New Visual Journalism award honours Tim Hetherington
The award seeks to reward a career history of documenting critical human rights stories and an ability to draw together diverse elements into a compelling multimedia feature.
After winning the 2007 World Press Photo of the Year for his image of an exhausted soldier, Hetherington said, "Underpinning my work is a concern with human rights and analysing political ideas, with thinking about history and politics. It's also about witnessing, about telling stories. Photography to me is a way of exploring the world, creating narratives, and communicating with as many people as possible."
Judges are looking for the revolutionary qualities that defined Hetherington's career: work that operates on multiple platforms and in a variety of formats; that crosses boundaries between breaking news and longer-term investigation; and that demonstrates a consistent moral commitment to the lives and stories of the photographic subjects.
"Tim told stories in a unique way, using images, sound, text, and testimony," Human Rights Watch said. "We hope to honour his memory by encouraging others to innovate in the field of human rights communication."