William Daniels Receives 2014 Tim Hetherington Grant

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch are pleased to announce that the French photographer William Daniels has been awarded the fourth annual Tim Hetherington Grant. Daniels, represented by the London-based agency Panos Pictures, was selected for his work on the Central African Republic, a project entitled ‘Roots of Africa’s Unholy War’. He will receive a grant worth 20,000 euros to complete the project. The jury, meeting in New York on 10 December, selected the winner from among 198 applications.

Roots of Africa’s Unholy War: Central African Republic
The Central African Republic (CAR) has been plunged into the bloodiest crossroads of its short history. In 2013, rebels from the Séléka seized power, unleashing nine months of anarchy. 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.

Jury member Christopher Morris said of Daniels’ project:
“When I see William Daniels’ work, I see a true master photographer. Hopefully this grant will give Daniels the opportunity to carry out a project that needs to be shown. Tim would be proud of this project. It is shot in a way the human eye sees. It is very straightforward and clear photography – of a story that is crying out for this kind of vision.”

World Press Photo acting managing director Maarten Koets commented:
“I appreciate William Daniels’ sense of going behind the headlines of what happened in CAR. He is doing what Tim did: he continues to cover an issue when other media have moved on. I love the ambition that speaks out of this project.”

William Daniels
William Daniels' work revolves around social issues and humanitarian concerns, mostly in isolated or weakened communities. Past projects have focused on malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis, as well as the aftermaths of the tsunami in Asia and the earthquake in Haiti. He has also covered conflict in Libya, Kyrgyzstan and Central African Republic. Daniels’ long-term work on malaria was exhibited on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, and in London; his work on the three pandemics was shown in 2011 at the European parliament in Brussels. Daniels has published Mauvais Air, on malaria, and Faded Tulips, a long-term vision of post-Soviet democracy in Kyrgyzstan. His images appear regularly in the French and international press: National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Le Monde, and Polka, among others. He holds two World Press Photo awards (including a prize earlier this year for his work in CAR) and a Visa d’Or.

Judging
Human Rights Watch and World Press Photo representatives joined a panel of judges at Human Rights Watch’s headquarters to select the beneficiary of the grant. The panel consisted of Carroll Bogert, deputy executive director for external relations Human Rights Watch; Inigo Gilmore, independent journalist and filmmaker; Christopher Morris, photographer VII Photo Agency; Maarten Koets, acting managing director World Press Photo, and Amy Yenkin, director Open Society Documentary Photography Project. David Griffin, owner DGriffinStudio, served as secretary during the selection.

The judging took place on Human Rights Day, which commemorates the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December, 1948.

The Tim Hetherington Grant
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. It was created to celebrate the legacy of the photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, killed in Misrata, Libya, in April 2011.
The grant has in the past enabled recipients Stephen Ferry (2011), Fernando Moleres (2012) and Olivier Jobard (2013) to take their projects to the next stage.
For further information, please visit: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/tim-hetherington-grant

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Posted December 11 2014

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