“If you meet a photographer and they disarm you or disrupt you, and you see something you have not seen before, it can change the direction of a whole project.”

– Lydia Pang, 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 are truly 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, including award-winning Photographer Adam Hinton, Director of Photography Rebecca Mcclelland, Projects Editor of the British Journal of Photography Gemma Padley and Director of Visual Content and Commissioning at Anomaly NY and London Lydia Pang.

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

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