Getty Images, in collaboration with Instagram, calls for entries for the newly expanded annual Getty Images Instagram Grant
Now in its second year, the grant expands to become Getty Images’ widest-reaching grant ever, with photographers, videographers and digital artists on Instagram encouraged to apply
Getty Images, the global leader in visual communication, in collaboration with Instagram, has today announced the call for entries for the second annual Getty Images Instagram Grant, which has been broadened to include a more diverse range of visual content.
Following the international success of the 2015 grant and the exceptional quality and diversity of work submitted by photographers from around the world, this year the scope of entry captures photography, art and video portfolios from visual artists who are using Instagram to tell stories of social importance about communities that are underrepresented by mainstream media.
In recognition of the ever-changing visual landscape, the grant is open to all content formats that an applicant has showcased on Instagram, including, but not limited to: photography, live photography, video and mixed media.
“We believe in the power of images to raise awareness, change perspectives and inspire social change,” said Elodie Mailliet Storm, Senior Director of Content Partnerships at Getty Images. “Getty Images is proud to shine a light on significant social and cultural issues, and take new and inspiring strides in creative work, which is why we are excited to expand the Getty Images Instagram Grant to provide even more opportunity for visual storytellers in all corners of the world.”
“The line between photography and videography is blurring. More than ever, people on Instagram are experimenting with motion to enrich their storytelling,” said Amanda Kelso, Instagram’s Director of Community. “This grant celebrates the unique power of visual mediums to elicit empathy, challenge minds, and broaden our world view in an instant.”
Applicants’ work will be judged by an esteemed panel of photographic experts, including last year’s winner, photojournalist Adriana Zehbrauskas, photo-based artist Eleanor MacNair, Le Monde Director of Photography Nicolas Jimenez, Lagos Photo Festival Director Azu Nwagbogu and filmmaker, photographer, and multidisciplinary artist Jeff Frost.
Three winners will each receive a grant of $10,000 USD, as well ongoing professional support through a Getty Images mentorship.
Entrants can apply online at http://grants.gettyimages.com/instagram and applications will be accepted until 7pm ET on April 12th 2016. A biography, brief description of their approach and style, the community story they have covered and an explanation of how they would benefit from a grant, will be required from each entrant.