Shutterstock is made possible by our network of over 55,000 contributing artists around the globe. In an effort to celebrate the personal stories behind the images in our collection, we launched Shutterstock Stories, a contributor spotlight series. In its original iteration, Shutterstock Stories received entries from contributors in 39 countries. 26 initial finalists were chosen and 7 outstanding winning entries each received an artistic grant ranging from $5,000-$25,000.

Shutterstock contributor Maaike Boot is a graphic designer and illustrator from the Netherlands. She is inspired by the freedom to explore and travel the world to develop her creative skills. Her passion for drawing led her to create a portfolio of 1,500 images. However, her passion is not limited to illustrations. In 2013, Maaike was selected as the recipient of a $5,000 grant through Shutterstock Stories. See her winning entry below.

Look through more of Maaike’s work in her Shutterstock portfolio by clicking below.