Three photographers are to receive $10,000 USD grants to help them document their stories.
The grant was set up by Instagram and Getty Images to support photographers in underrepresented communities, enabling them to document their lives.
As part of the prize, each of the photographers will also receive a mentorship from a photojournalist.
Ferdous is an independent documentary photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
His work to date has focused primarily on Dhaka, the site of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in 2013 which took the lives of over 1,100 people—“the worst industrial disaster in the country’s history.”
His family hoped that he would become a businessman but Ferdous’s passion lay in photography. He shared with Slate,
Markov started out taking photographs as a hobby 10 years ago, then worked with volunteers helping at orphanages, telling the photo story of the work done by Russian charity organisations.He created an Instagram account two years ago, his images reflecting the harsh realism of average people’s lives. It now has almost 60,000 followers
Initially, all his photos featured the same filter, in an attempt to keep things aesthetically consistent. He tries to add a new story each week, using his phone rather than an SLR or point-and-shoot camera.
He told Slate,
Born in Brazil, Zehbrauskas is a documentary photographer based in Mexico City. Initially she planned to become a journalist for a newspaper, like her father before her. It transpired that working as a photographer suited her far better.
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Woman and Flowers, Oaxaca, Mexico. "When it is genuine, when it is born of the need to speak, no one can stop the human voice. When denied a mouth, it speaks with the hands or the eyes, or the pores, or anything at all. Because every single one of us has something to say to the others, something that deserves to be celebrated or forgiven by others.” ― Eduardo Galeano, The Book of Embraces #mexico #oaxaca #photography #photojournalism #documentary #latergram #fotoistanbul2015 @fotoistanbultr
Her work focuses on climate change as well as a look into the daily lives of Latin Americans.
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Don Florencio, 82, is Adan's grandfather, one of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa that are missing since September 2014. "My eyes cry a lot", he says. #onassignment with @karlazabs for #buzzfeednews #mexico #guerrero #photography #photojournalism #ayotzinapa #documentary #43 #iphone #hipstamatic #fotoistanbul2015 @fotoistanbultr
She wrote to Slate,
See the images from the winning photographers at free photography exhibition Photoville in New York City until 20 September.
Title image is by Dmitry Markov and can be found here.