Peak Design, Sony and BorrowLenses have teamed up to offer three pro-level gear grants for black photographers or filmmakers. To be considered for a grant, those interested must fill out an application between 20 August and 01 September. The photographers or filmmakers that have been successful will be announced during the week of 07 September.
The gear grant consists of over $3,500 worth of kit, including a Sony A7 III with a 28-70mm lens, a Peak Design Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod, two Peak Design Everyday Bags of choice, a Peak Design Tech Pouch, a Peak Design Slide Lite, Leash and Cuff straps, a Peak Design Capture Clip and a BorrowLenses $250 gift card.
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These three grants are intended for black photographers and filmmakers based in the US who don't have the resources necessary to acquire their own professional-level gear. Creatives of all levels of experience are encouraged to apply and winners will be chosen on a combination of talent, interest, motivation and need.
Peak Design decided to spearhead these grants after asking black photographer and climber L Renee Blount to share her experiences. She challenged brands in the outdoor and photography industry to grant more gear to aspiring black photographers, saying "if you want to see more people of color in outdoor photography, lower the barrier".
Interestingly, even if an application doesn't prove successful, all qualified applicants will receive emails with special one-time-use discounts from both Sony and Peak Design. This in itself is a fantastic reason to enter, as this could make that Sony lens or Peak Design camera bag that you've been eyeing up the perfect price.
To apply for one of the three grants and find out more details, visit the Peak Design website.
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