The Chris Hondros Fund
Andrea Bruce chosen as recipient of the inaugural Getty Images & Chris Hondros Fund Award

                                           Caption for photo above: Chris Hondros, on assignment in Cairo, February 5, 2011. (Photo courtesy of Scout Tufankjian)

Andrea Bruce, the first recipient of the Getty Images & Chris Hondros Fund Award, exhibits the qualities sought after in this Award’s selection criteria- an unyielding commitment to photojournalism, exceptional photographic work, and a tireless drive to tell a story. Choosing Ms. Bruce as the first award winner serves as a true honor to Chris Hondros’ life and work as she continues to bring shared human experiences into the public eye.

The Fund is pleased to announce Dominic Bracco II as a finalist for the Getty Images & Chris Hondros Fund Award-  his demonstrated commitment to photojournalism remains unchanged as he tackles some of the most challenging stories of our time with a brave and a clear purpose.

ANDREA BRUCE AND DOMINIC BRACCO II TO BE HONORED
AT THE CHRIS HONDROS FUND BENEFIT AND SILENT AUCTION

WHAT: Photojournalist Andrea Bruce will be honored at the Chris Hondros Fund Benefit and Silent Auction as the winner of the inaugural Getty Images & Chris Hondros Fund Award with an award of $20,000 to pursue her documentary photography, which brings to light shared human experiences. Finalist Dominic Bracco II, will also be recognized and receive a $5,000 award to continue his work of creating a visual history that provokes thought, raises awareness and fosters understanding.
The Getty Images & Chris Hondros Fund Award was created to honor photojournalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Chris Hondros – the award-winning Getty Images photojournalist killed April 20th, 2011, in a mortar attack by government forces in Misrata, Libya – his work and his distinctive ability to bring shared human experiences into the public eye.
WHO: The Chris Hondros Fund with special guest and CBS news correspondent Lara Logan will host a reception to present the Getty Images & Chris Hondros Fund Award and silent auction to benefit the Chris Hondros Fund Fellowship, Grantmaking and Awareness Programs.
Formed by Christina Piaia, Chris Hondros’ fiancée, with the support of Chris’s family, The Chris Hondros Fund will support and advance the work of photojournalists who espouse the legacy and vision of Chris Hondros and raise understanding of the issues facing those reporting from conflict zones through fellowships, grantmaking and education.
WHEN: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 6 – 9 p.m.
WHERE: The James Burden Mansion (7 East 91st Street) in New York
HOW: To purchase tickets to the Chris Hondros Fund Benefit and Silent Auction, please visit www.chrishondrosfund.org/benefit.
ABOUT: Getty Images & Chris Hondros Fund Award was created to honor Chris Hondros– the award-winning Getty Images photojournalist killed April 20th, 2011 in an attack by government forces in Misrata, Libya — his work, and his distinctive ability to bring shared human experiences into the public eye. As a photographer working in the world’s most difficult and dangerous places, Chris had the distinctive ability to connect his viewers with people embroiled in far-flung and sometimes obscure conflicts. He recognized the shared humanity among those affected by war, regardless of culture or beliefs, and he was determined to share their challenges to the wider world in the hope of provoking thought, raising awareness and fostering understanding. One of his many skills was humanizing world events that are all too often reduced to abstractions that minimize their impact on those involved. Chris was a witness to their struggles and his work ensured that they were not forgotten or overlooked. This award celebrates Chris’s legacy by bringing attention to the ways in which photojournalism brings to light shared human experiences.

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