Getty Images have announced the recipients of its 2016 Grants for Editorial Photography programme, which sees five photojournalists receive a grant of $10,000 each along with collaborative editorial support from Getty Images. Each photographer has captured a wide range of issues from climate change to sexual assault within the American Military. IBTimesUK takes a look at the five winning photojournalists and their corresponding projects:
Chasing Winter, by Katie Orlinsky: This project explores how climate change is challenging communities across Alaska, and transforming the relationship between people, animals and the land. Vanishing sea ice, retreating glaciers, an explosion of wildfires, intense storms and diminishing natural habitats are pressuring hundreds of local animal species – and the people who depend on them.
Prisoners of War: Male-On-Male Rape in America's Military by Mary Frances Calvert: According to a Pentagon survey that was released in May 2016, men make up 52% of the estimated 20,000 sexual assaults in the US military and face a completely different set of challenges than survivors who are women. This project highlights the many military rape survivors who are forced out of service and many who are even compelled to continue working for their rapists.
Border Security by Kirsten Luce: The Rio Grande Valley lies just across the river from Mexico in the southernmost tip of Texas. There are over a million residents, the vast majority of which are poor with Mexican heritage. The valley is the busiest corridor for drug and human trafficking in the US. This project looks at the intersection of culture, law enforcement and immigration in this contentious and isolated corner of the world.
The "Hijacked Life" of African Migrants in Johannesburg by Jonathan Torgovnik: At a time when the world's attention is directed towards the thousands of African migrants trying to reach the shores of Europe, little attention is given to the fact that thousands of African migrants are looking south and arriving in South Africa's most affluent city, Johannesburg. This projects looks at the poverty that awaits these migrants, including the slum lords who run the communities they are forced to live in.
Exodus by Sergey Ponomarev: Europe is experiencing one of the most significant influxes of migrants and refugees in its history. This project looks at the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled the Middle East and Africa, risking their lives along the way; who are treating Europe as the "promised land". They begin the next leg of the journey across Europe by boat, by train, by bus and on foot, from border to border, with a vague notion of reaching Germany, Sweden or Norway.