Making a difference with grants and awards
At the screenings last night were the much-anticipated Getty Grants and other significant awards, which together help photographers continue personal projects.
The Getty Grants, now in their 12th year, saw five photographers selected to pursue individual assignments. Congratulations went to Mary F. Calvert for 'Prisoners Of War: Male-on-Male Rape in America's Military'; Canon Explorer Jonathan Torgovnik for 'The "Hijacked" Life of African Migrants in Johannesburg'; Katie Orlinsky for her 'Chasing Winter'; Sergey Ponomarev for 'Exodus' and Kirsten Luce for 'Border Insecurity'.
The winners each received a $10,000 grant, which will help them bring attention to significant social and cultural issues, as well as take new and inspiring strides in creative work.
Presenting the grants was Aidan Sullivan from Getty Images Reportage, who also announced the winners of this year’s Ian Parry Scholarship. This year’s recipient of the Award for Achievement is Andrew Renneisen, an American freelance documentary photographer based in Nairobi, Kenya. He focuses on issues related to race, religion, ethnicity and their role in conflict. A second award was also announced – the Award for Potential – which went to Russian photographer Igor Elukov who is based in St Petersburg. His work dramatically documents the tough life of the people who live above the Arctic Circle in his homeland.
Aidan Sullivan, founder of the Scholarship says, “Every year the select group of judges are always impressed with the quality of entries we receive from young talent the world over. The work of Andrew and Igor really stood out as being particularly powerful and poetic. These talented young men will now join an illustrious list of past winners, who we are proud to call the extended Ian Parry family. I am positive that we will see more and more from these two talented individuals.”
Congratulations last night also went to Ferhat Bouda on winning the Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award, sponsored by LaScam, for his report on the Berber people. The award carries with it prize money of €8000 which was presented on stage at Campo Santo.
Pauline Beugnies won the Camille Lepage Award for 2016 and with the award will continue her work on the violent repression suffered by the youth of Egypt. And finally, the winners of the Visa d'or Award for the best Digital news story were Canon Explorer and World Press Photo-winning photojournalist Magnus Wennman and Jenny Svenberg Bunnel of Aftonbladet Sweden for the reportage ‘Fatima’s Drawings.’