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Getty Images funds 9 photographers to develop their work

Giant stock photo agency, Getty Images has given £120,000 in funding to five established and four student photojournalists in its latest round of Grant for Editorial funding scheme.

Professional photographers Stefano De Luigi, Miquel Dewever-Plana, Edwin Koo, Darcy Padilla and Jerome Sessini have all been given a substantial chunk of the funding, each receiving $20,000 and editorial support from Getty Images which will enable them to execute a documentary photography project.

Whilst student photographers Bryan Anselm, Julie Glassberg, Julia Marie Rendleman and Paris Visone will each receive $5000 enable, which will enable them to develop their work further.

This year’s winners were selected from 260 applications from professional photojournalists and only 48 proposals from student photographers. The judging panel included Stephen Frailey, of the School of Visual Arts,  Jean-François Leroy, of Visa Pour l’Image, The New York Times’ director of photography Kathy Ryan, Newsweek’s senior photo editor Jamie Wellford and documentary photographer Eugene Richards.

Aidan Sullivan, vice president of photo assignments at Getty Images said,  “I am delighted that our editorial photography grants programme continues to empower photojournalists and enable them to bring these important visual essays to the world’s attention.”

One of profesional photographers, Miquel Dewever-Plana, who have received $20,000 will return to Guatemala to photograph the violence that’s emerged as a result from drug trafficking from Mexico. He told the British Journal of Photography that  three days after learning he had won the grant, the photographer bought his plane ticket back. The $20,000, he says, will fund two additional trips. The next step, he says, will be to create a book and an interactive website that will be used in Guatemalan schools to help a new generation of young people stay away from gangs.

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