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Andrea Bruce Receives the Chris Hondros Fund Award

Nearly 14 months after photographer Chris Hondros died while covering the conflict in Libya, a foundation created to honor his legacy has awarded its first major grant to photographer Andrea Bruce, who, like Hondros, has covered conflict through much of her career. The $20,000 Getty Images and the Chris Hondros Fund Award was created to help photographers further their pursuits; a $5,000 runner-up award will be given to emerging photographer Dominic Bracco, based in Mexico City.

“Chris was always working with students and was very involved in mentoring within the photo world,” says Christina Piaia, board member of the Chris Hondros Fund and the late photographer’s fiancé. “We kept coming back to this idea that he was so impressed and humbled by his colleagues that it would be most fitting that some of these brave photographers and journalists be recognized with this award.”

Dominic Bracco II—Prime Collective

The scene of a murdered couple. The woman was far into her pregnancy. The couple’s heads touched in a last embrace, a single bullet entering the man’s skull and taking all three lives.

Unlike other awards that ask candidates to submit work, Piaia and three other judges (Pancho Bernasconi, Vice President for Getty Images US News and Sports Division, Jeff Swensen, freelance photographer and Todd Heisler, staff photographer for The New York Times) sought nominations from photo directors and other leaders within the industry. One of the main criteria was that the work bring attention to the human experience—a hallmark of Hondros’ career.

Piaia said she saw a direct parallel between Hondros and Bruce, who has documented last year’s Arab Spring, the Iraq war and female circumcision, among other topics. “She has tirelessly gone back to conflict zones with great risk to herself and great sacrifice to her personal life—and her drive has no end,” she said. “Her pictures are so powerful, yet she brings sensitivity to a picture in a way that even novice viewers can feel moved. Andrea is quite literally shaping the visual history of our world.”

The Chris Hondros Fund was created to support and advance the work of photojournalists and raises awareness of the issues facing those reporting from conflict areas. Follow their efforts on Twitter @hondrosfund

Photographer #432: Eric Bouvet

Eric Bouvet, 1961, France, started his career in 1981 after studying Art and Graphic Industries in Paris. During the 80’s he worked as a staff photographer at Gamma agency. In 1990 he launched his freelance career and has since been an independant photojournalist. He has traveled extensively to many conflict zones as Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, former Yugoslavia and very recently Libya. He has covered the gruesome war in Chechnya for a long period and has visited Afghanistan a dozen of times since 1986, witnissing the various wars the country has suffered. His images have an intimate and up-close character. His work has been published in numerous magazines as Time, Life, Newsweek, Stern and the New York Times magazine. He has worked with a variety of NGO’s and charities as Medecins Sans Frontieres and the International Red Cross. His work has received several awards amongst which are five World Press Awards. The following images come from the series The Beginning (Libya), Uzbin Valley (Afghanistan) and Russian Commandos – Chechnya.

Website: www.ericbouvet.com

Photographer #410: Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson, 1970, Canada/USA, is an all rounded photographer who is well-known for his documentary / photo-journalistic work. He has traveled extensively to conflict zones throughout the world as Israel, Afghanistan and Haiti. He photographed these conflicts from a personal point of view. In 2009 he released the book Capitolio, a cinematic journey into Caracas, Venezuela. “He notates the country’s current incongruities, where the violent and the sensual intermingle chaotically.” (Magnum Photos) A recent body of work is called Son. He photographed his wife, his son and his father who was ill with cancer. Due to the birth of his son and several other happenings Christopher has decided to step away from war photography. Son is a very intimate and emotional project, touching themes as the cycle of life. It is a project that defines the real reasons for our existence and our drive as human beings. Christopher joined Magnum Photos in 2005 and became a full member in 2010. He has worked on commercial fashion shoots and had portrait sessions with people as Lady Gaga, Lance Armstrong and Al Pacino. The following images come from his book projects Son and Capitolio and from his story on Bethlehem.

Website: www.christopherandersonphoto.com

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Photographer #359: Zoriah

Zoriah Miller, 1976, USA, is a photojournalist with a large portfolio. He has covered many disaster zones, social issues and conflict zones in numerous countries. Besides his photographic career he worked as a Humanitarian Volunteer, Disaster Response Volunteer and Disaster Technology Specialist for many years. Between 2005 and 2008 he worked as an embedded military photographer and photojournalist with the US Marine Corps, US Army and the Afghan National Army. He has extensively covered the conflicts in the Gaza strip, Afghanistan and Iraq. Amongst his humanitarian clients are organizations as Unicef, The International Red Cross and Docters without Borders. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers as Newsweek, The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune. Zoriah’s work is direct, socially engaged and full of emotion. The following images come from the stories Afghan National Army, Aids in Asia and Architecture of War.


Website: www.zoriah.com

Photographer #359: Zoriah

Zoriah Miller, 1976, USA, is a photojournalist with a large portfolio. He has covered many disaster zones, social issues and conflict zones in numerous countries. Besides his photographic career he worked as a Humanitarian Volunteer, Disaster Response Volunteer and Disaster Technology Specialist for many years. Between 2005 and 2008 he worked as an embedded military photographer and photojournalist with the US Marine Corps, US Army and the Afghan National Army. He has extensively covered the conflicts in the Gaza strip, Afghanistan and Iraq. Amongst his humanitarian clients are organizations as Unicef, The International Red Cross and Docters without Borders. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers as Newsweek, The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune. Zoriah’s work is direct, socially engaged and full of emotion. The following images come from the stories Afghan National Army, Aids in Asia and Architecture of War.


Website: www.zoriah.com

Photographer #326: Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario, 1973, USA, is a photojournalist who has traveled to many conflict zones. She has been to numerous countries in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. She often focuses on the situations of women in these places, where violence or poverty are part of daily life. Since 2000, while still under the Taliban rule, she has been to Afghanistan on many occasions. A recent body of work is Veiled Rebellion, a photo essay exploring the lives of women in Afghanistan. The series was featured in the December issue of the National Geographic. She has received numerous awards. Lynsey is a self-taught photographer. While covering the unrest in Lybia she was captured by the troops of Ghaddafi for six days. The following images come from the series Veiled Rebellion, Women at War and Darfur.


Website: www.lynseyaddario.com

Christopher Anderson

Christian Anderson is a humanist and an artist all rolled into one terrific photographer. He is widely known for his editorial and advertising work, but has a host of book projects, including Son, featured below. Christian will be teaching a workshop at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville from June 4-9th, and if you are inclined, it looks like a wonderful opportunity to learn from someone who wants to help photographers grow and discover meaning in their work.

Born in British Columbia, Christopher spent his early years in Texas, where his father was a preacher, before moving to New York City and then Paris. He began working at newspapers including Dallas Morning News and a small Colorado newspaper. In 1996, he became a contract photographer for U.S. News and World Report . He would go on to spend the next several years photographing extensively in conflict zones such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon including following the first company of American soldiers to enter Baghdad in 2003. Later that year he published his first monograph, Nonfiction.

“In 2004, Anderson began following the “revolution” of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. This work would become his second book, Capitolio (published in 2009) and is the culmination of four years of photographs. He joined the VII Agency in 2002, and became a Magnum nominee in 2005 and member in 2010. He has served as a contract photographer for Newsweek magazine since 2005. He lives in New York with his son and wife.”

Images from Son

Photographer #236: Álvaro Ybarra Zavala

Álvaro Ybarra Zavala, 1979, Spain is a photojournalist. In India he photographed HIV/Aids patients, as there are currently 2.27 million people that are HIV+. Despite being the fourth largest economy of the world, India only spends 1% of it’s GDP in healthcare. Álvaro has concentrated on difficult stories around the globe, from the Haiti earthquake to the drama of the Burmese people and from armed groups in Venezuela to the war in Darfur. The list of countries he has been to is enormous and most of them are conflict zones. He has released five books, has been published in numerous magazines and has exhibited internationally. The following images come from the stories India, Congo and Afghanistan.


Website: www.alvaroybarra.com & www.reportage-bygettyimages.com