Ava DuVernay, the director of A Wrinkle In Time, has launched an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers and photographers with the Getty Images Array Grant.

Four grants of $5,000 each, will be awarded to two commercial creative photographers and two editorial filmmakers who capture the visual narrative of underrepresented ethnic communities such as African American, Caribbean, South Asian, Arab, Indigenous and Latinx, and use their skills to visually represent the underrepresented experience. On top of $5,000, winners will also receive mentoring support and guidance from Getty Images and Array.

“As the co-editor of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, I completely understand need to create a platform for artists, particularly women photographers of African descent,” photographer and contest judge Laylah Amatullah told ESSENCE.

SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21, 2015: Ava DuVernay at the 30th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards on the beach in Santa Monica.
SANTA MONICA, CA – FEBRUARY 21, 2015: Ava DuVernay at the 30th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards on the beach in Santa Monica. (Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com)u

“There is a gross imbalance of perspectives coming from Black and Brown image-makers. We need to understand that all of our stories matter and the opportunities for artists to create these stories need to be more readily available,” Amatullah continued.

Submissions close on Friday June, 8th at 11:59 p.m.  PT and filmmakers and send their submissions here.

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