Good news in tough times: Getty Images is expanding its grants program, which since 2005 has awarded professional photojournalists and students with cash and support for editorial photography projects. The imagery giant, which last summer was acquired by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, has just announced Getty Images Grants for Good, which will award two photographers $15,000 each “to cover costs associated with creating compelling imagery to raise awareness about the issues and work of a non-profit they admire.”
The first two Grants for Good recipients will be announced in June at the Cannes Advertising Festival, with the photographers’ resulting work showcased on Getty’s website and used by the non-profit. Judges for the new competition will include ICP curator Christopher Phillips and Lesley Martin, editor and publisher of Aperture. “These grants enable more photographers to produce extraordinary imagery for important causes, supporting non-profits, NGO’s, professional associations, and charities,” said Andrew Saunders, Getty’s vice president of imagery, in a statement issued by the company. Care to apply? Get to work on assembling a short written proposal outlining your shoot plan, a supporting portfolio, a CV/resume, a profile of the non-profit with whom you will partner, and a statement of the organization’s support for the application.” You have until April 15.