Getty Images Instagram Grant: call for entries now open

Published:  March 15, 2016

Getty Images, in collaboration with Instagram, has 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, 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.

“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.”

Getty-Slate-2016-FINAL-537x350Applicants’ work will be judged by an esteemed panel of photographic experts, including last year’s winner, photojournalist Adriana Zehbrauskas, photo-based artist Eleanor MacNairLe Monde Director of PhotographyNicolas 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 here and applications will be accepted until 7pm ET on April 12, 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.

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