Tim Hetherington Trust / World Press Photo Foundation Fellowship

April 25, 2016 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers | Comment |

The World Press Photo Foundation and the Tim Hetherington Trust are launching a new fellowship, starting in 2016. The renewed cooperation, instead of providing funds for an individual project, will offer new ways of supporting photographers so we can expand Tim Hetherington's legacy in new and creative directions. The selected fellow will receive an award of €5000, to be provided equally by the Tim Hetherington Trust and the World Press Photo Foundation and its partners. The fellows from each year will become part of the network and will play a role in selecting new fellows. The aim is to grow and strengthen a network of multiple skills that provides on-going support. The inaugural fellowship  has been awarded to Nana Kofi Acquah, to develop his project about gender/women in Africa.

World Press Photo Press Release

Announcing the Tim Hetherington Trust / World Press Photo Foundation Fellowship

The World Press Photo Foundation and the Tim Hetherington Trust are committed to honoring Tim's legacy through an ongoing, cooperative partnership. Following consultation with the Hetherington family, the Tim Hetherington Trust and the World Press Photo Foundation are launching a new fellowship, starting in 2016.

Tim was committed to finding new ways to tell compelling stories about politics, conflict, and the human experience, and to relay these stories to a wide audience. The renewed cooperation, instead of providing funds for an individual project, will offer new ways of supporting photographers so we can expand Tim's legacy in new and creative directions.

Together, the World Press Photo Foundation and the Tim Hetherington Trust will support future beneficiaries by focusing on the opportunities for them to be involved in the media economy, either through support for education or by connecting them to the best international networks.

The fellowship will assist visual storytellers by providing access to training or mentorship so they can further their projects and mission. Fellows will become part of sustainable network focused on innovative processes and permanent education. The fellows from each year will become part of the network and will play a role in selecting new fellows. The aim is to grow and strengthen a network of multiple skills that provides on-going support.

The selected fellow will receive an award of €5000, to be provided equally by the Tim Hetherington Trust and the World Press Photo Foundation and its partners. The World Press Photo Foundation is also approaching organizations to join this initiative and add financial benefits or other value in order to expand the fellowship circle.

The inaugural The Tim Hetherington Trust / World Press Photo Foundation Fellowship has been awarded to Nana Kofi Acquah, to develop his project about gender/women in Africa, thereby contributing to a new African visual voice.

Stephen Mayes, Director of the Tim Hetherington Trust, said:

It’s important we keep the structure flexible which will allow the fellowship to evolve -  it wouldn't be right for something in Tim's name to be rigid and not adaptable. The Trust and family are confident that the ongoing connection with the World Press Photo Foundation is important and we are pleased to have found a long-lasting form that fits Tim’s way of thinking. 

Lars Boering, Managing Director of the World Press Photo Foundation, said:

We are delighted to be deepening our collaboration with the Tim Hetherington Trust, and very happy that we have put together a creative fellowship program. Together we are committed to rethinking education and ensuring talent is connected to new networks of support. Given his long-term commitment to new perspectives in photography, Nana Kofi Acquah deserves to be the first fellow.

About Nana Kofi Acquah:

Nana Kofi Acquah (@africashowboy) is a Ghanaian photographer, blogger and poet who works across Africa with a commitment to help re-position the continent through new visual imagery and discourse. He is a member of the Instagram group @EverydayAfrica, a platform that celebrates the very ideal that inspired him to pick up the camera.

Nana became a full time photographer in 2007, after years in advertising and journalism. He shoots a lot of CSR and documentary photography across the continent.

His recent exhibition in Accra, his first at home, was entitled: “Don’t Call Me Beautiful” and was dedicated to raising social and political consciousness on the deliberate suppression and frustration of women in the culture. 

Recently, he has been focusing on work that celebrates the continent’s strengths and victories and hopes that sometime in the future, positive images he has created of the continent will be on the walls of every home. He believes if he can change what images Africans see of themselves, he can change what Africans think of themselves.

Nana lives in a tiny village on the hem of Accra called Kokrobite, five minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean, with his wife Gloria, their three children and two dogs.

ABOUT THE TIM HETHERINGTON TRUST
The Tim Hetherington Trust works to advance the application of Tim’s ideas and images in all ways that promote the intellectual integrity of his work and which expand the artistic expression of his vision.  Core to this is the support and nurture of new work that continues the ideals demonstrated by Tim with special emphasis on humanitarian and social concerns. The Tim Hetherington Trust encourages individuals and organizations that continue in Tim's footsteps, exploring innovative media processes that enhance audience engagement with the issues and inspiring others to excel in the execution of effective communication. See http://timhetheringtontrust.org


Photo: Nana Kofi Acquah



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