2014 marks the ten year anniversary of the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography program, which has now awarded almost $1 million in funding to photojournalists. As we prepare to announce this year’s winners on September 4 at Visa Pour l’Image, here is a look back at some of the winners from the past 10 years.
Photographer Miquel Dewever-Plana had spent several years documenting survivors of Guatemala’s genocide in the 1980s. In 2010, he received a Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography to focus on Guatemala’s ‘Other War’ – the gang violence that was engulfing the country. Dewever-Plana explains...
"Thirteen years after the peace accords ended the genocide backed by the military dictatorships against the Mayan populations, this small country of 13 million inhabitants has become one of the world’s most violent places. As a photojournalist, after having focused many years on the effects of the genocide of the Mayan people during the 1980s, I needed to focus on this aftermath of the conflict, in essence, Guatemala’s “other war.”
This violence is the result of an accumulation of social, political, cultural and psychological problems, of which the nation’s administrations have never responded. Instead, government officials have been more occupied with favoring their own interests. In addition to poverty, unemployment, racism, families torn apart by war and emigration to the United States, the nation is gripped by violence inside families, corruption, impunity, nepotism, drug and arms trafficking and death squads.
The Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography allowed me to continue my project and offered me the resources and the time required to better understand the situation. I came to realize that the majority of the gang members, girls and boys, were often sexually abused in their childhood. Knowing this truth allows us to understand their aggressive behavior and the abuses they commit, with an unlimited violence, against their victims - incomprehensible to us. To understand does not mean to justify, but having this knowledge can allow us to better fight the root causes."
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