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Kiana Hayeri receives the emerging photojournalist grant;

Honors to be presented at the Chris Hondros Fund benefit and silent auction in New York

The Chris Hondros Fund (CHF), which marks its fifth anniversary this year, announced today that Bryan Denton has been chosen to receive the annual Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award.   The American photographer will receive a grant of US$20,000 to support his documentary photography work.

Denton has been based in Lebanon, Beirut since 2006 and has completed assignments in the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and Afghanistan for prestigious titles such as The New York Times, Newsweek, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and Monocle. An award-winning photographer, Denton was previously selected as a finalist by the CHF in 2013.

This year, the CHF has also selected Iranian photographer Kiana Hayeri as the emerging photojournalist recipient, which will see her awarded a grant of US$5,000. The emerging photojournalist award goes to a student photographer or an emerging photojournalist whose work demonstrates exceptional promise and who is committed to documenting a visual history of newsworthy events.

Hayeri grew up in Tehran, Iran and migrated to Toronto when she was a teenager. She embraced photography as a way of bridging the gap in language and culture. Her self-initiated work explores complex topics such as migration and adolescence. Her work has appeared in publications such as Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Monocle, The Sunday Times and The Washington Post.

The CHF award was created to honor Getty Images photojournalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Chris Hondros, who was killed on April 20, 2011 while on assignment in Misrata, Libya. This award celebrates Hondros’ legacy by drawing attention to the ways in which photojournalism shines a light on shared human experiences. Established by Christina Piaia, Chris Hondros’ fiancée, and with the support of his family, the Chris Hondros Fund advances the work of photojournalists who espouse his legacy and vision. Now in its fifth year, the fund sponsors fellowships, grants and education to raise understanding of the issues facing reporters in conflict zones.

The award was judged by a leading panel of industry experts and CHF Board members, including Getty Images Vice President of News, Pancho Bernasconi, New York Times Photographer Todd Heisler, freelance photojournalist Jeff Swensen and CHF Board President Christina Piaia.

Bryan Denton, winner of the 2016 Chris Hondros Fund Award comments: “I am deeply touched to have been selected as this year’s recipient of an award that seeks to carry on Chris’ legacy as a photographer, and as a mentor and colleague in our industry. I was lucky enough to have been friends with Chris, which makes this accolade a bittersweet motivation to keep pushing my work forward, and to do so with the kindness, grace and spirit that Chris embodied both in his work and in life.”

Kiana Hayeri, recipient of the emerging photojournalist award remarked, “Receiving this award in the name and memory of Chris Hondros means a lot to me. I was honored and very humbled when I found out about it. Both Chris and Tim Hetherington were known for their powerful work and the unprecedented stories they’ve captured around the world. In these days in which media is saturated by repetitive stories and recurring angles, it is so important to have photographers like them whose work continues to inspire the young and emerging generation of photographers.”

“Five years on during this year’s selection process, we again returned to the idea of building the Fund as a collective of passionate and dedicated photojournalists who not only possess exceptional skill in the craft of photography, but who also rise to a high caliber of character – as Chris did – treating their colleagues and subjects with a unique sense of compassion and respect,” said Christina Piaia, CHF Board President. “We believe this idea celebrates the compassion, intelligence and rigor with which Chris lived and worked, and we are honored to celebrate and support these extraordinary photojournalists.”

“Getty Images is committed to keeping the spirt, drive and determination of Chris Hondros alive by supporting and recognizing the very same attributes in the winners of this award,” said Getty Images Vice President of News and CHF board member Pancho Bernasconi.  “I am very proud that five years on we continue to honor Chris’s legacy by supporting some of the finest photojournalists working today by shining a light on their talent and dedication.”

To present the awards, the Chris Hondros Fund will host a reception at the Aperture Gallery in New York on Wednesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, please visit

The event includes a silent auction to benefit the fund’s grant and awareness programs, providing the opportunity to bid on an extraordinary collection of photographs including past awardees Daniel Berehulak, Kevin Frayer, Tomas Munita and Andrea Bruce.  Donors need not be present to participate; the silent auction runs online from April 22 through to May 4 and is powered by Paddle8:

For more information about The Chris Hondros Fund, please visit

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