ATHENS, GA (November 10, 2015) – Today the Michel du Cille Fellowships to support visual journalism were announced by the National Press Photographers Foundation at the conclusion of their annual board of directors meeting.
The Michel du Cille Fellowships will be ongoing – not just one time – and the long-term goal is to support visual journalism education in developing countries in Africa, Foundation treasurer Frank Folwell told News Photographer magazine today.
The Fellowships are funded by donations made in du Cille’s name to the Foundation by the late photojournalist’s colleagues and friends.
Du Cille, 58, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, collapsed and died in remote Liberia on December 11, 2014, while on assignment covering the Ebola crisis for his newspaper, The Washington Post.
The du Cille Fellowships will be awarded to visual journalists who reflect his life-long compassion and respect for the people he photographed, Folwell said.
The people of Africa and the tales of their lives were among du Cille’s most passionate and engaging interests. Shortly before his death he told News Photographer magazine that the Ebola crisis and the people of Liberia were “the story of my lifetime.” He also said that he was grateful to Post managers for the opportunity to once again be a photojournalist on assignment overseas for a story of global importance. In the end, it was the story of his lifetime, a dangerous one that he lost his own life while covering.
The NPPF board of directors include president C. Thomas Hardin, vice president Mary Lou Foy, and board members James Brown, Cathaleen Curtiss, Bill Luster, Bill Sanders, and Steve Sweitzer.
As an officer of the board, du Cille had been the Foundation’s secretary for many years.
For more information, and to donate the to the Michel du Cille Fellowships, please visit the newly-redesigned National Press Photographers Foundation’s Web site at www.nppf.org.