Getty pushes the power of photojournalism with editorial grants

Getty Images recently asked for submissions for creative projects that would help tell the stories of charities. And now applications are open for the 2013 Grants for Editorial Photography and Emerging Talent Award

Five photojournalists will be selected to receive grants of US$10,000, intended to provide the funding and freedom to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance.

“Photojournalism is a powerful force for telling compelling social, political and cultural stories,” says Jonathan Klein, Getty Images co-founder and chief executive officer. “The Grants for Editorial Photography programme is at the heart of Getty Images’ commitment to press freedom, excellence in photojournalism and our belief in the power of images to effect change.”

The Grants for Editorial Photography were created in 2004 to provide emerging and established photographers with the means, creative freedom and collaborative editorial guidance to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance. The recipients will have access to resources such as project execution guidance from Getty Images photo editors, as well as the opportunity to have their work showcased on the Reportage by Getty Images website. 

Previous grant recipients include Bharat Choudhary for ‘The Silence of ‘Others’’, Paolo Marchetti for ‘FEVER – The Awakening of European Fascism’, Sebastian Liste for ‘The Brazilian Far West’ and Kosuke Okahara for ‘Fragments/Fukushima’. 

Grants applications are open until 2 May, 2013 at 12PM NZST. The independent judging panel comprises representatives selected by Getty Images for his or her talent and industry experience. The judges—Jean-Francois Leroy, director, Visa Pour L’Image; Jon Jones, director of photography, The Sunday Times Magazine; Olivier Laurent, acting deputy editor, British Journal of Photography; and Tiziana Faraoni, photo editor,  l’Espresso—will determine the winners based on applicants’ ability to execute their proposed project with compelling visual narrative in documentary feature format, taking into account the calibre of portfolio, project merit and professional ability. 

Winners will be announced in September 2013 at the Visa Pour l’Image photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France. 

Getty Images’ Emerging Talent Award is also accepting applications. The programme provides outstanding photographers under the age of 30 who are not associated with any agency with mentoring and the opportunity to have their work showcased on the Reportage by Getty Images website. The deadline is also May 2, 2013 at 10AM NZST. 

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