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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.

Announcing the 2015 Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award Recipients

This year, industry influencers nominated candidates who exemplify the work of Chris Hondros and celebrate his legacy. We are pleased to announce that Canadian photographer Kevin Frayer has been chosen to receive the fourth annual Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award and a prize of $20,000. Frayer is formerly a National photographer at the Canadian Press and a Chief Photographer for the Associated Press based in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, and New Delhi, India and is currently working with Getty Images.

We are also pleased to announce that Armenian-American photographer Diana Markosian has been selected as the emerging photojournalist recipient, with a grant of $5,000. The emerging photojournalist award goes to a photographer whose work demonstrates exceptional promise and who is committed to documenting a visual history of newsworthy events.

Previous winners

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. American Photographer Bryan Denton was selected as a finalist 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, award-winning photojournalist Daniel Berehulak was chosen to receive the third annual Getty Images and Chris Hondros fund award for his unyielding commitment to photojournalism, the exceptional quality of his work and the rigor with which he approaches the compelling and complex news stories of our time. American independent documentary photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner Preston Gannaway was selected as a finalist to further enable her work focusing on intimate stories about American families and subcultures.

In 2016, 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 April.

Read more about the Chris Hondros Fund here.

Photo by Katie Orlinsky