Getty Images Creative Bursaries to support emerging photographers from France, USA and the UK explore issues such as mental health and black female identity

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Three recipients receive bursaries totaling $10,000, aimed at supporting emerging talent in the creative photography field


Getty Images, the world leader in visual communication, today announced the second round of recipients of the Getty Images Creative Bursary. Selected by a panel of industry-leading visual experts, the three recipients, hailing from the USA, France and the UK, have been awarded prizes ranging from $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place.

Founded in October 2017, the annual $40,000 Bursary was established to support emerging photographers in the creative field and enable them to realise commercial photographic projects which, without funding, they might not have otherwise been able to pursue.

The recipients, who must be 30 years or under, or have been pursuing photography as a professional career for less than three years, were asked to submit a project proposal and visual brief in support of their creative idea. Getty Images Creative Bursary is rolling, meaning recipients will be announced four times each calendar year, with the company awarding double funds for the first quarter in celebration of the launch.

The recipients are:

First place:

Sophia Nahli Allison is an experimental documentary filmmaker from Los Angeles currently living in the South. Her project “Dreaming Gave Us Wings” is inspired by the importance of flight within black folklore and history and is informed by black feminist discourse and afrofuturistic ideology to archive the metaphysical existence of black women.

Second Place:

Kana Waiwaiku is a multidisciplinary artist based in London. In “A Sonic Space Where Beauty & Chaos Coolide” Kana explores the world of mental health with discussions ranging from Depression to Borderline Personality Disorder. The story is represented visually with photographs taken before and after a discussion on the subject’s mental health issue.

Third Place:

Phemina is a multidisciplinary artist, and self-taught photographer living in Paris. She is part of the creative and artistic duo La Petite Touche whose goal is always to make “the ordinary extraordinary”.

Andy Saunders, Senior Vice President, Creative Content at Getty Images and one of the judges of the Getty Images Creative Bursary says: “Supporting emerging photographic talent is of utmost importance to us at Getty Images and our creative bursaries are already helping talented new voices to develop and realise important work. With this second round of grants we have seen a very high level of submissions come through and the three winners – Sophia Nahli Allison, Kana Waiwaiku and Phemina – all exhibited strong ideas which push creative boundaries.”

An esteemed panel of photographic and multidisciplinary experts judged a geographically diverse group of artists. In addition to aforementioned Saunders, the panel included:

– Andy Adams, Photographer and Publisher of Flak Photo

– Independent artist and editor and Diversify Photo Co-Founder Andrea Wise

– Senior Photo Editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated and Co-Founder of Diversify Photo Brent Lewis


The Getty Images Creative Bursary is part of the Getty Images Grants programme, which exists to support the world’s most innovative photographers and tell important world stories. Since the inception of the programme 12 years ago, the company has awarded in excess of US$1.4 million.

For more information about the Getty Images Grants programme, or to submit an application for consideration, please visit Where We Stand.

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