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Getty Images Offers $30,000 in Grants to Instagram Photographers

The stock image company is leveraging Instagram’s unique documentation of “underrepresented communities.”

Screenshot of Getty Images' Instagram account.

Stock image giant Getty will be offering a $30,000 grant program to users of photo-sharing platform Instagram to “document stories from underrepresented communities around the world.” Instagram has increasingly become a repository for some of the most facsinating visual material out there, with an army of citizen-shutterbugs and artists constantly posting a prolific quantity of images. And Getty, trying to reach out into the new frontiers of where pretty pictures come from these days, is challenging the reach and grasp of these vibrant Instagram communities, by seeing if they can step in where many established photographers cannot.

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You Can Now Win a Historic New England Inn with Your Snappy Writing

All it takes is a 200-word essay and a whole lot of entrepreneurial spirit.

A view from inside the Center Lovell Inn, courtesy of the inn.

If you were a Lit, Creative Writing, or Liberal Arts major I’m sure you’re pretty sick of people telling you how “useless” your degree is. So why not silence all those haters by using your pithy prose to win your very own historic New England inn? Janice Sage, current owner of the Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant in Lovell, Maine, first won the deed through an essay writing competition in 1993. Now, at the age of 68, Sage would like to retire—and is paying the gift forward via a new contest. The deadline is May 7, and Sage anticipates receiving upwards of 7,500 entries. During her 22 years as the manager of Center Lovell Inn, Sage invested $500,000 in renovations, and often worked more than 17 hour days, but is now ready to take some much-needed time off: 'I've been in the business 38 years so it's time to retire.” Sage, who had also run another Inn prior to Center Lovell, told the Daily Mail this week, “I just want to pass it on to somebody else who is looking for an inn, who possibly can't own it on their own outright and I think this is a good way.” The inn is a breezy three hours north of Boston, and is popular with tourists year round. Sage currently employs 10 staffers to cook, clean, serve at the restaurant, take reservations, and handle guest check out. It has not been mentioned yet whether the new owner will also be inheriting these seasoned staffers.

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A Peek At The Future Of Music

From a holophone to a cathedral orchestra that fits in your pocket, tomorrow is already here.

You can now make your very own dance-hologram

Who says pro-tools are the future of music? This year’s 2015 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition semi-finalists prove that there’s still room for traditional mechanisms and buzzy tech wonders to co-exist. As the celebrated annual competition hosted by Georgia Tech enters its seventh year, Hyperallergic rounded up some of their favorite entrants. The finals concert, held February 20 at the Klaus Building Atrium, will be live streamed and feature everything from Cantor Digitalis’ singing, hand-powered software, to Matthew Steinke’s pocket cathedral pipe, the Tine Organ, controlled by MIDI.

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Make Sanitation Sexy, Immediately

Entries into the Acumen Fund's current Search for the Obvious challenge are due November 21, 2010. Make sanitation sexy.


Just a reminder: Entries into Acumen Fund's current Search for the Obvious challenge are due November 21, 2010. To reiterate, the challenge asks you to "use your creative genius to show that lack of basic sanitation is one of the most critical issues facing the developing world today." You can read all the rules here (PDF).

Considering that today is World Toilet Day, you should have no trouble finding inspiration.

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