“Personal work has always been central to me; it’s why I became a photographer to work on the themes which interest me.”

-Adam Hinton, Prestige Grant judge

Personal work is at the core of all successful photography careers. It supports creative development, giving image-makers the opportunity to experiment and take risks. It allows photographers to push beyond the boundaries of a client brief, creating work on subjects and themes they truly are passionate about. That’s why we’re so thrilled about our inaugural Prestige Grant, which will help two photographers realize their personal dream projects.

Some of the industry’s most renowned experts are serving as judges for the grant. Adam Hinton, featured in the video above, is a documentary and commercial photographer with clients including Adidas, Nike and HSBC.  Adam’s true passion is his personal work, which has taken him from spending time with a family living in the favelas of Brazil, to a maximum security prison in El Salvador and, most recently, the crisis in Kiev. His work focuses on community and the presence of social solidarity, even in the most dire and dangerous situations.

Joining Hinton as a judge are  Director of Visual Content and Commissioning at Anomaly NY and London Lydia Pang, Director of Photography Rebecca Mcclelland and British Journal of Photography Projects Editor Gemma Padley.

Check back for more insights from them in the coming weeks, and follow @gettyimages on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date.

Prestige Grant applications are open from June 24 to August 5, 2015. To apply or learn more, visit: www.gettyimages.com/grants.