Deadline June 15 For Getty Images Editorial Grants


SEATTLE, WA – The June 15 deadline is fast approaching for photographers to apply for the next three $20,000 Getty Images 2006 Grants for Editorial Photography.

“The Getty grants support and celebrate photographers’ efforts to bring new work to the world's attention,” Getty’s Molly Lohman told News Photographer. “We want to make sure that photojournalists everywhere learn of this opportunity that enables them to focus on special projects that bring attention to important social and cultural issues.”

Three judges will review the applications and select the three recipients. For this second round of grants for the year the judges are: Eliane Laffont, editorial director, Hachette Filipacchi Media; Tony Chambers, creative director, Wallpaper* magazine; and Susan A. Smith, assistant director of photography and illustrations, National Geographic magazine.

Lohman reminds photographers that their application must include a written proposal of 550 words or less to explain the scope, significance, and journalistic merit of their project, along with a supporting portfolio of between 30 and 60 images of previous work.

Getty Images awards five grants of $20,000 per year to “fund, inspire and support the best global talent in photojournalism.” Two 2006 grant recipients were already named in February in New York – photojournalists Kristen Ashburn and Andrew Testa – and the next three recipients will be announced in September at Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, France.

Ashburn won for her project “AIDS and Faith in Zimbabwe” and will use her Getty grant to document HIV and AIDS patients there, as well as reporting on churches and other places of worship that offer support and hope to AIDS victims, organizations that have grown in regions where AIDS has had a significant impact on the area.

Testa, originally from Britain and a freelancer there, won for his project "New Beginning For Kosovo." He will use the support of the grant to document Kosovo in the era after 1999’s peace agreement and the days leading up to a scheduled referendum this year that is intended to determine who will control the future of the war-torn land, Getty said.

Grant application and submission guidelines, plus additional information on previous winners, their projects, and the judges, can be found here.

Each Getty grant consists of $20,000 as well as project execution support from Getty Images photo editors. While retaining copyright of their imagery, grant recipients also have the option to sign a one year exclusive rights deal with Getty Images, enabling their work to be marketed and available for license to customers worldwide on Getty’s Web site.

Aidan Sullivan, vice president of editorial photographer relations for Getty Images, said: “We believe that photojournalism plays a fundamental role in bringing to life some of the world’s most pressing social, environmental and political concerns. We are proud and delighted to be able to offer photographers the support necessary to document these compelling stories, while offering full creative freedom in producing what we hope will be their most thought-provoking work.”