A photojournalism print from Friends of Anton is the #1 item in the Washington Post’s “ultimate holiday gift guide for the world news lover in your life“.

See the full list of available photojournalism prints. We have images for that will delight everyone: historical, current, animals, landscape, portraits, political, even Justin Bieber and cats.

The final results are in. And they are go far beyond our wildest hopes.

Last Tuesday’s we – you – raised $135,089 to help secure the future of Anton’s three children. That figure includes silent and live auction sales, “paddle raise” donation, online ticket sales and at-the-door donations. It doesn’t include donations received via the website.

We are humbled by everyone’s generosity. From the attendees, the photographers, the volunteers, the sponsors, the partners and all the volunteers, we could not have expected anything like as much. You are all Anton’s friends and he is lucky to have you looking after his kids.

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Don’t wait! The auction takes place next Tuesday’s evening and capacity is limited. We still have tickets but they are drying up fast. We would hate for you to not attend because you waited for the last minute to get yours.

And remember, there is no set price for your ticket. Instead we want you to pay what you can for the tickets and the suggested donation is only $75 thanks to a late extra sponsorship from the always supportive PhotoShelter. We were keen to keep this auction accessible to freelancers.

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The International Center of Photography just told us that they would donate a Robert Capa print to the auction.

A week from the event on May 15th at Christie’s we couldn’t ask for better news. Besides being the photographer he was, he Capa was a freelancer and he died after stepping on a landmine in Indochina. Could his print’s inclusion be more appropriate?

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It’s official.

ABC News / CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour will host our auction on May 15th at Christie’s. We are thrilled.

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The brilliant British portrait photographer Platon has agreed to donate an editioned print to the auction. Remember the famous portrait of President Clinton sitting down wearing a blue tie? That’s him. Vladimir Putin’s Time Person of The Year portrait? Also him. And more recently that incredible portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi with a flower in her hair? Plato again.

Platon has donated a wonderful b&w image of First Lady Michelle Obama. This will be a piece to battle for during the live auction. Be prepared.

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Giles’ print is absolutely gorgeous. It shows 3 young children listening intently during their first day at school in Angola. And it is typical of Giles’ interest in highlighting the lives of the less fortunate, particularly from developing countries. This is what he came back to photography for after a first career in fashion and advertising.

In 2011 an IED exploded under him. He lost two legs and an arm. His desire to help out the family of a fellow photographer is only a fraction of what makes him such an impressive person.

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Iconic American photographer Bruce Davidson, most famous for his photographs of Harlem and of the New York subway system in the late 1970s, has agreed to donate a print for the Friends of Anton auction.

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Vincent Laforet is a Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer, director and three-time winner at the 2010 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. He has worked for all major international publications including Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, and Life. He is also known for his tilt-shift, aerial and sports photography and for his expertise in the field of HD DSLR cameras.

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Anton’s wife Penny issued the following statement in response to the AP story on the identification of remains found in Libya.

5 April 2012

Statement in response to queries regarding progress in the search for Anton’s remains

“News of remains that could be a possible match for Anton came to us a month ago.

“The family did everything it could to alert relevant authorities to this. The South African Government, who obtained DNA samples from Anton’s parents in mid-2011, assured the family that it would treat the matter with high priority. We have also sent a set of dental records to Libya in the hope of expediting the identification process.

“We need the South African and Libyan governments to access the remains and carry out the analysis required to verify whether this is Anton.

“It is a year since Anton’s death and it is devastating that we have still not managed to find him.”


S. African’s widow awaits word on Libya remains

by Donna Bryson, Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The family of a South African photographer killed a year ago while covering the Libyan uprising is awaiting the identification of remains recently found buried with a camera lens in the North African country, his widow said.

“We can only hope that the uncertainty will end soon, for while it does not change our grief, it may help bring a level of closure to us,” Penny Sukhraj told The Associated Press late Wednesday. “We need to know if this is Anton.”

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They did it!

South African photographers Dino Lloyd and Kim Ludbrook took part in the inhuman 800km ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race from March 21st to April 1st 2012 to raise funds for Anton children and grow awareness that he is still in Libya.

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2012 World Press Photo of the Year winner Samuel Aranda has agreed to donate a print to the Friends of Anton 2012 auction.

Samuel was born in 1979 in Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Barcelona, Spain. When he was 19, he began working as a photojournalist for El Pais and El Periodico de Catalunya. A few years later, he traveled to the Middle East to cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the Spanish agency EFE.

In 2004, he joined Agence France-Presse, covering multiple conflicts and social issues in Spain, Pakistan, Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestinian Territories, Morocco and Western Sahara.

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Celebrated American photographer Alec Soth has agreed to donate a print to the Friends of Anton 2012 auction.

Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. In 2008, a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work was exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. In 2010, the Walker Art produced a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work entitled From Here To There.

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Legendary Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado will be donating two prints to the Friends of Anton 2012 auction.

Sebastião Salgado was born on February 8th, 1944 in Aimorés, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He lives in Paris. Having studied economics, Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in 1973 in Paris, working with the photo agencies Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos until 1994, when he and Lélia Wanick Salgado formed Amazonas images, an agency created exclusively for his work.

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