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The Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for HBCUs will commit a total of $500,000 towards the digitization of two winning HBCU’s photographic libraries

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, in partnership with the Getty Family and Stand Together, a philanthropic community tackling some of the biggest challenges of our times, today announced the launch of the inaugural Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for HBCUs, that aims to support the digitization of the invaluable visual history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Open to all HBCU’s the Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for HBCUs will commit a total of $500,000 towards the digitization of two HBCU’s photographic archives, including the digitization of up to 100,000 archival assets per recipient. Included in the Grant will be opportunities to also apply metadata and licensing opportunities for the winning HBCU’s existing digitized libraries

Grant recipients will retain all copyrights in and to their visual assets and once digitized, the historical content will be placed in a newly created stand-alone photo collection called the “HBCU Photo Collection” and will be available for licensing on the Getty Images platform, which includes and owns of one of the largest privately owned historical photo archives in the world.

All royalties from the images that are preserved through the Grants are funneled back into impact programs: 

  • 50% will go to Grant recipients, who will retain all copyright of the visual assets.
  • 30% of royalties will be used for a financial donation to a scholarship fund focused on furthering the education of students at HBCUs.
  • 20% will be reinvested to fund the Getty Images HBCU Photo Archive Grants each year.

Submissions for the Getty Images Photo Archive Grant for HBCUs will be judged by a prestigious industry-leading panel including;

The Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for HBCUs is part of Getty Images’ commitment to anti-racism, inclusion, and dismantling discrimination including bringing to market unseen historical content and creating revenue streams for organizations working to build a more inclusive society. It is part of Getty Images’ wider grants program, which since its inception has donated over US$1.8 million to photographers and videographers around the world.

Project Goals

  • Empower the institutions with access to content which will energize their messaging with Alumni, students and donors.
  • Provide a new revenue source for HBCUs through licensing on - HBCUs maintain full copyright ownership.
  • Support the educational future of students through a scholarship fund focused on furthering the education of HBCU students.
  • Support HBCU students interested in being a part of the digitization process and learnings about their school.
  • Support the awareness around Black culture and narratives, inspiring storytellers to tell previously untold stories.

Digitization Award Details:

  • Two (2) HBCU grant recipients will be selected.
  • The grant will fund the historical preservation of up to 100,000 images.
  • Getty Images will manage the digitization process which will take place either onsite at the HBCU grant recipient's location or at the scanning facility.
  • The HBCU will provide guidance throughout the digitization process.
  • Getty Images will provide funding and mentoring to support HBCU students interested in being a part of the digitization process and learnings about their school.
  • Winners will be announced in October.  
  • The digitization process will begin within two (2) months after award and be completed within one year.

Please note: We are sensitive to the impact the global pandemic has had on all institutions.  Should any part of your application for the Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for HBCUs be impacted by COVID-related considerations, please add comments on your grant application.   Getty Images will support you in addressing those issues in any way we can.   Please also know that should you be awarded the grant, Getty Images and its partners will conduct the digitization in a manner which supports the safety and wellness of your staff and students. Contact us at

Grant closes: September 30th at 11:59pm ET

With Getty Images’ mission to move the world, we are partnering with Dove to promote diversity within creative commercial photography and videography, elevating the work and the voices of women, femmes and non-binary artists. The #ShowUs Grant provides financial support and mentorship to artists who are committed to authentically representing women, femmes and non-binary individuals in commercial photography and videography.

The #ShowUs Grant is dedicated to promoting the work of emerging women, femmes and non-binary commercial photographers and videographers. Judges will be looking for submissions which shatter stereotypes and conventions via Body Positivity – let’s celebrate the unique journeys of what it means to exist as women, femmes and non-binary people in the world. We wish to honour the full spectrum of diverse experiences – from thriving in one’s body, to having a more challenging relationship to it – allexperiences are valid, welcome, and appreciated. Judges will give particular consideration to photographers and videographers who are depicting authentic stories of women, femmes and non-binary individuals in their local communities.

Project #ShowUs is a global library of images created by women, femmes and non-binary photographers devoted to shattering beauty stereotypes around the world. Created in partnership with Dove this global collection is 100% created by and representing women, femmes and non-binary individuals as they are, not as others believe they should be.

Grants will be awarded by an industry-leading panel of creative leaders selected for their expertise and experience. Selection will be based on the judges’ determination of the applicant’s ability to execute the submitted project with a compelling commercial visual narrative based on either still images or video. The jury will consider the caliber of the portfolio, the project's merit and the artist’s professional ability. The judges will also be assessing how the submitted projects authentically represent women from across the globe and how the project will help to change the way media and advertising represent women.

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