Stock photography service Getty Images has announced the winners of its inaugural grant program, which is centered around the popular photo-sharing social network Instagram. What makes this even more noteworthy is the fact that these recipients have been documenting stories from underrepresented communities from around the world.
In May, Getty collaborated with Instagram to launch its grant program, receiving 1,200 entries from across 109 countries. Getty’s senior director of content partnerships, Elodie Mailliet Storm, said at the time, “Photographers in all corners of the world use the Instagram platform to share unique and authentic stories that otherwise rarely come into focus. Getty Images is guided by our belief in the power of pictures to move the world and we are excited to collaborate with Instagram on this grant to support and amplify new and important voices.”
The winners of the inaugural grant are Ismail Ferdous, a Bangladeshi documentary photographer who photographed the surviving relatives of those killed in the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory; Brazilian Adriana Zehbrauskas for her work covering climate change and the everyday lives of Latin Americans; and Dmitry Markov who is spotlighting the plight of orphaned children in Russia and looking to help children “in a humane way.”