Ten photojournalists have won $1,000 grants from photographer Yunghi Kim, the founder and sponsor of the Yunghi Grant competition. The winners include:

Amber Bracken, for her work about Canada’s indigenous people.

Andreea Campeanu, for her project about the sex trade in Romania.

Mikala Compton, for a project about a pagan community in Missouri.

Marko Drobnjakovic, for a project called “The Last Yugoslavs.”

Brendan Hoffman, for “Webster City,” about small town life in middle America.

Lauren Justice, for a project called “Voices of Violence.”

Leo Novel, for “Breaking the Glass Ceiling,” about feminist activists in France.

Michael Santiago, for his ongoing project about black farmers in the US.

Andrew Seng, for a project called “Interracial Intimacy.”

Ines Della Valle, for “Spiritual Path of Ancient Egypt,” about the foundations of western spirituality.

This year’s winners were selected by Yunghi Kim and Contact Press Images director Jeffrey Smith. Applications were up more than 30 percent this year to 83, including 33 applications from women, Kim says.

“It was a challenge to narrow it to ten,” she said in a statement announcing the winners. “I am immensely proud of all the entrants of this grant: all are committed photographers who are part of our photojournalism community, all attempting meaningful work as best as they can manage, often under difficult circumstances.”

The grants are intended to help photographers “start, further or finish a project,” or to help cover “everyday life expenses,” according to the competition rules. To apply, photographers must be members of the Photojournalists Cooperative, a Facebook group for professional photographers only.

Kim initiated the grant two years ago to emphasize to photographers the importance of copyright registration, and to give back to the photo community, she says. She funds the grants with money she collects for unauthorized use of her work.

“YES it makes a difference if you copyright register your work and everyone should make a practice of it in your workflow. Thing of it as digital teeth brushing,” she says on the Yunghi Grant website.

Related:
Ten Photojournalists Win $1K Grants from Yunghi Kim (2016)

Hirve, Agusti and Demczuk Win $2,500 Each in Inaugural Wome Photograph + ONA Grants

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