Gardi, Lewis, And Weidenhoefer Each Win $20K Getty Images Editorial Photography Grants

Getty Images today announced from Visa Pour L’ Image in Perpignan, France, the three new winners of its 2005 Grants for Editorial Photography. They are Balazs Gardi of Budapest, for an examination of the European Gypsy; New Jersey resident Scott Lewis for his work focusing on spiritual and secular rituals in American communities of faith; and Kai Weidenhoefer of Berlin for his journey into the repercussions that may result from the erection of a 650-kolmeter wall in Israel, one that is intended to separate Israelis from Palestinians. Each winner will receive a $20,000 grant along with project support from Getty Images’ team of photo editors.

Getty said the three winning grants were selected from applications from 37 countries, a 40 percent increase in the number of nations represented when grants were awarded earlier this year. Final judging for these winners was done in August by Maura Foley, a picture editor for The New York Times; Reza, an award-winning photojournalist from the Webistan Agency in France; and Harald Menk, the foreign photo editor for Stern magazine in Germany.

In the announcement, Reza commented on the submissions entered for consideration: “Almost all of the proposals and images revealed highly-professional and motivated participants. It indicated to me that we are entereing a new era of photojournalism and documentary photograph – more in-depth, more sensitive, more engaged. Also impressive was the deep sense of humanity exhibited in most of the submissions.”

Getty Images awards five $20,000 grants annually, totaling $100,000, to fund work by established and rising photojournalists.  Applicants must submit a written proposal and portfolio. Grant winners are given the opportunity to sign a one-year exclusive rights deal with Getty whereby their work will be marketed and available for liscense to customers worldwide through Getty’s Web site.

For the upcoming 2006 Getty grants, the judging panel will include photojournalist David Burnett, co-founder of Contact Press Images;Giovanna Calvenzi, director of photography for Sportweek; Elaine Laffont, editorial director for Hachette Filipacchi Media; Natasha Lunn, a photography editor for The New Yorker magazine; and Susan A. Smith, deputy director of photography and illustrations for National Geographic magzine.

More information on the upcoming grants is available online here.