World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch announced today that the 2013 Tim Hetherington Grant, worth € 20,000 (approximately $26,500) is open for applications. Photojournalists working on projects with human rights themes can apply for the grant, which was established to honor the late Tim Hetherington, a photojournalist killed in a mortar attack in Libya in 2011. Applications will be accepted through October 17. The winner will be announced on November 11.

This is the third year the grant will be awarded. Previous winners include Stephen Ferry (2011) and Fernando Moleres (2012).

For more information see the press release below, or visit the World Press Photo website here:

Related: Photographer Fernando Moleres Wins 2012 Tim Hetherington Grant
Photographer Stephen Ferry Awarded First Tim Hetherington Grant


Amsterdam, 9 September 2013


World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch invite photojournalists and visual journalists around the world to apply for the third annual Tim Hetherington Grant. The grant is intended to support a photographer in completing an existing project on a human rights theme. The deadline for submissions is 17 October, and the name of the recipient of the grant will be announced on 11 November.

Managing director Michiel Munneke says: “The grant was established to celebrate Tim Hetherington’s commitment to innovative and compelling storytelling. We’re pleased that the grant has already enabled two photojournalists to take their projects to the next stage and to reach a worldwide audience. With the support of the Tim Hetherington Grant Stephen Ferry (2011) and Fernando Moleres (2012) were able to approach audiences on multiple platforms, books, booklets, newspapers, websites and exhibitions.”

2012 edition
Last year, the Spanish photographer Fernando Moleres received the second Tim Hetherington Grant for his project “Waiting for an opportunity” that explores 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 outside after release from prison. It was chosen by a selection committee from among 176 applications by visual journalists of 53 nationalities.

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch will join a panel of judges to select the beneficiary of the third annual Tim Hetherington Grant. The 2013 selection committee will consist of:
–           Marcus Bleasdale, documentary photographer VII Photo Agency
–           Carroll Bogert, deputy executive director for external relations Human Rights Watch
–           Pamela Chen, senior photo editor National Geographic Magazine
–           Ross Kauffman, documentary film director Red Light Films
–           Michiel Munneke, managing director World Press Photo
Secretary: Adriaan Monshouwer, founder Picture Inside.

The judges will look for the qualities that defined Hetherington’s career when reviewing the applications: work that operates on multiple platforms and in a variety of formats; that crosses boundaries between breaking news and longer-term investigation; and that demonstrates a consistent moral commitment to the lives and stories of the photographic subjects.The selection committee will convene in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and will publish the name of the recipient of the grant on 11 November.

Who can apply
The annual grant, worth € 20,000, will be awarded to a photographer to complete an existing project on a human rights theme. The application process is open to all professional photographers who have participated in a World Press Photo competition between 2008 and 2013. The deadline for applications is 17 October.

The Tim Hetherington Grant is a joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch and was created to celebrate the legacy of the photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, killed in Misrata, Libya in April 2011. For more information and for submitting an application for the grant, please visit:



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