Getty Images awards ‘Inclusion’ grants to eight photojournalists around the world

Getty Images has announced the winners of its annual award Editorial Inclusion Grants, a $5,000 prize awarded to editorial photographers and videographers around the world who are in emerging stages of their careers and come from underrepresented backgrounds. Eight photojournalists took home the prize for a total of $40,000 split across the News, Sports, Arts & Entertainment and Multimedia categories.

Brandon Watson, recipient of the Inclusion Grant, is a photographer based in Buffalo and Rochester, New York, whose editorial work is largely focused on portraiture.

The grant is a partnership between Getty Images; photography of women, a non-profit organization that brings together women and non-binary artists; and Diversify the photo, an organization that works with major media outlets to diversify the photographers they publish. This year’s jury was made up of photographers, visual writers and directors from news publications, including the Associated Press, the New York Timesand rolling stone.

Melissa Perez Winder is an Oakland, Calif.-based journalist and filmmaker who documents the stories of individual people amid broader American political themes.
Lexi Parra is a photographer based in Caracas, Venezuela, whose work explores themes of inequality and violence.
Parra’s work largely focuses on youth culture in Venezuela.

“The submissions we saw during this year’s program were extremely varied in focus and storytelling style, which was inspiring,” Getty Images senior vice president of content Ken Mainardis said in a statement. Press release.

These storytellers include Ivan McClellan, whose work documents black cowboys in America; Lexi Parra, a photographer based in Caracas, Venezuela, whose images examine youth culture and themes of inequality and violence; and Barbara Peacock, whose series American bedroom (2017-present) offers insight into people’s most intimate spaces.

In his series American Room, Barbara Peacock creates vulnerable portraits of people in the places where they sleep.

One particularly captivating image from the Peacock series is a 2017 portrait of 88-year-old Pepere in Jay, Maine that captures not just private space, but private thought. “When I wake up in the morning I try to shut myself up so I don’t wake her up, and then I remember she’s not there,” Pepere told Peacock of his late wife Rita G. Jean. the previous year after age 61. marriage. In other American bedroom works, Peacock photographs lovers together, creating vulnerable images where nothing can be hidden. Aspects of his subjects’ identities that are normally invisible to the outside world – the complexity of their relationships, the quirky objects around their bedroom, their unmade beds – are on full display.

Barbara Peacock’s photographs showcase the eccentricities of her subjects, reminding viewers of the nuances behind every person they encounter.

The full list of Inclusion Grant recipients is as follows: Mahé Elipe, Lexi Parra, Ana Elisa Sotelo, Ivan McClellan, Barbara Peacock, Brandon Watson, Rehab Eldalil, and Melissa Perez Winder.

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