Winners of US$15,000 Getty Images Reportage Grants announced
Getty Images has recently announced three recipients of their 2019 Reportage Grants. Awarded annually, each recipient will receive $15,000 to pursue long-term documentary projects of both personal and journalistic significance.
2019 grant recipients
Daniele Volpe for Ixil Genocide. The work showcases survivors of the systemic genocide of the Ixil community in Guatemala during the 1980s as they sought to find the remains of loved ones, justice, and some semblance of healing.
Anna Boyiazis for Finding Freedom in the Water. The series documents Muslim girls and women as they learn to swim in Muyuni, Zanzibar, in attire that respects their conservative Islamic culture.
Hashem Shakeri for An Elegy for the Death of Hamun. This project examines the drying up of Lake Hamun, in southern Iran, and the transformation of a once-fertile region and community, into a desert – due in part to climate change and the construction of dams upriver in Afghanistan.
The winners were chosen from almost 400 entrants. The judging panel included:
- Andy Greenacre, Director of Photography, Telegraph Magazine
- Sunil Gupta, Photographer
- Finbarr O’Reilly, Photographer and Author
- Hilary Roberts, Senior Curator of Photography, Imperial War Museum
- Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, The Guardian
The judging panel extended honorable mentions to Rafael Resty Lerma for his series, Losing Humanity, which documents the drug war in the Philippines, and Santi Palacios, for South Sudan, which explores the refugee crisis.
About the recipients
Daniele Volpe (Ixil Genocide)
Daniele is an award-winning documentary photographer based in Guatemala. His images are chiefly aimed at exploring issues related to human rights and social justice in Latin America. He is also interested in narrating the “human stories” that define Guatemalan society in the aftermath of genocide.
His project on the “Ixil Genocide” was published as a book, “Chukel,” in which he followed survivors of the 1980s attack on the Ixil community, targeted for genocide, systemic rape and displacements, as they sought justice and the remains of loved ones.
His work has appeared in numerous outlets, including Stern, National Geographic Proof, TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Al Jazeera America, Univision Noticias, The British Journal of Photography, and The Guardian, among others.
Volpe is also a contributing photographer to humanitarian organizations like UNICEF, UNHCR and ICRC.
Anna Boyiazis (Finding Freedom in the Water)
Anna Boyiazis is an American documentary photographer based between Southern California –where she was born and raised by her family of Aegean Islanders – and East Africa. Her areas of focus include human rights, public health, and women and girls’ issues. Through her work, she aims to elicit compassion and bring our shared humanity to the fore. Her series Finding Freedom in the Water, featured by National Geographic, received a 2018 World Press Photo Award.
Boyiazis is a contributing photographer for ESPN, GEO, Marie Claire, Médecins Sans Frontières, National Geographic, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Politiken, Stern, and UNICEF. Her exhibitions include the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London; DYSTURB #WomenMatter campaign against violence toward women, Preus Museum, Norway; and the Havana Biennial, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Cuba.
Her work has been recognised by the Aaron Siskind Foundation, the Contemporary African Photography Prize, Médecins Sans Frontières, Pictures of the Year International, Prix Pictet, UNICEF, Vienna Peace Foundation, Women Photograph + Nikon, and World Press Photo.
Boyiazis earned an MFA from the Yale University School of Art and a BA from the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.
Hashem Shakeri (An Elegy for the Death of Hamun)
Hashem Shakeri is an artist, photographer, and filmmaker who recently relocated from Tehran to Germany.
He started a professional career in documentary photography in 2010 and has since worked as a freelance photographer in Iran, Turkey, South Korea, Malaysia, France and Denmark. One of his primary concerns is the psychological investigation of human relationships in the contemporary world. By capturing restlessness, perplexity, and social struggle in the modern capitalist world, he aims to record the optical unconsciousness of society and provides a universal narrative form with a personal insight.
In addition to receiving the 2018 UNICEF Photo of the Year award, Shakeri has also received the 2015 Ian Parry Scholarship, the 2016 Lucas Dolega Award, and the 2017 POYi World Understanding Award. His work has been featured in exhibitions around the world, and in numerous publications including The Sunday Times, The British Journal of Photography, The New York Times, Paris Match, Aperture, Reporters Without Borders, National Geographic and Wired, among others.
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