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Getty Images Reportage Grant: COVID-19 Impact (Total $40,000 Award)

Ends, May 15, 2020

For over 15 years, the Getty Images editorial grants program has supported independent photographers in telling in-depth stories of personal and journalistic importance. The grant recipients have come from dozens of different countries, producing ambitious photo essays from even more.

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions have presented many such photographers with immense obstacles to where and how they work. But, as disruptive as it has been, it also presents the opportunity for photojournalists to show the wide-ranging impact of the pandemic on their own communities. That is why we're restructuring this year's Reportage Grants to offer eight awards of $5,000 each to photographers reporting stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will give particular consideration to those working in their own cities or immediate regions. While many cities and countries are at different stages in the trajectory of the pandemic, its effects will be long-lasting most everywhere. Beyond the public health emergency, it is a story of economic and social dislocation, and potentially one of scientific and technological innovation. Smart photojournalism has the potential to illuminate our understanding of these issues in the months and years ahead. Smart photojournalism is also carried out safely, and we ask applicants to consider their health and that of their communities when conducting their work. Please also abide by local and national laws governing how journalists work and travel amid quarantine restrictions.

Prizes and benefits

  • Eight grants of $5000 each

  • Option to have Getty Images' editorial guidance throughout your project

  • Assurance that you retain copyrights to the images you submit for judges’ review 

  • Grant winner announcement is widely publicized by Getty Images and media partners


Grants will be awarded by independent judges selected by Getty Images for their expertise and experience. Selection will be based on the judges’ determination of applicant’s ability to execute the submitted project with compelling a visual narrative in a documentary feature format, taking into account the calibre of a portfolio, the project's merit and professional ability.


  • Summary of the project proposal (Min 300 words, Max 500)

  • A short biography detailing who you are and what you’ve done

  • 20-25 original images either related to the proposal or unrelated portfolio images

  • The proposals must be in English and be submitted electronically



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