Getty Images Announces $40,000 In Grants

AYLESFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 02: Lucy Chambers prepares food parcels at the Chequers Pub, ready to hand out to elderly residents as part of a local initiative to deliver food parcels to elderly and vulnerable people on April 02, 2020 in Aylesford, England. The Chequers pub in the village of Aylesford has been cooking and distributing freshly cooked meals and food parcels for those in most need in the surrounding area, and sending them out via a team of volunteers as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the country. Many of the food parcels are taken to residents at the Royal British Legion village, an area housing military veterans, many who are unable to leave their homes. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 40,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Getty Images today announced the launch of its latest Reportage Grant series centred around COVID-19-related stories.

Understanding that COVID-19 and the resulting travel restrictions have presented photographers worldwide with immense obstacles as to how and where they work, as well as opportunities to convey the wide-ranging impact of the pandemic and also inform the public, Getty Images wishes to support them in their efforts to do so safely.

“In the midst of global uncertainties presenting unprecedented challenges, storytelling becomes more important than ever, as visual content is uniquely able to demonstrate how this particular virus is affecting daily lives around the world,” said Getty Images SVP for content Ken Mainardis.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic looks different depending on the locality, it’s clear that the effects of this virus will outlast the immediate public health emergency, creating significant need for stories detailing socioeconomic, social and wellness implications, as well as innovation in terms of science and technology.”

For over 15 years, the Getty Images Grants program has supported independent photographers as they strive to tell in-depth stories of both personal and journalistic importance, awarding in excess of $1.7 million to date.

The 2020 Reportage Grants, each valued at $5,000, will be awarded to eight photographers safely reporting stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular consideration given to those working in their home locations or immediate regions. Recipients will be selected from a global pool of entrants and judged by an esteemed panel of photographers, journalists and creatives.


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