Getty Images at Visa Pour L'Image 2012
Getty Images has confirmed support and a significant presence at Visa Pour L’Image 2012 - the international photojournalism festival, held annually in Perpignan, France.This is the fifth year Getty Images has supported the festival, reconfirming its commitment to the photojournalism industry as a whole, as well as the emerging and high-calibre talent synonymous with the festival.
Aidan Sullivan, Vice President, Photo Assignments, Editorial Partnerships and Development at Getty Images says: “We are delighted to once again confirm our support of the Visa Pour L’Image festival for a fifth year. Supporting the photojournalism community is of the utmost importance to Getty Images and we have always believed that the festival plays a pivotal role in the on-going development of the industry. It also provides a vital platform in which to explore the breath-taking work that is being captured by photojournalists around the world each and every day – the festival is more important to us than ever before.”
Getty Images will have a strong presence at the festival, including the announcement of the recipients of the 2012 Grants for Editorial Photography, which aims to showcase and support powerful and inspiring photojournalism projects. The winners will be announced on stage during the evening screening on Thursday 6 September, with the winning recipients showcasing their chosen projects on Friday, 7 September from 3 - 4pm. Since the programme’s inception in 2005, Getty Images has awarded over $700,000 to professional photojournalists. Further information on the Getty Images’ grants programme can be found online at: www.gettyimages.com/grants
Jean-Francois Leroy, Visa Pour L’Image Festival Director says: “Getty Images once again proves their real support and involvement in photojournalism. In addition to the valuable Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography, they are once again supporting Visa Pour L'Image and we are very happy to have such a partner on board.”
For the second year in a row, a Reportage by Getty Images’ photojournalist has been awarded the coveted City Of Perpignan Remi Ochlik Award, formerly the Young Reporter of Perpignan Award, with this year’s title going to Sebastian Liste. Sebastian receives the award for his Urban Quilombo project, which documents life in Galpao da Araujo Barreto – an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, which was home to 130 homeless families before they were evicted last year by the Brazilian government. Sebastian, who is Spanish by birth, has been documenting the community since 2009. Ed Ou received the award last year for his work documenting the Child Soldiers of Somalia.
Reportage by Getty Images’ photojournalist Julien Goldstein and Contour photographer Doug Menuez have also been chosen by the festival to exhibit their work. The moving and inspiring exhibitions will focus on the following:
Kurdistan Julien Goldstein / Reportage by Getty Images Silicon Valley Doug Menuez / Contour by Getty Images Urban Quilombo project Sebastian Liste/ Reportage by Getty Images In addition, 2009 and 2011 Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography recipients Krisanne Johnson and Stanley Greene’s winning projects have been completed and will be exhibited at the festival. Getty Images awarded Stanley and Krisanne grants of $20,000 in 2011 and 2009 respectively which helped them to further develop their projects.
Aidan Sullivan continues: “I am extremely pleased that once again, our photojournalists are being recognised at Visa Pour L’Image by being given the opportunity to showcase their work. I am particularly proud that for the second year in a row, a Reportage by Getty Images’ photojournalist has picked up the prestigious Remi Ochlik award and congratulate Sebastian on what is a breathtaking and groundbreaking project.”
In addition to these exhibitions, Getty Images will also have a strong presence at the festival, with several screenings of their photographers’ work, as well as conducting daily portfolio review sessions at their stand.
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