Nigerian documentary photographer, Yagazie Emezi has been awarded the inaugural Creative Bursary award by Getty Images.
She received the award alongside other six people: Yagazie Emezi (Nigeria), Neema Githere (Kenya), Oriana Koren, Jeremy Dennis, Donavon Smallwood & Tara Sellios (USA).
The recipients were selected by an industry leading panel and are to get amounts ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.
The Getty Images Creative Bursary Award was established in October 2017 to “support emerging photographers in the creative field and enable them to realise commercial photographic projects which, without funding, they might not have otherwise been able to pursue.”
The excited Yagazie took to her Gram to share the news with the caption:
Excited to announce that I am among the 6 recipients selected for the @gettyimages Creative Bursary (@gettyimagescreative) for emerging photographers! Thanks to the funds, I’ll finally have some small piece of mind to set time aside to put form to the things in my head lol. Congratulations to the rest of the recipients (it was great to see a familiar name on the list representing Kenya @findingneema 💕😘)! Ready for the challenge and looking forward to seeing how we make use of this opportunity to tell more of our necessary stories <3