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    'The traditional funding model, of agencies and magazines pushing money at photographers to do projects, is not what it used to be. Photographers these days have to explore all avenues to try to get enough money to continue their projects, and grants are a very important part of that.'

    -Jon Jones, Sunday Times Magazine Director of Photography and Getty Images Editorial Grant judge

    2014 marks the ten year anniversary of the Getty Images Grants program, which has now awarded over $1 million in funding to photographers. In this video, some of the winners and judges of the Editorial Grant reflect on their experiences with the program and why it is so important to photojournalists.

    Photo by Laura Boushnak Photo by Laura Boushnak Photo by Laura Boushnak

    Arab countries collectively have one of the highest rates of female illiteracy in the world. This fact led photographer Laura Boushnak to launch her project ‘I Read I Write,’ about women and education in the Arab world. 

    Boushnak has been awarded the 2014 Getty Images and Lean In Editorial Grant for ‘I Read I Write.’ Read more about Laura and the project here.

    The Ganges is a river intimately connected with every aspect of Indian life. It is a source of water, energy and livelihood for millions of people who live along the banks of this river. Thanks to the fertile lands, it provides food to more than one-third of the Indian population. Its ecosystem also includes one of the most varied animal and plant species. Despite this, today it is one of the most polluted rivers in the world.

    Photographer Giulio Di Sturco has been awarded a 2014 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography for his project ‘Ganges: Death of a River.’ Read more about Giulio and the project here.

    Twenty years after the beginning of multiracial democracy in South Africa, the Born Frees—the first generation of the so-called rainbow nation—have come of age. While they have inherited a free country from parents who have fought long and hard against apartheid, theirs is a story of growing up in a democracy that is complex and young. They grapple with enormous issues—access to education, gang violence, corruption, HIV/AIDS, and income inequality, to name a few. More than half of the nation’s 18-25 year olds are unemployed. 

    Photographer Krisanne Johnson has been awarded a 2014 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography for her project ‘South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Youth.’ Read more about Krisanne and the project here.

    More than a year of unprecedented violence has plunged Central African Republic (CAR) into perhaps the most unstable and bloodiest era of its history. Armed groups called anti-balaka, comprised of Christians and animists who were initially organized to fight local crime, are seeking revenge mostly against the Muslim minority for a cycle of looting, torture and killing that began after the mainly Muslim rebel coalition Séléka seized power in March 2013. Anti-balaka refuses to lay down their arms. Instead, they hunt and kill Muslims who remain in areas under their control or those who attempt to flee.

    Photographer William Daniels has been awarded a 2014 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography for his project ‘CAR in Chaos.’ Read more about William and the project here.

    Mennonites are Christians, living in isolated farming communities and fiercely protective of their privacy. They reject modern technology and follow a way of life that has not changed since the 16th century. They tend the fields and raise cattle, mostly to produce cheese. Their language is an old dialect of medieval German called Plattdeustch. They don’t allow marriage outside their community. As the 21st century brings modernity almost everywhere, Mennonites have found a place to settle in what they perceive is a little developed Bolivia, where they have enough isolation and freedom to follow their tradition without having to compromise their values.

    Photographer Jordi Busque was awarded a 2014 Getty Images Editorial Grant for his project Mennonites of Bolivia. Read more about Jordi and the the project.

    Left-wing guerrillas have been waging a bloody war against the Colombian government and the population for the past fifty years. To carry on this conflict, The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN) and emerging right-wing armed groups have been recruiting increasing numbers of children and youths.There is no precise data on the number of child combatants in Colombia, only estimates. Human Rights Watch places the figures as high as 11,000 child soldiers. 

    Photographer Juan Arredondo has been awarded a Getty Images Editorial Grant for his project ‘Born in Conflict,’ which documents the consequences of Colombia’s ongoing war. Read more about Juan and the project.

    Photo by William Daniels Photo by Juan Arredondo Photo by Jordi Busque Photo by Laura Boushnak Photo by Krisanne Johnson Photo by Giulio Di Sturco

    'Imagery is the unrivaled language of our time and Getty Images is deeply committed to supporting the vision and passions of emerging and established photographers and other artists. Our global grants programme has spanned a decade and is the largest in the industry, yet each year’s entrants never fail to produce work that both inspires and profoundly moves us.' - Getty Images CEO Jonathan Klein

    Today, Getty Images announced the recipients of its 2014 Editorial Grants. Congratulations to the winners:

    Krisanne Johnson - South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Youth

    Juan Arredondo Born in Conflict

    Jordi Busqué The Mennonites of Bolivia

    William Daniels CAR in Chaos

    Giulio Di Sturco Ganges: Death of a River

    Laura Boushnak - I Read I Write - Laura was awarded the ‘Lean In’ grant, for a project which deals with the empowerment of women.

    All of the recipients will now embark on the completion of their projects. Please read more about the winners and their work on Time Lightbox and New York Times Lens Blog.

    'Racism has long been part of American history. Undeniably powerful and disturbing images of swastikas, Klansmen and flaming crosses are immensely associated with the term. Since the civil-rights movement of the ’50s and ’60s, many people prefer to believe racism no longer exists. Yet, it is still alive and functioning in this country. Today, with the goal of becoming part of the American mainstream, the racist movement operates through both subtle and transparent practices to recruit new believers from among America's youth.'

    -David S. Holloway, who won a Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography in 2005 for his project documenting white nationalism in the US.

    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.

    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.

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