Tim Hetherington Grant announced by World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch

On Saturday, 3 September, during the evening projection program at the Visa pour l’Image photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France, World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch announced that they have set up a joint initiative to honor the late Tim Hetherington. The first recipient of the Tim Hetherington grant will be announced on 7 November.

Photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington was killed when a group of journalists came under fire during fighting between rebels and General Gaddafi’s forces in Misrata, Libya in April 2011. In the same attack, photojournalist Chris Hondros was killed, and Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown were injured.

Tim’s life came to an abrupt end at the age of 40, but his legacy as a photojournalist and filmmaker is still taking shape. To celebrate Tim’s commitment to finding new ways to tell compelling stories about politics, conflict and the human experience, and to relay these stories to a wide audience, a new grant has been established. The Tim Hetherington Grant is a joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch and has been set up with the support of Tim’s parents, Alastair and Judith Hetherington.

In 2008, Tim talked about his mission after his picture of a US soldier was selected the World Press Photo of the Year 2007:
“Underpinning my work is a concern with human rights and analyzing political ideas, with thinking about history and politics. It’s also about witnessing, about telling stories. Photography to me is a way of exploring the world, creating narratives, and communicating with as many people as possible…I am interested in working across a broad platform, in both screen based media and the print media.” (Interview in the 2008 World Press Photo yearbook)

Grant, applications and selection
World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch, for whose publications Tim was a regular contributor, will join a distinguished panel of judges to select the recipient of the first annual Tim Hetherington Grant. The annual grant, worth € 20.000, will be awarded to a photographer to complete an existing project on a human rights theme.

In reviewing the applications, the judges will look for the qualities that defined Tim’s career: 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 application process is open to all professional photographers who have participated in a World Press Photo competition between 2008 and 2011.

The deadline for applications is 15 October. The selection committee will convene in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 4-5 November, and will provide a statement to accompany the publication of the name of the recipient of the grant on 7 November. The members of the selection committee are:

•  Christopher Anderson, photographer Magnum
•  James Brabazon, journalist and documentary filmmaker
•  Veronica Matushaj, director of photography Human Rights Watch
•  Michiel Munneke, managing director World Press Photo
•  Jamie Wellford, senior photo editor Newsweek

•  Secretary: Adriaan Monshouwer, founder Picture Inside

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

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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