If you are an aspiring photographer and Instagram is your medium of choice, then we have some really good news for you.
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Getty images, the leader in stock imagery, is offering grants to Instagram photographers. According to the announcement, the reason behind this move is to encourage Instagram photographers to report and document stories from underrepresented communities around the world.
The grants will not only provide a financial aid to emerging talents, but will also give winners the opportunity to receive mentorship form renowned Getty photographers. Users may enter via submitting an application form on Getty website, however, all Instagramers are invited to use the hashtag #GettyImagesInstagramGrant to notify potential applicants about this initiative.
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Although this may seem as trivial news, this project puts a seal of approval in modern, social media driven online journalism. When a big organisation, such as Getty Images, turns to social media to enrich its existing collection, it can only mean one thing; that the distributed collective creativity of the social media world is here to stay.
You can find more information regarding Getty Images Instagram Grant here.