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Shutterstock Announces Winners for Creative Grant Program Shutterstock Stories
Recipients reside in France, Brazil, Mexico, Netherlands and United States

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global provider of digital imagery, today announced the 7 winning recipients for Shutterstock Stories, a creative grant program that will award a total of $75,000 to artists around the world.  

Shutterstock received submissions from 39 countries, representing diverse backgrounds and creativity. "To hear what inspires our artists was an incredibly rewarding process," said Meagan Kirkpatrick, who oversees Global Communications at Shutterstock. "We hope these grants provide a resource for contributors to do even more with their talent, and that sharing their stories will encourage others to pursue their own creative passions," she added.

Six of the winning entries were chosen by the previously announced panel of judges, which included Academy Award® winning film producer Geralyn White Dreyfous; Head Future Media's of Creative & Design Group, Declan Gough; top Shutterstock contributor Anja Kaiser; Tumblr's Annie WernerNicole Stipp of kate spade new york and Shutterstock Founder/CEO Jon Oringer. The seventh was determined by a public vote, with nearly 17,000 votes being cast during a ten-day period.

$25,000 Winner (Judges' Choice)

  • Paul Prescott, a travel photographer and video artist whose journeys have included IndiaNew ZealandThailand,CambodiaIsrael and Egypt. He currently resides in Correze, France.

$25,000 Winner (People's Choice)

  • Beto Chagas, an art-director turned photographer. He is a self-described "one-man studio" and is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

$5,000 Winners (Judges' Choice)

  • Maaike Bootan independent graphic designer and illustrator based in The Hague, Netherlands. Her cheerful illustrations have been used by stationery and lifestyle brands around the world.
  • Franck Camhi "Ostill", a world-traveling storyteller with a passion for sports, dance and fashion photography. He is based in Paris, France.
  • Fernando Gregory, a Mexico City-based artist who combated an economic downturn with his photography in order to support his family.
  • Aff Marshall, New York City born self-taught photographer, cinematographer and digital innovator. He has specialized in creating imagery for the fashion and beauty industries.
  • Susan SchmitzScottsdale, Arizona photographer whose images on pet adoption ads have saved hundreds of animals' lives.

For more information on Shutterstock Stories and to view the winning entries, visit

About Shutterstock, Inc.

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographsvectorsillustrationsvideos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 70,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds hundreds of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 48 million images and 2 million video clips available.


Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Amsterdam, BerlinChicagoDenverLondon, Los Angeles, Montreal, Paris and San Francisco, Shutterstock has customers in more than 150 countries. The company also owns Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media provider; Offset, a high-end image collectionPremiumBeat a curated royalty-free music library; Rex Features, a premier source of editorial images for the world's media; Skillfeed, an online marketplace for learning; and WebDAM, a cloud-based digital asset management service for businesses.

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