Visa pour l’Image 2014, the international photojournalism festival held annually in Perpignan, France, will be celebrating its 26th year when it opens on 30 August. Getty Images continues to sponsor the prestigious festival - this being the seventh year - demonstrating its continued commitment to the photojournalism industry and emerging talent.

And this year Getty Images is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of its grants programme, which has awarded more than $1.2 million to date, by offering $130,000 to photographers.

The Grants for Editorial Photography programme showcases and supports powerful and inspiring photojournalism projects. Judged by industry greats including David Furst, the international picture editor at The New York Times and Sarah Leen, director of photography at National Geographic magazine, five grants of $10,000 will be awarded to photojournalists pursuing projects of personal and journalistic significance.  In addition, inspired by Getty Images’ partnership with LeanIn.org, an additional $10,000 will be awarded to a photojournalist whose work focuses on women or girls achieving positive results in their communities or personal lives. All grant recipients will be announced on 4 September on stage at Visa pour l’Image, with the winning recipients showcasing their chosen projects the following day. 

“Imagery is the language of our time and the unrivaled power of photojournalism to educate, inspire and mobilise people and governments has never been more important than it is today,” Getty Images Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Klein said. “At Getty Images, we are deeply committed to excellence in photojournalism and Visa pour l’Image is the ideal setting to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our grants programme, one of the largest in the industry.”

Photographs from previous Visa pour l'Image festivals

In addition, Reportage by Getty Images photojournalist Alvaro Ybarra Zavala has been nominated for the prestigious Visa d’Or Feature award for his work titled 'Stories Of A Wounded Land,' which examines the agro-business model in rural Argentina and Brazil, and societal issues that have risen as a result of it. The nomination follows Reportage by Getty Images photojournalist Laurent Van der Stock’s Visa d’Or win last year in the News category, for his work documenting the alleged use of chemical weapons by military forces in Syria. 'Stories Of A Wounded Land' has also been chosen to feature as one of the coveted exhibition spots throughout the duration of the three-week festival.

The work of the late Getty Images photojournalist Chris Hondros will also be exhibited, on display at the Hotel Pams. The exhibition, titled 'Testament,' follows on from the book of the same name published earlier this year, and will depict a collection of Chris’ photographs and essays documenting over a decade of world conflict since the late 1990s, including Liberia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. As a photographer working in the world's most difficult and dangerous places, Chris had a unique and distinctive ability to connect his viewers with his photographed subjects and the exhibition commemorates this talent.

Getty Images Vice President, Photo Assignments, Editorial Partnerships and Development, Aidan Sullivan says: “I am extremely proud that, once again, our photojournalists are being recognised at Visa pour l’Image, through both the nomination for the Visa d’Or, as well as the opportunity to showcase their award-winning work. We are inspired each and every day by the content our team produce and we are delighted to have this recognised by the festival.”

In addition to the exhibitions, Getty Images will have a strong presence at the festival through several screenings of their photographers’ work, as well as conducting daily portfolio review sessions in the Palais des Congres. Getty Images experts and photojournalists will also be hosting a series of roundtables, in collaboration with Canon, showcasing the award-winning photojournalism the company is renowned for, as well as providing insight, expertise and advisory into how aspiring photojournalists can stand out in today’s competitive landscape. 

Getty Images’ Aidan Sullivan, founder of A Day Without News?, is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Ian Parry Scholarship at the festival - an organisation he founded 25 years ago to commemorate the death of colleague Ian Parry, who was killed covering the Yugoslavian conflict in 1989 at the age of 24. The fund has helped 24 photojournalists progress their careers and will be recognised at the festival through an exhibition in the Couvent des Minimes

Further information on the Getty Images’ grants programme can be found at: www.gettyimages.com/grants

Exhibitions

Getty Images’ presence at the photojournalism festival includes the following two exhibitions:

Testament

Chris Hondros/ Getty Images

Testament is a collection of photographs by late photojournalist Chris Hondros spanning over a decade of coverage of world conflict since the late 1990s, including Kosovo, Afghanistan, the West Bank, Iraq, Liberia, Egypt, and Libya. As a photographer working in the world's most difficult and dangerous places, Chris Hondros had the distinctive ability to connect his viewers with people embroiled in far-flung and sometimes obscure conflicts.

Chris Hondros was killed on assignment in Misrata, Libya in April, 2011.

Stories Of A Wounded Land

Alvaro Ybarra Zavala/ Reportage by Getty Images

Stories of a Wounded Land examines the agro-business model of large scale, intensive agriculture, using genetically-modified seeds and agro-chemical products in rural areas of Argentina and Brazil. It documents the serious health issues that have arisen amongst rural populations, as well as issues of land rights and the wealth gap this model has created. The project includes rare access inside some of the facilities of the multinational Monsanto.

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