Getty Images Announces New Grants In Support Of Gender Equality And Diversity

Getty Images Announces New Grants In Support Of Gender Equality And Diversity
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After it’s global trends report results earlier this year, Getty Images has announced two new grant partnerships to drive diversity, inclusion and equality. Oh, and they’ve stepped up to the plate as Changing the Ratio’s photography partner!

In case you were wondering, Changing the Ratio is B&T’s home-grown initiative to make equality the norm in our industry.

We’ve lined up some killer speakers (including Lisa Wilkinson and Deng Adut) and a ton of inspiring panelists to ensure attendees walk away with game-changing ideas and a brand new mindset.

The event is mere weeks away, so grab some last minute tickets here before they sell out! You’ll also walk away from the inspiring day with things to do right now in your own organisation to drive diversity and inclusion.

Which, coincidentally enough, is what Getty Images’ new grant partnerships are all about (you can submit here, BTW).

To make the grants a reality, Getty Images has partnered with both ARRAY Alliance, a creative collective founded by director Ava DuVernay to amplify the work of filmmakers that are women or people of color, and Women Photograph, an initiative that elevates the voices of female visual journalists all over the world.

The latter will support an ongoing documentary project from a photojournalist who has shown a long-term commitment to their story with a whopping $10,000 grant – promoting gender diversity in photojournalism and making the voices of diverse visual journalists heard.

“At Getty Images we are a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in all its forms – this is just as important within a photographic frame, as well as behind the camera,” said Sandy Ciric, Director of Photography at Getty Images.

“We’re proud to partner with Women Photograph and further expand our existing program with this important new grant aimed specifically at nurturing talent and elevating the work of all photojournalists.”

And this grant is needed now more than ever – in 2016, research by a professor of photography at the University for the Creative Arts Farnham, Anna Fox, showed that under five per cent of published and collected photographs were taken by women.

Daniella Zalcman, Photographer and Founder of Women Photograph hopes that this statistic will grow.

“Our partnership with Getty Images brings us one step closer to achieving our mission of shifting the gender makeup of the photojournalism community and ensuring our industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent,” she said.

And diversity is a cause Getty Images is extremely supportive of – in fact, it’s the leading passion behind their grant partnership with ARRAY Alliance.

Four grants of $5,000 each will be awarded to filmmakers and photographers from around the world who are using their art forms to create diverse and inclusive visual stories – and capture the often untold stories from underrepresented ethnic communities.

Founder of ARRAY, Ava DuVernay, said that through partnering with Getty Images, they hope to create a “new normal” together.

“We at ARRAY are proud to collaborate with Getty Images to identify and amplify exceptional, underrepresented image makers through this initiative,” she said.

“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.”

Andy Saunders, Senior Vice President of Creative Content at Getty Images, said that the companies mission was “to move the world with 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,” he said.

Changing the Ratio will be held on May 28 at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills. Grab tickets here, and for all other info, head to the website.

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