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Getty Images’ mission is to move the world with images, and we believe in this power. Since the inception of the Getty Images Grants program in 2004, Getty Images has donated over $1.7 million to photojournalists and creative photographers, furthering our commitment to the craft of photography and bringing attention to important stories that without funding, may otherwise remain unseen. 

In a time where individuals have little budget for ground-breaking storytelling that challenges perceptions about the world in today’s digital age, Getty Images wishes to support and nurture emerging creative talent with the financial freedom to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance. This is the driver behind the Getty Images & iStock Creative Bursary, Definition Future. 

In an era of extraordinary exception, the future is a blank canvas and through our Creative Bursary, we are looking to award the next generation of creative talent who can imagine what that future may look like. With a seismic shift in all that we take for granted, our world is up for negotiation – the way we live; the way society holds and operates itself; what we expect of those we hold dear; to our expectations of the world’s leaders. The future is open to interpretation, but collectively owned by us all.

The Getty Images & iStock Creative Bursary calls for content that breaks creative and visual boundaries as we forge down this new and unprecedented path the world finds itself on. How this looks is up to the creator – from climate impacts to the political climate, to the changing face of family and personal identity, to the concept of human identity overall - with the world being held to account by future generations. We are looking to the emerging creative community to define this visually with a pioneering approach, inherent optimism, hope and fresh vision. We are seeking ground-breaking photography, inspiring illustration, or moving short films - we want commercial imagery that describes how we could reshape and redefine the world in which we live.

This is a one-time Bursary, where three recipients will be announced on December 8, 2020, and granted sums of either US $10,000, US $7,000 or US $3,000, awarded by an esteemed panel of creative industry judges (TBA). 

For updates: grants.gettyimages.com

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