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The Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography program is in its 5th year of successfully funding photojournalism projects worldwide, and to celebrate, the organization has unveiled a new sector for the competition: student grants.

This year, in addition to the usual five grants of $20,000 for professional photographers, Getty Images will also award four $5,000 grants to students. All applicants must write a 500 word proposal for a specific documentary venture, as well as submit 20-25 digital images of past work (visit the site to learn more about the specific parameters for submissions). Applications are due November 15, and winners will be announced in February.

The grants are awarded in segments throughout the year, and during this round, two of each type will be awarded. For a student in particular, the opportunity is an amazing one; not only will recipients obtain the funding they need for their venture, but they will also receive project support from Getty photo editors and will have the option to sign a one-year exclusive rights deal at the project’s end.

In order to be eligible for the student grant, the applicant must be under 30 years old and enrolled in a full-time, accredited photojournalism course. To learn more, visit the Getty Images Web site. –Lindsay Sakraida

(Portfolio imagery courtesy of Lynsey Addario, a recent grant winner)