Getty Images Teams With Instagram and Offers $30,000 in Grants
Getty Images has a good news for all photographers. The photo agency has collaborated with Instagram and is offering grants worth $30,000 to three lucky winners ($10,000 each) along with a mentorship from a Getty Images photographer. Getty Images has asked Instagram users to ‘document stories from underrepresented communities around the world’.
Instagram has become a site which is continuously surprising its viewers with a waste range of images around the world. The online mobile photo-sharing site is showing something that is usually not displayed on mainstream media. It is telling the untold stories and showing the unseen sides of the world, which is mesmerizing at times.
Getty’s Senior Content Partnership Director Elodie Mailliet Storm says that Instagram has established photographers (amateurs as well as professionals) who make the site vibrant. The team wants to support them with all means in bringing forward the underrepresented communities.
“We’ve been thinking very much about our grant programs, and what kind of support we should give to photographers,” Getty said in a statement. “We wanted to make sure that we reached communities that that are not necessarily being featured in mainstream media, not because their stories are not important but because they don’t have access to mainstream media.”
The grant does not restrict the users to use mobile phones, it can be taken from any medium but has to be uploaded in Instagram. Mailliet Storm says that the participants will be judged on their image quality, subject matter and visual storytelling skills.
“Focusing on the quality of their imagery, their photographic skills and on the projects and stories told through their photos [on Instagram].”
Entries will only be accepted from June 4 until May 7. You can apply and look at the application process here.