Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography

Deadline: 1 May 2012
Open to: Professional and student photographers
Grant: Five grants of $20,000 each


These grants highlight Getty Images belief in the power of photojournalism to focus attention on significant social and cultural issues, and demonstrate their commitment to promoting excellence in photojournalism through tangible, positive contributions to the industry. The grant program was created to provide both emerging and established photographers with the means to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance.


For the grant may apply:

Professional Photojournalists: Applicants must be presently engaged as a professional photojournalist, described as a photographer who derives the majority of his or her income from documenting issues and events.

Photographer teams or groups may apply for the grant.  Agreement as to how the grant funding is to be shared among multiple image makers must be clear in the grant application process. Employees of Getty Images may not apply but contributors to Getty Images who are not employees are eligible.

Student Photojournalists:  Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or photojournalism school or program and be under the age of 30.  More details about the new format of the student program are forthcoming.

It’s conceivable that a photographer could win grants in different years for different projects. Judges are different each year and projects are presented to them, anonymously.


Getty Images offers five grants of $20,000 each to provide photojournalists with funding to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance.

The funds can be used to cover a wide variety of expenses that will enable photographers to carve out the time they need to produce the project. It can also cover the costs associated with the actual production of the work, such as travel, equipment and related expenses. It is expected that the winning photographers will work in accordance with the grant requirements. Furthermore, because, where appropriate, Getty Images editors will be working with grant recipients throughout the project, they will provide the support needed to bring the projects to completion. Should geopolitical circumstances or other access issues prevent a grant recipient from completing their project, they will work with them to find alternate ways to tell their stories. If the project scope must change in a material way, Getty Images will inform the judges of these plans.


To apply, please email a CV or bio, your personal and school contact information, and a website or low res selection of 15-25 images to The deadline will be May 1. All applications will be reviewed at this time, and winners will be featured for one year.

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2 thoughts on “Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography

  1. We are an association of photographers and photojournalists in Malawi, Southern Africa (with a membership of about 500) and we are just inquisitive to find out if we also qualify for this grant. We would be glad to hear from you.


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