Are you looking for the opportunity to bolster your career in photography? Getty Images and Verizon Media have partnered for The Disability Stories grant to photographers with disabilities, especially, photographers that are looking for a way to influence how the public sees disability. The Disability Stories grant award is a total of $40,000 and it will be awarded to five winners who create authentic representations of disability.
After a previous collaboration on The Disability Collection between Getty, Verizon Media and the National Disability Leadership Alliance, the three company are not relaxing in their bid to bring changes to media representations of disability by integrating photos of people with disabilities into everyday situations and into the Getty Images stock photo service.
According to a recent survey by Getty Images, the representation of disability in its stock images is 2%. “Getty Images is putting in all its best to ensure proper representation of people with disabilities,” says New Mobility editor Ian Ruder, who helped vet images for the first round of The Disability Collection. “Getty Images is doing all its best to make sure that photos don’t reinforce stereotypes, pity, and inspiration. It is important to know that bringing changes to a longstanding media practice isn’t an overnight project. Getty Images is changing the face of photography centered around disabilities.”
Photographers with disabilities are specifically encouraged to apply for the grant program. In addition to the monetary award, winners will also receive guidance and mentorship from one of Getty’s art directors, promotion through their social media channels and the chance to license their qualifying work on Getty Images at a 100% royalty rate.
Winners of The Disability Stories grant will be determined by a panel of judges that includes those in the creative industries and disability activists, such as Lawrence Carter Long, the communications director for the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, and Sulaiman Kahn, the founder of ThisAbility UK.
To contest for the grant, applicants must submit their applications by November 1, and winners will be announced on December 3, the United Nations International Day of Persons With Disabilities. For more information on how to apply, click here
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