Getty Images, in collaboration with Instagram, announces recipients of second annual Getty Images Instagram Grant

September 19, 2016 • Company News, Grants

Recipients hail from Ethiopia, Uruguay and India and each receive US $10,000

NEW YORK, September 19, 2016 Getty Images, a world leader in visual communication, in collaboration with Instagram, today announced the recipients of the annual Getty Images Instagram Grant.  Now in its second year, the grant program was founded to support photographers using Instagram to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world.  This year, the grant expanded to include videographers and visual artists telling local stories on Instagram.
Three recipients were selected for the top prize from amongst a geographically diverse group of submissions, showcasing exceptional quality and diversity of work.  Each recipient will receive a grant of US $10,000 and will have their work exhibited to the public at photography festival Photoville in New York from 21-25 September.

This year’s recipients are:

– Christian Rodriguez (@christian_foto), a documentary photographer from Uruguay, receives a grant for his project Teen Mom, which depicts teen pregnancy in Latin America. Directly impacted by teenage motherhood, Christian hopes to raise awareness of the issue and highlight its impact on local communities. He finds inspiration in the literary trend of magical realism and considers Instagram a powerful tool to gain feedback and information about the realities many teenagers are faced with.

– Ronny Sen (@ronnysen, @whatdoestheendoftimelooklike), from India, receives a grant for his work documenting the fires that have burned for just over one hundred years in mineral-rich Jharia. A documentary photographer compelled to visually document his immediate reality, Ronny’s work uses both photography and videography to spotlight the plight of people who have been affected by big corporations and depicts survival in an apocalyptic-like landscape.

– Girma Berta (@gboxcreative) resides in Addis Ababa and uses his iPhone to capture the vibrant color and grunge of street life in the capital of Ethiopia. Girma uses his background in graphics and painting as a guide for lighting and composition, playing with colors and infusing street photography with fine art. Girma’s project, Moving Shadows, showcases local street scenes against backdrops of color. A member of @everydayafrica, he uses Instagram as a platform for self-expression and to share his work with the rest of the world.

The judging panel has also recognized the following photographers as Honorable Mentions: Daro Sulakauri (@darosulakauri) from The Republic of Georgia; Ako Salemi (@f64s125) from Tehran, Iran; and Andrew Quilty (@andrewquilty), an Australian photographer based in Afghanistan.

“We are so very pleased to continue our relationship with Instagram over the second year of the Getty Images Instagram Grant and to continue to support and amplify new and important voices in visual storytelling,” said Pancho Bernasconi, Getty Images Vice President of News.
“Getty Images believes in the power of pictures to move the world and the range and quality of work submitted this year has been a striking testament to this power.”

Submissions were judged by the visual stories told through the applicants’ photos and their image quality by an esteemed panel of international photographic and multidisciplinary experts, including last year’s winner, photojournalist Adriana Zehbrauskas, photo-based artist Eleanor MacNairLe Monde Director of Photography Nicolas Jimenez, Lagos Photo Festival Director Azu Nwagbogu and filmmaker, photographer, and multidisciplinary artist Jeff Frost.

“Every day, people around the globe capture and share poignant moments on Instagram, inspiring others to see things in a new way,” said Amanda Kelso, Director of Community at Instagram.  “We are honored to highlight the visual work of this year’s winners, who each offer a striking glimpse into rarely seen worlds.”

For more information about the Getty Images Instagram Grant program and to view the awarded portfolios, visit



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