Getty Images, in Collaboration with Instagram, Announces Inaugural Instagram Grant Recipients

 In Company News

Recipients hail from Bangladesh, Brazil and Russia and each receive US $10,000

NEW YORK, September 10, 2015Getty Images, the global leader in visual communication, in collaboration with Instagram, today announced the recipients of the Getty Images Instagram Grant, an inaugural grant program founded to reward photographers documenting stories from underrepresented communities around the world using Instagram.


The three recipients were selected from more than 1200 entries from photographers in 109 countries, based on their respective bodies of work on Instagram. Their work was judged by an esteemed panel of photographic experts, including National Geographic Photography Fellow David Guttenfelder, Director of Photography & Visual Enterprise for TIME Kira Pollack, documentary photographer Maggie Steber, documentary photographer Malin Fezehai, and co-founder of @EverydayIran and documentary photographer Ramin Talaie who focused on the quality of imagery, photographic technique, as well as storytelling ability. The inaugural recipients are:
– Ismail Ferdous (@afterranaplaza), a Bangladeshi documentary photographer using Instagram to cover social humanitarian issues, receives a grant for his project titled After Rana Plaza, which centers around the surviving relatives of those killed in the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory.

– Adriana Zehbrauskas (@adrianazehbrauskas), a Brazilian-born photographer currently residing in Mexico City, has been awarded for her Instagram portfolio of work which covers topics such as climate change and the documentation of the everyday lives of Latin Americans. Adriana intends to use the grant to fund her project “Next of Kin: Family Matters”, shooting portraits of the families of 43 missing students who went missing from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers School last year. Adriana is also a contributor to the Instagram collective @everydayclimatechange.

– Dmitry Markov (, resides in Pskov, Russia, and volunteers for multiple children’s charities. By sharing his work on Instagram, Dmitry hopes to spotlight the plight of orphaned children and encourage society to “look at the problems of such children in a humane way.”


“Getty Images believes in the power of imagery as a catalyst for social change,” said Elodie Mailliet Storm, Getty Images’ Senior Director of Content Partnerships. “Our three recipients could not better exemplify the original aim of this grant: to document and share stories of underrepresented communities that otherwise rarely come into focus. We are honored to award these grants and hope they will encourage talent to continue to tell important stories through new platforms.”


Each recipient will receive a grant of US $10,000 and mentorship from one of Getty Images’ award-winning photojournalists, who include: John Moore Chris McGrath and Andrew Burton. In addition, recipients’ work will be exhibited at Photoville, the largest annual photographic event in New York City, which opens today and runs through to September 20, 2015. The three winners will attend Photoville and are available for press interviews.

“Every day people come to Instagram to be transported, to be inspired, and to learn something new about the world around them,” said Amanda Kelso, Director of Community at Instagram. “Ismail, Adriana, and Dmitry are master visual storytellers whose work on Instagram shines a powerful spotlight on causes in need of champions.”


In addition to the three grant recipients, the judges have elected to recognize the work of an additional five deserving photographers: Tasneem Asultan (@tasneemalsultan) of Dubai, UAE; Kevin Cook (@kevincookphoto) of Philadelphia, USA; Igor Pisuk (@igorpisuk) of Stockholm, Sweden; Cassandra Giraldo (@afterschoolproject) of New York, USA and Ako Salemi (@f64s125) of Tehran, Iran. These photographers will receive a personal mentorship from a member of the Getty Instagram Grant judging panel.

For more information about the Getty Images Instagram Grant program and to view the awarded portfolios, visit



Bios – Grant Recipients

Adriana Zehbrauskas was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A freelance documentary photographer based in Mexico City for the past 10 years, Adriana has extensively covered issues related to the Mexican drug war, migration and religion. She works mainly in Mexico, Central and South America and contributes regularly to the The New York Times. Her work has also featured in Leica Fotografie International, National Geographic Brasil, Vice, Du, Newsweek, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and Le Monde, among others. She is represented by Polaris Images in New York, and is one of the three photographers profiled in the documentary “Beyond Assignment” (USA, 2011). The film was produced by The Knight Center for International Media and the University of Miami and features her “Tepito; Barrio Bravo” project. This work was also published as an e-book by Cristal de Luz. Adriana’s mobile photography work was selected by Time magazine for the “29 Instagrams That Defined the World in 2014”; she was the recipient of the Troféu Mulher Imprensa (photojournalist newspaper/magazine) 2012 and was a finalist for the New York Photo Awards in 2009 and 2010. Her project on Faith in Brazil and Mexico was awarded an Art & Worship World Prize by the Niavaran Artistic Creation Foundation. Website:


Dmitry (Dima) Markov lives in the northwestern city of Pskov, Russia, where he works with disabled children and volunteers for organizations providing support services to orphans. Dima describes his own childhood as directionless until he discovered his passion for journalism at age sixteen. Now, as a professional photographer, Dima focuses on documenting the social issues close to his heart. His Instagram account features powerful portraits of the people he encounters everyday in places like railway stations and street markets. Website:


Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1989, Ismail Ferdous has always been fascinated by the stories of people living in underrepresented communities. As a documentary photographer, Ismail covers social and humanitarian issues. His most recent project “The Cost of Fashion” is a photo and video advocacy project that began after he documented the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which led to his follow-up project two years later “After Rana Plaza.” The project continues to spread awareness about the fashion industry and its negative effects on workers in Bangladesh.

Since 2011, Ismail has also documented the effects of global warming and HIV/AIDS on local communities. Additionally, he has documented violence against women in Guatemala, refugees along the border of Turkey and Syria, human trafficking in South-East Asia and, most recently, the earthquake in Nepal.

Ismail has worked for many NGOs, agencies and news organizations including MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Associated Press, Showtime, the World Bank, SIDA-Global Reporting and Ocean Conservancy. He has won numerous awards including NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism award (2014 and 2015), Days Japan Photojournalism Award, Alexia Foundation Award of Excellence in 2012, Dart Foundation Asia Pacific Fellowship, Eddie Adams Workshop and World Bank Young Artist.

Ismail’s work is exhibited in the 25CPW Gallery New York, the World Bank head office, the Powerhouse Museum and Rio de Janeiro-UNICEF. His work has appeared in The New York Times Op-Docs, The New Yorker, National Geographic Germany, Global Reporting Sweden, OmVärlden magazine, The Washington Post, TIME LightBox, The New York Times Lens blog, Wall Street Journal, InterAction Magazine and MIPJ Journal. Website:


Bios – Honorable Mentions

Tasneem Asultan (@tasneemalsultan): Tasneem’s unique upbringing-born to Saudi parents in the United States, and growing up in the UK-has gifted her with a perspective that combines elements from both East and West; artfully balancing extravagance with simplicity. Based in Dubai, she already shot in the US, UK, France, Uruguay, Bali, India, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Italy and Greece. Website:

Kevin Cook (@kevincookphoto): A documentary photographer proudly based in his hometown of Philadelphia, Kevin has a Masters in Photojournalism from the University of Missouri. He graduated from Temple University with degrees in Film & Media Arts and Photojournalism. Kevin uses photography as “a tool to meet and understand people.” Website:

Igor Pisuk (@igorpisuk): Born in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, Igor graduated with a Masters Degree in Photography from the Film School in Lodz. He is a member of the Atonal Collective, which focuses on personal documentary photography. Website:

Cassandra Giraldo (@afterschoolproject): Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Cassandra Giraldo is an independent photojournalist based in Brooklyn, NY. She has spent the last three years doing daily assignment work in New York City where she works regularly for outlets including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among others.  She graduated from Skidmore College in 2011 with a BA in International Affairs and French after which she completed the Photojournalism & Documentary Studies Program at the International Center of Photography in 2012. Her “After School Project” features portraits of Brooklyn youth at play after school and before dinnertime. Website:

Ako Salemi (@f64s125): A co-founder of Hikari Creative, documentary photographer Ako Salemi specializes in black and white portraits shot on iPhone. He became a photographer to “make contact with the outside world” and focuses on contemporary issues in Iran and beyond. Website:


About Getty Images: 

Getty Images is the world’s leader in visual communication; with over 190 million assets available through its premium content site and its leading stock content site With its advanced search and image recognition technology, Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and content creators help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media. Visit Getty Images at to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.  For company news and announcements, visit, and for the stories, innovation and inspiration behind our content, visit Stories & Trends Find us on Instagram at, Facebook at, Twitter at, or download Stream, our free consumer app, to view and share the world’s best imagery.



Recent Posts
Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt

Start typing and press Enter to search