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Take a picture, break gender stereotypes: See our contest winners!

“The more images we see of women leading… the more normalized those images become in our actual lives.” We live in a world where women are CEOs, heads of households and running for President. But despite all this progress, the way women are portrayed in advertising and media is not always reflective of the lives […]

The Story Now: BreakTheCeiling (Video)

We all know the women who broke down gender barriers, fought against injustice and stood out in a male-dominated world. But there are so many more badass women whose names you might not know – whose victories shaped the lives of every woman today. As the Women’s March on Washington approaches, we celebrate these trailblazers. […]

The historic meeting between two presidential adversaries

After the longest and most divisive election in US history, the world watched with great interest as President Obama and President-elect Trump met in the Oval Office to begin the transition of power. Getty Images’ chief news photographer Win McNamee was there to capture the event. Before stepping inside the Oval Office, McNamee, an award-winning […]

Getty Images Creative Team Picks Their Favorite Images from 2016

Getty Images’ creative team of art directors, editors and visual anthropologists are constantly looking forward to determine the trends and imagery that will be relevant in the future. Although they are focused on what’s ahead, we’ve asked them to take a rare step back and share the images from 2016 that they found moving, beautiful, […]

How a filmmaker used imagery to tell ‘The Lawrence Phillips Story’

Lawrence Phillips had the potential to be one of football’s greatest players. The running back led his team at the University of Nebraska to two championships, was a front-runner for the Heisman trophy and played in the NFL for several years. But instead of a thriving career, Phillips’ continual violent assaults on women landed him […]

Watch The Story Now: #Holidaze

From International Cat Day to Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day, we seem to have a holiday for every occasion. While many of these #Holidaze may appear a bit silly, celebrations are not always about what you think. Take a look at the origin and meanings behind of some more widely celebrated holidays around the world.

Reframing mental illness: Demi Lovato says we can break the stigma through imagery

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five American adults experience a mental health condition each year. Despite this fact, there is still such a strong stigma associated with mental illness, the result of which contributes to a lack of conversation, awareness and willingness for those suffering to seek help. Part of […]

Picture Desk Editors Pick Their Favorite 2016 Images

Getty Images picture desk editors have a nearly immediate front row look at events unfolding throughout the world, with the images captured by our photographers often reaching them in a matter of seconds. The sheer volume of photographs they see on a daily basis is astounding, with the best ones having a staying power that’s […]

12 ways to strategically choose images, a digital marketer’s guide

Whether it’s a graphic for social media, an image for a website’s homepage or a photo to accompany a blog post, each image needs to effectively present your brand in its best light to get the most out of your marketing. But did you know that images can also significantly boost engagement and drive traffic […]

Year in Focus 2016: A look at the most awe-inspiring, heartbreaking, and shocking moments of the year

In 2016 we saw many things through our photographers’ eyes. There were images that filled our social media feeds and saddened us: rhinos with bloody holes where their horns should be and innocent people wounded or killed in unspeakable acts of terror. There were images that lifted us: that viral shot of Usain Bolt smiling […]

Apple Makes a Mess of Color With New MacBook Pro

Apple is no stranger to show-stopping ads, and their latest is no exception. The 30-second spot for the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar opens with literal explosions of color – bursts of bright powder, alternately sped up and slowed down, erupting across the screens of their newest laptop models. The effect is immediately eye-catching […]

Capturing Triumph (and Friendship) During Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar Moment

The buzz surrounding Leonardo DiCaprio leading up to the 2016 Academy Awards was almost impossible to miss. Then it happened: After six nominations in his 20-plus years on screen, one of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood finally won an Oscar for Best Actor, for his role in “The Revenant.” Getty Images photographer Chris Polk […]

How this iconic photo of David Bowie and Twiggy almost didn’t happen

In 1973, David Bowie was already on his path to stardom, but photographer Justin de Villeneuve had never heard of him until that year, when he was introduced to the artist’s sixth album, “Aladin Sane.” De Villeneuve was staying in the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles at the time with Twiggy, the supermodel whose […]

Look Back: As Brexit Unfolded, Photography Played Leading Role

In October 2015, Getty Images photographer Jeff Mitchell took one of the more poignant photographs of the migrant crisis occurring throughout Europe: a line of hundreds of people, primarily men, crossing a central European border. The image emphasized both the astounding mass of people displaced from their homes and in search of respite as well […]

Most downloaded photo from the US election? It’s huge

Throughout the 2016 US Presidential election, there have been thousands of photographs taken of Donald Trump, but there’s one image in particular that has trumped the rest. With many more downloads than there are electoral votes, this photograph has become Getty Images most downloaded photo of the election — a feat nothing short of huge. […]

Getty Images Trends Team Makes 2017 Predictions

Every visual we see – the ones that come across our social media feeds, the essays we leaf through, the ads we view – construct our understanding of the world around us. But is it possible to predict the kinds of images the world will confront us with in the year ahead? Yes. Every year, […]

O’Neill bows to Bowie with rare photos and peek behind the lens

Over a career spanning more than five decades, Terry O’Neill photographed some of the world’s most recognized performers, from Elton John to Frank Sinatra to The Beatles. But for O’Neill, there was no experience quite like photographing David Bowie. “His unique command of his own infinitely flexible image constituted an essential component of his art,” […]

Muhammad Ali: A rare glimpse of the legend before his rise to fame

With the death of Muhammad Ali on June 3, the world lost one of its true greats. A gifted athlete, a passionate activist and a driven businessman, Ali was — above and beneath it all — a man with a giant, fierce heart. Photographer Steve Schapiro first met Muhammad Ali in 1963, after he had [...]