Photojournalists Daniel Berehulak and Preston Gannaway recieve Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award
Grants to be presented at the Chris Hondros Fund benefit and silent auction in New York on May 7
New York, April 22, 2014 –The Chris Hondros Fund announced today that Australian photographer Daniel Berehulak has been chosen to receive the 2014 Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award, and American photographer Preston Gannaway has been selected as an award finalist.
The Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award was created to honor Getty Images photojournalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Chris Hondros, who was killed on April 20, 2011 while on assignment in Misrata, Libya. Today’s announcement follows the April 8 release of Testament, a collection of Hondros’ photographs and writing spanning over a decade of coverage from many of the world’s conflicts since the late 1990s.
Established by Christina Piaia, Chris Hondros’s 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, grantmaking and education to raise understanding of the issues facing reporters in conflict zones. Piaia, together with Getty Images Vice President for Editorial Imagery Pancho Bernasconi and New York Times Photographer Todd Heisler.
“The Chris Hondros Fund proudly welcomes Daniel Berehulak to our extraordinary collective of awardees, celebrating his unyielding commitment to photojournalism, exceptional photojournalistic work, and the compassion and rigor with which he approaches some of the most compelling and complex news stories of our time,” comments Christina Piaia, president of the Chris Hondros Fund.
“The Chris Hondros Fund is honored to recognize Preston Gannaway as this year’s finalist for her incredibly intimate, powerful and telling documentary work that brings shared human experiences into the public eye.”
Berehulak will receive a US$20,000 grant and Gannaway will receive a US$5,000 grant to support their documentary photography.
Based in New Delhi, India, photojournalist Daniel Berehulak began his career working in sport photography, before shifting his focus to world news and politics. A native of Sydney, Australia, Daniel has worked in more than 40 countries, photographing history-shaping events including the Iraq war, the trial of Saddam Hussein, child labor in India, Afghanistan elections and the return of Benazir Bhutto to Pakistan. From 2005 until July 2013, Daniel was staff photographer at Getty Images, based in London and most recently in New Delhi. He is currently represented by Reportage by Getty Images.
“I had the pleasure of knowing Chris as a colleague and looked up to him as one would an older brother” comments Daniel Berehulak, recipient of the 2014 Chris Hondros Fund Award.
“He was an exceptional photojournalist and an incredible human being. His unwavering commitment to communicate news stories with integrity and depth, and his ability to connect with his subjects and highlight the human side of conflict, set him and his work apart. This is what I strive to capture in my work, and it is both humbling and a great honor to be acknowledged by the Chris Hondros Fund in this way.”
For over 12 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning independent documentary photographer Preston Gannaway has focused on intimate stories about American families and subcultures. A native of North Carolina, Gannaway is currently based in Oakland, California. She has worked as a staff photojournalist for a number of newspapers including The Virginian-Pilot, the Rocky Mountain News and the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire. Her story on the St. Pierre family, Remember Me, was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography.
Award finalist Preston Gannaway comments: “Though I never met Chris, I grew up in North Carolina and we have a lot of friends in common. Perhaps what’s most meaningful to me is that the award is not just about photography but how important it is that we strive to become better people. Based on everything I’ve heard, Chris epitomized that standard. It’s a true honor to be associated with him.”
The Board of Directors enlisted nominators to each select one photojournalist who demonstrates extraordinary qualities and commitment to photojournalism in line with the Fund’s mission. Nominators were invited to participate on the basis of their expertise, accomplishments and commitment to photojournalism. From this shortlist, the 2014 recipients were selected by the Board of Directors and freelance photojournalist Jeff Swensen, with judging taking place in New York.
The Chris Hondros Fund will host a reception at the Aperture Gallery, 547 West 27th Street in New York on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. to present the Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award as well as host a silent auction to benefit the fund’s grant and awareness programs. To purchase tickets, please visit www.chrishondrosfund.org/benefit.
The silent auction will provide the opportunity to bid on an extraordinary collection of photographs, including Ernst Haas’ Tobago Wave and Ron Galella’s Wind Blown Jackie, as well as work by Berenice Abbott, Slim Aarons, Vivian Maier, Carolyn Cole, Todd Heisler, Gary Knight and John Moore. Donors need not be present to participate; an online auction begins April 23, powered by Paddle8: www.paddle8.com/auctions/chrishondrosfund.
The Chris Hondros Fund is a recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For more information concerning the Fund, please visit www.chrishondrosfund.org.
For more information about Testament, please visit www.powerhousebooks.com. The book can be purchased online at Amazon.