The inaugural CatchLight Fellowships were awarded to Sarah Blesener, Brian Frank and Tomas van Houtryve, the organization announced today. Fellowship winners receive $30,000 to use to create a body of work. In addition, winners are paired with media partners that will work with them to publish their project.
CatchLight is a nonprofit photography organization that strives to marshal resources to help amplify the work of photographers who are doing innovative work. According to a CatchLight statement, the fellowships recognize “demonstrated excellence in the novel use of photography to bring awareness to challenging social issues.”
Blesener will work with Reveal, a publication of The Center for Investigative Reporting, on a project investigating nationalism among American youth. Frank will work with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system, on a story about organizations offering alternatives to incarceration. And Tomas van Houtryve will work with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting on a story about the U.S. border with Mexico and the use of photography as surveillance and as a weapon.
The CatchLight Fellows were chosen from a pool of more than 300 applicants. Jurors for the inaugural fellowship cycle were Lacy Austin, Director of Community Programs, International Center of Photography; Photographer and VII Photo Agency member Ed Kashi; photojournalist and writer Shahidul Alam; London College of Communication Director Paul Lowe; Lekgetho Makola, of the The Market Photo Workshops in South Africa; National Geographic Senior Photo Editor Jamie Wellford; and photo editor Amy Yenkin. Carroll Bogert of The Marshall Project; Robert Rosenthal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting, and Jon Sawyer of The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting represented the media partners in the judging.
PHOTO EDITOR MIKE DAVIS AND JASON ESKENAZI ON THE ART OF SEQUENCING PHOTOS
HOW TO WIN THE TIM HETHERINGTON VISIONARY AWARD (AND SAVE PHOTOJOURNALISM)
SINCLAIR WINS $20K 2017 ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS AWARD
TOMAS VAN HOUTRYVE DRONE ESSAY LONGEST EVER PUBLISHED BY HARPER’S
Sharafat Ali has won the 2017 Ian Parry Scholarship, the board of the scholarship program announced yesterday. Ali, who is based in Kashmir and covers conflict, politics, faith and daily life in the region, won the Award for Achievement for his work on anti-India protests in the region. Ali and three other finalists will receive cash awards of... More ›
Getty Images has awarded grants of $10,000 each to five photographers to support personal documentary projects of “universal importance,” the photo agency announced on September 7. The editorial grant winners are: Alejandro Cegarra for “Living with Hugo Chavez’s Legacy” Paula Bronstein for “The Cost of War” Antonio Faccilongo for “Habibi” Barbara Peacock for “American Bedroom”... More ›
FotoEvidence and the World Press Photo Foundation have announced a new documentary photography award for 2018 called the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The winner’s work will be published in a book and promoted by FotoEvidence, and two other selected finalists will be exhibited during the World Press Photo Exhibition in 2018 in... More ›