Photojournalist Lynn Johnson Selected for 2019 Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award

September 26, 2019 • Company News

Honors to be presented at the Chris Hondros Fund benefit and silent auction in New York

 New York, 26, September, 2019 – The Chris Hondros Fund (CHF) and Getty Images have today announced Lynn Johnson has been chosen to receive the eighth annual Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award.   The American photographer will receive a grant of US$20,000 to support her documentary photography work.

The CHF Award was created to honor Getty Images photojournalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Chris Hondros, who was killed on April 20, 2011 while on assignment in Misrata, Libya. This award celebrates Hondros’ legacy by drawing attention to the ways in which photojournalism shines a light on shared human experiences. Established by Christina Piaia, Chris Hondros’ fiancée, and with the support of his family, the Chris Hondros Fund advances the work of photojournalists who espouse his legacy and vision. Now in its eighth year, the Fund sponsors fellowships, grants and education to raise understanding of the issues facing reporters in conflict zones.

“I have a deep belief in the power of, not just photographs, but the practice of photography as a path to more deeply knowing self and others,” said the 2019 Chris Hondros Fund Awardee Lynn Johnson. “It feels like the perfect time of life to help others feel that power also and use it in a way that I’ve been dreaming about for some time. Chris’s legacy, photography and the work of the Fund has supported many ways of documenting our all too human addiction to violence in hopes the resulting images make a difference.”

A regular contributor to National Geographic, Johnson is known for finding beauty and meaning in difficult subjects—threatened languages, zoonotic disease, sexual violence, the brain, and water shortages. After graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Johnson was hired as the first woman staff photographer at the Pittsburgh Press. Since then, she has climbed the radio antenna atop Chicago’s John Hancock Tower, clambered around scaffolding with steelworkers, and lived among fishermen on Long Island and guerrillas in Vietnam. She has done in-depth portraits of celebrities including Stevie Wonder, Michael Douglas, and the entire U.S. Supreme Court.

“This year, we are thrilled to welcome Lynn Johnson to the CHF family and to celebrate her photographic endeavors and compassionate pursuits. The CHF Board is particularly struck by the compassion and inclusivity Johnson embeds in her work,” said Chris Hondros Fund Board President Christina Piaia. “Her keen sense and knowledge about the geographic locations, cultures, and subjects she covers are akin to Hondros’ work and the immense preparation he undertook to learn not only on the current state of affairs, but the historical context of people, conflict, and regions he covered.”

To further the Chris Hondros Fund’s mission to support emerging photographers, the Fund will award the Bronx Documentary Center with a grant of $10,000 to continue its mission to share documentary photography, film, and new media with underserved Bronx communities and the cultural community at large.

“Photography has always been a fundamental component of truth in reporting and remains so more than ever today. Getty Images values the role that all photojournalists play in telling the stories that matter most and are proud to continue to support the vital work of these gifted and courageous people,” said Getty Images Vice President of News and CHF board member Pancho Bernasconi.  “Chris Hondros’ influence continues to be felt today and Getty Images is proud to continue to keep his legacy and work alive through the Chris Hondros Fund Award.”

To present the awards, the Chris Hondros Fund will host a reception at the Aperture Gallery in New York on Thursday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, please visit

The event includes a silent auction to benefit the fund’s grant and awareness programs, providing the opportunity to bid on an extraordinary collection of photographs including past awardees Meridith Kohut, Daniel Berehulak and Kevin Frayer.  Donors need not be present to participate; the silent auction runs online through to September 26 and is powered by Paddle8:

For more information about The Chris Hondros Fund, please visit

About the CHF:

The Chris Hondros Fund was established to honor two-time Pulitzer Prize Finalist and

Getty Images photojournalist Chris Hondros, who was killed April 20, 2011 on assignment in Misurata, Libya.  The Fund’s purpose is to honor Chris’s legacy by bringing attention to the ways in which photojournalism brings to light shared human experiences. Specifically, the Fund educates the public about the work of photojournalists and raises awareness of the issues facing those reporting from conflict areas around the world. In furtherance of these purposes, the Fund intends to select annually an outstanding photojournalist who is committed to creating a visual history that brings shared human experiences into the public eye and whose work shows exceptional achievement.


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