh Pinney says: “The role of journalism and bringing light to important world issues has quite frankly, never been more important; yet in today’s age, where 41 members of the media have been killed this year alone, where respect and freedom of the press is no longer an assumption, how are we able to ensure this continues? This is the single most important issue the industry is facing today – never mind, a US President calling into question the integrity of news organisations, or increasingly tight editorial budgets. If the news industry is to continue, then the safety and protection of our colleagues is paramount and an issue we must explore and overcome together.”


Getty Images will also be announcing the five recipients of its prestigious Editorial Grants Programme at the festival. Since 2004, Getty Images has donated more than US$1.4 million to photographers and photojournalists from around the world, enabling photojournalists to pursue stories of journalistic significance free from financial constraints, bringing attention to important world stories.  The winners have been selected by a judging panel of industry experts, including Alice Gabriner, International Photo Editor at Time Magazine, and will be announced on stage on Thursday 7 September.

Getty Images is also thrilled to announce that photojournalist Laurent Van der Stockt has been nominated for the Visa d’or Paris Match News for his gripping work covering the Battle of Mosul, commissioned by Le Monde. The nomination is in recognition of Laurent’s powerful and moving images which document the battle to liberate one of Iraq’s largest cities from the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). From the midst of the war-torn city, the award-winning French photojournalist followed Iraqi soldiers, capturing the brutal effects of the ISIS attacks and documented the perilous lives of everyday Mosul civilians. There will be an exhibition of Laurent’s work, “The Battle of Mosul,” displayed at the Couvent des Minimes.


On Laurent’s nomination, Hugh Pinney continues: “We are delighted that Laurent has been recognised with this prestigious nomination and we are immensely proud of the ground-breaking work he has produced to tell this vital story.”


Finally, Getty Images will also announce ‘The Reportage Collection,’ a new and unprecedented collection made up of limited-edition prints, which will soon be available for purchase as part of the company’s commitment to delivering new revenue streams and means of income for its roster of award-winning photojournalists. Exhibited at Getty Images Gallery London in spring 2018 and available online, the collection will showcase defining works from renowned photographers such as Paula Bronstein, Peter Dench and Marco Di Lauro.


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


Notes to editors:

Getty Images Grants programme 2017

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 2017, 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.

Getty Images also offers a series of grants in addition to the editorial programme, such as those in partnership with Instagram, as well as a Prestige Grants programme.

In 2017, the judging panel is made up of the following industry thought leaders:

  • Alice Gabriner – International Photo Editor, Time Magazine
  • Jean-Francois LeRoy – Director General, Visa Pour L’Image
  • Chelsea Matiash – Senior Photo Editor, The Intercept
  • Thomas Simonetti – Photo Editor, The Washington Post
  • Damon Winter – Photographer, The New York Times


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