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.

Osei Owusu Banahene is a Shutterstock contributor from Ghana. As a self-taught filmmaker, he creates documentaries, telling true stories and capturing the beauty of nature. He aspires to share stories and voices of those that cannot on their own. In 2013, Osei was named a Shutterstock Stories Finalist. View his full story in the video below.

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