fyi: Deadline is Nov. 15 to vie for Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography

from the NPPA website: The deadline to apply for the first of two rounds of Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography for 2006 is November 15, 2005, in just two weeks. Two winning grants will be picked from the applications and announced in February 2006. Each grant winner will receive $20,000 USD and project execution support from picture editors and staff at Getty Images.

Getty Images awards five $20,000 grants annually, totaling $100,000, to fund work by established and rising photojournalists. Applicants must submit a written proposal of 500 words or less explaining the scope and merit of their project, and a portfolio of their previous work. Full information on the grants and how to apply for one is online here.

The judges for the 2006 grants include photojournalist David Burnett, co-founder of Contact Press Images; Giovanna Calvenzi, director of photography for Sportweek; Eliane Laffont, editorial director for Hachette Filipacchi Media; Natasha Lunn, photography editor for The New Yorker magazine; and Susan A. Smith, assistant director of photography and illustrations for National Geographic magazine.

Winners of the previous round of Getty grants were announced at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France, in September. The final three 2005 winners were Balazs Gardi from Budapest, Hungary (download Acrobat .PDF file of his biography and images); Scott Lewis from New Jersey (download Acrobat .PDF file of his biography and images); and Kal Weidenhoefer from Berlin, Germany (download Acrobat .PDF file of his biography and images).

Grant winners are given an opportunity to sign a one-year agreement with Getty Images (based in Seattle, WA) and to have their photographs marketed online on the Getty Images Web site. For more information please see www.gettyimages.com.

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Which Photo Agency Is Hardest To Deal With? (Please use the comment section to address some of the issues you see.)
Getty
29%
Corbis
7%
Sipa
5%
Blackstar
4%
WireImage
6%
Panos
1%
Agency VU
2%
Lookat Photos
4%
VII
6%
Magnum
11%
Aurora
1%
Gamma
5%
WPN
5%
Zuma Press
8%
Polaris
5%
Total votes: 690