Getty and Instagram partner on photography grants worth $10,000

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Getty Images and Instagram today launched three new grants, worth $10,000 each, to support photographers using the online photography platform “to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world”.

Three winners – judged on a demonstrable body of documentary work on their Instagram account – will be selected by the Getty Images Instagram Grant. Each will be given financial support and mentorship to amplify the project, before Getty hosts an exhibition at the Photoville photography festival in New York City this September.

“We are inspired every day by the work shared on Instagram by both established and aspiring photographers,” says Amanda Kelso, director of community at Instagram.

“Photographers everywhere are experimenting, stretching their creativity and offering diverse perspectives. This grant captures the global enthusiasm from photographers to continue to push their craft to new levels.”

“Photographers in all corners of the world use Instagram to share stories that otherwise rarely come into focus,” says Elodie Mailliet Storm, Getty Images senior director of content partnerships. “We want to reach communities that are outside of mainstream media.”

The judges are Kira Pollack, director of photography and visual enterprise at TIME (@kirapollack); documentary photographers Malin Fezehai (@malinfezehai), Ramin Talaie (@ramintalaie) and Maggie Steber (@maggiesteber); and photojournalist and National Geographic Fellow, David Guttenfelder (@dguttenfelder).

Applications will be accepted until 04 June 2015, at 11:59pm (GMT). Entrants can apply online, where they will be required to submit a biography, brief description of their approach, style, the stories they have covered and how they would benefit from the grant.

Instagram users can encourage photographers they follow or know to apply for the grant by using the hashtag #GettyImagesInstagramGrant.

All entrants are required to complete the online application to be considered by the judges.

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