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If visual journalism is on the decline, you wouldn’t know it from this year’s World Press Photo competition, the winners of which go on show today at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Selected from 98,671 photographs submitted to the contest organisers, the exhibition showcases the best entries across eight categories. Including individual images alongside photo essays, they highlight some of the major news stories of last year, such as the Westgate Mall massacre in Nairobi and the collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka. But they also highlight many of the slow-burning issues that continue beyond the daily news cycle, such as people migration – as portrayed in the overall winning photograph by John Stanmeyer. “It’s a very sophisticated, powerfully nuanced image,” says Jillian Edelstein, one of the jury members of this year’s World Press Photo. “It is so subtly done, so poetic, yet instilled with meaning, conveying issues of great gravity and concern in the world today.” The picture portrays African migrants on the shore of Djibouti City at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture …


Photojournalism Foundation resolves Award disagreement

A dispute between French-based photojournalism organisation Carmignac Foundation and photographer Newsha Tavakolian came to a positive resolution today following a series of lengthy discussions. As reported in BJP, Iranian photographer Tavakolian was awarded the 2014 Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award in July this year, but later announced she was handing back her Award, including the €50,000 prize money, due to “irreconcilable differences” with the Foundation and its patron, Edouard Carmignac. [bjp_ad_slot] In her statement, the prize winner claimed that her “artistic freedom” had been compromised, and accused the Foundation of interfering in the presentation of her work – a series of images depicting life for young people in Iran. Tavakolian added that Carmignac had changed the title of her project to a name she did not agree with, and had wrongly claimed she had been threatened by the Iranian Government. But in a statement posted to her Facebook page today [29 September], Tavakolian said she accepted new conditions offered to her by the Foundation, which will see the photographer resume her relationship with the organisation, and work with jury president Anahita Ghabaian and jury member Sam Stourdzé (incoming director of Les Rencontres d’Arles festival), on a touring …


Personal truths from Huck

To mark its second documentary photography special issue, Huck magazine is holding an exhibition of images by some of today’s most talented photojournalists. Personal Truths is on show in east London from today (16 September) until 26 September, and includes work by photographers Guy Martin, Andrew McConnell, Matt Eich and Shannon Jensen, among others. The exhibition, which is part of the The Shoreditch Design Triangle, ponders the nature of documentary photography, and asks if it can ever be truly objective, or whether “all photography is a carefully framed, personalised version of the truth”. Championing the featured photographers’ personal perspectives by sharing the story behind the body of work that has had the greatest impact on their life, the exhibition seeks to “cut through the silence that often surrounds documentary photography… towards a deeper, more powerful truth”. Personal Truths is at 71a Leonard Street, London,  EC2A 4QS, until 26 September. There is a private view tonight (Tuesday 16 September), from 6-8pm. Please RSVP by clicking here. Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday.


Visa pour l’Image 2014: the winners

American photographer Tyler Hicks, Frenchman Guillaume Herbaut and photojournalist Meeri Koutaniemi are the winners of this year’s Arthus-Bertrand Visa d’or awards, given to the best reports published between September 2013 and August 2014. The announcements were made during the opening “Professional” week of annual photojournalism festival, Visa pour l’Image, in Perpignan, France. [bjp_ad_slot] Hicks was awarded the €8000 Visa d’or News prize (donated by French weekly magazine Paris Match) for his work on the Westgate Mall Massacre in Nairobi, Kenya, for The New York Times. Institute photographer Herbaut won the €8000 Visa d’or Feature award for his report on Ukraine. Freelance photojournalist Meeri Koutaniemi was awarded the €8000 Visa d’or Daily Press Award for her series about Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya, for Scandinavian newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. For the Visa d’or awards, picture editors from across the world are asked to make a selection of news and feature reports – both published and unpublished – from those seen during the previous year. A second jury then meets in Perpignan to decide the winners. Other award winners included Samuel Bollendorff and Olivia Colo, who won the France 24/RFI Web Documentary Visa d’or Award 2014. Watch the trailer for the winning documentary …


Getty names 2014 Grants for Editorial Photography [update]

Five photojournalists will each receive a US$10,000 grant in Getty Images’ 10th Grants for Editorial Photography. The 2014 recipients are: Giulio di Sturco, a Reportage by Getty Images’ featured contributor, who receives an award for his body of work titled Ganges: Death of a River, documenting the demise of the Ganges River in India and examining its impact on the livelihoods of millions of people who live along its banks. Juan Arredondo, whose portfolio Born in Conflict examines the effects of a 50-year conflict on the youth of Colombia, documenting the experiences of current and former child soldiers caught up in the ongoing war between The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the National Liberation Army. [bjp_ad_slot] Jordi Busqué, for his award-winning portfolio, The Mennonites of Bolivia, which documents the lives of the Mennonites – a comparatively unknown religious community of European descent whose way of life has remained relatively unchanged since the 16th century – in the east of the country. Krisanne Johnson, a Getty Images’ grant recipient in 2009, has been awarded a grant for South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Youth, a project that follows the lives of South African youth, twenty years after …



Before he was killed in Libya, war photographer Tim Hetherington talked of “the feedback loop” – the self-perpetuating link between the reality of conflict and its portrayal in popular culture. But where such fictions were once tightly controlled, the internet has opened the floodgates, creating an ever-increasing circle that is seemingly more gruesome than ever before. A few months before he died, Hetherington submitted to Vanity Fair a series of photographs of US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. At the time, Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now was getting a re-release. The designers at Vanity Fair mixed the images up, mistakenly using Hetherington’s shots to illustrate a review of the famously conceptual rendering of war. It was an ironic mistake. Just before the photographer died covering the uprising in Libya, he wrote of what he termed “the feedback loop” – the way in which servicemen echo fictional depictions of war while in combat, and vice versa. “You had this idea that young men in combat act in ways that emulate images they’ve seen – movies, photographs …


Emerging talent in the Magnum Photos Workshop Showcase [updated]

Last year, Magnum Photos and British Journal of Photography announced a special partnership around education that sees the world’s longest-running photography magazine work with the participants of Magnum Photos’ international workshop programme to showcase selected portfolios online. Initiated in 2007 as part of Magnum’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the workshops provide opportunities for photographers at different stages in their careers to benefit from the vast experience of Magnum’s established professionals. In May and June, Magnum ran workshops in Budapest, with photographers Chris Steele-Perkins and Ian Berry, and in Copenhagen, with Olivia Arthur and Jacob Aue Sobol, who each chose a participant to be featured in British Journal of Photography. Here we showcase a selection of images from the four selected photographers, who also share their experiences of working with their mentors. [bjp_ad_slot] Karina Tengberg Karina Tengberg took part in the Copenhagen workshop and was selected by Jacob Aue Sobol. Family is about the people who are closest to her, she says – her own family – but the series is also about everyday life – “taking a bath, dancing around the …


Photojournalist purportedly beheaded in IS video

The video purporting to show the beheading of James Wright Foley was posted online yesterday, (Tuesday 19 August) according to The Guardian, among other news agencies. Militant group IS claims the video shows the death of the American photographer, who was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012, although its authenticity has yet to be confirmed. According to news reports from The Guardian and others, a masked figure with a British accent says the killing is a response to recent air strikes in the country ordered by President Obama. The video was later taken down by YouTube, but not before it went viral. It also includes a threat to kill freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, who has been missing since August 2013, reports Time magazine. Jean Francois Leroy on his Facebook page this morning urged people not to watch or share the video. The director of photojournalism festival Visa Pour l’Image shared a Facebook post written by Carsten Stormer, a photographer and writer for German-based organisation, Zeitenspiegel Reportagen, which urges people not to share the video to “honour [Foley’s] life”, and avoid giving the IS free propaganda. Foley, who has reported from Afghanistan and …


Magnum elects Sohrab Hura as newest nominee

Magnum Photos has named Indian photographer Sohrab Hura as its latest nominee. The announcement was made following the agency’s annual general meeting, which took place in New York at the weekend. “Olivia Arthur and Susan Meiselas encouraged me to apply,” Hura told BJP on the phone earlier today. “I was a bit nervous and scared in the beginning about what it would mean to be a Magnum nominee, and to be out there in the photo world. I’ve been working on my own for a long time and I’ve been quite cut off from the photo scene, enjoying the freedom. But then I got lots of welcome emails from Magnum photographers. A lot of them told me to keep doing what I do, and to not change myself for Magnum. In fact, I’m trying to switch off from knowing that I got selected, so I can focus on my work… It feels like something to try out, to see if being part of something works for me. I’m quite excited because a lot of us [photographers] were inspired by and looked up …


Channel 4 airs Zed Nelson immigration film

Zed Nelson has never shied away from covering difficult topics, and in his new documentary film, which premieres tonight on Channel 4, he stays true to form. The 30-minute film, Europe’s Immigration Disaster, tells the story of the Lampedusa migrant boat tragedy, which took place on 03 October last year; 360 of the estimated 500 people on board a boat headed for Europe drowned off the coast of the Mediterranean island after the vessel capsized. The migrants had been making their way from North Africa to seek asylum in Northern Europe. Nelson’s film tells their story through testimonies from the survivors. The Institute photographer was commissioned to make the film by Channel 4 for its investigative current affairs programme, Dispatches. The commission came shortly after the disaster and following a three month-long residency that Nelson had been doing with arts organisation Photoworks in Rome. During the residency, Nelson had started to develop a photography and film project about migration in the Mediterranean. [bjp_ad_slot] “Channel 4 liked what I’d done and wanted me to leave the next day …


BJP Staff