Named for photojournalist Chris Hondros, killed in Libya in 2011, the award sponsors grants and fellowships for the work of established and emerging photojournalists.
Canadian photographer Kevin Frayer has been chosen for the fourth annual Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award and will receive a grant of $20,000 for his documentary work.
Frayer’s projects have ranged from portraits of Afghan Army soldiers to covering the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
He commented: ‘As a long-time admirer of Chris’s exceptional work and his dedication to it, winning an award bearing his name is incredibly humbling.
‘I aspire to use this opportunity to create meaningful photography that would move Chris in the same way his images reached me and so many others. I am grateful and so very proud.’
An emerging photojournalist award was also presented to Armenian-American photographer Diana Markosian, including a grant of $5,000.
Markosian drew attention in 2013 for her project ‘Inventing My Father’, in which she documented the long process of tracking down and reuniting with her estranged father.
In response to the award, she said: ‘Chris encouraged me to take a chance on myself, to find my own way. I am deeply touched to receive this grant. It is a way to keep a mentor and friend’s memory and work alive.’
The award will be presented at the Aperture Gallery in New York on 29 April.