The World Press Photo organisation and Human Rights Watch have announced, at the Visa Pour l’Image photojournalism festival, the launch of the Tim Hetherington Grant, in memory of the late photojournalist killed in Libya earlier this year.
The Tim Hetherington Grant, which is the result of a joint-initiative between World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch, will be awarded to a photographer “to complete an existing project on a humanitarian or human rights theme.” The grant is worth €20,000.
The grant was launched on 03 September during the last evening screening of Visa Pour l’Image, the world’s largest photojournalism festival.
Photojournalist and filmmaker Hetherington died on 20 April 2011, alongside Getty Images’ photographer Chris Hondros, while covering the Libyan conflict in Misrata. The two photographers came under heavy fire, and died in an explosion that also wounded photographers Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown.
“Tim’s life came to an abrupt end at the age of 40, but his legacy as a photojournalist and filmmaker is still taking shape,” says World Press Photo in a statement. “To celebrate Tim’s commitment to finding new ways to tell compelling stories about politics, conflict and the human experience, and to relay these stories to a wide audience, a new grant has been established.”
The grant has received the support of Hetherington’s parents, Alastair and Judith.
“In reviewing the applications, the judges will look for the qualities that defined Tim’s career: work that operates on multiple platforms and in a variety of formats; that crosses boundaries between breaking news and longer-term investigation; and that demonstrates a consistent moral commitment to the lives and stories of the photographic subjects,” says World Press Photo.
The deadline for applications is 15 October, with the winner announced on 05 November.