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    Jonathan Torgovnik was awarded a Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography in 2007 for his project “Intended Consequences.” Torgovnik followed 50 women who were raped during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and who bore children as a result. The project was built through a series of narratives constructed from environmental portraits, audio interviews and textual reflections. “Intended Consequences” led to the creation of Foundation Rwanda, which provides assistance to the mothers and children.

    2014 marks the tenth anniversary of the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography program, which has now awarded almost $1 million in funding to photojournalists. As we prepare to announce this year’s winners on September 4 at Visa Pour l’Image, we are taking a look back at some of the winners from the past 10 years. See more on In Focus.

    'Although antiretroviral drugs were available in the States and throughout Europe they were nonexistent in Africa at that time. The cost of medicine and the surrounding treatment were price prohibitive in countries where the majority of people live off $2 a day.

    While documenting this crisis I chose to focus on the stories of individuals. The scope of the pandemic was too widespread. My images exist as a record of people I met who lost their lives to AIDS, as a reminder that countless others seek access to life saving drugs and that children orphaned by the disease need our help.’

    -Kristen Ashburn, winner of the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography 2006 for her project Bloodline.

    2014 marks the ten year anniversary of the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography program, which has now awarded almost $1 million in funding to photojournalists. As we prepare to announce this year’s winners on September 4 at Visa Pour l’Image, we are taking a look back at some of the winners from the past 10 years. See more on In Focus.

    In June 2012, Shannon Jensen was on the northern border of South Sudan as 30,000 people were fleeing the conflict in Blue Nile state. As a way of showing the plight of the refugees in a new way, she decided to focus on a telling detail - their shoes. Says Jensen: “The incredible array of worn-down, ill-fitting, and jerry-rigged shoes formed a silent testimony of the arduous nature of the trek, the persistence and ingenuity of their owners, and the diversity of these individuals thrown together by tragic circumstance”

    Jensen, a Reportage Featured Contributor, was awarded the 2014 Inge Morath Award in order to continue the project with subject interviews. See more images from ‘A Long Walk.’

    Marie, who is HIV positive, with her daughter Mary, in Gasata, Rwanda. During Rwanda’s civil war and genocide in 1994, many women were raped and bore children as a result.

    Intended Consequences, a series of portraits by Jonathan Torgovnik of Rwandan rape survivors and their children, is currently on display at Paris’s Albert Kahn Museum

    In recent years, poachers in Africa have decimated the mature bull elephant population. A particularly poignant loss came this week when it was reported that Satao, a beloved elephant of Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, had been killed by poachers. Satao was a recognizable fixture of the park, and one of the few remaining ‘tuskers’ - elephants with a set of tusks weighing approximately 100 pounds or more. The depletion of the tuskers has created a negative effect on the elephant gene pool, as weaker DNA is being passed on to new generations.

    See more images from God’s Ivory, by Brent Stirton

    Image: Some of the last of the great elephant tuskers, in Tsavo National Park, Kenya. Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images

    Virunga National Park, in Democratic Republic of the Congo, is Africa’s oldest national park, and home to many rare and endangered species. It has also seen its share of violence and destruction lately, including the killing of several mountain gorillas and the shooting of the park’s director. However, some good news came last week when the World Wildlife Fund reported that Soco International was ending operations in the park, thus removing any potential environmental threats from oil exploration. Read More

    Image: Rangers patrol Virunga National Park after increased militia activity in 2008. Photo by Brent Stirton, from Gorillas of the Congo.

    'I was living with the Boss Man. I don’t love that man, but because of the war, I could not deny him. He would kill me. I would die. So I would not refuse.

    I gave birth in the bush to a daughter named Mamiaye. And when the war ended, we came out to the town. He left me here. He never came again. Nobody said I want to take care of this woman with this child. You are a woman of a rebel. You killed people during the war. And now you come for forgiveness? Not here.’ - Janet, who was abducted by rebels at age 20 and forced to fight in Sierra Leone’s 11 year civil war.

    At this week’s Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN special envoy Angelina Jolie opened the event by saying that one of the goals was to end the disgrace that comes with being a victim.

    Girl Soldier, a film by Reportage photographer Jonathan Torgovnik, which chronicles the stories of Sierra Leone’s female child soldiers, is being screened at the summit. Watch the film here.

    UPDATE: Read an interview with Jonathan about the project on National Geographic Proof.

    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 2012: Grandmother Maria Mokoena (C), 62, lost two of her daughters to HIV/AIDS and is now raising her grandchildren: Ernest, 21,  Lebusa, 17, Teddy, 8, Happy, 13, Sharon, 15, Mbongeni, 17, and Lineo, 23. “I don’t know if the children are infected but they are fine so far. I teach them about HIV/AIDS and that they need to be careful. But they don’t know what happened to their mothers. They are too young to understand. Maybe when they are 20 years old I will tell them. It is painful to see the younger generation dying. This disease eats you from the inside until it is too late. I hope for a better life for my grandchildren. I want them to become accountants and lawyers.”

    Photo from A Generation Lost - Grannies and AIDS Orphans, by Jonathan Torgovnik

    Reportage Journal #4

    Just published, the fourth edition of Reportage Journal takes an in depth look at some of our recent news and features. Read about Jonathan Torgovnik's story on former girl soldiers in Sierra Leone, Tom Stoddart's commemoration of 100 years since WWI, and Brent Stirton's feature Living with Lions. Plus an update on the A Day Without News? campaign, a recap of Reportage photographers’ coverage of recent news events, and more. Please view the full online version here.

    Images by: Jonathan Torgovnik, Tom Stoddart, Brent Stirton

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    Stylin in Sudan! Keeping an eye on fashion, not conflict in South Sudan.

    Please check out the work on Ozy.com

    Reportage photographer Benjamin Lowy takes a look at something not often covered in South Sudan: fashion.

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