Reuters has awarded $5,000 grants to eight photographers for projects to advance their abilities and tell new stories. Their resulting work will be distributed globally by the news agency.
When the grant program was announced last year, Reuters said the intent is to develop a diverse group of emerging photographers covering stories around the world. The photographers will be advised by Yannis Behrakis, senior editor of special projects at Reuters and a Pulitzer Prize winner.
The photographers include NPPA members Loren Elliott and Gabriel Scarlett. Elliot is a freelance photographer based in Houston who recently worked for the Tampa Bay Times. His recent work focuses on immigration issued on the U.S.-Mexico border. Scarlett is a student at Western Kentucky University who has interned at the Denver Post and will be interning at the Los Angeles Times. His work often focuses on racism and economic divide.
The other photographers who won grants are:
Daro Sulakauri, based in Tbilisi, Georgia, whose work includes a hidden narrative of the Chechen conflict.
Ekaterina Anchevskaya, based in Russia and Turkey, who finds inspiration in her Russian homeland and its distinct culture.
Heba Khamis, based in Alexandria. She won first prize for the Contemporary Issues stories category in the World Press Photo 2018 Awards.
Manuel Seoane, based in Bolivia, who has covered migrant communities in La Paz.
Nicky Woo works in both New York City and Tanzania. She is a documentary photographer.
Thomas Nicolon is based in Democratic Republic of Congo. He covers wildlife conservation and environmental issues in Central Afric