Winners Announced
iStock Creative Inclusion Grants 2021
The inaugural iStock Inclusion Grants are dedicated to promoting the work of emerging creative artists seeking to draw attention to, and depict, underrepresented communities through their commercial photography work.

iStock is proud to partner with the following organizations to judge submissions and award the series of four grants: Black Women Photographers in the US, Creative Access UK, Fotografas Latam and The Australian Council for the Arts. 

Each organizations' judging panel will award a prize of $5,000 USD to a creator in support of their ongoing creative work or a proposed project.

These grants are open to commercial photographers and videographers which meet each partner's specific eligibility criteria. 

Complete rules and links to each organizations' grant page can be found below.

Prizes + Benefits

  • One $5,000 USD prize awarded by each partner organization
  • 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 iStock allowing for the distribution of your content.
  • Winners who choose to license their imagery will receive guidance and mentorship from one of the judges or a 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 grants and choosing to take advantage of this opportunity is at your discretion.

Rules + Requirements

Applicants must apply using the online application linked in each partner's homepage below. Grants will be awarded by two industry‑leading creative leaders selected for their expertise and experience representing the partner organization. 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 draw attention to, and depict, underrepresented communities through their commercial photography work.

  • Must meet each partner organization specific eligibility criteria
  • Must include link(s) to existing portfolio of work online
  • Application should include a 200‑500‑word summary of the proposed project and an explanation as to how the project will draw attention to, and depict, underrepresented communities through their commercial photography work.
  • 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 which is linked on each partner's page:
  • All submissions must be digital. Prints, books, slides or transparencies or other such materials will not be reviewed by judges nor returned to applicant
  • Applicants may only apply to one of the grants. 
  • Please review the Terms & Conditions
Black Women Photographers x iStock Inclusion Grant
Polly Irungu
Barbara DuMetz
Pioneering Commercial Photographer 
The Australia Council for the Arts x iStock Inclusion Grant
Fotografas Latam x iStock Inclusion Grant
Cristina Otero
Commercial and Fine Art Photographer
Lorena Velasco
Photographer and Co‑founder of Fotografas Latam
Fernanda Patiño
Photographer and co‑founder of Fotografas Latam
Creative Access x iStock Inclusion Grant
Josie Dobrin
Chief Executive,
Creative Access UK
Vanessa Martins
Freelance Photographer, Creative Access UK