Getty Images announced a new grant program to support photographers using Instagram to document stories around the World.
Getty Images, the global leader in visual communication, announced a call for entries for a new photography grant to support photographers using Instagram to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world.
Instagram has introduced new opportunities for emerging voices, outside the mainstream media, to create and share projects of social importance.
Images can be captured on any type of camera, and are not restricted to mobile devices. The Getty Images Instagram grant provides financial support and mentorship to amplify their impact.
Getty Images Senior Director of Content Partnerships Elodie Mailliet Storm, said;
Photographers in all corners of the world use the Instagram platform to share unique and authentic stories that otherwise rarely come into focus. Getty Images is guided by our belief in the power of pictures to move the world and we are excited to collaborate with Instagram on this grant to support and amplify new and important voices.
Entrants must apply using an online application system to enter. Applicants will be judged on the existing body of work represented on their Instagram account, focusing first and foremost on the quality of their imagery, visual storytelling and on the project and stories told through their photos. Entrants must also submit a biography, brief description of their approach, style, and the stories they have covered.
Instagram users can encourage photographers they follow or know to apply for the grant by using the hashtag #GettyImagesInstagramGrant. All entrants are required to complete the online application to be considered by the judges.
Three winners will be selected based on the existing body of work represented on their Instagram account, focusing on the quality of their imagery, their photographic skills and on the project and stories told through their photos.
Amanda Kelso, Director of Community at Instagram, said;
We are inspired every day by the work being shared on Instagram by both established and aspiring photographers. Photographers everywhere are experimenting, stretching their creativity and offering diverse perspectives. This grant captures the global enthusiasm from photographers to continue to push their craft to new levels.
Submissions are open until June 4, 2015 at 11:59PM London Time. Entrants can apply online at www.gettyimages.com/grants. The winners will be announced this upcoming September.