As we all know, the LGBTQ community has a rich and vibrant history that has often been overlooked by mainstream society.
Through the decades before the birth of the Gay Liberation Movement in the late 1960s, the growth of annual Pride parades across the globe, to the queer pioneers who trail-blazed a path for us all to follow, historically we’ve had to seek out these narratives that still remain absent from textbooks and mainstream media.
Things are slowly getting better, but the community still relies on allies to help shine a spotlight on emerging creatives and storytellers to record history for the next generation of LGBTQ people.
Getty Images has launched a new LGBTQ+ Stories Creative Bursary to support that emerging talent.
This bursary has been launched to “foster and support projects and new content that tell important visual stories, exploring narratives around LGBTQIA+ lives.”
LGBTQ+ Stories is a one-time bursary open to aspiring photographers across the globe that will award three recipients with granted sums of either $10,000, $7000 or $3000.
The shortlisted photography projects that will be focussed around an LGBTQ narrative will be judged by an esteemed panel.
The panel will include the Founder of Black Contemporary Art, Kimberly Drew, art director and ceramic artist, Tony Moxham, and portrait photographer Eric McNatt, whose work has been featured in Vogue, New York Times Style Magazine, and Wired.
What’s more, queer artist and photographer Ryan Pfluger – who has captured LGBTQ talent for Gay Times Magazine, TIME and Rolling Stone – will also be a part of the panel.
Rounding out the judging panel is non-binary photographer Laurence Philomene whose work on gender and identity has been published in i-D and Dazed, as well as couple Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabre.
Fabre’s work explores gender, sexuality and community, while Dugan’s art currently features in permanent collections at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
If you are an aspiring photographer who has explored LGBTQ narrative throughout your work and would like to apply for the LGBTQ+ Stories Creative Bursary, you have until midnight (EST) on 28 May to submit your entry.
Your application must include links to an existing portfolio of work online, a 200-500-word summary of the project proposal and a mood board, and a short essay that outlines your approach.
All applications must be written in English, and all submissions must be digital.
The winners will then be announced at the end of June.
For further information about the Creative Bursary and how to apply, you can visit the official website here.