Getty Images grants worth $10,000 are up for grabs to photographers and videographers who use Instagram to document stories about communities that are ‘underrepresented’ in mainstream media.

Photojournalist Adriana Zehbrauskas, last year’s winner, is helping to judge this year’s Getty Images Instagram Grant programme

The Getty Images Instagram Grant programme offers three winners a $10,000 grant designed to provide financial backing for them to continue, or create, work on Instagram.

They will also be given professional support from a Getty Images staff photographer, via the agency’s mentorship scheme.

Each applicant is asked to submit a short description of their approach, style, the stories they have covered using Instagram, plus a selection of imagery from their Instagram account, which can include both photos and video.

‘The line between photography and videography is blurring,’ said Amanda Kelso, Instagram’s community director.

‘This grant celebrates the unique power of visual mediums to elicit empathy, challenge minds and broaden our world view in an instant.’

Elodie Mailliet Storm, Getty Images’ senior director of content partnerships, said: ‘We believe in the power of images to raise awareness, change perspectives and inspire social change.’

The deadline for entries is 12 April 2016.

To apply, visit grants.gettyimages.com/instagram.