Photographers Stephen Ferry and Karen Kasmauski are the winners of Getty Images' first Grants for Good. Each photographer will receive $15,000 to develop new images to increase awareness of a nonprofit they support.
Getty introduced Grants for Good in February as an expansion of its photographer grant program to promote positive change in the world. It plans to continue the program next year. For the first competition, Getty received more than 403 proposals from photographers in 26 countries partnering with nonprofits in more than 55 countries.
Mr. Ferry won with a project for Human Rights Watch called Chronicle of a Death Foretold. The effort will cover the state of human rights in Colombia while honoring citizens who are risking their own lives to push for a democratic society. HRW will use the images to create a multimedia piece for its website, in print publications and possibly in an exhibit for policy-makers and the U.S. public because Colombia receives a substantial amount of U.S. assistance.
Ms. Kasmauski was awarded for her proposed project for Save Our Cumberland Mountains, which will document the role of this American grass-roots organization as it works to save the environment in Central Appalachia. She will create photos and a video essay to show the land and the people who live there, exposed to coal dust and other toxic elements.
Both grant recipients have six months to complete their projects and deliver their imagery to their nonprofit partners. Money not spent on the projects will be donated to the nonprofit. The winners' projects and their imagery portfolio of imagery can be viewed at gettyimages.com/grants.
In announcing the winners, Andrew Delaney, head of content for Getty, said: "It is extraordinary to see that so many photographers and nonprofits are teaming to develop new imagery on a wide range of social issues, including the arts, education, human rights, health, poverty, peace and the environment."