Getty Images celebrates diversity at Cannes Lions 2017

May 30, 2017 • Company News, Creative

– Will host discussion on the power of imagery to drive change and elevate diversity in visual communications with the panel ‘Seeing is Believing: The Power of Re-picturing Stereotypes’

– Partners with Twitter to co-host dynamic Talk Back session aimed at engaging young creatives around themes of creativity in the digital age

– Marks its 20th anniversary as exclusive content sponsor of the Young Lions Competitions


London – Tuesday, 30 May, 2017: Getty Images, the world’s leader in visual communication, will champion diversity at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, bringing to the main stage the thought provoking panel; Seeing is Believing: The Power of Re-picturing Stereotypes. A key moment in Getty Images’ ongoing commitment to drive change in promoting a more diverse, inclusive and representative visual language, the panel discussion will explore why imagery is so important when it comes to reframing concepts of gender, race, mental illness, LGBTQ and religion – altering perceptions, evoking empathy and helping brands engage with a broader audience.

The highly visual talk will take place on Thursday 22nd June at 16:00 in the Lumière Theatre and includes the following prestigious line-up of speakers:

– Piera Gelardi, Co-founder and Executive Creative Director at Refinery 29

– Campbell Addy, celebrated photographer and founder of Niijournal & Nii Agency

– Pam Grossman, Director of Visual Trends at Getty Images

– Braden Summers, Artist and photographer known for his ‘All love is equal’ project

“By now we can all agree that there is a great need for better representation of diverse communities within visual communications – both commercially and editorially speaking,” said Pam Grossman, Director Visual Trends at Getty Images. “But that’s just the beginning. Anyone who has a role in creating, distributing and selecting imagery at any level in the advertising and editorial industries has the ability – and responsibility – to better represent the diverse audiences they are speaking to. For this reason, we could not be more excited to bring this discussion to Cannes Lions and hope that our panel will not only inform and inspire, but motivate delegates to drive change.”

Getty Images is excited to be partnering with Twitter in welcoming delegates to continue the conversation post-panel at a Talk Back session. Taking place at Twitter Beach from 5.30pm, the session will be a dynamic, highly interactive discussion aimed at engaging young creatives around themes of creativity in the digital age and will be accessible via a live feed to Twitter and Periscope followers.

This year also sees Getty Images celebrating its 20th anniversary as the official content sponsor of the Young Lions Competitions. As the exclusive supplier of content for the seven Young Lions Competitions, Getty Images supports the world’s top young creatives as they compete around the clock to create an award-winning campaign for a charity, created entirely from Getty Images and iStock by Getty Images content.

“We are incredibly proud to be sponsoring the Young Lions Competitions for the twentieth year in a row. The importance of nurturing the next generation of creatives remains firmly at the top of our agenda,” said Andy Saunders, Senior Vice President Creative at Getty Images.

“This group of people understand better than anyone how to engage with the Millennial and Generation Z audiences, tell creative stories and produce innovative work within the rapidly changing media landscape. Most importantly, they are the publishers of the future and we take seriously our role in supporting them as they realise their potential in this landmark anniversary year.”

Getty Images’ team of creative trends experts will also be on the ground, talking about the company’s 2017 Visual Trends Report. Getty Images pioneered visual trend forecasting over 20 years ago and its findings inform, inspire and influence art directors, editors, and artists worldwide across creative industries from journalism to branding and advertising.


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