Honors to be presented at the Chris Hondros Fund benefit and silent auction in New York
New York, 1st May, 2017 – The Chris Hondros Fund (CHF) and Getty Images has today announced Meridith Kohut has been chosen to receive the sixth 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.
To further the Chris Hondros Fund’s mission to support photojournalists covering the news story of our times and in defense of press freedom, CHF have also announced the launch of the first Domestic Reporting Grant. The Fund has this year bestowed the $10,000 grant to independent, non-profit newsroom, ProPublica .
Based in Caracas, Venezuala, Kohut has been covering assignments for the foreign press since 2007, where she has produced in-depth photo essays covering significant events including the rise and collapse of Hugo Chávez’s socialist movement, the drug trade in Bolivia and Cuba’s democratic transition. An award-winning photographer, Kohut has received the prestigious George Polk Journalism Award for Best Foreign Reporting and the New York Times Publisher’s Award for Foreign News Coverage, amongst others.
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 sixth year, the Fund sponsors fellowships, grants and education to raise understanding of the issues facing reporters in conflict zones.
Meridith Kohut, winner of the 2017 Chris Hondros Fund Award said, “Chris is a true legend among photojournalists – not only for his prolific career covering conflict around the world, but for the compassion and generosity he showed the people whose lives he documented, and his fellow colleagues.”
“Having my work recognized by his closest friends and family at The Chris Hondros Fund is deeply humbling and a tremendous honor,” she continued. “Through this grant, they’ve given me an incredible gift: resources, support and opportunities to make work that matters. To do it in way that honors Chris’ legacy is a task that I will not take lightly.”
“The Chris Hondros Fund proudly celebrates Meridith’s extraordinary work and her fierce commitment to document those stories that might otherwise go unreported or unnoticed coupled with a commitment to mentoring emerging photojournalists,” said Christina Piaia, CHF Board President. “With a similar spirit and kindness to Chris, Meridith treats her colleagues and subjects with respect and brings shared human experiences into the public eye.”
“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.”
Chris Hondros’ legacy was also honored this year in the documentary Hondros, directed by Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Greg Campbell and produced by Jake Gyllenhal, Jamie Lee Curtis and Getty Images Co-Founder and Chairman Jonathan Klein, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival late last month.
To present the awards, the Chris Hondros Fund will host a reception at the Aperture Gallery in New York on Wednesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, please visit www.chrishondrosfund.org/benefit.
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 Bryan Denton, Daniel Berehulak, Kevin Frayer, and Andrea Bruce. Donors need not be present to participate; the silent auction runs online from April 21 through to May 3 and is powered by Paddle8: https://paddle8.com/auction/chris-hondros-fund/.
For more information about The Chris Hondros Fund, please visit www.chrishondrosfund.org.