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    Photo by Elyor Nematov Photo by Corinna Kern Photo by Maddie McGarvey Photo by Sebastian Montalvo Gray Photo by Antoine Bruy

    'Every industry needs its eager aspirants, a next generation that will bolster, energize , fortify and hopefully challenge the status quo. 'Emerging Talent' describes our program well, a place where our established photojournalists and editors can shine a spotlight on photographers that have impressed and that have the potential to become one of the elite women and men that dedicate themselves to this world.' - Aidan Sullivan, VP, Reportage by Getty Images

    Each year, we invite young photographers to apply for the Getty Images Emerging Talent Award. The entries present a stunning variety of subjects and styles, and help to reaffirm our belief that the future of photojournalism is bright. 

    It was hard to choose, but this year’s winners are (images by them from top to bottom): Elyor Nematov, Corinna Kern, Maddie McGarvey, Sebastian Montalvo Gray, and Antoine Bruy. Each will be featured on our Emerging Talent roster for the next year, along with Alejandro Cegarra, who joins as the winner of the Ian Parry Scholarship.


    On the Wall: How Photographers Envision Human Rights

    There is a flood of gory photos coming from conflict zones around the world today thanks to advancements in digital imaging and connectivity. These photos, increasingly made by perpetrators of war crimes themselves, serve to reveal injustices; yet increasingly it seems that their function has been to excite. More than ever, it’s important to filter and withhold a particular representation of atrocity, in favor of another, more nuanced image. 

    Photo credits, from top:

    1. Manual laborers confront a military policeman at a gold mine in the state of Pará, Brazil. Sebastiao Salgado, 1986.

    2. Like other children, a young boy in northern Uganda lives in constant danger of being abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Thomas Morley, 2005.

    3. A woman stands at the edge of a mass grave in the mountains of Iraqi-Kurdistan. Susan Meisalas, 1992.

    4. African-American laborers working in Mississippi’s fields. Ken Light, 1992.

    See more.

    'In October 2012, a drone strike in northeast Pakistan killed a 67-year-old woman picking okra outside her house. At a briefing held in 2013 in Washington, DC, the woman’s 13-year-old grandson, Zubair Rehman, spoke to a group of five lawmakers. “I no longer love blue skies,” said Rehman, who was injured by shrapnel in the attack. “In fact, I now prefer gray skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are gray.”'

    America’s drone war has killed thousands of people over the last ten years, but the visual record of it is miniscule  After receiving a Getty Images Editorial Grant in 2013, photographer Tomas Van Houtryve set out across the United States to create images that would bring light to the circumstances under which drones operate. He attached his camera to a small drone and aerially photographed the types of targets that drones strike: weddings, funerals, public gatherings.

    See more from the project, In Drones We Trust, here.

    Photo by Marco Gualazzini Photo by Marco Gualazzini Photo by Marco Gualazzini

    'In Rubaya, it’s the Nyatura who call the shots. The Nyatura are a Congolese Hutu group who are now allies of the Congolese government armed forces.  Without their permission, no one enters or leaves. A group of soldiers stops us as soon as we arrive in the town. Two white men do not go unnoticed in Rubaya. We are escorted to the Eden hotel, where Colonel Marcel Habarugira invites us to take a seat. The colonel begins to speak: “In wartime, brothers help one another. And since you wouldn’t be able to get out of here alive without our help, I’m asking you how you can help us, what you can offer us in exchange for your life, which we’re saving”.'

    Photographer Marco Gualazzini won the Getty Images Editorial Grant in 2013 for his proposal M23 – Kivu: A Region Under Siege. Since then, the situation in Democratic Republic of the Congo has changed dramatically, including the disarming of the M23 rebels. Here, he relates some of his experiences from working on the project last October.


    PATTAYA, THAILAND - SEPTEMBER 21: A Thai woman is controlled by police in the red light district September 21, 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is tackling sex tourism and crime as the city attempts to clean up it’s image doing nightly sweeps in the popular red-light district called the Walking Street. Ladyboy sex workers are being targeted by police who are assisted by members of the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants (FTPA). They are fined 300 Thai bhat ( almost $10 US). (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

    A vendor relaxes at the Bazaar of Tabriz, in Iran. Photo by Instagram user @soltanabadian, who appears in this week’s #ReportageSpotlight roundup. Follow @GettyReportage to see more of our picks. Each week we highlight our favorite pictures from our Instagram followers. You can participate by adding the hashtag #ReportageSpotlight to your best photos every week. Full terms & conditions of #ReportageSpotlight can be found here:

    Photo by Katie Orlinsky Photo by Katie Orlinsky Photo by Katie Orlinsky

    "I’m from New York City. I had never even heard of the word ‘mushing’ before I covered the Yukon Quest,” Reportage photographer Katie Orlinsky tells National Geographic’s Proof blog in a recent interview. “But as soon as I watched the first dog team come into a checkpoint with their legs pounding on the sparkling snow and their paws covered in those funny neon-colored booties, I was hooked.”

    Katie was first exposed to the world of Alaskan sled dogs when she covered Yukon Quest, a 1000-mile dogsled race from Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska. Later this summer, she visited kennels in Eureka, Juneau and elsewhere to see how dogs pend the off-season, and explore the bond between musher and dog. Read the rest of the interview and see more of Katie’s photos on National Geographic’s website.

    Katie Orlinsky is a photojournalist from New York City. She regularly works for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and various non-profit organizations around the world. She received the Alexia Foundation First Place Student Grant in 2012 and the POYI Emerging Vision Incentive award in 2011 for the body of work “Innocence Assassinated: Living in Mexico’s Drug War.

    All photos by Katie Orlinsky

    "Whatever becomes of England, I’m pretty sure our quirkiness will remain," photographer Peter Dench tells Channel 4 News in the UK. In a video report, he examines English identity, from the seaside boozer to the flag-waving royal street party.

    See more of Peter’s photography on the Reportage website.

    At this year’s Photoville exhibition, the Reportage by Getty Images container showcases key stories by our core group of award-winning photojournalists, from the upheaval in Ukraine to land-mine removal efforts in Iraq. Here’s a video showing how you can install such a show in a mere minute and 20 seconds.

    Photoville, which is held on Pier 5 near Brooklyn Bridge Park, starts on Thursday Sept. 18 and ends on Sunday the 28th. We hope to see you there. More info on the Reportage website:

    Photo by Sebastiano Tomada/Matter Photo by Sebastiano Tomada/Matter Photo by Sebastiano Tomada/Matter

    In Syria’s civil war, a conflict with many villains, a group of first responders called the Hanano Civil Defense team are doubtlessly the good guys. They are one of the last hopes for civilians caught on Aleppo’s front lines: after a bombing, they’re first to the scene to evacuate the injured, retrieve and clean bodies, and fight fires. In June, the reporter Matthieu Aikins and Reportage photographer Sebastiano Tomada spent seven days in Aleppo embedded with the group, who are the last hope for civilians who find themselves on the front lines of war. Their story and images were published as this month’s story in the online magazine Matter, part of the publishing platform Medium. See the feature here.

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