Announcing the 2016 Tim Hetherington Fellowship

The inaugural 2016 Tim Hetherington Trust/World Press Photo Foundation Fellowship was awarded to Nana Kofi Acquah, to develop his project about gender/women in Africa, thereby contributing to a new African visual voice.

Stephen Mayes, Director of the Tim Hetherington Trust, said:

"It’s important we keep the structure flexible which will allow the fellowship to evolve -  it wouldn't be right for something in Tim's name to be rigid and not adaptable. The Trust and family are confident that the ongoing connection with the World Press Photo Foundation is important and we are pleased to have found a long-lasting form that fits Tim’s way of thinking."

Lars Boering, Managing Director of the World Press Photo Foundation, said:

"We are delighted to be deepening our collaboration with the Tim Hetherington Trust, and very happy that we have put together a creative fellowship program. Together we are committed to rethinking education and ensuring talent is connected to new networks of support. Given his long-term commitment to new perspectives in photography, Nana Kofi Acquah deserves to be the first fellow."

About Nana Kofi Acquah

Nana Kofi Acquah (@africashowboy) is a Ghanaian photographer, blogger and poet who works across Africa with a commitment to help re-position the continent through new visual imagery and discourse. He is a member of the Instagram group @EverydayAfrica, a platform that celebrates the very ideal that inspired him to pick up the camera.

Nana became a full time photographer in 2007, after years in advertising and journalism. He shoots a lot of CSR and documentary photography across the continent.

His recent exhibition in Accra, his first at home, was entitled “Don’t Call Me Beautiful” and was dedicated to raising social and political consciousness on the deliberate suppression and frustration of women in the culture.

Recently, he has been focusing on work that celebrates the continent’s strengths and victories and hopes that sometime in the future, positive images he has created of the continent will be on the walls of every home. He believes if he can change what images Africans see of themselves, he can change what Africans think of themselves.

Nana lives in a tiny village on the hem of Accra called Kokrobite, five minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean, with his wife Gloria, their three children and two dogs.

The fellowship replaces the Tim Hetherington Grant, which was awarded from 2011 to 2014 (there was no award in 2015).

Read more about the Tim Hetherington Fellowship

Posted April 23 2016

About The World Press Photo Foundation

We are a global platform connecting professionals and audiences through trustworthy visual journalism and storytelling. Founded in 1955 when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest to share their work with an international audience, the competition has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography award and our mission has expanded. We encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives. We exhibit those stories to a worldwide audience, educate the profession and the public on their making, and encourage debate on their meaning.

The World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We receive support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and are sponsored worldwide by Canon.