Getty Images Announces $40,000 in Grants to Cover COVID-19

Photojournalism is perhaps the most emotionally rewarding type of photography. But the financial reward can sometimes be more elusive.

Great wars, great depressions, and even greater celebrations are stories worth telling and relating to the world. This is the domain of the photojournalist, tirelessly spending hours on end in the streets, traveling from country to country, and putting themselves in harm's way to make sure that the rest of us can be informed. They say the moment makes the man. And it is during the most trying times that the work of photojournalists around the world is most of value.  We all face a trying time now. It may not be due to cannon fire, or the threat of nuclear fallout, but it is still a war for survival. We need photojournalists now more than ever.

But, of course, it’s even harder now than ever for a photojournalist to do their job. After all, how can you do the globetrotting necessary to cover a story when traveling at all right now is a major obstacle?

To ease at least some of that burden, Getty Images has announced the creation of The Reportage Grants. Each of the eight grants is worth $5,000 and will be awarded photographers safely reporting stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular consideration given to those working in their home locations or immediate regions. Health and safety remain a priority, and Getty Images asks that all applicants abide by local and national laws governing how journalists work and travel amid quarantine restrictions. Submissions will close on Friday, May 15 at midnight EST. 

Click here for more details and to apply for the grant.

Lead image courtesy of Getty Images/Dan Kirkwood and used with permission.

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