The call for applications takes place around October each year and is open to professional photographers who have participated in a recent World Press Photo Contest. The 2012 grant is now closed to applications. In 2011, the grant was awarded to American photographer Stephen Ferry for his project Violentology.
The grant celebrates the legacy of photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who 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. The Tim Hetherington Grant is a joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch, and is supported by Tim’s parents.