Getty Images Creative Bursary – Disability, Autumn 2019

  • Paul Hames
  • Shahfaq Shahbaz
  • Alpgiray Kelem
  • Sulaiman R. Khan [he/him/his/Disabled]

Disability Stories, Getty Images Creative Bursary

Our mission is to ignite, empower and amplify disabled creatives, and Getty Images' mission is to move the world with images. So, we are absolutely honoured to be supporting them with their newest Creative Bursary. We're seeking to award photography projects centered on telling stories around life with a disability. This Creative Bursary is open to all photographers, but we here at ThisAbility are very keen for #disabled #photographers to apply.

In a time when little budget exists for groundbreaking storytelling that challenges perceptions about the world in today’s digital age, it is vital the industry continues to discover and nurture photographic talent. This is the driver behind the Bursary Getty Images wishes to introduce: Creative Bursary—#Disability #Stories.

The Getty Images Creative Bursary will foster and support projects and new content that tell important visual stories detailing the lives of individuals living with disabilities, including cognitive and physical—projects and work that without funding, may otherwise not get off the ground.

Getty Images has partnered with Verizon Media who has given $20,000, doubling the prize money they usually award! As one of the largest media companies, Verizon Media seeks to provide equal access by making its own products and brands accessible and encouraging others to do the same. With real-time captioning for Yahoo Finance’s eight hours of live streaming, screen reader-optimised apps like Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Fantasy, helping advertisers reach a more diverse audience with captioned ad products and more, Verizon Media is transforming how people of all abilities stay informed and entertained, communicate and connect.

The additional monetary and promotional support from Verizon Media also ensures a greater reach to potentially interested photographers.

This is a one time Bursary, where five recipients will be announced on 3 December 2019, in conjunction with the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and granted sums of either $15,000, $10,000 or $5,000 (x3), awarded by an esteemed panel of creative industry judges including our Founder and Chief Purpose Officer Sulaiman Khan.

  • Five grants will be issued for five selected creators: $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 (x3).

  • During the submission period, photographers can submit an existing or new project with visual examples of work, along with a short essay on their work history and explanation of submission (i.e. How has this project been inspired by your life? How does your project drive a narrative of inclusion or showcase new perspectives on identity?)

  • Launch: 18 September 2019

  • Deadline: 3 November 2019

  • Winners Announced: 3 December 2019

Learn more and apply here.

Good luck!

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