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Matt Eich, Class of 2016 receives $10,000 Getty Images Grant

Getty Images Announces 2015 Grant Winners

By James Estrin Sep. 3, 2015

PERPIGNAN, France — Photographers doing personal projects on social issues that often go overlooked, if not unreported, received $10,000 each today from the 2015 Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography. The awards were announced at the Visa pour l’Image festival.

Matt Eich, 29, received his second Getty grant for his project on poverty, heroin, and the oil and gas industries in southeastern Ohio. It is a continuation of his work from 2006 to 2012 in the area and will be published in the book “Carry Me Ohio” by Sturm and Drang next year.

 “The timing is pretty perfect because I didn’t know how I would be able to fund the new work for the book,” Mr. Eich said.

He received a Getty grant in 2013 for “Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town,” his project on race in Greenwood, Miss.

The Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography, established in 2005, support photojournalists working on personal projects and documenting important, but underreported stories. Each photographer will receive $10,000.

The judges included Jean Fran├žois Leroy, the director general of the Visa pour l’Image festival; Jon Jones of The Sunday Times magazine in London; Matthias Krug of Der Spiegel; Romain Lacroix of Paris Match; and Cheryl Newman, an independent photo editor.