2016 Awardees

 

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Congratulations to the 10 photographers receiving the 2016 Yunghi Grant:   

Frank Fournier, Carol Guzy, Amnon Gutman, Derek Hudson, Dania Maxwell, Myriam Meloni, 

Jackie Molloy, Rick Rocamora, Ann Wang, Rony Zakaria

We thank all those who submitted entries to this year’s grant; it was difficult to narrow it down to ten. Jeffrey Smith and I feel privileged to read everyone’s stories and proposals, and are heartened to see that there is really strong editorial thinking and story development even as funding resources become more challenging each year. 

I am immensely proud of all the entrants of this grant: committed photographers who are a part of our photojournalism community, all doing meaningful work as best as they can manage, often under difficult circumstances. My life has been enriched by being able to help in a small way. 

Thank you, happy holidays and here’s to a successful New Year. 

Yunghi Kim

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Yunghi Grant was started in 2015 by photojournalist Yunghi Kim with earnings she made from unauthorized use of her photographs.  She started this grant to help bring awareness of the importance of copyright and to encourage photographers to register their work with the US Library of Congress.  Photographers owning their work is important.  Yunghi is paying it forward by giving back to photojournalism – an industry that she has proudly been a member of for 33 years.  Yunghi Kim and Contact Press Images Executive Director Jeffrey Smith were jurors of this grant.  
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In Alphabetical Order: 

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FRANK FOURNIER 

Copyright Frank Fournier

©Frank Fournier

Frank Fournier

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Romania 1990 “This man is a crane operator, working right above a lead smelter. The glass frame should have offered some protection from the lethal lead fumes but the permanent dirt on the glass made it impossible for him to see what he was doing so the glass was broken and the direct fumes allowed to leak in. All workers at the lead furnace were breathing toxic fumes. The neurological and behavioral effects of lead are believed to be irreversible. Many of these workers, when poisoned and sick, sank into alcoholism. Copsa Mica Romania”

NYT Seeing Red / Contact Press Images.com / Based in New York, USA / Continuation Book Project.

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AMNON GUTMAN 

The Village

©Amnon Gutman

Picture of photojournalist Amnom Gutman**

“An IDP,  walks over in order to help build the main house in a village intended for civilians who had to flee the fighting in E Ukraine.”

amnongutman.com / Based in the Middle East / Project IDP’s  Community in Ukraine.

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CAROL GUZY

PROFOUND SORROW.  Bringing grief out of the closet.

©Carol Guzy

Photo by Andrea Pritchard.

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“Hers was the first hand that held mine. Mine was the last to hold hers. Saying farewell to my mother Julia.”

4 Pultizers / Based in Washington DC, USA / Project Grief.

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DEREK HUDSON

Photo by Derek Hudson.

©Derek Hudson

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“It shows a Kurdish man carrying his dead infant to be buried in the apocalyptic no-man’s land of Isikveren, Turkey when following persecution by Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard hundreds of thousands of Kurds fled their homelands traversing ice covered mountains to the relative safety of a barren valley across the border in Turkey.”

Derekhudson.com / Based in UK-Germany / Project Kurds. 

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DANIA MAXWELL

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©DANIA MAXWELL

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“Water is collected at a Wayuu community on June 12, 2016 in La Guajira, Colombia. A severe drought has affected all of the department making many Wayuu walk for hours to arrive at a water source.”

daniamaxwell.com / Based in Bogota, Columbia / Project Indigenous Population.

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MYRIAM MELONI 

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©Myriam Meloni

photograph of Myriam Meloni

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“The important things are said softly,” is the story of a mother and her two children: Three individuals who live together, make reproaches, say “I love you!” take care of each other, play, fight and grow, discovering together, day after day, what it means to be a family.  Today, about 16% of children worldwide live in a single parent household and in 3/4 of the cases, they are only accompanied by the mother.”

myriammeloni.com /Based in Barcelona, Spain / Project Single Mother.

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JACKIE MOLLOY

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©Jackie Molloy

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“Tanner lays across his fiancé David’s lap as David strokes his pregnant stomach. Tanner is transgender, female to male “FTM” and accidentally got pregnant with their baby after missing too many of his testostrone shots. The couple now await the birth of their biological daughter who is due on March 5, 2017.”

jackiemolloy.com / Washington D.C. USA / Project Transgender.

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RICK ROCAMORA

Sharing food and laughter

©Rick Rocamora

photograph of Rick Rocamora **

“A grandmother attending a potluck of at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland, CA shares treasured pistachio nougat from Iran and with Mino and Mia Massooni and another guest.”

rickrocamoraphotos.wordpress.com / Based in San Francisco USA/ Project Muslim Americans.

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ANN WANG

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©Ann Wang

Ann Wang***

“Too young to swallow her HIV medication, the 6 year old learns how to prepare her medication in a syringe, while preparing a trip to attend World Aids Day at the capital city, Beijing.  Children of the Harbor project is an on-going project about the only school in rural China for students living with HIV. The school provides free accommodation, education, food and medication for 33 students age between 6 to 19. However, the school is isolated from society and have very little interaction with the outside world. The first generation of the students from the school will be graduating and taking their entrance exam for university in the summer of 2017, and for the first time in their life stepping out of the school and into the world as individuals.” 

annwphoto.com / Based in Yangon Myanmar / Project HIV China.

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RONY ZAKARIA

Lamalera: Traditional Whaling Village in Indonesia

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“Stefanus Fotu Bataona (47), a Lamafa (whale harpooner), relaxes with his family in front of his house in Lembata island, Indonesia.
Lamalera is a small fishing village of 2,000 people in the east part of Indonesia where whaling has been an integral part of their life since 600 years ago, using wooden small boats, and hand-thrown bamboo harpoons to hunt.”
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ronyzakaria.com / Jakarta, Indonesia / Project Whalers. 

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*We thank all of those who submitted to this year’s grant.  I hope to do this again next year.  It will be announced November 2017.  Peace, Yunghi

*Professional photographers who want to join Facebook group Photojournalists Cooperative, contact Yunghi@YunghiKim.Com along with link to your website. 

Photo Credits of photographers portraits: Frank Fournier by Michelle Poire, Carol Guzy by Andrea Pritchard , Jackie Molloy by Nikki Boliaux,  Rick Rocamora by Ben Molina, Ann Wang by Joanne Smith ( images provided by the photographers)

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