Getty celebrates the power of portraiture with new grant

Getty Images already offers a range of grants to photographers, and it’s added another one that aims to recognise excellence in portrait photography by emerging photographers.

The inaugural Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize is open to photographers with fewer than five years industry experience. The winning photographer will receive a US$10,000 grant and have their work exhibited at the prestigious Polka Galerie in Paris throughout the month of October. 

Contour is Getty Images’ high-end portraiture offering and the international roster of photographers includes David Lachapelle, George Holz, Greg Gorman, Harry Benson, Jonathan Becker, Julian Broad, Steve Pyke, Lorenzo Agius, and partners such as the Los Angeles Times, Figaro Madame and Paris Match, among others. 

“Through the work of the Contour photographers we represent, we are keenly aware of the skill level and attention to detail which portraiture photography requires and we hope that this celebration will raise awareness of this great work,” says Elodie Mailliet Storm, senior director, Contour by Getty Images​. “Starting a career in portrait photography can be expensive and requires a lot of focus – we felt it was important to help emerging photographers along this path.”

A distinguished panel of experts led by famed fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh will judge the work:

  • Georges Mohammed-Chérif, founder and president, Buzzman
  • Alain Genestar, founder, Polka Magazine and Gallery
  • Jean-Jacques Naudet, founder and editor-in-chief, La Lettre de la Photographie
  • Laurence Vecten, director of photography, Glamour

Entries will be accepted from 13 June through to 5 August, 2013 and can be submitted through Getty Images’ grants website.

Applicants should submit 10-20 images from their portraiture work along with a biography, brief explanation of their approach to portraiture, and description of what they would like to accomplish in their careers. 

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