Spanish photographer, Fernando Moleres won the 2012 Tim Hetherington Grant, World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch announced recently.
Moleres was awarded the grant to complete his project called “ Waiting for an Opportunity.”
The 20,000 euro grant (about $26,000), was established in 2011 to celebrate Hetherington’s legacy as a photographer and filmmaker. The grant is provided to help photographers complete an existing project with a human rights theme.
Moleres was one of 176 journalists from 53 countries to apply for the grant last year. His project focusses on the hardship and injustice that incarcerated youth are subjected to at an adult prison in Pademba, Sierra Leone. In this region, people wait for trial under harsh conditions without access to legal assistance. They are often rejected by their families, and struggle to re-adjust to prison life after their release.
Judges for this year’s Tim Hetherington Grant included photographer Marcus Bleasdale; journalist and documentary filmmaker James Barbazon; Whitney C. Johnson, Director of Photography, The New Yorker; Michiel Munneke, Managing Director, World Press Photo; and Carroll Bogert, Deputy Executive Director for external relations for Human Rights Watch.
The winner of the first Tim Hetherington Grant, awarded a year ago, was Stephen Ferry.