Getty Images and GLAAD Challenge Global Creatives

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NEW YORK, Oct. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Getty Images (NYSE: GETY), a preeminent global visual content creator and marketplace, together with GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, announced its latest creative grant of 25,000 USD concentrated on the Chosen family. The grant seeks diverse viewpoints, photographers and videographers to help increase visibility for the LGBTQ+ community while challenging harmful visual stereotypes and clichés.

This grant will provide financial support and mentorship to content creators who authentically present and explore celebrations, events, and actions to a wide range of people and groups within “chosen families,” outside of the stereotypical images of the Pride celebration. This includes celebrations, new family norms, and cultural traditions related to LGBTQ+ communities around the world.

“Our global VisualGPS research shows that less than 1% of visuals in media and advertising show members of the LGBTQ+ community and these primarily focus on Pride celebrations as a defining event in the community,” said Dr. Rebecca Swift, Global Head of Creative Insights. at Getty Images. “This grant seeks to portray the connections within the LGBTQ+ community, visualizing people coming together to embrace, nurture, love and support each other, regardless of traditional family ties.”

Recognizing the challenges photographers around the world face as they seek to break into the commercial industry, the Getty Images Creative Grant constantly seeks to discover and nurture creative talent while alleviating some of the financial barriers they face. faced to capture authentic content.

“Authentic and diverse media images of our community not only make LGBTQ people feel safe and seen, but educate the general public about the truth about our lives and the common ground we all share,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “This grant will create more content that portrays the multifaceted and diverse nature of LGBTQ people, as well as our immediate families and friends.”

Open to photographers and videographers worldwide, Chosen family is a one-time grant, awarding a first winner $10,000, a second winner $7,000, and a third $3,000 each, as determined by an esteemed panel of creative industry judges and LGBTQ+ activists.

A special grant of $5,000 will also be provided by Getty Images’ LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group.

The shortlisted projects will be judged by a jury which will include:

  • Monica Trasandes – Director of Spanish Language and Latinx Media & Representation at GLAAD; has created and overseen international campaigns and research projects around the world and is the author of her novel, “Broken Like This”.
  • Myles Loftin – Artist, storyteller and creative collaborator working to increase the visibility of underrepresented and misrepresented groups; Forbes 30 Under 30 in Art and Style.
  • Alex Schmider -Emmy®Peabody and Critics Choice Award-nominated film producer and director of transgender representation at GLAAD.
  • Landyn Casserole – Non-binary trans photographer and video producer with a mission to amplify the voices of queer and trans people of color by creating empowering and uplifting media.
  • LaQuann Dawson – Photographer, filmmaker, writer and visual director. Her work explores themes of healing, isolation, longing, joy, and disappointment while focusing on visibility, well-being, and liberation for Black and queer people.
  • Joon Park – Cultural strategist and founding member of GLAAD’s Campus Ambassador program. Is a recipient of the first Rising Stars grant from GLAAD, which annually recognizes LGBTQ+ changemakers across the United States.
  • Abdool Corlette – GLAAD Creative Team Leader; award-winning creative director and filmmaker who focuses on culture change through diverse, high-impact storytelling.
  • Thaddee Coates – Artist creating bright, thought-provoking illustrations centered around amplifying black voices alongside diverse representation, black queer joy, and other topics.

Content creators are encouraged to apply before November 18, 2022, the date on which the application period will end. Creative grant recipients will be announced at the week of December 12e.

To apply, photographers and videographers must provide the following:

  • Links to existing portfolio of works online
  • The submission should include: a 200-500 word summary of the project proposal and an inspiring moodboard
  • A short essay that describes the approach
  • Proposals must be in English
  • Submissions must be digital

Grant recipients are invited to license their award-winning content through, at a 100% royalty rate for images created as part of their proposed project. Entrants will also receive guidance and mentorship from one of Getty Images’ award-winning art directors, as well as a feature on Getty Images’ Creative Insights website, in addition to promotion on relevant social media. Please note that this additional support is not a requirement of the Creative Grant and is at the discretion of each recipient.

The Getty Images Creative Grants are a central part of the larger grants program, collectively aimed at supporting the global photography and photojournalism community. Since the program’s inception in 2004, the society has awarded more than US$2.4 million, reinforcing our commitment to the art of photography and bringing attention to important stories that, without funding, might otherwise go unseen. . More details on the Getty Images grant program available here:

To apply:

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About Getty Images:

Getty Images is a leading global visual content creator and marketplace that offers a full range of content solutions to meet the needs of any customer in the world, regardless of size. Through his Getty Images, iStock and Unsplash brands, websites and APIs, Getty Images serves customers in nearly every country in the world and is the first place people turn to discover, buy and share powerful visual content from the world’s best photographers and videographers. Getty Images works with over 496,000 contributors and over 300 content partners to deliver this powerful and comprehensive content. Each year, Getty Images covers more than 160,000 new, sport and entertainment events offering unparalleled depth and breadth coverage. Getty Images has one of the biggest and best private companies photographic archive around the world with millions of images dating back to the beginnings of photography.

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