Bringing visibility to vital stories
"There was no time to wonder whether I should enter or not, since I was told about it by my picture editor two days before the closing date," recalls Magali Delporte, the grant's first recipient, in 2001, with Unseen: Sport Without Sight, exploring the achievements of disabled athletes.
"I remember photocopying A3 prints at The Times and writing my application on the ferry on my way back from France," she says. "I submitted my entry on the closing day."
Winning the inaugural grant helped the French photojournalist fund five sports projects, and her work has since appeared in The Financial Times, Le Monde and Le Figaro.
"If you do a project off your own back, you should enter grants and awards," she says. "Not only does the grant bring financial help, it also helps to raise your visibility and get your stories published. After all, we don't want our work to stay hidden on a hard drive."