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Getty Images and ARRAY Launches New Grant to Support Authentic Visual Storytelling for Underrepresented Communities and Cultures

Getty Images and ARRAY Launches New Grant to Support Authentic Visual Storytelling for Underrepresented Communities and Cultures

Getty Images partners with Director Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Alliance to launch four new grants that aim to shine a light on authentic visual narratives of underrepresented communities

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, in partnership with ARRAY Alliance, a creative collective founded by director Ava DuVernay to amplify the work of women and people of color filmmakers, today announced the launch of the first Getty Images ARRAY Grant, open to both filmmakers and photographers from around the world who are using their art forms to create diverse and inclusive visual stories.

Four grants of USD$5,000 each, totaling USD$20,000, will be awarded to two commercial creative photographers and two editorial filmmakers who capture the visual narrative of underrepresented ethnic communities such as Indigenous  Australian, African American, Caribbean, South Asian, Arab or Latinx for example, and use their medium to progress visual representation.  In addition to financial remuneration, recipients will also receive mentoring support and guidance from Getty Images and ARRAY.

The winners will be selected based on their project submissions, focusing on the quality of their cinematography, photographic skills and how their work is used to drive authenticity and inclusion.

“Getty Images’ mission is to move the world with images,” said Andy Saunders, Senior Vice President, Creative Content at Getty Images. “Our perceptions of what is possible are often shaped by what we see, and imagery and film play a powerful role in fighting stereotypes, and in empowering communities to feel represented in society.”

Saunders continues, “We are thrilled to be further expanding our Grants program – even more so with an honorable and committed organization like ARRAY, who have already done so much for amplifying voices and ensuring a more inclusive and equitable creative industry.”

“We at ARRAY are proud to collaborate with Getty Images to identify and amplify exceptional, underrepresented image makers through this initiative,” said DuVernay. “Our mission is to shift the dominant gaze and create a new normal when it comes to the voices and vision of artists of all kinds, and we are pleased to join forces with Getty Images in this effort.”

“Our organization was founded to advocate for more inclusion in the creative fields and we are excited to partner with a venerable institution like Getty Images to initiate real world impact as a champion of these important storytellers,” said ARRAY executive director Maori Karmael Holmes.

Submissions will be judged by a prestigious panel including;

The Getty Images ARRAY Grant is part of Getty Images’ wider grants program, which since its inception has donated over US$1.6 million to photographers around the world.

ARRAY, founded by award-winning director Ava DuVernay, has opened doors to the film industry since 2010, fostering a collective resource to amplify films by women and people of color, globally.

Applications will be accepted until Friday 8th June, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Entrants can apply online at WhereWeStand.com/grants.

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About Getty Images: 

Getty Images is one of the most trusted and esteemed sources of visual content in the world, with over 300 million assets including photosvideos, and music, available through its industry-leading sites www.gettyimages.com andwww.istock.com. The Getty Images website serves creative, business and media customers in nearly every country in the world and is the first place people turn to discover, purchase and share powerful visual content from the world’s best photographers and videographers. Getty Images works with over 240,000 contributors and hundreds of image partners to provide comprehensive coverage of more than 160,000 newssport and entertainment eventseach year, impactful creative imagery to communicate any commercial concept and the world’s deepest digital archive of historic photography.

Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of still and moving imagery in communication and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.  For company news and announcements, visit our Press Room, and for the stories and inspiration behind our content, visit Stories & Trends. Find Getty Images on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInPinterest and Tumblr, or download theGetty Images app where you can explore, save and share the world’s best imagery.

About ARRAY Alliance

In 2010 award-winning filmmaker, distributor and activist Ava DuVernay founded ARRAY Releasing. The independent film collective has distributed 18 films culled from festivals around the world. These award-winning works by underrepresented filmmakers offer a glimpse into the interior lives of characters and landscapes often overlooked by mainstream outlets. In 2018, DuVernay launched ARRAY Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to amplifying the work of underrepresented filmmakers. Through a variety of initiatives including grantmaking, audience development, and curatorial programs, the Alliance works to provide access and a sense of belonging for women filmmakers and filmmakers of color in the film and television industry.

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