The visual communications giant received more than 1,200 entries from photographers in 109 countries last year, and three finalists took home $10,000 grants, along with mentorship opportunities from Getty Images photographers.
Getty Images aid the contest is aimed at “championing artists who are using Instagram to tell stories of social importance about communities that are underrepresented by mainstream media,” and this year’s judges are:
- Photojournalist Adriana Zehbrauskas (last year’s winner)
- Photo-based artist Eleanor MacNair
- Le Monde director of photography Nicolas Jimenez
- Lagos Photo Festival director Azu Nwagbogu
- Filmmaker, photographer and multidisciplinary artist Jeff Frost
Instagram director of community Amanda Kelso said in a release announcing the call for entries:
The line between photography and videography is blurring. More than ever, people on Instagram are experimenting with motion to enrich their storytelling. This grant celebrates the unique power of visual mediums to elicit empathy, challenge minds and broaden our world view in an instant.
Getty Images senior director of content partnerships Elodie Mailliet Storm added:
We believe in the power of images to raise awareness, change perspectives and inspire social change. Getty Images is proud to shine a light on significant social and cultural issues and take new and inspiring strides in creative work, which is why we are excited to expand the Getty Images Instagram Grant to provide even more opportunity for visual storytellers in all corners of the world.