The Tim Hetherington Grant

The Tim Hetherington Grant is an annual 20,000 euro grant awarded to a visual journalist to finalize an ongoing project on a human rights theme.

The Tim Hetherington Grant was established in 2011 to celebrate 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 World Press Photo Foundation and the Tim Hetherington Trust are committed to honoring Tim's legacy through an ongoing, cooperative partnership. Following consultation with the Hetherington family, World Press Photo is reconfiguring its cooperation for a 2016 relaunch of the grant. This means there will be no grant awarded in 2015.

Tim was committed to finding new ways to tell compelling stories about politics, conflict, and the human experience, and to relay these stories to a wide audience.

"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."—Tim Hetherington, after he won the World Press Photo of the Year 2007

The renewed cooperation, instead of providing funds for an individual project, will offer new ways of supporting photographers so we can expand Tim's legacy in new and creative directions. Together, the World Press Photo Foundation and the Tim Hetherington Trust will support future beneficiaries by focusing on the opportunities for them to be involved in the media economy, either through support for education or by connecting them to the right international network.


2011: Stephen Ferry

Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict, by American photographer Stephen Ferry, documents Colombia’s internal armed conflict with a focus on human rights and the struggle of Colombian civilians to resist the violence, often at great risk to their own lives. The project also looks at the history and current dynamics of the war in Colombia, while exposing the role of the distinct parties in the conflict.

Colombia is experiencing one of the longest-running guerilla wars in the world with over 3.5 million people forced to flee the violence. Ferry saw that no comprehensive photographic work existed on the war and decided to move to Colombia. Now, after a decade of photographic fieldwork, the project will be widely distributed across three platforms: an exhibition; a book; and selected chapters in the form of booklets free of charge available as a PDF.

2012: Fernando Moleres

'Breaking the Circle' is the continuation of Spanish photographer Fernando Moleres' award-winning 'Juveniles Behind Bars in Sierra Leone' story that aims to explore 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 after being released from prison.

Many juveniles wait for years for their trial, without access to legal assistance; while their families have often rejected them and will not welcome them back home.

The photography and video project also follows the lives of the young former inmates who were taken in under the social rehabilitation program of the nongovernmental organization Free Minor Africa. The program was started by Moleres in the hope of helping the juvenile prisoners in Sierra Leone become part of society again.

Breaking the Circle by Fernando Moleres from World Press Photo on Vimeo.

2013: Olivier Jobard

'Dream of a Rain of Perfume', by French photographer Olivier Jobard, is currently in progress and shows the human face of migration, one of the most urgent global issues of our time. In this project, Jobard follows two young Afghan men whose lives are threatened by the Taliban. In photography and video he chronicles their flight to Europe, from dangerous border crossings to intimate, humorous moments. The project’s title comes from the men’s dream of reaching Paris, a city that, they have heard, helicopters spray with perfume every morning.

2014: William Daniels

'Roots of Africa’s Unholy War' focuses on the Central African Republic (CAR) as it is plunged into the bloodiest crossroads of its short history. In 2013, rebels from the Séléka seized power, unleashing nine months of anarchy.

French photographer William Daniels undertook five trips to CAR during this period to understand and to cover the unfolding drama and the roots of the conflict, which have been under-reported by the media. He wishes to be able to switch perspectives to document the unseen side of the conflict, and to provide an understanding of the country through compassionate imagery. His plan is to present his work in the press, in a New York street exhibition, and in a book.

The Tim Hetherington Grant is a joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch, with the support of Tim’s parents, Alastair and Judith Hetherington.