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Getty Images Offering $130,000 Grants to Editorial & Portrait Photographers

We have mentioned this previously, see here, but just as a reminder, photographers have until 15 May to submit their work for a chance to win one of this year’s Getty Images Grants.

This year, as it celebrates the programme’s 10-year anniversary, Getty Images will be offering six Editorial photography prizes, three Creative Grants for non-profit organisations and photographers, and one Portrait award – totalling $130,000 in cash prizes.

In the Grants for Editorial Photography category, Getty Images will present five $10,000 prizes, which will be awarded to photojournalists pursuing personal projects of journalistic significance. An additional grant, offered in partnership with the Lean In foundation, will be “awarded to a photographer whose project is focused on an important but under-told story about women or girls achieving positive results in their communities or personal lives”.

The winners will be selected by a panel of jurors that include David Furst, the international picture editor at The New York Times; Facebook’s photo community manager Teru Kuwayama; Sarah Leen, director of photography at National Geographic magazine; Amy Yenkin of the Open Society Foundations; and Jean-François Leroy of the Visa pour l’Image festival.

For Sullivan, the grants offer a reprieve for photographers struggling to find backing for their work. ”In these difficult financial times, where it has become something of a rarity to obtain funding from traditional sources, this grant offers something of a lifeline.”

In the Creative Grants programme, Getty Images will distribute two $20,000 prizes, which will each be shared between a photographer or filmmaker and an agency partner as “they work together to create compelling new imagery and/or video for the non-profit of their choice.” A third grant will also be awarded to a photographer and agency whose “joint proposal is to develop imagery for a non-profit that focuses on issues related to empowering women, girls, their families and communities.”

Finally, Getty Images is also organising the second edition of its Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize, offering $10,000 to a photographer with fewer than five years of experience in portraiture work. The jury will include photographer Terry O’Neill, Telegraph Magazine’s director of photography Cheryl Newman, designer Stuart Smith, and Michael Hirschl of the BergHind Joseph Agency.

To submit your work and to find out more, go here.




Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]