Photographer Maja Daniels wins inaugural Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize

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New prize draws in strongest response ever for a Getty Images grant

LONDON, September 19, 2013 — Getty Images today announced the winner of the first ever Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize, awarding the prize to Swedish-born photographer Maja Daniels.  Daniels was chosen from among 721 applicants from 68 countries, the most entries ever received for a Getty Images grant.

As winner of the prize, Daniels will receive a US$10,000 grant and have her work exhibited at the prestigious Polka Galerie in Paris, launching 10th October and on display for a month.

Based in London, Daniels focuses on creative documentary and portraiture, drawing on her studies in journalism and sociology to frame her research and approach to work.  For the Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize she explored what she believes to be a lack of visual representation of issues relating to older generations with the series ‘Mady and Monette’, which follows a pair of identical twins in their sixties as they traverse the streets and the stage (as performers) of Paris.

Elodie Mailliet Storm, Senior Director, Contour by Getty Images said: “We are absolutely delighted with the phenomenal entry response we received for the first outing of our newly created Portrait prize.  The quality and variety of work was quite outstanding and really testament to the health of emerging talent in portraiture photography globally.  Maja Daniels presented the judges with an extraordinary series, giving touching insight into the relationship of these identical twins in their life and career.  I look forward to seeing her work progress with the assistance of the Contour by Getty Images Portrait grant.”

Maja Daniels said of receiving her prize: “I am thrilled to have been chosen for this prize.  It has now been three years that I have known and photographed Mady and Monette and the more time we spend together the more rewarding and interesting this project becomes.  To have this project exhibited in Paris is really exciting and of course extra special as Mady and Monette will be able to come to the opening.”

The other Contour Portrait Prize finalists and corresponding projects are:

  • Tatiana Vinogradova from Russia
  • Jessie Craig from Canada
  • Ananda van der Pluijm from The Netherlands

The entries were judged by a distinguished panel of experts led by famed fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh and including:

  • Georges Mohammed-Chérif, Founder and President, Buzzman
  • Edouard Genestar, CEO, Polka Image
  • Jean-Jacques Naudet, Founder and Editor-In-Chief, La Lettre de la Photographie
  • Laurence Vecten, Director of Photography, Glamour

Contour is Getty Images’ high-end portraiture offering that combines the attention and high touch of a boutique agency with the strength of Getty Images’ global distribution. The diverse international roster of photographers includes David Lachapelle, George Holz, Greg Gorman, Harry Benson, Jonathan Becker, Julian Broad, Steve Pyke, Lorenzo Agius, and partners such as the Los Angeles Times, Figaro Madame and Paris Match, among others.

Getty Images supports photographers, filmmakers and other communications professionals through a comprehensive and diverse range of grants. They include Grants for Editorial Photography; Getty Images Creative Grants; Emerging Talent Award; and the Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award.

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