World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch have announced French photographer Olivier Jobard as the grantee of the third yearly Tim Hetherington Grant.
The grant is set up to celebrate the legacy of the photojournalist and filmmaker killed in Libya in 2011. It’s a grant of €20,000, intended to support a photographer in completing an existing project on a human rights theme.
For Jobard’s project entitled “Dream of a Rain of Perfume”,, it’s a choice by a selection committee from among 145 applications, a joint press release from World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch says.
“Reviewing the applications, the selection committee looked for the qualities that defined Hetherington’s career: 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”.
The 2013 selection committee of the Tim Hetherington Grant consisted of photographers, editors, and representatives from World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch: Marcus Bleasdale, documentary photographer with VII Photo Agency, Carroll Bogert, deputy executive director for external relations at Human Rights Watch, Pamela Chen, senior photo editor for the National Geographic magazine, Ross Kauffman, documentary film director for Red Light Films and Michiel Munneke, managing director of World Press Photo. Adriaan Monshouwer, founder of Picture Inside, served as the secretary during the selection.
The Tim Hetherington Grant is a joint initiative of Human Rights Watch and World Press Photo, and was created in honor of the photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington killed in Misrata, Libya in April 2011. The application process was open to all professional photographers who have participated in a World Press Photo competition between 2008 and 2013. For more information on the Tim Hetherington Grant, please go to www.worldpressphoto.org/tim-hetherington-grant.