Getty Images #ShowUs Grant: Leadership
With Getty Images’ mission to move the world, we are partnering with Dove and Girlgaze to promote diversity within creative commercial photography and videography, elevating the work and the voices of women, female‑identifying and non‑binary artists. The #ShowUs Grant provides financial support and mentorship to artists who are committed to authentically representing women, female‑identifying and non‑binary individuals in commercial photography and videography.
The #ShowUs Grant is dedicated toward promoting the work of emerging artists and is open to women, female identifying and non‑binary commercial photographers and videographers. Judges will be looking for submissions which represent Leadership in all its forms – this can be mother leading/teaching daughter, friend guiding friend, or women in professional leadership settings. Applicants are requested to conduct shoots safely and following local guidelines around social distancing. Judges will give particular consideration to photographers and videographers who are telling local stories of women in their communities.
Project #ShowUs is a global library of images created by women devoted to shattering beauty stereotypes around the world. Created in partnership with Dove and female photography collective Girlgaze this global collection is 100% powered by women, showing women as they are, not as others believe they should be.
Alex Sanchez is a documentary photographer and filmmaker born and raised in Miami, Florida. Alex’s winning project will investigate the internal dynamics of six families and the leadership roles of the mothers within them. Focusing on families from different nationalities, religious, cultural, and non‑traditional backgrounds and households, Alex will ask the question ‘what does motherhood look like’? Confronting societal norms and representations of motherhood, Alex will build upon existing relationships with families in Palestine, Cambodia, Florida, Nicaragua, Laos and Egypt to capture the intersection of cultural identity, expectation, and motherhood.
Zula Rabikowska is a Polish photographer who is based between London and Kraków. Zula’s winning project focuses on contemporary gender identity in Central and Eastern Europe. She will travel to countries along the former Iron Curtain border (separating the former Soviet bloc from Western Europe from 1945 – 1991) and meet with women, non‑binary and trans people to understand and document how post‑communism shapes gender identity. In the project, Zula will examine sexist stereotypes, restrictive beauty standards and the impact of religion and politics on contemporary expression of gender in the region.
Prizes & Benefits
- Two $5,000 prizes awarded
- The successful recipients will be invited to license their award‑winning content through GettyImages.com and iStock.com 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.
- Winners who choose to license their imagery will receive 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 #ShowUs Grant and choosing to take advantage of this opportunity is at your discretion.
Rules & Requirements
Applicants must apply using our online application found here. Grants will be awarded by an industry‑leading panel of creative leaders 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 women from across the globe and how the project will help to change the way media and advertising represent women.
- 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 move the #ShowUs movement forward 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 which is linked on this page
- The proposals 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
- Please review the Terms & Conditions
Firdaous El Honsali
Director, Global Communications Dove
Graphic Designer, Photographer, Award‑winning Children's book Illustrator
Commissioning Editor, Elephant magazine & author of "Girl on Girl" and "Photography Now"
Creative Insights Manager Japan, Getty Images