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    'They are connected by the region, the scarred landscape and the lack of opportunity. They are united not by their poverty, but by their connection to family and land. Some people in the region have seen my work and said, “This isn’t where I live, this doesn’t represent us.” I’ve never claimed to represent the entirety of the place; that would be impossible. What I am trying to show is the rather large chunk of society that has been marginalized by shifting industries and families are stuck in a cycle that is difficult to break.' - Matt Eich, photojournalist and Alexia Foundation Grant winner

    Eich, also the winner of a Getty Images Editorial Grant for his project Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town, spent years photographing and getting to know the people of rural Ohio. The region has slowly deteriorated as industry moved out, but, as Eich discovered, strong family ties and regional connections have endured.  Read more on the Alexia Foundation blog.

    Image: Tylor Woodrum, 16, holds a box containing his father’s ashes. Dave Woodrum was killed in August of 2006 in a high-impact 4-wheeler accident. Dave’s family had his body cremated and his favorite cock-fighting rooster mounted on top of the box. Matt Eich/Alexia Foundation

    'If you go to ask somebody about the war, you don’t ask them about the war. You ask them about where they came from, who their parents are. The war becomes part of the texture of their life, and then people will tell you about the war.

    Since its launch in 2004, the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography have celebrated and supported independent photojournalism, as evidenced by the many dynamic and compelling projects completed over the years.

    In this video, two-time Editorial Grant winner Eugene Richardstakes us on an intensely emotional and powerful journey as he shares his experience working on his grant project “War is Personal.”

    The Getty Images Grants are now accepting applications.

    The Alexia Foundation is currently accepting entries for its Women’s Initiative Grant. The call for entries asks photographers to propose a serious documentary photographic or multimedia project encompassing any issue involving women anywhere in the world. Learn more at alexiafoundation.org

    Image by Tim Matsui, 2012 Women’s Initiative winner

    Photo by Kristen Ashburn Photo by Lynsey Addario Photo by Eugene Richards Photo by Paolo Marchetti

    Getty Images Grants Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary: Now accepting applications 

    “Imagery is the language of our time and Getty Images is deeply committed to supporting the vision and passions of emerging and established photographers and other artists through our global grants program.” - Jonathan Klein, Getty Images Co-founder and CEO

    The stories told and truths unveiled with support from Getty Images address many aspects of the global human experience; from the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and the re-awakening of fascism in Europe to propelling the mission of nonprofits through visual campaigns including “Stop the Cut” to elevate awareness of female genital mutilation in Mali and “Pathways” which was designed to inspire medical professionals to volunteer their expertise and skills to clinics in Northern India.  Supporting photojournalism, creative photography and portraiture, the work enabled by Getty Images grants has left a visual record of the human condition and sparked important dialogues. Apply for this year’s grants.

    Read more about the Getty Images grants, and the work that they have supported, on In Focus.

    Photos by Grant winners (clockwise from top): Kristen Ashburn, Eugene Richards, Paolo Marchetti, Lynsey Addario

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    The W. Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography is now accepting entries. The grant will be awarded to the photographer whose work ‘follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion.’ More info at SmithFund.org

    Images: 1) Juba, Sudan January 2011.Severely mentally disabled men and women are shackled and locked away in Juba Central Prison for years on end. The new nation of South Sudan faces a tremendous challenge to build a modern country capable of caring for all of its citizens. 2) Abdi Rahman Shukri Ali, 26, has lived in a locked tin shack for two years. He stays with his family in Dadaab in Eastern Kenya, the world’s largest refugee camp. Photos by Robin Hammond/Panos, 2013 Winner

    There’s only a few days left to apply for the Alexia Foundation Grants. The grants provide financial backing to photographers producing stories that drive change.

    Image: Dhaka – 27 February 2010: Slum dwellers collect the burnt remains of their houses after a fire. When fires occur, slum dwellers are not able to save or remove their belongings and they become homeless for many days. Image from Abir Abdullah’s 2013 winning professional portfolio.

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    Fotovisura is now accepting submissions for its 2014 Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project, which is divided into the main grant and the student grant. The grants are awarded to photographers who publish on the Fotovisura self-publishing platform. The application period will end on January 10, 2014. Read more information here.

    The above images are from last year’s winner, “One Day in History,” a portrait series by Andrea Gjestvang about the survivors of the 2011 Utoya island massacre in Norway. Last year’s student winner was Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, who is also on the Reportage Emerging Talent roster.

    (Credit: “One Day in History” by Andrea Gjestvang)

    "Since my first visit to Fukushima, which was only a few weeks after the explosion, I have visited the region almost monthly. The more I go back, the more I see that things are not changing.  After one year, I realized the need to come back to the region to keep document the ongoing effects.  One thing I found and focused on was that “unchange” is a true hardship for people."

    - Kosuke Okahara, recipient of a 2012 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography. See more from Okahara’s continuing documentation of Fukushima on In Focus.

    Image: Takami and Noriko Ohara check on their abandoned and damaged house in the exclusion zone. They used to run a small shop in the area.They said they would like to come back to live here but they are not optimistic. (Photo by Kosuke Okahara)

    Photo by Samuel James Photo by Matt Eich Photo by Eugene Richards Photo by Marco Gualazzini Photo by Tomas van Houtryve

    Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography

    The winners of the 2013 grant were announced today; congratulations to:

    Samuel James - The Water of My Land

    Matt Eich - Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town

    Marco Gualazzini - M23- Kivu: A Region Under Siege

    Tomas van Houtryve - In Drones we Trust

    Eugene Richards - War is Personal, Part Two

    For the recipients, the hard work now begins. In an interview with British Journal of Photography, Richards says: ‘Getting a grant like this is rare so I don’t take it lightly. Nowadays it’s getting tougher and tougher so you have a sense of responsibility but the thing about entering into a project is that you just don’t know. With the last project I didn’t know all the levels of complexity of people’s lives coming back from war and this time it’s the same. I don’t know what this project’s going to be. If I did, I wouldn’t be as interested in it.’

    Please see more info about the Getty Images Grants program at gettyimages.com/grants.

    Since 2004, the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography have provided funding to photojournalists working on stories all over the world. This year, five more grants will be awarded, and entries are now being accepted.

    Images from previous winners shown (clockwise from top): The Other War, by Miquel Dewever-Plana; Requiem in Samba, by Alex Majoli; The E-Waste Trail, by Stanley Greene; Upstate Girls, by Brenda Ann Kenneally

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