Meet The Photographers That Have Won $10,000 Grants from Instagram and Getty

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.

Ismail Ferdous

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,

“I became a photographer because I had a passion for human interest stories. I realised that photography is a powerful tool for telling stories. I believe when people really pursue their passions and pursue what they believe in and what they love, genuine results will come out of that.”

Dmitry Markov

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,

“Taking pictures with your phone, the way I see it, is great training for a photographer. You have to manage a great shot without all the optics and a pro camera.”

Adriana Zehbrauskas

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.

Her work focuses on climate change as well as a look into the daily lives of Latin Americans.

She wrote to Slate,

“In the beginning, Instagram was a place for more personal photos. A bit of an extension of the new regained freedom I found shooting with my phone. Naturally, it evolved to a place where I could post images from stories I was working on and that wouldn’t necessarily find a space in print.”

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.