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Best of April 2020 : The winners of the Getty Images Climate Visuals grants


Getty Images and Climate Visuals award photojournalists $ 20,000 in effort to advance visual stories of the global climate crisis.

Getty Images, world leader in visual communications, in partnership with Climate Visuals, the world’s only photographic program based on relevant facts and data related to climate change has named two recipients of the first Getty Images Climate Visuals grants, each photojournalist receiving a grant of 10 $ 000 to help advance visual stories of this complex global problem.

As media coverage of the global climate crisis intensified in 2019, Getty Images and Climate Visuals understand the need to respond to and maintain this growing attention with nuanced photojournalism that advances and localizes collective understanding around the world on the issues at stake. For this inaugural grant, Getty Images received 144 applications from photographers from more than 40 different countries.

The judges awarded two prizes, as well as an honorable mention: these photographers have all focused their work on raising sea levels in their respective regions and on the vast damage that this inflicts on communities around the world. The winners of the Getty Images 2020 grant for climate visuals are:


  • Aji Styawan for Drowning Land: Aji, an independent photojournalist from Indonesia, is committed to documenting the effect that climate change has already had on millions of lives. His work focuses on the resilience of the people of the kingdom of Demak in Indonesia, who live with rising sea levels, not only in their communities, but also inside their homes.
  • Greg Kahn for 3 millimeters: Greg, a documentary art photographer, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, receives a grant for 3 Millimeters, which explores the rise in sea level on the east coast of Maryland, in the United States. His project depicts the slow drowning of a historic culture that has built a whole cultural ecosystem on the changing tidal waves.


Speaking about the 2020 winners, Ken Mainardis, Vice President and Head of Content at Getty Images, said: “We are pleased to support photojournalists who understand that visual content has the power to move the world and to redefine the stories around global issues, like the climate crisis. We were blown away by the quality of the winners’ work, as well as their vision and commitment to catalyze a new visual language for climate change. ”



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