Getty Images in collaboration with Instagram has announced the recipients of the Getty Images Instagram Grant which has been set up to reward photographers who are using the mobile image sharing platform, Instagram to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world. 

A panel of photographic experts, including National Geographic Photography Fellow David Guttenfelder, Director of Photography & Visual Enterprise for TIME Kira Pollack, documentary photographer Maggie Steber, documentary photographer Malin Fezehai and documentary photographer Ramin Talaie selected the three recipients from 1200 entries from 109 countries. Judges focused on quality of imagery, photographic technique and storytelling ability.

Ismail Ferdous is a documentary photographer from Bangladesh who covers social humanitarian issues. He receives the grant for his project titled After Rana Plaza. It centers around the surviving relatives of the victims of the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory.

Adriana Zehbrauskas is a Brazilian-born photographer and currently residing in Mexico City. She receives the grant for her Instagram portfolio covering topics such as climate change and the everyday lives of Latin Americans. Adriana is planning to use the grant to fund her project “Next of Kin: Family Matters”. She will capture portraits of the families of 43 student students who went missing from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers School last year. 

Dmitry Markov is based in Pskov, Russia and a volunteer for multiple children’s charities. He is sharing his work on Instagram to spotlight the plight of orphaned children and encourage society to “look at the problems of such children in a humane way.”

The recipients will receive US $10,000 each and mentorship from Getty Images photojournalists, including John Moore Chris McGrath and Andrew Burton. If you happen to be in New York City before the 20th of September you'll also be able to see the recipients' work at Photoville, the largest annual photographic event in the city. 

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