CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: THIRD TIM HETHERINGTON GRANT

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch invite photojournalists and visual journalists around the world to apply for the third annual Tim Hetherington Grant. The grant is intended to support a photographer in completing an existing project on a human rights theme. The deadline for submissions is 17 October, and the name of the recipient of the grant will be announced on 11 November.

Managing director Michiel Munneke says: “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.”

2012 edition
Last year, the Spanish photographer Fernando Moleres received the second Tim Hetherington Grant for his project “Waiting for an opportunity” that explores the harsh conditions minors face while incarcerated in the adult prison of Pademba, Sierra Leone, and follows them in their struggle to adjust to life outside after release from prison. It was chosen by a selection committee from among 176 applications by visual journalists of 53 nationalities.

Judging
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:

Secretary: Adriaan Monshouwer, founder Picture Inside

The judges will look for the qualities that defined 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. The selection committee will convene in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and will publish the name of the recipient of the grant on 11 November.

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.

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

For more information and for submitting an application for the grant, please click here.

About Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is one of the leading international organizations dedicated to protecting and defending human rights. Its unique methodology combines rigorous research, extensive press outreach, and high-level policy advocacy to document, expose, and press for an end to human rights abuses in 90 countries worldwide. Human Rights Watch was founded as an independent NGO in 1978 in New York. It is a global organization with offices on four continents. 

Contact Human Rights Watch: Elena Testi, elena.testi@hrw.org

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

About World Press Photo

World Press Photo organizes the leading international contest in visual journalism. The foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide. Its aim is to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and other visual journalists, and for the free exchange of information. The activities include organizing annual photojournalism and multimedia contests and global exhibition tours. The Academy programs strive to stimulate high-quality visual journalism through educational programs, grants and by creating greater visibility through a variety of publications. World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where it was founded in 1955.

For further information, please contact:

The press department at World Press Photo, or tel. +31(0)20 676 6096.

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See a sneak preview of the upcoming work, "Waiting for an Opportunity"