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The Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award

The Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award was created in 2012 to honor photojournalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Chris Hondros – the award-winning Getty Images photojournalist killed April 20, 2011 in a mortar attack by government forces in Misrata, Libya – his work and his distinctive ability to bring shared human experiences into the public eye.

Chris covered the world’s hotspots for Getty Images, including conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Liberia, with dedication, compassion and a soulful purpose. He recognized the shared humanity among those affected by war, regardless of culture or beliefs, and was determined to share their challenges to the wider world in the hope of provoking thought, raising awareness and fostering understanding. Chris helped give shape and vision to our photography and create a culture of news gathering that defines our organization today.

In 2012, Photojournalist Andrea Bruce was awarded the inaugural Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award for her ability to bring shared human experiences to light. Finalist Dominic Bracco II was also recognized for his work, creating a visual history that provokes thought, raises awareness and fosters understanding.

In 2013, Chilean Photographer Tomás Munita was chosen to receive the second annual Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award for his exceptional photographic ability coupled with a spirited commitment to the craft of photojournalism and received a prize of $20,000. American Photographer Bryan Denton was selected as a finalist and received $5,000 to further enable his work, which captures both the complexities and daily life of those living in conflict with an unyielding commitment and intellectual curiosity.

In 2014, we will once again invite industry influencers to nominate candidates who exemplify the work of Chris Hondros and celebrate his legacy. Winners will be announced in July.

Read more about the Chris Hondros Fund here.

Photo by Katie Orlinsky