Grants for Good applications accepted through March 1

February 8, 2011 | By Maria Dias | Community, Creative

We don’t talk about it often, but as a company, we are keenly aware of how our business affects individuals and society on many levels, everyday.

Imagery is powerful. And, as such, we are grateful to be able to participate in many Community Involvement initiatives throughout the year — whether we’re working to ensure press freedom or helping people understand the importance of copyright and to ensure easy, legal access to digital content.

One initiative we’re especially proud of is Grants for Good, a program that helps photographers and filmmakers pursue causes they’re passionate about, assists creative agencies in their pro bono efforts and gives nonprofits the quality imagery needed to tell their story and further their mission.

Thinking about entering?
The deadline for entries is March 1. This year, we are happy to launch a new online application system for Grants for Good, which will make it easier for photographers and filmmakers to enter their work.

From there, applications will be submitted to our 2011 judges for consideration. They are:

Award-Winning Photographer Michael Hall, Australia

Ian Haworth, Global Chief Creative Officer and Chairman of RAPP, United Kingdom

James Partridge, Founder and Chief Executive of Changing Faces, United Kingdom

How it works:
Getty Images Grants for Good provide two grants of $15,000 annually, to cover photographer, filmmaker and agency costs as they create compelling new imagery for the nonprofit of their choice. Grants recipients may use the entire award to offset shoot expenses, or choose to donate all or part of it directly to their charity and contribute their own time and resources. The photographer and the nonprofit as well as the communications agency involved are then showcased to the media and to our customers.

Last year, Annie Marie Musselman with agency partner 619 Graphic Design and Sam Faulkner with agency partner Mon Frere, Ltd., each were awarded Grants for Good; their projects are in progress. We will share updates about each project with you soon!

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