Launch of Getty Images Climate Visuals Grants

Getty Images is an international provider of visual content, with over 350 million assets including photos, videos and music. Climate Outreach was set up in 2004 to increase public understanding and awareness of climate change and operates the Climate Visuals programme. Climate Visuals is the world’s only evidence-backed programme for climate change photography.

The Getty Images Climate Visuals Grants is a new initiative that seeks to progress the visual narratives that define the global climate crisis. It wishes to transform the depiction of complex climate issues to ensure greater efficacy, immediacy and drive positive change. Getty Images and Climate Visuals believe that imagery has the power to document events, communicate ideas, trigger emotion, prompt conversation, drive shifts in behaviour, reveal truths and inspire real change.

Grants are available to support the creation of new stories with compelling, colourful and emotionally powerful imagery that explore the causes and effects of the climate crisis, as well as possible solutions. Funding will enable the production of stories that have the integrity and immediacy needed to raise awareness and inspire action.

Two photojournalists whose work focuses on the impacts of and solutions to climate change will be awarded funding. The photojournalists will get the chance to produce or finish projects to a global standard with a focus on their audience and local climate issues.

The photographer’s work must demonstrate elements of the seven Climate Visuals Principles for climate change communication (ie show real people; tell new stories; show climate change causes at scale; show emotionally powerful impacts; understand the audience; show local but serious impacts; and demonstrate caution with protest imagery).

The scheme is open to photojournalists from around the world. Applicant selection will be based on the applicant’s ability to execute the submitted project with a compelling visual narrative based primarily on documentary still images.

Two grants of $10,000 each, totalling $20,000, will be awarded.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 28 February 2020.

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