Getty Images gives up and coming Black photographer access to Oscars

(Momo will shoot his first Oscars)

This Sunday,  Getty Images and LA-based independent creative agency Crown + Conquer is providing one up-and-coming photographer with the opportunity of a lifetime: access to the 94th Oscars red carpet.

Last fall, Getty Images and Crown + Conquer came together to concept and launch a first-of-its-kind editorial internship program that would give one successful applicant the chance to work alongside and learn from the world’s leading entertainment photographers, editorial teams, and brand experts.

On the heels of its announcement, the program received a high volume of applications, with Getty Images naming Momodu “Momo” Mansaray as its inaugural intern. Since starting his internship in February, Momo has photographed Crown + Conquer events ranging from a special LA screening of Marry Me to Peacock’s Bel-Air premiere party to the KLUTCH Sports Group x UTA dinner presented by Snapchat, but now, he faces his biggest opportunity yet.

This Sunday, Momo will have the chance to photograph the biggest night in Hollywood – the 94th Oscars red carpet. 

“Through this first-of-its-kind editorial internship program, Momo has become a valuable member of our team in just a few short months and has embraced every opportunity—from screenings and premiere parties to award shows and red carpet arrivals,” said Kirstin Benson, VP of Global Entertainment at Getty Images.

Adding, “At Getty Images, we are passionate about storytelling and moving the industry forward. We’re thrilled to collaborate with Crown + Conquer and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to shape the next generation of talent and improve representation both in front of and behind the lens—especially for communities who have been historically underrepresented in photography.”

“We’re constantly looking for photographers to shoot our events, help with our content needs, and partner on campaigns, and struggle to find creators or color – especially Black, Latinx, and female photographers,” noted April McDaniel, Founder of Crown + Conquer. “With this partnership, we set out to carve out opportunities for the next class of talent. Giving Momo access to the 94th Oscars® red carpet epitomizes what we set out to accomplish – and it’s just the beginning.” 

This collaboration launches alongside The Academy Gold Rising Program, a multi-tiered educational program designed to enhance and extend an industry-wide diversity internship enhancement program under the Academy brand.

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Now in its sixth year, the program affords top film entertainment, technology, production services, and digital media companies an opportunity to recruit and educate a nationwide pool of diverse talent – and interns exclusive access to Academy members, industry professionals, screenings, and educational workshops offering an inclusive industry networking experience. 

The 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT and in more than 200 territories worldwide. 

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