Getty Images Offers Grants to Instagram Users

Visual assets provider Getty Images is turning to Instagram users for images outside of the mainstream media.

GettyImagesEditorialGrantsVisual assets provider Getty Images is turning to Instagram users for images outside of the mainstream media.

Getty Images is allowing users of the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network to apply for grants to support their efforts “to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world,” with entrants required to include biographies, brief descriptions of their approaches and styles, stories they have covered and how they would benefit.

The two companies said entries will be judged on existing bodies of work on Instagram, with a focus on quality, photographic skills and the project and stories told through their photos, and the judges are:

Instagram director of community Amanda Kelso said in a release announcing the grants:

We are inspired every day by the work being shared on Instagram by both established and aspiring photographers. 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.

Getty Images senior director of content partnerships Elodie Mailliet Storm added:

Photographers in all corners of the world use the Instagram platform to share unique and authentic stories that otherwise rarely come into focus. Getty Images is guided by our belief in the power of pictures to move the world, and we are excited to collaborate with Instagram on this grant to support and amplify new and important voices.

Readers: What do you think of the grant program for Instagram users from Getty Images?