Getty Images and iStock to award $20,000 in grants to support the next generation of creative talent

Getty Images press release – 13 October 2020.

‘Definition Future’ Creative Bursary offers up-and-coming creatives financial support and mentorship to explore what our future may hold

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications celebrating its 25th year, and its subsidiary iStock, today announces the launch of its latest Creative Bursary, ‘Definition Future’. Designed to support emerging creative talent, the Creative Bursary will award three grants of US$10,000, $7,000 and $3,000, respectively, to provide much-needed financial support and mentorship during a time of incredible change and countless challenges.

The Getty Images Creative Bursary offers up-and-coming creatives the financial freedom to explore, through ground-breaking visual storytelling, what the future may hold – in all of its complexity and unpredictability. The series is open to anyone who is just beginning their career, seeking to challenge perceptions while simultaneously reshaping and redefining the world in which we live.

“We find ourselves living through unprecedented times, and recognize the role that storytelling plays in terms of defining what the future could, and very well may, look like,” said Guy Merrill, Global Head of Art at Getty Images.

“As we forge a new path on a global scale, it’s more important than ever to support the next generation of creatives and give them the means necessary to pursue their passion for the sort of storytelling which breaks creative and visual boundaries and, in turn, moves our visual language forward.”

Submissions will be judged by an industry-leading panel, including:

  • Guy Merrill, UK based Head of Art, Getty Images Creative
  • Antwaun Sargent, NYC based Critic and Curator of The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion
  • Jimena AcostaMexico City based Curator of contemporary design and art at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
  •  Polly Irungu, NYC based multimedia journalist, digital editor, photographer and founder of Black Women Photographers
  • Henki Leung, Tokyo based Designer and Creative Director at Airside Japan
  • Deby Sucha, Tokyo and Los Angeles based, Photographer and Getty Images contributor.

In addition to the grants, all three recipients will be given the opportunity to license their winning work on the Getty Images and iStock websites at a 100 percent royalty rate.

Applicants are required to submit an existing or new project – whether that be photography, videography or illustration – along with a portfolio of their work and a short essay describing their intent and inspiration.

Open now, this iteration of the Creative Bursary closes on the 9 November just before midnight EST. More details can be found here.

Note that the Getty Images and iStock Creative Bursary is part of Getty Images’ wider grants programme which, since its inception, has awarded US$1.7 million to photographers and filmmakers worldwide.

Please visit Getty Images Grants to learn more.

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