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Photojournalist Sim Chi Yin Selected for 2018 Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award

April 25, 2018 • Company News, Grants

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

The Chris Hondros Fund (CHF) today announced Sim Chi Yin has been chosen to receive the seventh annual Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award. The Singaporean photographer will receive a grant of US $20,000 to support her documentary photography work.

The Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Awardwas 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. The Fund sponsors fellowships, grants, and exhibitions to raise awareness and educate the public about the work of photojournalists.

“I never got to meet with Chris but the values, intelligence, respect and integrity he brought to his work were exemplary. As the industry continues to change, it is important that keep faith in documenting the world we live in,” said the 2018 Chris Hondros Fund Awardee Sim Chi Yin. “I’m grateful for this injection of encouragement during a point in time when I’m at a crossroads in my life and my work as an independent photographer. This grant allows me to take more time to think about why I want to produce imagery and distribute them to consumers all over the world.”

Originally a print journalist and foreign correspondent at The Straits Times for nine years, Sim Chi Yin now works on self-directed projects focusing on history, memory, conflict and migration and its consequences.  She was commissioned as the Nobel Peace Prize photographer in 2017 and created a solo show for the Nobel Peace Center museum in Oslo on nuclear weapons that is currently on display through November 25, 2018.

“This year, we are thrilled to welcome Sim Chi Yin to the CHF family and to celebrate her photographic endeavors and compassionate pursuits. The CHF Board is particularly struck by the intelligence and rigor Chi Yin’s 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.”

“Often working in dangerous or difficult conditions or on the ground in unfamiliar locales, photojournalists strive to reveal the humanity within the most important and critical stories of our time” said Getty Images Global Vice President of News, Pancho Bernasconi.  “Sim Chi Yin’s thoughtful work is a testament to the power that images have to transcend the frame and that allow a deeper and more profound connection to the people and places in the image. All of us at Getty Images have an enormous sense of pride and are honored that we can help continue Chris’ legacy while enabling the personal and professional growth of some of the most accomplished photojournalists working today.”

Last year, Chris Hondros’ legacy was also honored in the documentary Hondros, directed by Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Greg Campbell and produced by Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Lee Curtis and Getty Images Co-Founder and Chairman Jonathan Klein. The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and will be available on Netflix from July 1.

The Chris Hondros Fund will host a reception at the Aperture Gallery in New York on Thursday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m to present the Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award. 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: http://paddle8.com/auction/chris-hondros-fund/.

For more information about The Chris Hondros Fund, please visit www.chrishondrosfund.org.

For more information about Hondros, please visit www.chrishondrosfilm.com/.

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