Shutterstock Launches Global Grant On International Women's Day To Empower Female And Non-Binary Creators
Launching on International Women's Day, the grant was established to celebrate and embolden the diverse perspectives of female and non-binary artists, by highlighting their visual stories, and providing a glimpse into their thoughts, experiences and perceptions of the world as portrayed in their art. Moving away from stereotypical content and towards more inclusive works, "Through Their Eyes" focuses on the female gaze at a time when women and non-binary artists are increasingly taking hold over their own narratives.
"Shutterstock is powered by storytelling from its diverse global contributor community, and with "Though Their Eyes," we aspire to empower and elevate women and non-binary people in the arts," said
Female and non-binary artists including photographers, videographers, illustrators, 3D artists or writers are open and encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit a project proposal, examples of their work, and a short biography by
At launch, the first three grants offered through
- Create for Climate: Drawing awareness to global climate change by supporting artists who use their talents to depict climate change, environmental protests, and our changing landscape.
- Support Invisible Illness: Promoting artists who create visual stories and representations that break the stigma around mental health, portraying a more inclusive view of mental illness around the world.
- The Senior Creatives: Supporting our community of senior creatives—those over 50 who have had years to hone their craft and want to share their experiences and perspectives through creative means.
In addition to launching the "Through Their Eyes" grant, we are thrilled to announce the recipients of these three grants:
- Create For Climate:
João Esteves, Portugal
"My goal with this project is to create a short-documentary film at this pivotal moment, to feel the pulse of the Fridays for Future movement and other climate activists in
- Supporting Invisible Illness:
Aaliyah-Janay Williams, U.S.A
"Through film, I intend to show the emotional and mental toll that self-exploration can have, especially when an individual is unlearning habits, behaviours, and patterns that do not serve them."
- The Senior Creatives: Erkin Bolzhurov,
Erkin's son Bektur has cerebral palsy, and Erkin began to document his life and the lives of others with disabilities through photography.
"I want to show their lives, and relationships with their relatives."
To learn more about the "Through Their Eyes" grant, visit https://www.shutterstock.com/explore/create-fund
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