Alexia Grantees Mary F. Calvert and Katie Orlinsky were two of the five recipients of the 2016 Getty Images Editorial Grants announced this past week at the Visa pour l’Image festival in Perpignan, France. Each will receive a $10,000 grant to work on their proposed project. The news was reported by both TIME and The New York Times.
Describing the 2016 winners, TIME said, “While struggling to go beyond the clichés of a place or people, each is compelled to shed light on a situation removed from the public eye—to show the face behind the statistic. They know they can’t do it alone, but hope that their images create or add to a conversation that leads to change for the better.”
Calvert, the 2014 Alexia Women’s Initiative winner, was awarded the grant for the next stage in her long term work on sexual assault in the U.S. military. The grant will support the chapter, Prisoners of War: Male-on-male Rape in America’s Military.
She hopes that her images become a part of a groundswell that holds the military accountable for the emotional and physical injuries of these veterans. The Alexia Foundation helped fund the third stage in this project, Missing in Action: Homeless Women Veterans.
Alexia 2012 Student winner, Orlinsky, will use her Getty Grant to continue documenting the effect of climate change on villages across the Alaskan Arctic. Climate change impacts not only the way of life, but the existence of indigenous communities, as animals are dying off or changing migration patterns and villages are eroding away.
Orlinsky was awarded her Alexia Grant for Innocence Assassinated: Living in Mexico’s Drug War which tells the tells the story of the innocent victims obscured by the narrative of cartels and crime.