Souvid Datta, Salvatore Esposito, Matt Eich, Mojgan Ghanbari and Javier Arcenillas are the five winners of a $50,000 grant awarded every year at the Visa Pour L’Image festival in Perpignan, France.
Ever since the grant was first established in 2004, Getty Images has awarded photographers who “bring attention to significant social and cultural issues, as well as [who] take new and inspiring strides in creative work.”
Souvid Datta was awarded for his portraiture series, “Sonagachi: Vanishing Girls”, which casts a light into the estimated 13,000 women in Sonagachi, Kolkata who have to sell their bodies every day for next-to-nothing.
Datta, who was born in India but raised in London, began the project in part because of the hypocritical nature of society during his trips back home:
Salvatore Esposito has been documenting the young criminal gang members of the Camorra, one of Naple’s largest crime clans, since 2007. His series was titled, “What Is Missing”, and was influenced by the photographer’s upbringing in Naples during the mid-eighties, when gang wars involving the Camorra family saw almost one death per day for 10 years.
Matt Eich’s series “Carry Me Ohio” began when he was an undergraduate student back in 2006. He became interested in the personalities and families of rural Athens, Ohio, where poverty is abound partly due to a widespread opiate problem.
Mojgan Ghanbari, an Iranian photographer, wanted to portray how women in her country were affected by society following the outcome of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Her series is called “Zanan”, or women in Persian, and covers a range of different subjects as they seek to make their voices heard.
Javier Arcenillas won his grant for his work in Honduras, where he photographed drug addicts, murderers, and gang victims.
Cover Image: Men detained by police for possession of marijuana and guns / Javier Arcenillas