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

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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 colour 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 $5,000 each, totalling $20,000, will be awarded to two commercial creative photographers and two editorial filmmakers who capture the visual narrative of underrepresented ethnic communities underrepresented BAME communities, 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 honourable 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;

- Kira Kelly, Cinematographer

- Jima (Atsushi) Nishijima, Film photographer and Cinematographer

- Marc Baptiste, Photographer

- MFon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora

- Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Founder + Editor-In-Chief

- Adama Delphine Fawundu, Founder + Editor-In-Chief

- Ramona Rosales, Photographer

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 colour, 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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