Getty Images Reportage Grant: COVID-19 Impact

For over 15 years, the Getty Images editorial grants program has supported independent photographers in telling in-depth stories of personal and journalistic importance. Their 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 they are restructuring this year’s Reportage Grants to offer eight awards to photographers reporting stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic. They 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.

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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.

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 the applicant’s ability to execute the submitted project with compelling a visual narrative in a documentary feature format, taking into account the caliber of a portfolio, the project’s merit and professional ability.


  • Eight awards of $5000 each will be given.
  • 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


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and presently engaged as a professional photojournalist. A professional photojournalist, for the purposes of the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography, is one who derives the majority of his or her income from documenting issues and events through still photography.
  • Applicants may apply as individuals or teams.
  • Getty Images employees may not apply.
  • Contributors to Getty Images who are not employees are eligible.
  • By submitting an application, the applicant certifies that he or she is eligible to apply for the grant and agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
Eligible Regions: Open for all

Application Process

The participant has to submit the following documents.

    • 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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Application Deadline: May 15, 2020

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