iStock announces inaugural inclusion grant awarding $ 20,000 to emerging commercial photographers, videographers and illustrators around the world



Four organizations that work directly with under-represented communities in the US, UK, Latin America and Australia partner with iStock to support creators who need it most

NEW YORK, November 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – iStock, a leader in affordable visual communications for creative, entrepreneurial, student and SME communities, today announces the launch of its first inclusion scholarship, designed to promote the work of emerging creative commercial artists seeking to draw attention to and represent under-represented communities through their work. The grant is open to commercial photographers, videographers and illustrators based in the United States, United Kingdom, LATAM and Australia.

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To apply for the iStock Inclusion Grant, visit

“IStock is committed to supporting diverse creators globally, launching this grant to provide them with the support, visibility and financial backing needed to help them advance their careers, while encouraging image creation,” essential videos and illustrations. ” noted Claudia Marques, Senior Art Director, iStock. “With our prestigious partners, we call on creators from under-represented communities to seize this opportunity to receive meaningful support and share their content with the world.”

Four first prizes of US $ 5,000 will be awarded to the recipients of each grant, in partnership with an organization based in the United States Black Women Photographers, UK based organization Creative access, Fotografas Latam and Australian Arts Council. Each partner organization has established its own set of criteria for its respective grant, to ensure that under-represented creatives working in their own communities are encouraged to apply.

“Since photography is still a white male dominated industry and there are very few grants designed to serve black women in commercial photography, it is safe to say that this is an opportunity. one of a kind”, noted Polly Irungu, Founder, Black Women Photographers. “That’s why, in collaboration with iStock, we’re putting our money and our hearts where our mouths are to level the playing field and support black women photographers, as well as those of other under-represented groups, by providing funds and resources. “

According to Patricia adjei, Head of First Nations Arts and Culture Sector Development for the Australian Council, this grant demonstrates a timely commitment on the part of iStock and Getty Images to working more closely with emerging First Nations artists and photographers in an ethical manner. “First Nations people are the custodians of First Nations culture, yet we often see non-Indigenous photographers recording First Nations peoples and stories. This new round of grants aims to increase the visibility of First Nations artists and photographers in the larger photography. domain, while allowing them to express themselves through their point of view and their lens. “

“Commercial photography and videography cannot reflect society, if society is not reflected in commercial photographers and videographers”, noted Josie dobrin, CEO of Creative Access. “It’s as much about business as it is about doing the right thing. We are delighted to be able to offer this grant to someone from a community currently under-represented in the industry as part of our larger mission to make the creative industries more representative, accessible and inclusive.

“This grant will allow us to create visibility for Latino creators working in LATAM, giving them the opportunity to create and produce content that expresses and expresses their Latina identity in our world”, noted Lorena Velasco and Fernanda Pitaño, co-founders, Fotografas Latam.

Each of the four scholarships will be independently assessed by the following judges, in collaboration with the iStock Art team:

  • WE: Polly Irungu, founder of Black Women Photographers, and Barbara dumetz, pioneer of commercial photography

  • UK: Josie dobrin, CEO and co-founder of Creative Access, and Vanessa Martins, Self-employed photographer

  • LATAM: Lorena Velasco and Fernanda Pitaño, co-founders, Fotografas Latam, and Cristina Otero, commercial and art photographer

  • Australia: Franchesca Cubillo, Director General of First Nations Arts and Culture, and Patricia adjei, responsible for the development of the First Nations arts and culture sector, both with the Australian Council

Applicants can apply from today and have up to 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, December 6 submit proposals. Applicants are required to submit an existing or new project along with a portfolio of their work and a short essay describing their intention and inspiration and must meet all eligibility requirements. In addition to the grants, the four recipients will have the opportunity to lay off their winning job on the iStock website at a 100% royalty rate.

The IStock Inclusion Scholarship is part of Getty Images Wider Grants Program who has awarded US $ 1.8 million to photographers and filmmakers around the world since its inception. To learn more about Getty Images grants, visit



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