Getty Images announces $20,000 LGBTQ+ Stories Creative Bursary to support emerging talent telling stories from the LGBTQTIA+ community

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Getty Images press release – 9 May, 2019.

Getty Images Creative Bursary will foster and support projects and new content that tell important visual stories, exploring narratives around LGBTQTIA+ lives

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, has announced its annual global Creative Bursary for 2019, LGBTQ+ Stories.  

Getty Images’ mission is to move the world with images, and the Bursary will help elevate the work of emerging creative talent using their art form to create inclusive visual stories, which focus on evolving narratives surrounding the lives of LGBTQTIA+ people, using still photography.

Getty Images’ Creative Bursary has been created in recognition of the challenges faced by new talent when looking to break into the commercial industry. In today’s digital age, it is vital the industry continues to discover and nurture creative talent.

Since the inception of the Getty Images Grants program in 2004, Getty Images has donated over $1.5 million to photojournalists and creative photographers, furthering our commitment to the craft of photography and bringing attention to important stories that would otherwise remain unseen.

LGBTQ+ Stories is a one-time Bursary, where three recipients will be selected in June and granted sums of either $10,000, $7000, $3000, awarded by an esteemed panel of creative industry judges. 

The Creative Bursary is open to aspiring photographers globally.

Shortlisted photography projects will be judged by a panel that will include:

  • Kimberly Drew – Founder of Black Contemporary Art. A writer, curator and activist with a passion for art, cultural studies and an avid proponent of black spaces. Kimberly has been selected as one of Brooklyn Magazine’s Brooklyn 100 and her writing has appeared in Glamour, W, Teen Vogue, and Lenny Letter.
  • Tony Moxham – Tony is an art director and ceramic artist at Mt Objects and Cerámica La Mejor. He also owns DFC, a design label based in Mexico.
  • Eric McNatt – Eric is a portrait photographer whose work has been featured in The New York Times Style Magazine, Vogue, New York Magazine, Fortune and Wired. He has also been nominated for a book award by NYPH for his Character Project.
  • Ryan PflugerQueer artist and photographer with an MFA in Photo, Video & Related Media from the School of Visual Arts.
  • Laurence Philomene – Laurence is a non-binary photographer, director and curator. His work on gender and identity has been published in the likes of Dazed, I- D, Vice, Hunger Magazine, Wonderland. Laurence is currently working on a monograph of their project ‘me vs others’.
  • Jess T. Dugan & Vanessa Fabre – Jess is A visual artist who along with her partner Vanessa, explores issues of identity, gender, sexuality and community in her works. Jess’ art features in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and was selected by the White House as a 2015 Champion of Change.

Applications are open until 28 May 2019, photographers are encouraged to apply before the deadline.

The winners of the Creative Bursary will be announced on 25 June 2019, in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

To apply, photographers must submit the following:

  • Links to existing portfolio of work online
  • The submission must include: a 200-500-word summary of the project proposal and an inspirational mood board
  • A short essay that outlines your approach
  • Proposals must be in English
  • Submissions must be digital

Additionally, the successful recipients are invited to license their award-winning content through, at a 100% royalty rate for imagery created within their proposed project.

Entrants will also receive guidance and mentorship from one of Getty Images’ award-winning Art Directors, as well as a feature on our Creative Insights website, in addition to promotion on our relevant social channels.

Please note, this additional support is not a requirement of the Creative Bursary and choosing to take advantage of this this opportunity is at your discretion.

Deadline for the Creative Bursary is 12am (midnight) US Eastern Time, 28 May 2019. The winners will be announced on 7 June 2019.

Further details of the application and bursary can be viewed on the Creative Bursary website.

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