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News: Getty Images Celebrates 10Th Anniversary of Grants Programme, Announces 2014 Recipients at Visa Pour l’Image
on Sep 5, 2014 at 2:46:31 pm

Getty Images has Awarded $1.2M Since The Inception of its Programme, Including $130K In 2014, Demonstrating a Continued Commitment to Promoting Excellence in Imagery Through Tangible, Positive Contributions to The Industry.

(Perpignan, France--September 5, 2014) The world’s leading visual communications company, Getty Images, today announced the recipients of its 10th annual grants programme. Since its inception in 2004, Getty Images has supported the photojournalism and photographic communities with $1.2M in financial grants, receiving thousands of entries throughout the decade tenure. In 2014 Getty Images received a total of 575 entries from photographers in 89 countries.

Getty Images first launched its grants programme in 2004, with the aim of empowering a more visual world by enabling both emerging and established photographers with the means to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance, as well as taking new and inspiring strides in creative and portraiture work. It also highlights Getty Images belief in the power of imagery to move the world, focusing attention on significant social and cultural issues.

Speaking on Getty Images’ commitment to fostering creative and photojournalistic talent, Jonathan Klein, Co-founder and CEO says: “Imagery is the unrivalled language of our time and Getty Images is deeply committed to supporting the vision and passions of emerging and established photographers and other artists. Our global grants programme has spanned a decade and is the largest in the industry, yet each year’s entrants never fail to produce work that both inspires and profoundly moves us. I am extremely proud of the programme and offer my congratulations to our 2014 honourees and to the 80 outstanding recipients over the past 10 years. Getty Images is proud to help you bring important and powerful stories into light.”

In 2014, In addition to the Chris Hondros Fund and Getty Images Award which was announced in June, Getty Images awards a total of 10 recipients across competitive grants in three areas: Grants for Editorial Photography, awarding six photojournalists; Grants for Creative Photography, awarded to three photographers, together with not-for-profit and agency partners; and the Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize to an aspiring portrait artist. In 2014, Getty Images, alongside the esteemed jury, has awarded the following recipients in the respective categories:

Grants for Editorial Photography, which will see five photojournalists each receive a grant of US$10,000, as well as collaborative editorial support from Getty Images, to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance. In addition, in celebration of the decade anniversary, as well as the company’s partnership with, an additional grant has been awarded to a photojournalist whose work explores subjects that showcase women in an empowering light.

Speaking on this year’s Grants for Editorial Photography recipients, Aidan Sullivan, Vice President, Photo Assignments, Editorial Partnerships and Development, Getty Images says: “The 2014 Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography recipients illustrate the talent, passion and integrity that exemplify photojournalism and - after ten years of the grants, proves that photojournalism is alive and well. I am immensely proud of our grants programme and the work that has been brought to the world’s attention because of this.”

The 2014 recipients are:
  • Giulio di Sturco, a Reportage by Getty Images’ featured contributor, receives an award for his body of work titled Ganges: Death of a River, which documents the demise of the Ganges River in India and examines its impact on the livelihoods of millions of people who live along its banks.

  • Titled, Born in Conflict, Juan Arredondo’s portfolio examines the effects of a 50-year conflict on the youth of Colombia, documenting the experiences of current and former child soldiers. The ongoing war between The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the National Liberation Army, has seen an increasing number of children and youths recruited for both sides.

  • Jordi Busqué’s award-winning portfolio, The Mennonites of Bolivia, documents the lives of the Mennonites, a relatively unknown religious community of European descent, in Eastern-Bolivia. As the 21st century brings modernity almost everywhere, the Mennonite way of life has remained unchanged since the 16th Century, with this group choosing to live in isolated farming communities and remaining fiercely protective of their privacy.

  • Krisanne Johnson, also a Getty Images’ grant recipient in 2009, has been awarded a grant for her work titled: South Africa's Post-Apartheid Youth. Twenty years after the beginning of a multiracial democracy in South Africa, Krisanne’s project follows the lives of South African youth, documenting the intimacies of daily life.

  • French photojournalist, William Daniels, has been awarded for his CAR in Chaos body of work, which examines an unprecedented year of violence in the Central African Republic, which began in March 2013 when rebel coalition, Séléka seized power.

  • Laura Boushnak receives a special grant, in celebration of Getty Images’ partnership with Lean In, for her work titled I Read I Write, which explores the education of women in the Middle East. Collectively, Arab countries have the highest rate of female illiteracy in the world, which this project aims to address by focusing on highly-educated women who contend with limitations on the range of professions they are allowed to practice.

Getty Images Creative Grants are designed to support non-profits which do not currently have the resource to employ photographers and filmmakers to help further their mission. The three teams, consisting of a photographer and communications professional, have each received US$20,000 to create compelling new imagery to strengthen the communications of a selected non-profit.

Speaking on the programme, Getty Images, Senior Vice President, Creative, Andrew Saunders says: “It is both inspiring and humbling to witness the powerful combination of creative thinking and commitment to advance social causes that this year’s Creative Grants submissions represent.”

The 2014 Creative Grant recipients are:

  • Robin Hammond for his project titled Love in a time of persecution, in collaboration with Bring Me Joy and The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Threatened with the death penalty, prison, and ‘corrective rape,’ LGBT communities in Africa are persecuted into hiding. Through a social media campaign, based on portraits and words from survivors, the project will elevate awareness of the plight of these communities, helping to ensure their voices are heard.

  • A grant has been awarded to photographers Susan Carlonza Chanin and Rana Faure, as well as filmmaker Poppy de Villeneuve, in partnership with the Project Buchanan agency and not-for-profit RAINN, to produce and create a short film which highlights the widespread nature of child abuse, rape and sexual violence. Every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the US – through this video they hope to bring a new awareness, hope and visual identity to this important cause.

  • Also inspired by Getty Images’ partnership with Lean In, a grant of $20,000 has been awarded to Joshua Kristal, in collaboration with The Inspired Storyteller Collective and Girls Gotta Run, a non-profit organization that invests in girls who use running and education to empower themselves and their communities. For their proposal titled: Girls Gotta Run: Racing towards Empowerment, the grant will enable the production of a new campaign that allows viewers to virtually transform themselves into a runner, moving alongside a female participant in one of the foundation’s running teams.

Keenly aware of the skill level and attention to detail which portraiture photography requires, Getty Images established the Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize in 2013. Now in its second year, the grant recognizes excellence in portrait photography by an emerging photographer with fewer than five years industry experience, based on existing portraiture work.

  • The jury, chaired by famed photographer Terry O’ Neill, selected English photographer, Jack Davison, as this year’s recipient. Davison receives $10,000 for his body of work, which captures subjects with spontaneity.

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