Getty Images, Women’s Sport Trust, Cerno Capital and Canon join forces to offer industry’s first ever sports photography internship for emerging female talent

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  • New internship aims to support diversity in the sports industry and contribute to a more positive and varied portrayal in the media of inspirational sportswomen
  • Applications are open until 31st March 2017 for the internship which will take place in July 2017

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communication is excited to announce its partnership with Women’s Sport Trust, boutique investment house Cerno Capital, and Canon, on a newly created paid 12-month internship that will give emerging female talent the necessary skills to start a career in the sports imagery industry.

The Getty Images Sport Photographer Internship, created to encourage women to pursue a career in sports photography, will be a paid position in Getty Images’ London office and will run for one year from July 2017.  During this time the photographer will learn all aspects of the sports photography business by shadowing the picture desk, assignments team and field editors as well as honing her photography skills at live, high-profile sporting events, while also learning about all aspects of business operations required to succeed within the sport-photography industry.

Ken Mainardis, Vice President Global Sports and Entertainment at Getty Images comments:

“At Getty Images, we believe imagery has the power to move people and spur change and we are a passionate advocate for the realistic representation of all through imagery. It is our hope that by actively supporting emerging female talent in the sports photography business we will contribute to a richer and more diverse representation of sports in general, which includes the more realistic representation of sporting women and female-led sports in imagery.”

The internship follows the announcement of a broader partnership between Getty Images and Women’s Sport Trust which aims to increase the visibility of female athletes and women’s sports, whilst also challenging the way in which female athletes are portrayed in imagery. An increase in female photographers could see sportswomen, as well as sportsmen, being photographed from an alternative viewpoint, images which would emphasize the opportunity picture desk editors have to push a more contemporary and balanced view on sports and sportspeople.

Danielle Sellwood, Visual Campaigns Director at Women’s Sport Trust, comments:

“We have bold ambitions to change the landscape of women’s sport and specifically how sportswomen are portrayed in the media. This collaboration will have a far-reaching impact and help change perceptions of what women are capable of on a global scale.

“We want to see more women involved in the sports industry generally. By introducing a different viewpoint we hope to increase a creative portrayal of female athletes, including a broader and more diverse representation. Long-term, we envision a point where imagery of strong and inspiring female athletes will be seen every day of the year, and that in turn inspires participation and ambition in young women. You can’t be what you can’t see.”

Cerno Capital was inspired to offer funding for the paid internship after attending a BBC debate hosted by Women’s Sport Trust entitled “Changing the visual landscape of women’s sport”.

James Spence, managing partner at Cerno Capital, comments:

“Cerno is committed to supporting women in the male dominated sport and finance industries, so the opportunity to actively promote female talent in the area of sport photography resonated with us. Our involvement with this internship is a progression of the work we are already doing supporting women in the sports industry, such as Hannah White as she attempts to break the 500m world speed sailing record, Rosie Stancer who plans to cross the Taklamakan and sports journalist and presenter, Laura Winter, who we fund via The Mixed Zone in her work covering women’s sport in Britain. Getty Images’ programme gives the selected photographer the very best chance of being taken on full time at the end of the internship, which we find incredibly exciting. More broadly speaking, we are an up and coming firm, so individual stories of challenging athletes and adventurers chimes with us.”

The leading provider of sport imagery globally, Getty Images is the official photographic partner to many of the most significant sports leagues and governing bodies in women’s sport including WSL (Women’s Soccer League), WTA (Women’s Tennis Association), LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), and the England National Women’s Football and Rugby teams.  In addition to its usual coverage of elite female athletes at events such as the Summer and Winter Olympics, Wimbledon and this year the World Swimming and Athletics championships, Getty Images invests in the coverage of all major women’s sporting events, including shooting every game of this year’s Women’s European Football Championships.

Getty Images is a committed supporter of photographic talent, which it does via offered internships as well as an industry-leading grants programme. For more information on Getty Images grants, please click here.

More information on the internship and how to apply can be found here.

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