Getty Images announces the recipients of its inaugural Inclusion Scholarships

The series of scholarships totalling US$50,000 are awarded to five aspiring photojournalists to help tackle wider industry issues of diversity and inclusion

(London) – Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, today announced the recipients of its inaugural Inclusion Scholarships. The scholarships were launched in March with the aim of supporting emerging editorial talent within minority groups, offering aspiring photojournalists the creative means and solutions to pursue education that will enable careers within the industry.

Getty Images partnered with specialist organisations Women Photograph, Creative Access, National Association of Black Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to award five scholarship grants of $10K each to the following recipients:

  • Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship – National Association of Black Journalists                                         Michael Blackshire – From Louisville, Kentucky, Michael is a recent graduate from Western Kentucky University with a double-major in Photojournalism and African American Studies. He is planning on studying at Newhouse School, Syracuse University in September.\

Pamela Elizarraras Acitores – a recent graduate from the Parsons School of Design in New York, with a major in Product Design, Pamela will be pursuing a Master’s in Photography with a focus on mixed media.

  • Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship – Asian American Journalists Association                          

Haiyun Jiang: based in Ohio, Haiyun will be pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Scripps College and School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.

  • Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship – Women Photograph                                                            

Tami Aftab: London born and based photographer, Tami is currently pursuing a BA in Photography at London College of Communications.

  • Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship – Creative Access                                                                 

Abigail Holsborough: based in London, Abigail is pursuing a BA in Fine Art Print and Time-Based Media at Wimbledon College of Art.

“At Getty Images we are committed to fostering greater representation and inclusion within the visual media industry,” said Ken Mainardis, Senior Vice President for Content at Getty Images. “We were inspired by the overall quality of the submissions for the scholarships and look forward to supporting and following five exceptionally talented recipients as they embark on their careers in photojournalism.”

The Inclusion Scholarship recipients were judged by an esteemed panel which included:

Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship – National Association of Black Journalists

  • Arturo Holmes, Staff Photographer, Getty Images
  • Monica Herndon, Staff Photographer, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Terry Collins, Journalist and Region IV Director at the National Association of Black Journalists

Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship – National Association of Hispanic Journalists                             

  • Pancho Bernasconi, Vice President for News, Getty Images
  • Carlos Avila Gonzalez, Photojournalist, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Marie De Jesus, Photojournalist, Houston Chronicle

Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship – Asian American Journalists Association                          

  • Alex Wong, Staff Photographer, Getty Images
  • Bernadette Tuazon, Director of Photography, CNN Digital
  • Jimmy Colton, Editor at Large, Zuma Press

Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship – Women Photograph                                                            

  • Sandy Ciric, Senior Director of News Photography (NA), Getty Images
  • Sara Ickow, Women Photograph
  • Zahra Rasool, Al Jazeera Contrast
  • Haruka Sakaguchi, Independent Photographer
  • Elias Williams, Independent Photographer

Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship – Creative Access                                                                    

  • Jay Davies, Director of News Photography (EMEA), Getty Images
  • Josie Dobrin, Founder and CEO, Creative Access
  • Vanessa Martins, Talent Coordinator, Creative Access

The Getty Images Inclusion Scholarships are part of the Getty Images wider Grants program, which, since its inception, has awarded US$1.7 million to photographers and filmmakers worldwide. Please visit Where We Stand to learn more.

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About Getty Images:

Getty Images is one of the most trusted and esteemed sources of visual content in the world, with over 400 million assets including photos, videos, and music, available through its industry-leading sites www.gettyimages.com and www.istock.com. The Getty Images website serves creative, business and media customers in nearly every country in the world and is the first-place people turn to discover, purchase and share powerful visual content from the world’s best photographers and videographers. Getty Images works with over 320,000 contributors and hundreds of image partners to provide comprehensive coverage of more than 160,000 news, sport and entertainment events each year, impactful creative imagery to communicate any commercial concept and the world’s deepest digital archive of historic photography.

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About Getty Images:

Getty Images is one of the most trusted and esteemed sources of visual content in the world, with over 400 million assets including photos, videos, and music, available through its industry-leading sites www.gettyimages.com and www.istock.com. The Getty Images website serves creative, business and media customers in nearly every country in the world and is the first-place people turn to discover, purchase and share powerful visual content from the world’s best photographers and videographers. Getty Images works with over 320,000 contributors and hundreds of image partners to provide comprehensive coverage of more than 160,000 news, sport and entertainment events each year, impactful creative imagery to communicate any commercial concept and the world’s deepest digital archive of historic photography.

Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of still and moving imagery in communication and business, enabling creative ideas to come to life. For company news and announcements, visit our Press Room, and for the stories and inspiration behind our content, visit gettyimages.creativeinsights.com. Find Getty Images on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or download the Getty Images app where you can explore, save and share the world’s best imagery. 

About the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) 

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is the largest organization of Latino journalists in the United States and dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. The mission of NAHJ is to increase the number of Latinos in the newsrooms and to work toward fair and accurate representation of Latinos in the news media. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists. NAHJ has approximately 2,500 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals, and journalism educators. For more information please visit NAHJ.org or follow on Twitter @NAHJ. 

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