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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.

    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

    Getty Images editorial grant winner Tomas van Houtryve is presenting work from his resulting project, “Blue Sky Days,” at the NY Media Center in Brooklyn next Friday, April 4, at 7pm.


    The backstory: Tomas won the 2013 #GettyGrant for a proposal to buy a drone, attach a camera and video feed to it, and photograph the very sorts of American gatherings that have become habitual targets for foreign air strikes: weddings, funerals, groups of people praying or exercising. He also flew his camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields, industrial feedlots, and stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border. The images captured from the drone’s perspective engage with the changing nature of war, privacy, and government transparency.

    Note: @Harpers mag is running #BlueSkyDays as a 16-page spread in their April issue—the most pages they’ve given to photography in their 160+-year history!!

    'Achieving equal intimacy on both sides of the tracks…is my ideal … where rich and poor can be seen as simply human, and the viewer can begin to draw their own connections. It is my hope that in continued visits, with more communication and collaboration that I can begin to show this community as a whole.'

    Getty Images Grant winner Matt Eich recently returned to Greenwood, Mississippi to continue work on his project, Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town. We talked with him about his expectations for the work and his biggest challenges - read the full interview on Getty Images In Focus.

    "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

    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

    More recognition for Getty Images Grant winner Liz Hingley’s fantastic project The Jones Family.  Congrats Liz!


    British photographer Liz Hingley has been awarded the 2012 Prix Virginia for The Jones Family, a series of photographs depicting poverty and deprivation in the UK

    The Prix Virginia is an international award dedicated to women photographers, which recognises the importance of their work in an industry often dominated by men.

    “I generally feel lucky as a woman photographer to be appreciated as the minority,” Liz Hingley tells BJP. “[Women are] under-represented, yes – but we are strong. I never feel hindered as a woman photographer.”

    The young photographer was selected almost unanimously – receiving seven out of eight votes – by a jury that included, among others, The Sunday Times Magazine’s photo editor, Monica Allende, curator Christian Caujolle, Agnès Sire of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, and Lucy Conticello of Le Monde’s magazine M.

    “It is particularly exciting to be the first to win the prize. This is a new body of work for me, which has yet to be published, and I am still unsure about the final editing, so it is wonderful and inspiring to have such positive feedback.”

    (via photographsonthebrain)

    "Inside the Flock"

    Getty Images Editorial Grant winner Paolo Marchetti has been documenting the rise of fascist groups in Europe, an inherently difficult subject to penetrate.  Gaining access to the groups required patience and trust.

    “It wasn’t easy to build a relationship with them,” he says of his subjects.  “I started to meet them without my camera for more or less two months, to let them to know me, to understand my intentions, to smell me, to test my targets, my personality.”

    This, he says, was the key to allow him to go “inside the flock.”

    “I learned a lot,” he says. “The distance. The human, the mental distance, and the photographic as well … It is a huge lesson about an anthropologic factor that we need to mind.”

    Read more, and see the full video of the grants being presented, on the Getty Images Blog

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