Getty seeks Māori women for film cash grants

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Auckland – April 17, 2018: Getty Images and Array Alliance, a creative collective founded by US-based African-American director Ava DuVernay to amplify the work of women and people-of-colour filmmakers, today announced the launch of the first Getty Array Grant, open to both filmmakers and photographers from around the world who are using their art forms to create diverse and inclusive visual stories.

The invitation document specifically identified Māori filmmakers and photographers as eligible  to take part in the contest for four grants of US$5000 each, totalling US$20,000, to be awarded to two commercial creative photographers and two editorial filmmakers who capture the visual narrative of underrepresented ethnic communities “such as Māori, Indigenous, African American, Caribbean, South Asian, Arab or Latinx” for example, and use their medium to progress visual representation.

In addition to financial remuneration, recipients will also receive mentoring support and guidance from Getty Images and Array.

The winners will be selected based on their project submissions, focusing on the quality of their cinematography, photographic skills and how their work is used to drive authenticity and inclusion.

“The Array Grant is part of Getty Images’ wider grants programme, which has donated US$1.6 million to photographers around the world.”

“Getty Images’ mission is to move the world with images,” said Andy Saunders, senior vice president, creative content at Getty 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.

“We are thrilled to be further expanding our Grants programme – even more so with an honourable and committed organisation like Array, who have already done so much for amplifying voices and ensuring a more inclusive and equitable creative industry.”

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

Submissions will be judged by a panel of senior global photographers, filmmakers, and journalists.

The Getty Images Array Grant is part of Getty Images’ wider grants programme, which since its inception has donated over US$1.6 million to photographers around the world.

About Women Photograph
Women Photograph is an initiative that launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of female and non-binary visual journalists. The private database includes more than 700 independent women and non-binary documentary photographers based in 91 countries and is available privately to any commissioning editor or organization. Women Photograph also operates an annual series of project grants for emerging and established photojournalists, a year-long mentorship program, and a travel fund to help women and non-binary photographers access workshops, festivals, and other developmental opportunities. Our mission is to shift the gender makeup of the photojournalism community and ensure that our industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent.

  • Applications will be accepted until 15 May 2018. More info here

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