Support Samantha Hyatt

Support Samantha Hyatt

Photographers Without Borders sat down with Samantha to get to know her better. 

What makes you passionate about helping Watoto Wasoka?

I really enjoy working and photographing kids. The opportunity to be able to improve their lives with my photography by working with Watoto Wasoka is such a great honor. I'm excited to capture their energy and to enjoy the new experience.

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

My photography will make a difference because I feel I form a very personal connection with whatever I photograph. I look forward to creating a powerful visual story for Watoto Wasoka, that I feel will broaden their outreach. 

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

I feel extremely fortunate that I will get to have and to share this experience, and also for more awareness and exposure for Watoto Wasoka. I fully appreciate any support that comes my way! Thank you!

Support Damari McBride

Support Damari McBride

Photographers Without Borders spoke with Damari about his motivations. 

1. I’ve always lived by the saying “it takes a village...” Nourish is a living and breathing example of that quote.  This organization realizes that the up and coming generations are the key entity in saving this planet and making it a better place for all living things. With also being a teacher I try to instill a sense of diverse techniques that contribute to the make up of the student as a whole. Teaching them compassion, awareness, critical thinking which allows them to have a strong sense of what needs to be done and take action. Nourish does that and more. *They believe and invest in their students and they empower their community. It takes a village.

2. I love photographing people. even before photography, humans captured portraits through sculpture and painting. They're an important part of human history for a reason. They provide us with a sense of who an individual was, their daily lives, a moment in time, a sense of intimacy and humanity. A portrait can be a powerful conversation in a snapshot. I believe that my photography will show a story of prosperity, hope, Love, and more. This is an opportunity to show people who are in the midst of growing and influencing their communities. I want them to tell their stories. 

3. Storytelling matters to all of us. Stories are out of memories, histories, and traditions. They help to give us meaning and preserve our values as individuals and citizens. They help inspire us and give a road map for how we want to shape the world. Nourish has a story with all of those elements in it. With your help I will be able to deliver their story. 

Support Danielle Maczynski

Support Danielle Maczynski

Photographers Without Borders spoke with Danielle about her upcoming trip to document the work at CoRE

What makes you passionate about helping CoRE?

What I find so exciting about CoRE's initiative is their open involvement with the Hanoian community and the opportunities they give to their members to open up new waves of communication. I'm excited to learn more about CoRE's foundation and what their goals are for the future of the organization.

 

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

I am a complete advocate for visual representation in any organization's story. I think imagery gives a greater personalization and understanding to an audience that may know what CoRE stands for or the kind of work they do. Potential members that view CoRE's community outreach are going to look toward aesthetically pleasing visuals and I hope that my work for CoRE can help them yield that greater audience reach.

 

What message would you like to send to your supporters? 

Follow along on the journey! Not only is this my first time visiting Vietnam but it is my first time working with an NGO. I could not be more excited to dive in. I'll be sharing clips and grabs from my time in Hanoi on social media. I'm looking forward to sharing CoRE's story within my circle of connections as well which will hopefully drive some additional international attention to their work.

 

Visit Danielle's website here.

Support Liz Oxhorn

Support Liz Oxhorn

We are more alike than we know.

This is the driving force behind my photography. Over the last twenty years, I have photographed over two dozen countries - some places of heartbreaking conflict, others places of mind-blowing beauty and most something in-between.

Through my work, I celebrate the glory of the ordinary, the tenderness of our shared humanity and the vitality of the planet we call home. Whether dodging motorbikes in Vietnam or bouncing along the highway in rural Morocco, it's always with a camera in-hand, searching for the story to be told.

At home in the United States, my work extends to video where I produce emotionally-powerful content that changes hearts and minds. My video work has influenced some of the most significant debates in the U.S. from gun violence to health care, but as with my photography, it's always grounded in the universal stories we all share. 

Stories like how toddlers everywhere love to “help,” how mothers rock their babies in Bethlehem just as they do in Tel Aviv and how we all yearn for a world that feels a little more like home.

 

Photographers Without Borders spoke with Liz about her upcoming trip to document the incredible work being done by Vacha for women empowerment. 

What makes you passionate about helping Vacha? 

I’ve been an advocate on a lot of important issues, but nothing as close to my heart as the empowerment of women and girls. From an early age, women received a lot of messages about all of the things they can’t or shouldn’t do. Thanks to great mentors and a college education (as well as a lot of white western privilege), I’ve been able to be part of some pretty incredible opportunities like working in the White House and on two historic presidential campaigns. I want every woman to be able to experience that sense of empowerment and accomplishment, but so many barriers can stand in the way: cultural expectations, discrimination, harassment, lack of access to education or even fear of safety.

One of the things I love about Vacha is that their programs are not just for women and girls, but led by them. Through their involvement with Vacha, women and girls find their own power and their own voice and come to know their deep worth. It’s also so important that Vacha engages boys in its work, not just because they make good allies, but because it helps boys become female-empowering men. This is the kind of real, structural change that can advance women’s opportunities in India for generations to come.

 

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

I find that women and girls are my most frequent photographic subjects, perhaps because I place so much value on drawing attention to people who may feel overlooked or underrepresented. Every place I have traveled, I have been struck by women’s incredible strength. They aren’t often in the spotlight or a leadership role, but they are such a force of influence in their homes, their communities and the world.

By photographing Vacha, I hope to not only give Vacha's targeted audiences insight into this incredible program, but also help them truly see the women and girls involved. Their day-to-day lives may be very different from those of the audience, but I suspect these women and girls have dreams and habits and likes and dislikes we all can relate to. I want people to be able to see these women and girls and think “she reminds me of someone I'd know” - because I believe that sense of common humanity is the single best way to motivate change.

 

What message would you like to send to your supporters? 

From the time I unwrapped my first SLR camera on my 16th birthday, photography has been such a gift in my life. It has taught me how to see the richness of the world, helped me memorialize meaningful experiences and opened the door to building new relationships. I’ve wanted to honor that gift by giving it back, but never quite knew how. With Photography Without Borders, I finally have an opportunity to do photography with purpose. I'm opting to fund my own expenses for this assignment, but I also know the value of inviting people to walk alongside you in doing good. If you opt to donate on my page, know that your donation won't go to me, but to Vacha.

 

Visit Liz's website here.

Support Lisa Keisler

Support Lisa Keisler

Photographers Without Borders sat down with Lisa to talk to her about her upcoming trip to document the work of Development in Gardening. 

1. WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING DIG? 

The concept of Development In Gardening interested me from the moment I heard about them.  After further research on the organization, it was easy for me to become passionate about the organizations long term goals.  I tend to navigate towards projects that provide a long term progressive solution to problems.  DIG is doing just that. From helping people use their local resources to maintain and secure gardens that meet nutritional needs to promoting gender equality and educating communities,  DIG’s purpose and goals are in line with my personal beliefs on all of these levels. I believe that helping people by educating them on how to use the resources they have more effectively is a concept that can be implemented to not only address problems faced by this generation but many generations to come.

2. HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

As a photographer, I am always trying to tell a visual story.  It’s hard in the fast paced digital word to get attention to an image.  It’s even harder to hold ones attention and virtually impossible to make someone act on a cause.  This a challenge for all NGO photographers and I am no different.  I try and make a personal connection with the people and places I photograph long before I put my camera to my eye.  I can see that DIG is connecting and impacting people on a personal level and I can help visually tell the story of what they do and how it is so needed in the communities they serve.

3. WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND YOUR SUPPORTERS?

Asking for support on something that I am passionate about is a little hard for me.  When I started on this journey, transitioning from being a successful wedding photographer to an NGO and humanitarian photographer, I made sure I researched to organizations that I felt a true connection to.  That being said, I think the photography project I will be working on with DIG is well worth consideration if someone is interested in helping promote an organization that is empowering people through gardening, nutrition and education in an area of the world where it is sorely needed. 

Visit Lisa's website here.

Support Sharlene Morris

Support Sharlene Morris

 

Photographers Without Borders asked Sharlene a few questions about her upcoming trip to document Animal Aware. 

1. WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMAL AWARE?

Animal Aware is an organization that excites me because I am very passionate about improving animal welfare, and Animal Aware is working on the ground in its community to improve the lives of animals and educate the citizens about the proper treatment of animals in the hopes of achieving long-lasting change. 

2. HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

I am eager to document Animal Aware's work by documenting its successes, basically who it's helping and how, to inspire further support for Animal Aware's work so the organization can continue changing the lives of the animals and citizens in its community.

3. WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND TO YOUR SUPPORTERS?

I am excited to work on this photography project because animal welfare is a meaningful issue to me. Through this project, I get the opportunity to combine my love for photography with my passion for improving the lives of animals and hopefully inspiring others as well!

Visit Sharlene's Website here

Support Vera Nieuwenhuis

Support Vera Nieuwenhuis

 

Vera Nieuwenhuis will be travelling with PWB to capture the work of the Turtle Conservancy Society (TCS). PWB sat down with Vera and asked her a few questions about her upcoming trip. 

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH TCS?

I will be so fortunate to work closely with the Turtle Conservancy Society (TCS) of Malaysia in a small village in Chukai to photo document the research, conservation, education and public outreach work that TCS is working hard to accomplish. Story-telling the efforts of TCS though the use of visual media will bring about both local and global awareness. This photo journalistic journey gives me the opportunity to produce images to help the on-going efforts of TCS to save such endangered species as the River Terrapin, Painted Terrapin, Green Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, and Leatherback Turtle, to name a few. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to offer my photographic skills to help global outreach to this small village in Malaysia.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND TO YOUR SUPPORTERS?

I have been privileged to shoot through the eyes of a lens for over 5 years. My efforts have brought joy to those that were able to have access to the photos that were captured. I believe that photography has the ability to tell a story with one single picture. That message can spread the word around the world and bring awareness to issues that might otherwise go unnoticed. Photography is a powerful tool and one that can be used to help tell the story of struggling communities that need to get help and have their message heard. It is an honor to volunteer for the Turtle Conservancy Society of Malaysia and put my experience to good use in a fulfilling and rewarding way. My goal will be to accomplish the message that TCS is aiming to achieve with endangered turtles through my images. The support of such efforts is extremely welcome and super appreciated!

Visit Vera's website here

 

Support Charlotte Hodges

Support Charlotte Hodges

 

Born in California and brought up traveling the world with deep cultural roots set in salty costal Mexico, Charlotte L. Mignot Hodges could truly be considered a citizen of the world. An explorer with incredible emotional sensitivity and curiosity for the world that surrounds her. To the delight of all those around her, her instinct to relate to others began to express very early in her life through writing and visual art. Fluent in multiple languages and cultures, themes of interconnectivity, solidarity and responsibility for the environment are common in her work. She’s honest with herselfand challenges her community to be the same way. On the floor and walls of her home, in countless journals, and recently through her travel blogs, website and various expositions, Charlotte has created as she lived, laying bare the evolution of her mind and personality. 

While it is certain that she could find inspiration in her own garden, her path so far in life has taken her around the world and back. Following her passions she has sought out various forms of hands on learning experience, as well as studied at multiple centers and universities where she acquired a yoga teacher certification at the White lotus Foundation, a PDC (permaculture design certificate) at Quail Springs, and a Community Herbalist Certificate at Pacific Rim College. At the moment Charlotte is currently enrolled in Naropa University, basedin Boulder, Colorado from which she continues to passionately express and pursue her art.

Photographers spoke to Charlotte about her upcoming trip to capture Epic Arts in Cambodia. 

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH EPIC ARTS?

As an artist working through various mediums and studying Early Childhood Education, I have always thought art should be an integral aspect to any education. Having volunteered in several different educational programs in the United States and abroad, I have come to realize the importance of art, and play, in our learning processes. From an early age I have aspired to become an artist of life, and have continued my seeking since to become involved in organizations and programs working along this path. What makes me passionate about helping Epic Arts is the opportunity it presents to help a society grow by shedding new light on a subject (on a people) who have long been misunderstood or overlooked. Although I have never travelled to Cambodia, I have felt many times before in my travels around the globe that humanity has missed many opportunities by segregating those we have labeled as ”different”. Perhaps it is only through encountering hardships and obstacles along our paths that we find our true strengths and inner gifts. I am amazed of the limited view our societies have construed around what it means to be human —and I am in awe and in complete admiration of individuals who have embraced their disabilities and developed other strengths in response. There is true inspiration for us all to be found and learned from in these journeys of self discovery and I feel very honored to be able to take part in the process. 

HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

I would hope that my photography can offer a clear view of both the outer workings as well as the inner light of the students and facilities at Epic Arts. I truly believe that something as simple as an image presenting  a positive perspective can be life changing —in helping the subjects acknowledge and accept themselves and in transforming societies views of them. By portraying the truths of these people’s lives and situations while focusing on the steps they are taking to flip their fortunes, I hope to join a growing team of diverse individuals working towards bettering opportunities of empowerment and inclusivity. For, I believe we have much to learn from these experiences in accepting and growing from disability  —if we could open ourselves to this, our world would be much more complete and all the better for it.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND TO YOUR SUPPORTERS?

 I think it is important to support that which we wish to see more of in the world around us, rather than fight what we are against. I believe that we manifest what we set our energies to. Hence we become that which we fight, or vise versa, that which we support. That being said, wether your support comes from your heart, your pockets, or both —I would  like to thank you for contributing to a cause beyond your own self. 

Visit Charlotte's Website  

Support Matt Stirn

Support Matt Stirn

I am an environmental archaeologist and photographer from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Through science and visual storytelling, I am interested in the relationship people have with their environments around the world and how that has changed over time. I am a national fellow at The Explorer’s Club and have worked as a documentary photographer on archaeological and conservation projects across the world, and as Photographer in Residence at the British School in Athens. I am always thrilled to work on new stories and excited to see where they might lead! My work can be found in National Geographic Adventure, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Wild Planet Magazine, and Misadventures Magazine. 

Photographers Without Borders asked Matt a few questions about his upcoming trip. 

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH AZUERO?

When I first came across the Azuero Earth Project through PWB, I was immediately drawn to it. Panama is a place that at least for me, draws constant images of dense jungle and pristine rainforest. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case and in many parts of the country, the rainforest has largely been replaced by agricultural plots and plantations. It’s rapidly disappearing. The Azuero Peninsula on the Pacific coast is one of the hardest hit. The Azuero Earth Project is seeking to make a difference and by working with local communities, they are actively rehabilitating old rainforest and ensuring the preservation of important habitats that are in critical danger of being lost forever.

I personally come from a science background and was attracted by the emphasis that Azuero Earth puts on education, outreach, and their local community. Far too often I’ve seen field research and conservation work benefit those in charge, but not necessarily the people who call that place home. Azuero Earth, however, takes a different approach. They believe that meaningful and lasting change comes from within the community and works outwards, drawing in others and slowly growing. From their conservation work accomplished thus far, it’s easy and inspiring to see how they have succeeded in their mission of sustainable conservation at a local level. I am thrilled to be able to participate in their work and excited to learn about their struggles, successes, and future goals.

HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

In today’s world, words like conservation, endangered, research, and data are everywhere. From mainstream news to social media campaigns, there is constantly a flood of facts being pushed upon us. While much of this information, especially in terms of conservation and climate change, is of great importance, it is often difficult to relate to numbers and statistics, and the messages can get lost amongst the noise of everyday life. I believe that photography offers a solution to this problem. People can relate to a face, an animal, or a stunning landscape a lot better than a statistic. The Azuero Earth project is accomplishing some amazing feats in terms of rainforest rehabilitation, conservation, and climate change research. I hope that by using photography and visual storytelling, I will be able to document and spread their important message to a wide audience.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND TO YOUR SUPPORTERS?

First and foremost, thank you so very much for your support. In completing this work I am excited to share the story of an organization in Panama that is going above and beyond to make a difference in conservation and our understanding of climate change. These issues are of critical importance right now and I am inspired help document a group that is really making a difference and offering a solution to an overwhelming problem.

Visit Matt's website here

Support Annalise Kaylor

Support Annalise Kaylor

 

Annalise Kaylor is an Atlanta-based contemporary portrait photographer specializing modern portraiture and NGO & humantiarian photojournalism. She will be travelling to Ghana to document the work of Boomers International. We sat down with Annalise to ask her a few questions before her trip.

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH BOOMERS INTERNATIONAL?

All of my life, I’ve been passionate about sustainability projects, and have specifically sought out causes and organizations that understand that empowering people and changing lives is a huge part of creating a more sustainable world. Booomers International, does exactly that and more.  The more I looked into their work, the more I knew I needed to help tell their story and share their powerful mission with the world.

I was drawn to the Booomers project because they are a great example of how social enterprise can lift people up and make a positive impact locally, but also on a global scale.  Booomers has created a place for rural youth to learn about all aspects of business, from working with supply chain in procuring bamboo from Ghanan farmers to manufacturing and crafting their bamboo products.  Soon, they can add sustainable farming to that list, as they just bought a 50-acre parcel of land to start farming their own bamboo, too. Bamboo is fast-growing, thriving in soil conditions that are often inhospitable to other plants, and a single acre of bamboo can fix approximately 25 metric tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide in a year!  All of this work combined - sourcing, farming, manufacturing - has resulted in a small, but important online shop, selling bamboo bike frames and products so the money can be invested back into their enterprise.

Bikes are everywhere in Ghana, and with good reason - towns, schools, and basic needs are often many miles apart.  The Booomers Bike to School programs improves the lives of vulnerable Ghanan children, especially the girls, by providing them with bikes to get to and from school.  Their work also helps support literacy development, as the Ghana Educational Service reported in 2010, that 64% of school children could not effectively read or write. And further, Booomers helps support a scholarship program so those children have the basic needs for school - supplies and their uniform - taken care of.  

HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

In order for great organizations like Booomers to continue to grow, they need powerful marketing materials like videos and photography.  By donating my time and talent, I will create new videos that could help them earn more grants, seek private donations that help them expand their reach, and help their voices be heard.  

I spent nearly two decades in digital marketing before making the career change to full-time visual storytelling. For me, that change was largely based around my passion for amplifying the voices of those who need to be heard most. My background in marketing helps me take the strategic needs of the business side of an organization and translate those needs into compelling narrative told through my photography and videography.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND YOUR SUPPORTERS?

In supporting me, and this project, those who choose to donate will be helping me help the people of rural Ghana, and specifically the children of rural Ghana.  Because this project taps into my passions for sustainability in farming and education and literacy for all, I can tell the Booomers story effectively, and with a fresh perspective.

Visited Annalise's website here

Support Lacey Dippold

Support Lacey Dippold

Lacey Dippold's first calling in life is to be a mother. The second is to be a photographer. She is a natural light photographer based in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Lacey will be travelling with PWB to capture Boomers. 

PWB asked Lacey a few questions about her upcoming trip. 

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH BOOMERS?

I have been shooting professionally for five years and have always loved documenting projects that have a purpose.  For the past five years, I have been searching for a place to make an impact using my skills in photography.  A photo can be enormously powerful.  It can bring awareness, spread passion and create an instant connection with its viewer.  When this is paired with a story, the impact is even more powerful.  I know that I can bring that connection to others through my photography with Boomers.

HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

I have four daughters and their future is enormously important to me.  I have sought out the best schools and curriculum, even in Kindergarten, to make sure they are being set up for success.  I firmly believe that education starts very early.  Not having that opportunity for them is terrifying.  I absolutely love the fact that Boomers cares about the education for young people in Ghana and wants to give them that same opportunity.  I find that people can forget that there are places out there where education is not a birthright.  Where we forget that a culture is different from ours.  I want to bring this to the forefront of as many minds as I can, starting with my own and my children.  To make a bigger difference, we must start with making an impact where we can and spread that like ripples.  I want to be a part of this ripple effect and I know photography can do just that.  I want to look into the faces of those people in Ghana who are a part of the difference and who have been a recipient of it.  I want to hear their stories and feel their hearts and bring that to the people of the world.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND YOUR SUPPORTERS?

I am so grateful for my supporters partnering with me on this adventure.  Without them, this would not be a possibility.  The difference starts with them and together we can bring awareness about Boomers.

Visit Lacey's website here .

Support Josh Lawrence

Support Josh Lawrence

Josh Lawrence is a photographer from Somerset, England, having moved to the UK in 2003 to chase a career in photography. Josh once worked with the British GQ magazine for a number of years, but now works as a freelance photographer and film maker. He currently lives between London and Madrid. 

Josh will be document the work of JUSTA with Photographers Without Borders.

PWB asked Josh a few questions about his upcoming trip. 

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING JUSTA?

I think Justa is a great cause because it goes beyond just providing aid and really helps people to help themselves. They are giving people a purpose in life, help them feel self worth and provide for themselves and their families. Helping people in need is all well and good but guide someone to help themselves and you are making a real difference that can continue on for future generations.

HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

I myself am guilty of getting absorbed in my own life and troubles but it is really important to zoom out on everything and look at the bigger picture and put things in perspective as often as possible. Seeing just how much hard work goes into these projects and the transformations in peoples lives it brings so important for the world to see to help them see the bigger picture, and how they can then help.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND TO YOUR SUPPORTERS?

 The support so far as been amazing. I think most people would like to help the world in some way and I think seeing me embark on this adventure has opened some minds already. If people can spare anything they have to help me document this amazing cause and share it with the world they would be helping the world in more ways than they know. Not just the direct lives affected by Justa, but maybe everyone that sees the great work they do and then carries that message into their own lives and perhaps they make a tiny adjustment for the better. If everyone in the world changed one thing for the better everyday the world would be an amazing place to be.

Visit Josh's personal website here

Support Francisco Alcala Torreslanda

Support Francisco Alcala Torreslanda

Mexico social documentary photographer Francisco Alcala Torreslanda creates documentary images and visual narratives that bring to light the positive sides of society. 

His natural sense for composition and light in combination with his optimistic and empathetic attitude enable him capture significant moments through photographs with strong formal qualities that inform both the intellect and the emotions. His aim is social change with specific emphasis on community empowerment initiatives.

Either working on editorial assignments, storytelling for social enterprises and nonprofits or on personal projects, Alcala Torreslanda draws from more than 30 years of successful international corporate business experiences and a MFA in photography to deliver narratives that maximize value and impact for his customers. The values of honesty, commitment, hard work, optimism, and self-discipline are integral part of everything he does.

PWB asked Francisco a few questions about his upcoming trip and desire to document Salud y Paz.

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING SALUD Y PAZ?

I am very passionate about organizations and projects that are aimed to improve the life of people in developing countries. Salud y Paz is working very hard to make significant improvements to the health and education of remote communities in Guatemala. People in these areas have little resources and very restricted access to health services. Salud y Paz is doing an excellent job in bringing these services.

HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

I believe good visual storytelling can be a powerful tool to create awareness and bring additional supporters to this successful program. It is already making a difference in one of the most vulnerable populations in Guatemala but Salud y Paz requires additional resources to expand. My photography will help to accelerate the pace of Salud y Paz program expansion.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND YOUR SUPPORTERS?

We all have many options to support good causes. I am very thankful and appreciative of your decision to support me. You have my commitment that I will do my best to create powerful images that will compellingly represent the work that Salud y Paz is doing in Guatemala.

Visit Francisco's website here.

Support Javed

Support Javed

Javed is fundraising for his chance to take a PWB School workshop. These workshops have changed the lives of countless participants, and we hope you will join us in supporting Javed on his journey to taking a course that will give back to a grassroots organization in need and learn at the same time.

Javed's Story

I am a freelance photojournalist since 2012. I focus on the social issues, ethnic conflict and religion.
My works have been exhibited in India, Cambodia and Italy. I have been published in leading Indian and international publications such as LensCulture, Tehelka, SIPA, Xinhua, Puzzle Pix, Sunday Guardian and India Legal. I also have received a photojournalism Performance Award from UNESCO and China Folklore Photographic Association.
I migrated to Delhi from a village in Uttar Pradesh, a place where photography is taboo because of conservative Islamic influence. I wanted to study arts but my family forced me to study commerce to secure a job. After my father’s death, I couldn't study further. To support family, I worked in a press as graphic designer. Later, I got a job as a computer operator in one of India's best film and photography schools: AJK MCRC. I picked up interest in photography from there. Saving work hours, I attended classes held for students of the institute. Meanwhile, I managed to complete graduation and post-graduation through open education. As a child, we lost our home and our father lost his workshop in communal riots. We approached authorities for justice but nothing happened. My father was not educated. Today, when I work with marginalized communities, I see they face similar issues – lack of education, poverty and lack of justice. Photos and photographers not only document events, lives but also tell important stories. 

Why do you want to participate on a PWB Workshop? 

Participating in a PWB workshop will provide me with a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn and shape my photography skills by learning from masters of photojournalism and practicing storytelling.

Support Sidhi

Support Sidhi

Sidhi is fundraising for his chance to take a PWB School workshop. These workshops have changed the lives of countless participants, and we hope you will join us in supporting Sidhi on his journey to taking a course that will give back to a grassroots organization in need and learn at the same time.

Sidhi's Story

I’m a photographer and an aspiring filmmaker, highly passionate and motivated to express my thoughts and ideas through visual language of stills and motion imagery. I’m looking forward to start working with a group of people that could share my love for photography, cinematography, nature and wildlife conservation, empowering each other through our knowledge and wisdom and to reach to people to spread love, warmth and care through the medium of photography.

Why do you want to participate on a PWB Workshop? 

While exploring various kinds of photography, I developed immense will, intention, determination and motivation to pursue the discipline of conservation photography and contribute towards wildlife, nature and climate change. I need an opportunity and breakthrough to begin my journey as a conservation photographer - directing me towards sharing awareness and consciousness regarding nurturing our mother Earth and all the species that call her home. I see a PWB Workshop as an outlet to pour my heart out and window to express my inner self-walking towards the light of something bigger than myself.

Support Ian

Support Ian

Ian is fundraising for his chance to take a PWB School workshop. These workshops have changed the lives of countless participants, and we hope you will join us in supporting Ian on his journey to taking a course that will give back to a grassroots organization in need and learn at the same time.

Ian's Story

I have been into photography all my life, and am always trying to up my game. At the same time I want to help others by using my photo skills.

Why do you want to participate in a PWB Workshop?

Like I said, always trying to up my game!

Support Rachael

Support Rachael

Rachael is fundraising for her chance to take a PWB School workshop. These workshops have changed the lives of countless participants, and we hope you will join us in supporting Rachael on her journey to taking a course that will give back to a grassroots organization in need and learn at the same time.

Rachael's Story

I'm an aspiring photographer who wants to one day travel the world and document my adventures and hopefully inspire others. I hope to expand my knowledge in photography as much as possible so I can continue to grow and better myself as not only a photographer but an artist as well. I've always wanted to help out others in anyway I could; I did a lot whilst in Girl Scouts and still want to continue that but have never had the voice to do so until I started pursuing photography. This is important to me because it's everything I want rolled into one; helping others, travelling, becoming more knowledgeable, and inspiring others. As photographers we have the opportunity to use photography as a voice for those who don't have one.

Why do you want to participate on a PWB Workshop? 

I would benefit from a workshop because not only would I be expanding my photography but I'd be experiencing another culture and raising awareness through my art.

Support Penny

Support Penny

Penny is fundraising for her chance to take a PWB School workshop. These workshops have changed the lives of countless participants, and we hope you will join us in supporting Penny on her journey to taking a course that will give back to a grassroots organization in need and learn at the same time.

Penny's Story

I have been in the portrait business for over 35 years. I feel that I have a lot to offer, however I would really would like to learn more about photography and storytelling. I want to be able to give back to my country. 

Why do you want to participate on a PWB Workshop?

I feel it'll give me that storytelling edge that I need in order to make a real difference with my talent in the world. I've been very fortunate to have a business for 35 years to support myself, my family, and three employees. Now, I really want to be able to give back to the world with my talent.

Support Dustin

Support Dustin

Dustin is fundraising for his chance to take a PWB School workshop. These workshops have changed the lives of countless participants, and we hope you will join us in supporting Dustin on his journey to taking a course that will give back to a grassroots organization in need and learn at the same time.

Dustin's Story

 I fell in love with photography during college and a PWB workshop is on my bucket list because I believe photography needs to be a mix of informing people and changing the way the world is seen.

Why do you want to participate on a PWB Workshop? 

A PWB workshop would give me more confidence in my abilities and make me a better photographer. It would open my worldview further and lead to some really amazing opportunities that would allow me to help others too.

Support Melanie

Support Melanie

Melanie is fundraising for her chance to take a PWB School workshop. These workshops have changed the lives of countless participants, and we hope you will join us in supporting Melanie on her journey to taking a course that will give back to a grassroots organization in need and learn at the same time.

Melanie's Story

I am an adventure travel photographer, yoga teacher, mother, mountain climber, movie maker, storyteller, and global citizen. I'd love to have the opportunity to fundraise and possibly go on a PWB workshop because I need to find my tribe of like-minded individuals who view storytelling as a cause.

Why do you want to participate on a PWB Workshop? 

I believe that experience only gets you so far, and that tribe and community is what life is about. I feel this is exactly what I need right now.