Winners Announced
Getty Images Creative Grant:

Disability Communities
With Getty Images’ mission to move the world, we are partnering with Verizon and the National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA) to promote diversity within creative commercial photography and videography, elevating the work and voices of people within disability communities. The Disability Communities Creative Grant  provides financial support and mentorship to artists who are committed to authentically representing members within the disability community.  

The theme for this year’s Grant, Disability Communities, will emphasize the “community” aspect of disability communities themselves. Often in advertising and media, members of the disability community are shown solo, or only with able‑bodied people around them, yet infrequently with other members of the community. This Grant aims to portray a diverse range of people, groups and experiences within the disability community in a variety of settings, with the overarching goal of helping brands, agencies and content creators more authentically represent those within the community.

This Grant comes on the heels of The Disability Collection, a joint effort launched in 2018 by Getty Images and Verizon, in conjunction with the National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA) to more authentically represent people with disabilities in the media. The collection has grown to include over 4,000 curated images and videos devoted to portraying individuals with disabilities more accurately.

Applicants must apply using our online application found here. Grants will be awarded by an industry‑leading panel of creative leaders and disability activists selected for their expertise and experience. Selection will be based on the judges’ determination of the applicant’s ability to execute the submitted project with a compelling commercial visual narrative based on either still images or video. The jury will consider the caliber of the portfolio, the project's merit and the artist’s professional ability. The judges will also be assessing how the submitted projects authentically represent the disability community from across the globe and how the project will help to change the way media and advertising represent the community related to this year’s theme.  

Prizes and Benefits

  • One first place recipient: $15,000; one second place recipient: $10,000; three third place recipients: US$5,000 
  • The successful recipients will be invited to license their award‑winning content through and at a 100% royalty rate for imagery created within their proposed project (please see T&Cs for details).  This is subject to you entering into a separate agreement with Getty Images allowing for the distribution of your content. 
  • Guidance and mentorship from one of Getty Images’ award‑winning Art Directors, as well as a feature on the Getty Images Creative Insights website, in addition to promotion on relevant Getty Images and iStock social channels. Please note, this additional support is not a requirement of the Disability Communities Creative Bursary and choosing to take advantage of this opportunity is at your discretion. 


  • Links to existing portfolio of work online 
  • The submission must include: a 200‑500 word summary of the project proposal and an explanation as to how the project is breaking traditional stereotypes of the disability community/showing a true sense of community through commercial photography and videography 
  • A short biography detailing who you are and what you’ve done 
  • All the required fields indicated on the application found on the Submittable website 
  • The applications must be in English 
  • All submissions must be digital. Prints, books, slides or transparencies or other such materials will not be reviewed by judges nor returned to applicant.
Andraéa LaVant
President and Chief Inclusion Officer, LaVant Consulting Inc.
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Nolan Ryan Trowe
Professor & Multimedia Artist; winner of 2019 Disability Stories Creative Bursary
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Shani Dhanda
Inclusion Specialist and Social Entrepreneur
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Dr. Rebecca Swift
Global Head of Creative Insights
at Getty Images
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Lawrence Carter‑Long
Media Professional and Disability Advocate
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