Ten photographers have won $1,000 each as part of the 2016 Yunghi Grant. The Yunghi Grant, founded last year, is meant “to emphasize the importance of copyright registration [and] to give back to the profession of photojournalism,” according to photojournalist and grant founder Yunghi Kim.
The 2016 recipients are:
Judges for the grant included Kim and Contact Press Images executive director Jeffrey Smith. To qualify, photojournalists have to be members of Kim’s Facebook group Photojournalists Cooperative. Applicants were required to email Kim a 300 word explanation/statement about why they need the grant. The money can be used to pursue a new or existing project, or to pay everyday living expenses.
“Jeffrey Smith and I feel privileged to read everyone’s stories and proposals, and are heartened to see that there is really strong editorial thinking and story development even as funding resources become more challenging each year,” Kim says.
Kim uses the earnings she made from unauthorized use of her photographs to support the grant. Her goals are to help bring awareness of the importance of copyright registration and to encourage photographers to register their work with the US Library of Congress. Photographers can follow Kim on Twitter and Facebook.
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