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    This project is more correctly a response to changes in the American social landscape: the return of thousands of soldiers from Afghanistan, the rise in suicides among military personnel, in the numbers of homeless vets, jobless vets, veterans being sent to prison. I have no choice but to do this, what with one violent attack on a population invariably leading to others, one killing leading to myriad killings, one isolated war evolving into global war, with apathy and silence leading the way.’

    In 2008, renowned photographer Eugene Richards received a Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography for ‘War is Personal,’ his project examining the effects of the Iraq War on veterans and their families. After publishing a book of the work, he again applied for the grant in 2013, and received it. See Richards speak about the grant and War is Personal in this video.

    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.

    "The city of Mostar, which now lies in the southern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, still shows signs of war, both physically and psychologically. Bullet-riddled and half-leveled buildings remain untouched and un-repaired, standing as de facto monuments to the lives lost in the region’s ethnic clashes. Official monuments to the war have been destroyed, pointing to lingering tensions.’It’s still divided,the government is still the same people from 20 years before.’"

    Reportage Featured Photographer Giles Clarke recently visited Mostar to explore the unrest that still simmers there. See more from his series for Business Insider - 'People Still Hate Each Other': Inside A Bosnian City That Hasn't Recovered From The Civil War.

    Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making—not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.

    It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, by Reportage by Getty Images photographer Lynsey Addario, is the riveting true story of her life and the unique challenges she faces: war, kidnapping, gender bias, and motherhood. The book is now available for pre-order.

    Photo by Paula Bronstein/Reportage by Getty Images for ICRC Photo by Paula Bronstein/Reportage by Getty Images for ICRC Photo by Paula Bronstein/Reportage by Getty Images for ICRC

    ‘A cluster munition is the size of a golf ball. It’s rusted, it blends in with the dead leaves. These boys are just playing around their villages, they find something like that, they pick it up. There has been no education about this whatsoever. The only way the boys in the village learned was after their friends were killed.’  - Paula Bronstein, Reportage by Getty Images photographer

    Unexploded munitions, the remnants of American cluster bombing in the 1960s, remain buried in the earth in Southeast Asia. As part of a large project undertaken by Reportage photographers for the ICRC, Paula Bronstein traveled to Laos to document how the bombs are still wreaking havoc on the local population. She discovered a lack of education about the dangers, and met the mothers of children who were killed by munitions.

    See more of Bronstein’s work from Laos in this video

    View more images from the project on

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    'They move one meter by one meter, on their knees. They do this for 10 hours a day, every day, with incredible dedication and effort.' - Marco Di Lauro, Photographer, on clearing landmines in Iraq.

    In Iraq, as violence continues to flare, the legacy of old conflicts still remains in the form of buried landmines. The work of clearing the mines is painstaking and dangerous, but is of great importance in the protection of local civilians. Landmines stay active and continue to maim and kill long after wars have ended.

    See Di Lauro discuss his work documenting landmines in Iraq for ICRC.

    '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.

    Photo by Sebastiano Tomada/Reportage by Getty Images Photo by Sebastiano Tomada/Reportage by Getty Images Photo by Sebastiano Tomada/Reportage by Getty Images

    Photographs from Aleppo, Syria, in 2013, by Sebastiano Tomada. We’re pleased to announce that Sebastiano, who has received several awards for his work from Syria and beyond, has joined Reportage by Getty Images as a represented photographer. See more of his work on the Reportage website.

    Sebastiano Tomada was born in 1986 in New York City. After growing up in Florence, Italy, he returned to New York to attend Parsons University and the New School, graduating with a double major in media studies and photography in 2010. Traveling extensively for publications in both the United States and Europe, Sebastiano’s work focuses on conflicts in some of the world’s most volatile regions, particularly the Middle East and Asia. He has received several prestigious honors, including awards from Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo and the the 2013 Humanitarian International Red Cross (ICRC) Visa d’or. He splits his time between New York City and Beirut.

    On Christmas Day in 1914, German and British soldiers, entrenched on the battlefield at Flanders, Belgium, declared a truce and played football in No Man’s Land. Captain Robert Hamilton of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment wrote in his diary that this was: ‘A day unique in the world’s history’

    To mark the 100 year anniversary of World War I, Reportage photographer Tom Stoddart traveled to the key battlefields and monuments of The Great War. See more from his project Shadows of War, and view the multimedia here.

    '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.

    An Afghan woman learns how to knit a dress for a doll at a workshop sponsored by American NGO Mercy Group  A farmer puts his harvest on a tank left behind in war in Panshir, north of Kabul A man gives his children their daily ration of opium. In some areas, parents addict their infants by puffing opium smoke in their face so they will sleep more and give them more hours to work.

    Life in War

    While Afghanistan has been one the most heavily documented countries over the past decade, few photojournalists have approached it with the depth and perspective of Majid Saeedi. Saeedi, a native of Iran, was not allowed to work in his home country for four years, following his coverage of the turbulent 2009 Iranian election. This exile led him to embrace the people of Afghanistan as his main subject. ‘War is not the only thing going on in Afghanistan,’ he writes. ‘Sharing a common tongue, I found that I could live alongside the Afghans, understanding, laughing and crying with them.’

    Saeedi was recently honored with the FotoEvidence Book Award for his work. See more from Life in War.

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