Getty Images Creative Bursary 2019

- First: - $10,000 - Second: - $7,000 - Third: - $3,000

Getty Images mission is to move the world with images and we believe in this power, yet we recognize that breaking into the commercial industry can be difficult. In a time when little budget exists for extensive creative art-directed shoots, establishing yourself as a new photographer is tougher than ever, yet in today’s digital age, it is vital as an industry that we continue to attract and nurture emerging photographic talent.

Getty Images Creative Bursary exists to provide emerging commercial talent with the financial freedom to explore their own projects of personal and creative significance - projects and productions that without funding, may otherwise not get off the ground. If you are a photographer who has been shooting for less than five years, you are eligible to apply.

Seeking to elevate the work of emerging photographers using their art form to create inclusive visual stories, in 2019, our Creative Bursary focuses on the LGBTQTIA+ community. Three grants will be awarded to selected emerging creative commercial photographers, whose work focuses on evolving narratives surrounding the lives of LGBTQTIA+ using still photography.


- First: - $10,000
- Second: - $7,000
- Third: - $3,000

Additionally, the successful recipients are invited to license their award-winning content through, at a 100% royalty rate for imagery created within their proposed project (please see T&Cs for details). You will also receive guidance and mentorship from one of Getty Images’ award-winning Art Directors, as well as a feature on our Creative Insights website, in addition to promotion on our relevant social channels. Please note, this additional support is not a requirement of the Creative Bursary and choosing to take advantage of this this opportunity is at your discretion.


The Getty Images Creative Bursary is open to individuals who (i) are of a country or jurisdiction in which the competition fully satisfies all legal requirements for a contest of this nature; (ii) are of legal age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence as of date of entry; and (iii) is an emerging photographer. For purposes of this grant, an “emerging photographer” is one who is new to photography and has been pursuing it as a career for less than five years.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Applicants retain the copyrights to any imagery submitted for the judges’ review, and to any imagery they produce in their grant project. Only imagery to which the applicant holds the copyright may be submitted. By submitting an application, applicant certifies that his or her application will not infringe the intellectual property right, right of privacy, right of publicity, right of morality or other personal or proprietary right of another person or entity.


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