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Getty Images Announces Final Winners of 2006 Photo Grants

NEW YORK and PERPIGNAN, France , Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Getty Images today announced the final three winners of its 2006 Grants for EditorialPhotography. Selected from a field of 120 entries from 29 countries, thewinners are Sarah Caron from France , Rena Effendi from Azerbaijan and SimonRoberts from England. In addition to $20,000 in funding, each Grant recipientwill receive collaborative editorial support from Getty Images photo editors as they execute their projects. The grants recipients will also be offered aone-year exclusive rights deal with Getty Images where their work could bemarketed through worldwide, if they choose. Thephotographers will always retain copyright of their imagery.

Simon Roberts proposes to use his grant to focus on the war in Chechnyafrom the perspective of the Russian soldiers and their families. Simoncommented: "I am grateful to receive this award, especially at a time whenit's becoming increasingly difficult to fund photo essays which tackle thiskind of subject matter. The war in Chechnya is currently Europe's longestrunning conflict and is still one of the most under-reported. I hope that myproject will highlight the injustices of the Chechen conflict and the widerissue of a Russian army in crisis."

Rena Effendi plans to use her grant to document lives along the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline -- a multi-million dollar project talked about aspart of The New Great Game -- in reference to the political struggle tocontrol the large reserves of oil and gas in the Caucasus. Effendi will focuson the struggle between geo-political interests and the people trapped inbetween. Rena adds: "So far, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan story has had nophotographic exposure except in commercial campaigns. The grant will give methe freedom to portray life as it is lived, with no public relations agenda."

Sarah Caron will be using her grant to highlight the martyrdom culturethat drives the Palestinian Al-Aqsa Martyr Brigades and the way they portraythemselves by the image of death. Caron will focus on both the daily life andfight of the 'martyr' and of the local artists who prepare their images fordisplay following their deaths.

The 120 anonymous project proposals and portfolios were independentlyreviewed by three judges who then met in New York on 3 August 2006 , tocollaborate and select the three winners. The leading photojournalists andindustry experts who judged the applications were Eliane Laffont, EditorialDirector, Hachette Filipacchi Media; Tony Chambers , Creative Director,Wallpaper* Magazine; and Susan A. Smith, Deputy Director of Photography atNational Geographic.

Susan A. Smith commented: "The level of work across the board was veryhigh. We could have awarded grants to a number of talented photographers. Inthe end, though, we went for three distinct genres: the gritty, gutsy, roughimmediacy of war photography; classic black-and-white documentary work; andstylized but intimate environmental portraits."

Aidan Sullivan, vice president, photographer and filmmaker relations,Getty Images said: "Photojournalism brings to life the most pressing andengaging global issues, whether political, social or environmental and GettyImages is committed to fostering the next generation of photojournalistictalent. The Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography program facilitatesprojects that have a personal significance for the winning photojournalistsand enables high caliber reportage imagery to be produced."

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