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Tixtla de Guerrero, Mexico, March 24th, 2015:
Angel tries to grab the star balloon his aunt had just brought home from work. It was another weekday at home for him since teachers at his school had been attending marched in the region. Angel's dad is one of the missing 43 students. Photo © Adriana Zehbrauskas @adrianazehbrauskas /Shot #onassignment for #buzzfeednews with @karlazabs in #mexico #guerrero #ayotzinapa #tixtla #documentary #longtermproject #photojournalism #iphonehttps://instagram.com/p/0p3pFGN5Nj/?taken-by=adrianazehbrauskas
Angel tries to grab the star balloon his aunt had just brought home from work. Tixtla de Guerrero, Mexico, March 24, 2015.Adriana Zehbrauskas—@adrianazehbrauskas
Tixtla de Guerrero, Mexico, March 24th, 2015:
Angel tries to grab the star balloon his aunt had just brought home from work. It was another weekday at home for him since teachers at his school had been attending marched in the region. Angel's dad is one of the missing 43 students. Photo © Adriana Zehbrauskas @adrianazehbrauskas /Shot #onassignment for #buzzfeednews with @karlazabs in #mexico #guerrero #ayotzinapa #tixtla #documentary #longtermproject #photojournalism #iphonehttps://instagram.com/p/0p3pFGN5Nj/?taken-by=adrianazehbrauskas
Tixtla, Guerrero, Mexico, April 28th, 2015 :Oh, look! There's a donkey in my living room!!! April 28th, 2015 #onassignment with @karlazabs in #tixtla #guerrero #mexico #photography #photojournalism #documentary #longtermproject #donkeyshttps://instagram.com/p/2CsTb_N5Kx/?taken-by=adrianazehbrauskas
Tixtla, Guerrero, Mexico., May 24th, 2015: "Family Portrait After Church” . Don Bernabe ( left) and Dona Delfina ( third from left), parents of missing student Adan Abrajan de la Cruz, pose for a family portrait with his godson, Marcos, and his mother, Doña Rosa, after his first communion.https://instagram.com/p/3JsjVht5OW/?taken-by=adrianazehbrauskas
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Angel tries to grab the star balloon his aunt had just brought home from work. Tixtla de Guerrero, Mexico, March 24, 201
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These Are the Winners of the First Instagram Grants

Sep 10, 2015

When Ismail Ferdous started his yearlong photographic project documenting the aftermath of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, he turned to Instagram as a way to draw people’s attention to an issue that, he said, concerned all of us. “I didn’t want the world to forget about Rana Plaza,” he told TIME in June.

Now, his work is gaining new attention after it was selected as one of the three recipients of the first Getty Images Instagram Grants, a series of cash prizes given to support stories from underrepresented communities using the photo-sharing app.

Photographers Adriana Zehbrauskas and Dmitry Markov join Ferdous in sharing the three $10,000 grants, which were awarded by a jury that included TIME’s Director of Photography Kira Pollack and photographers David Guttenfelder, Maggie Steber, Malin Fezehai and Ramin Talaie.

“I think the importance of this grant is massive for my project,” says Ferdous. “It took a lot of research and effort to start a project on Instagram with a totally new approach, utilizing photos, stories and audio.”

With the grant, Ferdous wants to expand the project both in its reach and focus, starting with the production of a book. “I also want to connect the dots between the [garment] producers and consumers,” he says. “For example, I recently interviewed and photographed fashion researchers, alternative fashion stores and fair trade organizations in Europe to make the project more dynamic.”

Meanwhile, Zehbrauskas, a Brazilian-born, Mexico-based photographer, will use the grant to finance the continuation of her work on the aftermath of the killings of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers School in 2014. “Winning this grant is about someone believing in you and in your ideas and giving you the means and support to execute them,” she says.

Russian photographer and charity volunteer Markov hopes to use his winnings to spotlight the plight of orphaned children in his native country. “This grant will enable me to capture more stories and expand the project’s geography,” he tells TIME.

All three photographers chose to share their work on Instagram for its reach – one that extends beyond traditional media audiences. “I don’t think Instagram makes a difference [to] the way I work,” says Ferdous. “Rather, I believe Instagram is the bridge between your work and the audience, which is much larger than say, for example, the people who view your website. Instagram has the power of using visuals at its best on many different levels, from personal to entertainment to social issues.”

The three photographers, whose work will go on show at Photoville in New York city beginning Sept. 10, will also receive mentorship from Getty Images photographers John Moore, Chris McGrath and Andrew Burton.

Olivier Laurent is the editor of TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @olivierclaurent

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