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Getty Images teams with Instagram for $30,000 photo grant

by Brandon Russell | May 9, 2015May 9, 2015 5:00 pm PDT

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Instagram isn’t just about the pursuit of likes and heavy filters. Over the years, the service has evolved into a display of what our beautiful world has to offer, captured for posterity one profile at a time. It has also become a great platform for users to tell a story—and that’s exactly what a new Getty partnership is in search of.

If you think your profile exhibits the kind of hard-hitting photojournalism typically found in National Geographic, you can apply for a $10,000 grant being offered by Getty Images. In partnership with Instagram, the respected photo agency will offer money to three users who believe their body of work documents “stories from underrepresented communities around the world.”

“We recognize that Instagram has introduced new opportunities for emerging voices, outside the mainstream media, to create and share projects of social importance,” Getty says. “This grant provides financial support and mentorship to amplify their impact.”

This is a new frontier for Getty, and a big win for Instagram, proving the service is more than just a useless social network; it’s a platform for people to connect and encourage change. The grants will be awarded based on a user’s current body of work on Instagram, focusing on things such as the ability to tell a story, and, above all, their quality of imagery. Additionally, entrants need to submit a biography, and how they approach photography and their subjects.

You can fill out an application here. Judges for the grant include Malin Fezehal, Maggie Steber, and Ramin Talale, who are all documentary photographers, along with photojournalist David Guttenfelder, and Kira Pollack, who is the director of photography at TIME.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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