Photojournalists Kristen Ashburn and Andrew Testa have each been named recipients of a $20,000 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, Getty announced last night at a dinner in New York City.
Ashburn won for her project "AIDS and Faith in Zimbabwe" and will use her Getty grant to document HIV and AIDS patients there, Getty said in their release, as well as reporting on churches and other places of worship that offer support and hope to AIDS victims, organizations that have grown in regions where AIDS has had a significant impact on the area.
The winner of the 2004 Canon Female Photojournalist Award, Ashburn is represented by Contact Press Images. Her interest in photojournalism bloomed in 1994 when she was still in college and while working as a humanitarian relief working in Romania, where she photographed neurologically impaired orphans. Since then she’s covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and extensively reported on AIDS in Zimbabwe, her first trips there being self-financed, and won awards in NPPA’s annual contest as well as in World Press Photo.
Ashburn's photography has appeared in leading publications including The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, Mother Jones, Le Figaro in France, D Magazine in Italy, The Telegraph Sunday Magazine, and others. In 2002 she was given the Marty Forscher Fellowship for humanistic photography, and she is one of the director of "Through The Eyes Of Children: The Rwanda Project."
Testa, originally from Britain and a freelancer there, won for his project "New Beginning For Kosovo." He will use the support of the grant to document Kosovo in the era after 1999’s peace agreement and the days leading up to a scheduled referendum this year that is intended to determine who will control the future of the war-torn land, Getty said.
He is the director of photography for Gazeta Express, a daily newspaper in Kosovo, and is still a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Observer. He began covering Kosovo in 1998, and in 1999 covered the Balkans for Newsweek and The New York Times. He’s also covered Afghanistan and Iraq for Newsweek.
Testa’s photographs have appeared in many publications, including The Observer, The Guardian, Stern, Das Magazin, The Independent, Paris-Match, and Der Speigel, and in 1997 he was selected as one of twelve photographers to participate in a World Press Photo masterclass, the same year he won the Nikon Photo Essay Award for his ongoing coverage of the “environmental road protest movement” in England. He is represented today by Panos Pictures.
Ashburn and Testa were picked as the two winners by three judges: David Burnett, photojournalist and co-founder of Contact Press Images; Giovanna Calvenzi, photography editor for Sportweek in Italy; and Natasha Lunn, a photography editor for The New Yorker.
A second round of 2006 grant winners will be announced later this year. Applicants for the second round face an application deadline of June 15, 2006. Winners will be announced in Perpignan, France, at Visa pour l’Image in September. Application guidelines are online at www.gettyimages.com/editorial-grants.
Getty says there were 110 applicants from 29 countries who vied for the first round of 2006 grants. Since the program began in 2004, Getty has awarded seven grants of $20,000 each “to fund, support, and inspire the best global talent in photojournalism.” Five of the grants are awarded annually, totaling $100,000, “to fund work by established and rising photojournalists.” Grant recipients also receive support from Getty’s picture editors for one year, and are offered the chance to sign a one-year exclusive rights agreement with Getty to have their work marketed and sold on gettyimages.com.
Getty also announced last night that Aidan Sullivan, vice president for editorial photographer relations, has joined the grant team and will the new director of their grant efforts.