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Getty launch iStock Inclusion Grant for photography in partnership with Creative Access

Posted on November 17, 2021

Getty Images and Creative Access are pleased to announce a new collaboration to award a USD$5,000 grant to an individual keen to pursue a career in photojournalism.

These Getty Images iStock Creative Grants are being offered globally, with a specific grant of USD$5,000 for the UK (equivalent of approximately £3,655, but this will vary according to currency conversion rates at the time).

Applicants need to submit their portfolio or examples of their work, along with a cover letter outlining the project they wish to be funded. This will be reviewed by a panel made up of members from Getty Images and Creative Access. Selection will be based on the judges’ determination of the applicant’s ability to execute the submitted project with a compelling commercial visual narrative based on either still images or video. The jury will consider the calibre of the portfolio, the project’s merit and the artist’s professional ability. The judges will also be assessing how the submitted projects draw attention to, and depict, underrepresented communities through their commercial photography work.

Candidates will be judged on the strength of their photographic portfolios, and a demonstrated commitment to the field of visual journalism. Applicants need to submit:

  • A portfolio/work samples (digital only)
  • A short biography and CV
  • 200‑500‑word summary of the proposed project and an explanation as to how the project will draw attention to, and depict, under-represented communities through their commercial photography work
  • Contact information
  • Social media links

Ken Mainardis, Senior Vice President of Content, Getty Images &iStock said: “The first-ever iStock Inclusion Grant series is a continuation of our commitment to foster greater representation and inclusion within the photographic and photojournalism industries. Since Getty Images was founded 25 years ago, our mission has been to move the world with authentic, inclusive visuals which represent the society we live in, and that’s something we feel strongly about for each of our brands, including iStock.”

Josie Dobrin, Chief Executive of Creative Access said: “Creative Access is so thrilled to be partnering again with Getty Images. Commercial photography cannot reflect society, if society is not reflected in commercial photographers. This is as much about business as it is about doing the right thing. We are excited to be able to offer this grant to someone from a community that is currently under-represented in the sector as part of our wider mission to make the creative industries more representative, accessible and inclusive.”

Grant eligibility

Successful applicants will all need to meet the following criteria:

  • A photographer/videographer who is EMEA or UK based or a resident
  • Not been working professionally for more than three years
  • Identifies as Black, Asian or ethnically diverse

Applications close 6th December. Apply here.

The grant has been featured in DiversityQ and Cision.