2019 Getty Images Creative Bursary – Disability Stories

Deadline: November 1, 2019.

Getty Images’ mission is to move the world with images and we believe in this power, yet we recognize that breaking into the commercial industry can be difficult. In a time when little budget exists for extensive creative art-directed shoots, establishing yourself as a new photographer is tougher than ever, yet in today’s digital age, it is vital as an industry that we continue to attract and nurture emerging photographic talent.

Getty Images Creative Bursary, now in its second year, exists to provide emerging commercial talent with the financial freedom to explore their own projects of personal and creative significance – projects and productions that without funding, may otherwise never get off the ground.



The Getty Images Creative Bursary is open to individuals who

(i) are of a country or jurisdiction in which the competition fully satisfies all legal requirements for a contest of this nature

(ii) are of legal age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence as of date of entry; and (iii) is an emerging photographer.

(iv) Has been pursuing it as a career for less than five years



1. Links to existing portfolio of work online.

2. A 200-500-word summary of the project proposal describing your approach and include an inspirational mood board.

3. The proposals must be in English.

4. All submissions must be digital. Prints, books, slides or transparencies or other such materials will not be reviewed by judges nor returned to applicant.



  • One First Place Award: $15,000
  • One Second Place Award: $10,000
  • Three Third Place Awards: $5,000 each
  • Additionally, the successful recipients are invited to license their award-winning content through GettyImages.com, at a 100% royalty rate for imagery created within their proposed project (please see T&Cs for details). You will also receive guidance and mentorship from one of Getty Images’ award-winning Art Directors, as well as a feature on our Creative Insights website, in addition to promotion on our relevant social channels. Please note, this additional support is not a requirement of the Creative Bursary and choosing to take advantage of this this opportunity is at your discretion.




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