Applications Open: Tim Hetherington Grant

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World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch invite press photographers and photojournalists around the world to apply for the second Tim Hetherington Grant. The annual grant, worth €20,000, will be awarded to a photographer to complete an existing project on a human rights theme.

The judges will look for the qualities that defined Tim’s career when reviewing the applications: 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.

Stephen Ferry received the first Tim Hetherington Grant in 2011 for his project Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict.

Grant Details

The Tim Hetherington Grant is a joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch and was created to celebrate the legacy of the photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington killed in Misrata, Libya in April 2011.

The application process is open to all professional photographers who have participated in a World Press Photo competition between 2008 and 2012. The selection committee will convene in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and will announce the name of the recipient of the grant on December 10.

Grant award: €20,000
Submission due: November 15, 2012
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About Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is one of the leading international organizations dedicated to protecting and defending human rights. Its unique methodology combines rigorous research, extensive press outreach, and high-level policy advocacy to document, expose, and press for an end to human rights abuses in 90 countries worldwide.

Human Rights Watch was founded as an independent NGO in 1978 in New York. It is a global organization with offices on four continents. For more information contact Anna Lopriore at

About World Press Photo

World Press Photo is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism worldwide. We strive to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and for the free exchange of information. Our activities include organizing an annual contest, exhibitions, the stimulation of photojournalism through educational programs, and creating greater visibility for press photography through a variety of publications.

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