May 21, 2015

If you’re using Instagram as a platform to showcase your photography work, well, listen up. Getty Images is collaborating with Instagram to provide a new grant to support photographers who use this social media platform to document underrepresented communities around the world. This grant will lend financial support and mentorship to help photographers amplify their impact.

“Photographers in all corners of the world use the Instagram platform to share unique and authentic stories that otherwise rarely come into focus,” said Getty Images Senior Director of Content Partnerships Elodie Mailliet Storm. “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.”

Three people will be selected based on the quality, photographic skills and stories told through their current work on their Instagram accounts. Each winner will receive a grant of US$10,000, mentorship from one of Getty Images’ world-class photographers and an invitation to the Photoville Photography Festival in New York in September, where their photos will be exhibited.

The judges for this are:
• Kira Pollack (@kirapollack) – TIME, Director of Photography
• Malin Fezehai (@malinfezehai) – World Press Photo-winning Swedish-Eritrean photographer
• Maggie Steber (@maggiesteber) – Award-winning American photojournalist and former Miami Herald Director of Photography
• David Guttenfelder (@dguttenfelder) – National Geographic Photographer Fellow
• Ramin Talaie (@ramintalaie) – Founder of @EverydayIran

Apply online now by 4 June, 11.59pm (GMT), with a biography, brief description of your approach, style and the stories you’ve covered and how you would benefit from the grant. Winners will be announced in September this year.