Getty Images and Verizon Media announce $40,000 Disability-Focused Creative Bursary to support and encourage talent as they convey the stories, lives and realities of the disability community

September 19, 2019 • Company News

NEW YORK—September 19, 2019—Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, in collaboration with Verizon Media, has announced its latest global Creative Bursary grant program centering around life with disabilities. Aimed at elevating photographers as they work to capture and share much-needed visual stories of those living with a variety of disabilities, the Bursary comes on the heels of The Disability Collection, a joint effort launched in 2018 by both companies in conjunction with the National Disability Leadership Alliance to more authentically represent people with disabilities in the media.

“This latest endeavor is a natural fit, allowing us to expand not only the reach of this Bursary, but double the award dollars as well,” said Guy Merrill, Creative Bursary Judge and Global Head of Art for Getty Images. “Given that our primary mission is to move the world with imagery, we’re thrilled to continue our relationship with Verizon Media—a forerunner when it comes to accessibility.”

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 readeroptimized 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.

“At Verizon Media, we are committed to creating premium experiences for all,” said Larry Goldberg, Head of Accessibility at Verizon Media. “Through this grant program, we are empowering photographers to join our mission with Getty Images to more authentically represent disability in the media.”

Recognizing the challenges faced by photographers worldwide as they look to break into the commercial industry, the Getty Images’ Creative Bursary consistently seeks to discover and nurture creative talent while also alleviating some of the financial hurdles. The additional monetary and promotional support from Verizon Media also ensures a greater reach to potentially interested photographers.

Open to photographers globally, and supported by a matching grant by Verizon, Disability Stories is a one-time Bursary, awarding one recipient $15,000, one recipient $10,000 and three recipients $5,000 each, as determined by an esteemed panel of creative industry judges and disability activists. The bursary seeks diverse perspectives and photographers with disabilities are specifically encouraged to apply. Shortlisted photography projects will be judged by a panel that will include:

— Kohei Hara – Getty Images photographer.

— Erin Lefevre – Previous Getty Images Creative Bursary recipient.

— Guy Merrill – Global Head of Art for Getty Images.

— Sulaiman Kahn – Founder and Chief Purpose Officer for ThisAbility UK.

— Lawrence Carter-Long – Communications Director for the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund for the National Disability Leadership Alliance.

Photographers are encouraged to apply before November 1, 2019, at which point the application period will close. Recipients of the Creative Bursary will be announced on December 3, 2019, coinciding with the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

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 the approach

— Proposals must be in English

— Submissions must be digital

Bursary 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 Getty Images’ Creative Insights website, in addition to promotion across relevant social channels. Please note, this additional support is not a requirement of the Creative Bursary and is at the discretion of each recipient.

Note that the Getty Images Creative Bursary Grants are a core piece of the wider Getty Images Grants program, collectively aimed at supporting the world’s photographic and photojournalism community. Since the inception of the program 15 years ago, the company has awarded in excess of US $1.4 million, furthering our commitment to the craft of photography and bringing attention to important stories that would otherwise remain unseen. Further details on the Getty Images grants program available here:

To apply:

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