Josh Begley awarded the 2018 Tim Hetherington Fellowship

The Tim Hetherington Trust and the World Press Photo Foundation are pleased to announce that the 2018 Tim Hetherington Fellowship has been awarded to Josh Begley.

Begley is a data artist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. Among other achievements, he is the creator of Metadata+, an iPhone app that tracks U.S. drone strikes. The fellowship will support his project on ways of visualising white supremacy in the United States of America.

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

“Tim was a huge supporter of World Press Photo and in 2008, the year he won the premiere award, he visited dozens of World Press events around the world not for what it would do for him but for what he saw the organization was doing for others. It is in this spirit that the Tim Hetherington Trust partners with World Press Photo to expand opportunities for the nominated Fellows and even more importantly to learn from them and to share their inspiration with everyone who wants to push beyond the limitations of conventional journalistic practice.”

Maral Deghati, Manager Education of the World Press Photo Foundation, added:

“Josh Begley’s work is singular. It is powerfully imaginative and thought provoking. Josh Begley proves that we can still tell the stories that need to be told, however inaccessible or hidden, by harnessing the power of technology, and by asking the right questions. Through this fellowship we ensure talent is connected to new networks of support so we can support visual storytellers who embrace Tim’s creative attitude.”

Josh Begley reacted to his award:

"I'm thrilled to receive this honor. Many thanks to World Press Photo and the Tim Hetherington Trust. I look forward to the body of work this support will make possible."

About the Tim Hetherington Fellowship

The fellowship is a collaboration between the Tim Hetherington Trust and the World Press Photo Foundation to honor Tim's legacy. Originally a grant, the Tim Hetherington Trust and the World Press Photo Foundation launched a new fellowship in 2016 following consultation with the Hetherington family.

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. The fellowship, instead of providing funds for an individual project, offers new ways of supporting photographers so they can expand Tim's legacy in new and creative directions.

Together, the World Press Photo Foundation and the Tim Hetherington Trust support 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 best international networks.

The fellowship assists visual storytellers by providing access to training or mentorship so they can further their projects and mission. Fellows become part of sustainable network focused on innovative processes and permanent education. The fellows from each year will become part of the network and will play a role in selecting new fellows. The aim is to grow and strengthen a network of multiple skills that provides ongoing support.

The selected fellow will receive support to the value of €5000, to be provided equally by the Tim Hetherington Trust and the World Press Photo Foundation and its partners.

About Josh Begley

Josh Begley (b. 1984) is a data artist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. He is the creator of Metadata+, an iPhone app that tracks U.S. drone strikes.

Begley is the director of two short films, Concussion Protocol (2018) and Best of Luck with the Wall (2016), both produced by Academy Award-winning director Laura Poitras. His films have screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Met Breuer, IFC, the New York Film Festival, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Begley’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York Magazine, and at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. He is represented by Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco.

See Josh Begley’s work.

About the Tim Hetherington Trust

The Tim Hetherington Trust exists to preserve the legacy of Tim’s professional life as a visual storyteller and human rights advocate. This includes the safe archiving of all physical materials and to manage the intellectual and artistic use of his work. The Trust works to advance the application of Tim’s ideas and images in all ways that promote the intellectual integrity of his work and which expand the artistic expression of his vision.

Core to this is the support and nurture of new work that continues the ideals demonstrated by Tim with special emphasis on humanitarian and social concerns. The Tim Hetherington Trust encourages individuals and organizations that continue in Tim's footsteps, exploring innovative media processes that enhance audience engagement with the issues and inspiring others to excel in the execution of effective communication.

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