Getty Images partners with D&AD for the return of Next Photographer Award

January 18, 2016 • Company News, Creative

Global award showcases and nurtures the next generation of photographic talent

Getty Images, the world leader in visual communications and D&AD, the global association for creative advertising and design, are partnering for a second year to launch the Next Photographer Award.

Inaugurated in 2014, the Next Photographer Award bridges the gap between the D&AD Professional Awards and New Blood programme by identifying and showcasing new talent in the first three years of their careers.

Shortlisted photographers receive international exposure for their work, mentoring from a wide portfolio of acclaimed photographers, agents and advertising agencies, plus the chance to win funding and grants towards personal and commissioned projects – a considerable launch pad for young creatives seeking their first big break.

The Award will be judged by an esteemed panel representing a broad cross-section of the industry, including:

  • James Day, Photographer (Jury Foreman)
  • Thomas Brown, Photographer
  • Kate Edwards, Picture Editor, the Guardian
  • Kirstie Johnstone, Creative Production Partner, AMV BBDO
  • Sarah Pascoe, Head of Art Production, BBH
  • Andy Saunders, Senior Vice President, Creative, Getty Images
  • Michael Trow, Commissioning Photo Editor, British Vogue

Andy Saunders, Senior Vice President, Creative Content at Getty Images said:

“When we partnered with D&AD to inaugurate the Next Photographer awards we were expecting submissions that were original, highly creative and demonstrated a fresh perspective. We were not disappointed. These awards mark a unique opportunity to showcase and nurture emerging photographers from across the globe. I’m very much looking forward to the judging process, and to bringing Getty Images’ unique creative insight and experience to a new generation of talent.”

Tim Lindsay, CEO of D&AD said:

“Celebrating and awarding creativity is at the heart of what D&AD does and so it makes sense to extend our reach beyond students and established professionals and look at people at the beginning of their careers. With such a wealth of young talent out there, the entries for the Next awards are always inspiring and allow us to have a glimpse of the future of the creative industry. Partnering with Getty Images on Next Photographer for the second year running allows us to ensure that the future talent is nurtured and showcased in the best possible way.”

Entry to the Next Photographer Awards is open until 17 February 2016. To be eligible, entrants must have earned less than 50% of their income from their own photography in the last three years and must submit five images, either from a series or pieces produced individually. Work must have been completed after 1 January 2014.

The panel will select the shortlist in March 2016 and the overall winner will be announced at the D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony in May. All shortlisted submissions will be included in a public exhibition alongside the D&AD Professional Awards entries. Shortlisted photographers will also receive a mention in the 2016 D&AD Annual, and the opportunity to receive one-to-one mentorship from a broad selection of established industry figures. The winner will receive $5000 photography grant and mentorship provided by Getty Images, international exposure through D&AD and Getty Images’ print, online and social channels, a place in the 2016 D&AD Annual, and an industry-coveted D&AD pencil.

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