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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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In Detroit, Barbers And Landscapers Unite To Clean Up The City

Winner of the Knight Cities Challenge will pair local Detroit barbers with landscape contractors to transform overgrown vacant lots into unique public spaces.

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Detroit might be floundering, but it’s not down for the count. Last week the winners of the Knight Cities Challenge, an annual city planning competition, were announced, and the Motor City is uniquely poised to benefit. Out of over 7,000 applications, sent in by activists, artists, architects, city officials, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and everything in between, 32 winners were chosen, and funds totaling over $5 million were supplied to individuals and organizations hoping to improve their communities. One of our favorite projects is The Buzz, which will pair local Detroit barbers with landscape contractors to transform overgrown vacant lots. The groups will then attend design workshops that’ll teach mowing and pattern-making techniques.

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Every year—for the past 14 years—Sappi has given the Ideas that Matter grant to designs that inspire action to change the world. Here are the 2013 winners.

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Should College Students to Be Able to Pay Their Way Off Wait Lists?

With wait lists thousands of students deep, California's community colleges say they'll add more class sections if students pay full price.

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