February 19th, 2013

Paolo Pellegrin named POYi Freelance Photographer of the Year

©Paolo Pellegrin

©Paolo Pellegrin

Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin has been named Freelance Photographer of the Year at the Picture of the Year International competition. Runners up were Tomas Munita, the second place winner, and third place winner Paolo Marchetti.

Pellegrin’s portfolio of 50 images included selections from projects that mostly explore the wrenching consequences of economic hardship and political and military tensions. The projects include a story about the underside of Miami, for which Pellegrin rode along on police patrols; a crime-ridden section of Rochester, New York (ditto);  recent political changes in Cuba, and two separate stories about Gaza–including one about the effects of the Israeli blockade, the other about the lingering consequences of Israel’s attacks on the territory in 2008 and 2009..

The portfolio is a study in the type of photography for which Pellegrin is well-known: unflinching reportage combined with layered, poetic images that blur the lines between documentary and art.

In other POYi Freelance Division categories judged last week, Javier Monzano won first place in News Picture Story–Freelance/Agency for his coverage of the siege of Aleppo, Syria.

Paolo Marchetti won first place for Issue Reporting Picture Story for his project about the deplorable conditions in juvenile prisons in Latin America.

Photographer David Chancellor won the World Understanding Award for his project called Hunters, about big game safaris in Africa. It explores “the complex relationship that exists between man and animal, the hunter and the hunted, as both struggle to adapt to our changing environments.”

Photographer Arnau Bach won the Community Awareness Award for his project called Paris Suburbs, exploring conditions behind the social unrest in the city’s poorest and most segregated suburbs.

Brett Stirton of Getty Images won the Environmental Awareness award for his story about the illegal ivory trade, including its causes and consequences.

POYi jurors will select Editing Division winners this week, and conclude with Multimedia Division winners next week.

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September 6th, 2012

Getty Names 2012 Editorial Grant Winners: Four Photographers and Chris Hondros Fund

© Kosuke Okahara

Photojournalists Bharat Choudhary, Kosuke Okahara, Paolo Marchetti and Sebastian Liste have been named the winners of Getty Images’ 2012 Grants for Editorial Photography. They will each receive $20,000 to support ongoing documentary projects.  Getty Images also announced it was awarding a grant of $20,000 to the Chris Hondros Fund. Created in memory of photographer Chris Hondros, who was killed in Libya in April 2011, the non-profit Chris Hondros Fund seeks to raise awareness of issues facing those who report from conflict zones and to support photojournalists through grants and scholarships.

The Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography have been awarded annually since 2005. The mission of the grants is “to enable emerging and established photojournalists to pursue projects of personal and editorial merit, focusing attention on significant social and cultural issues.” Photographers do not have to be affiliated with Getty Images to be considered.

Among this year’s winners are photographers who plan to use a variety of media in their projects:

Bharat Choudhary has spent two years documenting the lives of young Muslims in America and Great Britain in his series “The Silence of Others.” He next plans to document the experience of Muslim youth in France.

Kosuke Okahara’s “Fragments/Fukishima” looks at the devastation wrought by the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power in Japan in March 2011. Kosuke says his two goals now are to “to try and identify what this disaster truly means to the world through imagery and audio interviews. The second is to collect the fragments of Fukushima for future generations.”

Paolo Marchetti’s “FEVER-The Awakening of European Fascism” looks at the growing number of followers of the extreme right in Europe. He plans to use the grant to document this issue in the UK, France, Spain and Hungary.

Sebastian Liste’s “The Brazilian Far West” looks at inequities in Brazil, where 4 percent of landowners control 80 percent of the arable land. Liste, who was selected for PDN’s 30 this year, plans to use his grant to “create a multimedia map of the origin of inequality and violence in Brazil through photography, video and interviews.”

The judges for the 2012 grants were:  Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography, The New Yorker; Kira Pollack, Director of Photography, TIME Magazine; Jean-Francois Leroy, Director, Visa Pour l’Image;  Barbara Griffin, Senior Vice President of Image Management, Turner Broadcasting Systems and Stephanie Sinclair, Photographer, VII.

More information on the Getty editorial grants can be found on the Getty Images web site.

* Photo, above: Police officers at a checkpoint in the town of Namie, which is 27km from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power point. © Kosuke Okahara.

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