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Applications invited for Tim Hetherington Grant

Applications invited for Tim Hetherington Grant

© Fernando Moleres/Panos Pictures,
2012 Tim Hetherington Grant

September 2013

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch are inviting photojournalists and visual journalists from around the world to apply for the third annual Tim Hetherington Grant to support a photographer in completing an existing project on a human rights theme.

© Fernando Moleres/Panos Pictures, 2012 Tim Hetherington Grant

Pademba Road Prison, Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa, 28 February 2010. Sixty prisoners share a 25-square-metre cell and are locked in for 16 hours at a stretch with a single bucket for a toilet. There are no beds or mattresses, and scabies and other infectious diseases are rife. Pademba Road Prison was built to accommodate around 300 prisoners but now holds more than 1,100, including many juveniles. According to Sierra Leonean law, children under 17 should not be imprisoned with adults, but poor documentation means it is not always easy to prove age. Youths can remain in jail for years awaiting trial as, in some cases, age must be proven before a trial can commence.

The Tim Hetherington Grant is a joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch - it was created to celebrate the legacy of the photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington who was killed when working in Misrata, Libya, in April 2011.

World Press Photo Managing Director, Michiel Munneke, explained: “The grant was established to celebrate Tim Hetherington’s commitment to innovative and compelling storytelling. We’re pleased that the grant has already enabled two photojournalists to take their projects to the next stage and to reach a worldwide audience. With the support of the Tim Hetherington Grant, Stephen Ferry (2011) and Fernando Moleres (2012) were able to approach audiences on multiple platforms, books, booklets, newspapers, websites and exhibitions.”

Human Rights Watch defines 'human rights' in the following way: "At the very heart of a human rights issue or theme lies the critical factor of responsibility - some government, rebel group, institution, or individual is responsible for what is happening."

Spanish photographer Fernando Moleres received the 2012 Tim Hetherington Grant for his project, ‘Waiting for an Opportunity’, which explores the harsh conditions that minors face when incarcerated in the adult prison of Pademba Road, Sierra Leone, West Africa, and follows them in their struggle to adjust to life outside after their release from prison. The project was chosen from 176 applications by visual journalists of 53 different nationalities.

Selection committee

© Fernando Moleres/Panos Pictures, 2012 Tim Hetherington Grant

Mohamed Conteh (14) received a sentence of three years' imprisonment or the payment of 150,000 leones (approximately €30). He was accused of possessing a package of marijuana. Without family to help, he will have to serve his sentence. Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa, 5 February 2010.

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch will join a panel of judges to select the beneficiary of the third annual Tim Hetherington Grant. The 2013 selection committee will consist of: Marcus Bleasdale (Documentary Photographer, VII Photo Agency), Carroll Bogert (Deputy Executive Director for External Relations, Human Rights Watch), Pamela Chen (Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine), Ross Kauffman (Documentary Film Director, Red Light Films) and Michiel Munneke (Managing Director, World Press Photo). The Secretary of the panel is Adrian Monshouwer (founder of Picture Inside).

The judges will look for the qualities that defined Tim Hetherington’s career when reviewing the applications: work that operates on multiple platforms and in a variety of formats; that crosses boundaries between breaking news and longer-term investigation; and that demonstrates a consistent moral commitment to the lives and stories of the photographic subjects.

Who can apply?

The annual grant, worth €20,000, will be awarded to a photographer to complete an existing project on a human rights theme. The application process is open to all professional photographers who have participated in a World Press Photo competition between 2008 and 2013 - the deadline for applications is 17 October 2013. The selection committee will convene in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the name of the recipient of the 2013 Tim Hetherington Grant will be announced on 11 November 2013. For more details about how to apply for the Tim Hetherington Grant please click here.

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