Support Seth and Arletta Charter

Support Seth and Arletta Charter

Bio for Seth Charter

Being raised on the island of Martha’s Vineyard taught me that a community where people lean on each other is a productive, warm and truly wonderful place that has influenced my whole life. I’ve been obsessed with travel and world culture since a very early age and I have visited many countries and I pride myself with trying to learn as much as I can about them.  Photographing different people and places made me discover my love for cameras, computers and everything that beeps or whirs. The pace of the tech world is moving so fast that its very hard to keep up, I still try though!

I went to college in New Orleans and when Hurricane Katrina hit my life changed.  Seeing the devastation and chaos nature could cause with a single stroke was an eye opener.  I wanted to make a difference and understand how I could actually help. Since then I’ve been visiting different cultures and really understanding that there is so much to do out there.  I’m so lucky to have a partner with a heart of solid gold, together we will help in every way we can. Our society needs to know more about the global poverty and i’m hoping to help get the word out!

Bio for Arletta Diosi

I’m Arletta, the photographer and graphic designer behind Photo to Table. I live on the island of Martha’s Vineyard where I’m constantly inspired by the organic beauty and untouched landscape that surrounds me. I strive to create honest photography by embracing candid moments, natural light and minimal production.

Growing up in Serbia taught me how to step back and look at things from a different perspective. It trained my eyes to find beauty in the unexpected and I am committed to telling your story in the same way. I will look for the most sincere points that can’t be duplicated, the intimate glances, raw emotions and personal interactions – in my opinion there’s nothing more beautiful than that. 

I find daily inspiration in the intriguing shapes and simplicity of typography, the creative freedom of graphic design, a good dark brew and anything from Napa Valley!
I love what I do and I’d love the chance to work with you! If it sounds like we’re on the same page–please get in touch and we’ll get started.

What makes you passionate about helping Partners for Possibility?

Growing up in Serbia I’ve had a chance to closely experience similar problems in education to the South African crisis. I deeply believe that education is the key to improve the quality of our own life as well as improve our community.

I’ve always tried to believe that every problem CAN be solved. It is just an obstacle in our lives, to challenge us, and push us even further. It triggers our creativity and resourcefulness. I choose to believe that what seems impossible in the moment will bring us lots of good in the long term.

Living in a closed minded environment can swallow up an individual and it makes it easy to believe that the solutions are unreachable so people make their peace with poor circumstances. And that shows how broken the system is!

Travelling the world and learning of different cultures and lifestyles taught me that we are ALL the same. Asking ourselves the same questions: what do I want to be when I grow up? Should I be brave enough to follow my passion? Am I good enough? Poor or rich, dark skin or white, we are all in the same shoes! Together, we can all encourage each other and find the way to build a successful life!

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

The world has so much to offer! A single photograph can be powerful tool which can be eye opening and can deliver a message with a real impact.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

We are lucky enough to learn from a community we live in, that through hands on education anyone can develop skills that will help them create a secure future. We have a life changing opportunity to show the strength of our community and the humanity we are surrounded with.
Please help us, help them!

Support Kelly Schovanek

Support Kelly Schovanek

What makes you passionate about helping Pastoralist?

Pastoralist Child Foundation is an organization on the front lines in Kenya, dedicated to stopping the practice of female genital mutilation. They believe in a woman's ability to sexual self-determination, educational choice and social responsibility.   Through educational workshops, they aim to enhance communities knowledge on topics like teen pregnancy, sexual and reproductive health, child marriage and gender equality.   I admire that they have taken on this complex issue, and am honoured and eager to help them achieve their goals.  They offer an ambitious curriculum that is  vital in creating positive, healthy futures for the Maasai and Samburu communities they work with. 

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

I do not believe that I am there to simply take photographs.   I am there to form relationships with the people, to understand them.  I have an eagerness to learn who they are, and for them to learn from me as well. I believe that this relationship helps establish trust, which as a photographer is incredibly important in creating images that are more than 2 dimensional.   It is my hope that those that see the image will understand this bond through the photo. I believe that this is necessary in making the imagery of this campaign captivating to those it reaches.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

Thanks so much! There are a thousand people on social media asking for donations to their causes.  Please know that this is a good one.  I have been researching this subject, and with all sincerity Female Genital Mutilation is horrific, and has no place in any culture.  It appropriates a women's right to self-determination, her right to her own sexual choices, and is the result of a subversive patriarchal system. Girls as young as 5 are forcefully held down by loved ones that have betrayed their trust. Their legs are forced apart , and their vaginas are sliced off, sometimes by dull razors, sometimes with no antiseptic.  They scream, they bleed.  Physically they take a long time to heal. Mentally and emotionally they may never heal.

Support Erin Shepley

Support Erin Shepley

What makes you passionate about helping Raintree?

The Raintree Foundation is an incredible organization and I really love how they focus on helping people in rural and underdeveloped communities in Thailand. I felt compelled to work with them as I firmly believe in their work and how they're trying to create change. Their goal is to give people hope and opportunity for the future - they believe in doing this through education and providing people with the tools and knowledge to be successful in their own environment by creating jobs and an overall more stable and safe living situation. They focus quite a bit on child development and are involved in several community projects including village schools, water supply systems and clean drinking water. I wholeheartedly agree with their mission and approach and feel honoured that I will be documenting their daily efforts to make change happen. My love of children and photography will hopefully come through in the images I create for them.

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

My goal will be to really immerse myself in Raintree's day to day work and capture their passion and love of wanting to help and empower people. My hope for this organization is that they can use the images I take to reach out to more people via their website, social media etc. I want the images to tell the story of how they want to better their community and hopefully the photos will inspire people to donate or contribute to such a great cause.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

I am so grateful to you for your support and for wanting to give to this amazing project and foundation. I promise I will do my best to make the most out of your generous donation by working hard and giving back as much as I can while visiting Chiang Mai and afterwards as well.

Support Kathleen Hertel

Support Kathleen Hertel

I have spent more than half of my life behind a camera. It was never my original intention. In fact, when I was in High School thinking about majoring in Photography I was told that Photography was not a real job and I would never be able to make a living off of it.  I was told that I would be wasting my time and I needed to find a real career. 

Photography did not want to let me go. When I failed at finding another area to major in at Towson University I majored in Photography. When I graduated from college trying to find a job in event management I found myself working at Disney as a Photographer. When I got laid off from my full time job, I started my wedding photography company.  Every moment in my life that I found myself lost and not knowing what to do… there was photography. I’ve kept trying to run away from it but it always comes back to me. 

When I am behind the camera I am a superhero of sorts. I capture life. Real moments. Those moments can be filled with joy like a wedding or the birth of a child. They can be filled with adrenaline when I am photographing wildlife sometimes just inches away. Or they can be filled with deep sorrow when I am working on a documentary project.  

No matter what I am photographing each click of my camera helps to tell a story. A story of the world and the people and wildlife in it. My work is meant to impact the viewer. To get them to think and see the world as it truly is. 

I have been one of the lucky few that has maintained a successful photography career for 10 years. I’ve watched my business grow from shooting weddings and family portraits to being THE photographer for Times Square on New Year’s Eve. I’ve worked with Photographer’s Without Borders to capture stories for non-profit organizations. I’ve won awards both for my wedding and wildlife photography. I had the first  article I ever wrote about Trekking with Gorillas published. 

Since starting my company 10 years ago, I pushed myself harder and harder every year to get better at my craft. I am training my eye to see past what the average eye sees. Those little details and delicate moments in between. 

My story as a Photographer is just beginning…. 

What makes you passionate about helping Damnok Toek (www.damnoktoek.org)?

I live in a bubble… and so many people around me live in a bubble. We know about trafficking and child labor and children who live and work on the streets. We see commercials or documentaries or some of us may even witness some of it first hand when we travel. For a moment when we see a photo or commercial our minds and hearts feel a passion for these kids. We want to do something but then life gets in the way. The complication and work of actually trying to get involved is too much to add to our already never ending list of things to do. And so like many other things that don’t affect us personally the thought of these children go out of our mind.

I’m tired of just feeling something for a minute. I want to actually do something. I want to make other people feel and hear what is going on in our world. I want to be on the front line capturing images that will tell a story that may not have a happy ending. I want to show what life is like after and give hope to others around the world who have been where these young kids are. 

Damnok Toek is saving a generation of children. They are showing these kids there is hope. Teaching them to read or other vocational skills, providing them with medical care and a safe space for rehabilitation. 

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

Photography helps to tell a story. Our current generations don’t have time to sit and watch a 3 minute video or read an article. They need instant visual stimulation.  Photography can do just that. I want to create images for Damnok Toek that make people stop scrolling and read what’s underneath. I want to create powerful and moving dimensional images that show what Damnok Toek is doing for the children of Cambodia and Thailand.  It is my hope that my photography and my experience with Damnok Toek will help to create awareness of what is not only going on in Cambodia but also in our own backyards. I also hope that by sharing images on social media it can help give Damnok Toek some additional attention from sponsors and donors.  

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

People keep forgetting that children are our future. They will be the ones who will be taking care of the elders and running the world. We need to make sure they are going down the right path. Learning how to care for each other and our planet. Organizations like Damnok Toek is doing just that. One by one they are helping these little children. Some of these children will do the same for others when they get older or they will become political representations in their country and create laws and regulations that someday will stop child labor and trafficking. 

Support Arielle Gallione

Support Arielle Gallione

Hi! My name is Arielle, and I am a full-time wedding photographer, part-time personal trainer based outside of Chicago, Illinois. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Exercise Science in 2013, and it was during college that my life-long intrigue toward photography turned into a tangible passion. I have been freelancing full-time since 2015, and I have been very fortunate to travel to make art. While I spend most of my time behind the lens shooting veils and first-kisses, street and documentary photography provides me with a sense of fulfilment that I cannot accurately put into words. I am incredibly humbled to have been brought on board with Photographers Without Borders.

What makes you passionate about helping Fountain Youth?

I am eager to help the Fountain Youth Initiative because I firmly believe that every child deserves an equal opportunity to succeed. Children are a beacon of hope in a world that is too often plagued by divisiveness and evil, and their empowerment is vital for change. I hope to create work that highlights the mission and vision of the organization, and I am looking forward to being immersed into the culture and lifestyle of those around me as I work.

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

I believe that my photography can make a difference for Fountain Youth Initiative because I have an innate ability to capture raw, organic emotion through portraiture; and I hope to evoke not only empathy, but action. If my images cause an onlooker to think, “What can I do to help?”, I will have done my job.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

Working as a freelance artist is not easy. I have experienced debilitating stress and self-doubt, and there have been times in which I was not sure whether or not I had made the right decision in pursuing my passion full-time. With that being said, I would not be here today without the encouragement and support of those around me. Thank you for supporting me in this endeavor. I am truly grateful.

Support Steven Bezzio

Support Steven Bezzio

I am born and raised in Seattle, where it never stops raining but it's always beautiful. I've found myself leaving and coming back every other year, and every time I leave I go just a little bit further from home. I graduated university from my home town at University of Washington in International Business & Marketing but I've moved to Italy. Specifically, I am finishing my Masters a Università Bocconi in the study of Tourism & Communication.  

What makes you passionate about helping Potential Energy?

Potential Energy offers a real meaningful solution to a serious problem. Rather than just being an awareness campaign or vaguely named anti-bad stuff organization.  In so far as, they address the problem of deforestation and indoor pollutions with the solution of proper affordable stoves. It’s pragmatic and has real potential.

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

When I go to research the problem address it’s pretty easy to find they Berkley-Darfur stoves but I’ve been unsuccessful in finding the imagery of the problem mentioned. That is to say, the stoves inside of homes is an after picture and I’m yet to find good examples of the before.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

A little goes a long way with these guys, the average price of a stove for their Sudan project was $20, Uganda will likely be a little more because it’s not near a major port. What they really need is a larger platform to stand on, and that’s where I can help with my photography and the support of PWB.

Support Joanne Chui

Support Joanne Chui

My name is Joanne Chui.  I'm from west coast Canada. I stuck around in London England after studying a Masters in Nutrition for Global Health.  I enjoy exploring different cultures and new places from the top of the mountains to the bottom of the sea. On weekends I can be found hanging on the side of a rock.  My photography and international development career began simultaneously in Swaziland when I realized the importance of food and health.  My goal is to not only capture our beautiful planet but also how life interacts with the environment. 

What makes you passionate about helping One Prosper?

One Prosper works to empower girls in Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India to break the cycle of poverty. Working in international development, one of the recurring themes is to invest in women and girls to help them thrive. The health and well-being of women directly benefit the family.  One Prosper does just this by bringing clean water, education and better nutrition to underprivileged girls. I'm excited to be able to help the organization and join my two passions of photography and development work.  

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

Storytelling and photos have the power to move us.  By photographing One Prosper, I hope to shed light on the work and its impact it has on their lives so One Prosper can continue changing lives of young women.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

Thank you for your generosity and support! It's because of you that One Prosper has the opportunity to tell their story to more people and continue empowering young girls.  Together we can make a difference. Every little bit counts! 

Support Miki Iwamura

Support Miki Iwamura

What makes you passionate about helping your NGO?

I have always believed that every human being have the rights to the five basic needs of life- food, health, education, environmental and socio-economic security. According to statistics, nearly half of the world’s population lives on less than $2.50 a day, and more than 1.3 billion live on even less than that in extreme poverty. Upendo is a non-profit organization that works to stabilize these conditions in Oyugis region of Kenya. The area is rural and agrarian, where forestry rights have been sold, and much of the middle generation is gone as a result of HIV/AIDS. What makes me passionate about working with Upendo is the scale in which they work. They are made up of more than 30 community groups, 100 plus sites and nearly 3000 people that works to balance the five sectors of life in the region. From food distribution to developing clinics and schools for orphans, to training in business and farming skills, Upendo’s aim is to “empower the people and make them master of their own destiny.” Having worked in Kenya these past few years through education, I experienced how difficult it is to keep things afloat. So part of it is also curiosity- how is this done? 

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

Photography communicates in ways that words cannot. It can transport you to a place, an experience, give a frame of reference and a powerful statement. It personalizes an experience and gives a better understanding, so the viewers may grasp what the organization stands for and the kind of work they do. I hope to honor Upendo’s work not just through high quality images, but by giving a voice to the uniqueness of people and places involved. I hope in return this will help reach a greater audience for their cause.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

Thank YOU. It is people like you that makes projects like this possible, and I am truly grateful for your support. I will be photographing many sites, many different activities and people to capture Upendo's impact. My aim for this project is to capture each of the five sectors of life, with a focus on individuals that are directly affected. Whenever I can, I will post on social media so you are a part of this journey with me. 

Support Cameron Taff Anderson

Support Cameron Taff Anderson

My name Cameron Taff Anderson. I am a Photographer and Videographer specializing in documentary photography. I moved to Denver to attend college, where I graduated from the University of Denver with a Major in Film Studies in Media Production in 2018. My body of work mainly focuses on documentary photography. In the past couple of years, I have grown more interested in

photographing people from across the world. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to countries such as Kenya, Egypt and Thailand, where I gravitated towards photographing people. I find people to be some of the most interesting organism on the planet. In my spare time, I like to go camping in the Rocky Mountains, attend concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and travel with friends.

What makes you passionate about helping Pragya Seeds Nepal (ttp://www.pgsi.or)?

I realize the privilege to travel to Nepal is something most don't have the opportunity to do. I come from a place where clean water and trash disposal is largely taken for granted. I’m passionate about helping Pragya Seeds Nepal, because their mission which helps promote zero waste across Nepal, aligns with my responsibilities as a citizen of this planet!

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

I believe my photography can make a difference for Pragya Seeds Nepal by capturing the people of Nepal, who will benefit from this life changing cause. Photographing this life changing cause and the people behind it will allow the positive impact of these programs to increase exponentially.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

My name is Cameron Taff Anderson. I recently decided to use the skills I’ve learned as a photographer the best way I know how, to give back. I have decided to travel to Nepal this November, where I will be working with the NGO known asPragya Seeds Nepal. he message I would like to send to my supporters... By donating, you’re not only helping me accomplish my dream of helping others while abroad, but you’re also helping the people of Nepal. Help me by being a part of the solution. It’s as easy as clicking a button!

Support Kim Annand

Support Kim Annand

I have been a photographer since I can remember being able to hold a camera.  I am driven to utilize my skills as a photographer, coupled with my 18 years experience as a child advocate/lawyer, to create images that educate and inspire change.  I strongly believe as a photographer/artist that we need to shake the status quo and bring social issues to the forefront by creating images that encourage viewers to question that status quo, inspire change, and eventually elicit hope for a better future for the world's children, and humankind in general.  I am passionate about volunteering my photographic skills where I can, but I also love creating fine art images.  In addition, I am forever travelling and documenting the beautiful things I encounter in our world.

What makes you passionate about helping SASANE?

I am grateful for the opportunity to assist the SASANE organization.  I am passionate about helping vulnerable persons. I believe their SASANE's work is critical in saving the lives of these vulnerable women and children. Their motivation as survivors to support one another and advocate for themselves and others is inspirational.  It is critical for victims to have a safe, supportive place to take back their power, and SASANE provides that, along with hope for a brighter future.

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

With my 18 years of experience as an advocate/lawyer for child victims of abuse in Canada, I can provide the SASANE project with an educated and compassionate approach to the photography and videography required to effectively address their needs. I believe I can provide a unique glimpse into a world that most people don't see, in an effort to help SASANE increase awareness, provide education, and assist with funding. 

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

The healing, education, and empowerment of the survivors of abuse, such as victims of human trafficking, is imperative for the future success of women and children, all across the globe, to fulfill their limitless potential to become happy, productive members of society.  Without organizations like SASANE this would not be possible.  With PWB's work SASANE can get the help and exposure they need in order for them to focus their much needed attention on their humanitarian work.

Support Alex Cave

Support Alex Cave

In a decade of photographic documentation, Los Angeles based photographer Alex Cave has used his camera to explore displacement and isolation. His latest series focusing on deported US veterans living in Mexico is a testament to the confrontational nature of his subject matter. Alex attempts to create a feeling of isolation using a neutral color palette, featuring one bright, out-of-place tone. In addition to work with displaced veterans, Alex has photographed melting glaciers in the arctic, suburbanization in the American Southwest, and childhood poverty in Bolivia. He credits his mother for cultivating his passion for all things photography as an adolescent. 

What makes you passionate about helping TCC and NAI?

Aside from photography, I have alot of interest in using a social enterprise to bring attention and sustainability to a problem that needs to be addressed. In 2014 I left UCLA to finish my degree in a Social Entrepreneurship program at Antioch University Los Angeles. Before I made the switch, all of my courses were fairly straight forward: accounting, finance, writing a business model, but none of my classes really touched on how to use these skills to fix real-world problems. It wasn't until I was at Antioch when I started to see how a sustainable business model could confront problems like bringing clean water to a region or lifting a community out of poverty.

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

I'm great at gaining a certain level of intimacy with my subject matter, and that tends to show in my images. I'm also great at coming into an organization that feels a little impersonal online and creating moving portraits of the people that benefit from all the good work they do. With past jobs my photography has connected well with supporters, donors and stakeholders, so my hope is to capture intimate portraiture and documentary images that help grow their organization.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

What message would you like to send to your supporters? It's just a huge honor that people even want to look at my images, to hang my prints on their wall, or to invite me into their world to take their portraits. No contribution is too small, from sharing my story on social media to buying one of my prints. I'm grateful for any and all support.

Support John Arthur Brown

Support John Arthur Brown

My name is John Arthur Brown. Photography began for me in 2014.  I initially wanted to do video, but after finding out that street photography was actually a genre, I developed a greater interest in that, and ran with it.  Eventually, I started to develop an interest in social documentary work, which seemed like a natural progression from street photography.  The main subject that I've documented so far is protests and demonstrations.  I've covered a good deal of them in Atlanta over the last few years.  I also became interested in photojournalism and sent a portfolio to a press agency called Zuma Press.  They don't send photographers on assignments, you find them yourself and the photos to the agency. It's very freelance, and a good way to get credentials when you need them.  Over the past few months, I've developed a desire take my camera out into the world, to document the efforts of those who seek to make a difference, and to help them tell their story.

What makes you passionate about helping Honduras Child Alliance?

When I was in high school, I realized that no matter how things turned out, having an education would eventually be the thing that makes the difference. I felt like I had to go to school or else I wasn't going to make it at anything. If HCA is providing children with the educational tools to break the poverty cycle, then that is the story I would like to help them tell. I believe that education and opportunity are long term, sustainable solutions for poverty. HCA is an organization that seems to use this line of reason to guide its focus. I would love to help them tell the story of how they walk that line.

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

I would start by asking the members of HCA about the ideas that they had when they joined the NGO, and to show me in what ways they were going about seeing those ideas fleshed out. I would ask them to show concrete examples of how children's lives were changed by way of their work. I would ask them to show me what they do, on a day to day, hour by hour basis. As a photographer I have questions. I don't have the answers, but I would like to photograph them. That's where I come in.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

That you are helping me to help others, and that this is a collective effort. You're contribution is evidence that while not one person can do all of the things, one person's contribution can do something. In the end, those we help, actually help us as well. It's an ongoing cycle. 

“I get by with a little help from my friends”

-The Beatles

Support Gary Friedman

Support Gary Friedman

Gary L. Friedman is a professional photographer who has traveled the world with his cameras and runs the stock image website FriedmanArchives.com.  He has also written several highly-acclaimed e-books on digital imaging, all aimed at demystifying the complexities of digital cameras.  His photography and writing has been published in magazines, newspapers, and books worldwide, and he is associate editor of CameraCraft magazine, the antithesis of your typical photo magazine (which you can subscribe to here.) He was also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for building the world's smallest telephone way back in 1980 (before cell phones or cordless phones were around).

Before graduating to photography he was a rocket scientist for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he patented the image authentication system now used in high-end digital cameras from Canon and Nikon, and published the book "Control the World with HP-IL", a technical book showing how to interface Hewlett Packard handheld calculators (like the HP-41C and HP-71B; the most powerful handheld computers on earth at the time) to the outside world. 

Frustrated with the inability to commercialize his patents, he left JPL after 10 years to learn how to run a business.  He founded E2 Solutions (www.E2Solutions.com), an Information Technology Consulting firm and grew it from 1 person and 1 telephone to a $10M/yr firm and 22 employees within three years.  A tour of duty with a dot-com followed.  We all know what happened after that.  :-)

Gary's best-known works are the 1988 "Peace Child in Latvia", a photojournalistic documentary about a historic exchange between Soviet and American high-school student back in the days of the cold war, and his 2003 China Blog about his adventures teaching English in China.  

Gary keeps busy now with photo assignments, image licensing, writing books, and acting as a distributor for a most unique musical instrument called a Xaphoon.  In his spare time (Ha!) he is traveling the world offering highly-acclaimed photography seminars to any photo club that wants it.  He can be reached at Gary@FriedmanArchives.com

 

What makes you passionate about helping Hearts for Hue?

I grew up during the Vietnam war, and I'm aware of the toll the war took on this country.  In my quest to give back I'm happy to work in the area hit hardest by the war, and to this day is still in need of basic assistance.  

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

I've done projects that document important work in an effort to "get the word out".  (Example: http://friedmanarchives.com/Latvia/PCLatvia.htm ).  I have been telling stories through photography for more than 30 years and I based on all I've learned the story of all the good this NGO is doing needs to be told.  

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

You can make a difference to help support this important work, and demonstrate to the world the importance of NGO's, which often succeed where governments fail.  

Support Jeff Mikkelson

Support Jeff Mikkelson

Jeff Mikkelson is an award-winning beauty, fashion and fine art photographer based in New York City, with editorial and advertising clients worldwide.  He was born and raised in the heartland of the United States and traveled much of the world before settling in New York.  He came to photography by a road of many twists and turns.  On the way, he earned two degrees in philosophy, learned two skilled trades and plied himself to a variety of strange occupations, including one glorious summer as an octopus fisherman in Greece.  He is a journeyman Ironworker, a published philosopher and a reasonably good Scrabble player.  In his free time he does kung fu and political activism, though usually not at the same time.

 

What makes you passionate about helping KARUDECA TANZANIA (https://karudeca.jimdo.com)?

First I want to say what an honor it is to be invited to document Karudeca's amazing work.  I’m deeply thankful for the opportunity to participate in such a worthwhile project, and I look forward to working with PWB and Karudeca to produce a visual narrative that does the organization justice.  What I find immediately impressive about Karudeca is the holistic approach it takes to development and sustainability.  Its broad profile, encompassing environmental and agricultural conservation, education and economic empowerment, seems both ambitious and eminently practical, since these things are intimately related.  As a lifelong environmentalist, a former teacher and a current small business owner, these themes resonate with me personally.  It’s also important to me that Karudeca originated locally and is run by Tanzanians.  No one knows better what a community needs and how to address those needs than those who come from there.  As a guest and outsider, I hope to bring a fresh eye to how Karudeca presents itself to the world, but my goal will be to capture the insight, passion and dedication implicit in its mission—to see first, and shoot second.

 

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

This project presents a unique opportunity for me to use the experience and expertise that I've developed over the course of my career as a professional photographer in a new way, and for a different purpose.  In my editorial and advertising work I've developed a keen appreciation for how powerful images can be, not just in producing emotion, but in creating context and understanding—a narrative lens through which to view world.  I hope to apply these skills to one of the most basic needs of any organization: capturing what it does in an appealing but accurate way that not only illuminates its purpose and process, but also presents its best face to the world.  With an organization like Karudeca, its own story is its best marketing tool.  I hope to tell that story to the world in a way that highlights the nobility of its mission and attracts the kind of attention and investment it deserves.

 

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

In my life and career I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy the love and support of too many people to count—family, friends, teachers, colleagues, clients and fellow travelers on the road.  This project is an amazing opportunity for me to give back by donating my time, skills, equipment and experience as a professional photographer to a worthy cause.  Karudeca does vital work for children and communities in Tanzania by fostering education, environmental and agricultural conservation, and economic empowerment.  I look forward to telling Karudeca's story in a way that does justice to its mission and provides it with the visual tools it needs to present itself to the world, thereby continuing and expanding the incredible work it does.  I hope you’ll join me on this journey by donating to the project.  Anything you can manage, including your moral support, would be immensely appreciated—by me, but more importantly by the many individuals who are touched by the noble service that Karudeca and Photographers Without Borders perform.

Support Kyle Zehr

Support Kyle Zehr

I love stories. They help to shape who we are and can leave lasting impacts on our lives and communities. My own story is that for years I have been a photographer, videographer and creative.  However, over the past ten years or so I have had numerous opportunities to travel internationally to tell stories through video and photography. My experiences in being abroad have led me to take my skills more seriously with regard to storytelling. Most of these experiences have involved development, under-resourced communities of men, women and children, healing from genocide and then also documenting relationships and changes that have been seen. In all of my work, I aim to promote dignity while sharing hope within a given reality. Everywhere I go, I long to tell stories that promote dignity, healing and restoration.

My international experience has taken me to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Haiti and Rwanda. This new experience of partnering with Mil Milagros is such an honor and I can’t wait to help them tell their story! I currently reside in Milwaukee, WI. In addition to leading a community of artists in a church community, I also serve as the staff photographer and videographer of a community development nonprofit within the heart of urban Milwaukee. 

Mil Milagros is doing important work feeding children and building capacities of teachers and women to implement and sustain changes in the lives of their children, schools and communities. This trip will most certainly open my eyes in fresh ways as to how to better tell stories that need to be told while also preparing me for the next opportunities to serve. I can’t wait to get started.

1. What makes you passionate about helping MM? 

I think Mil Milagros is doing awesome work. In my travels, I’ve seen a lot of children in impoverished communities that aren’t given a chance to thrive. The fact that Mil Milagros is concerned with sustainability for women’s and children’s health and education means they are looking to the future. These kids’ lives matter and the programs they have created to help address malnutrition and further child development give them the best chances for sustainability. I’m excited to see how I can capture moments of transformation and help them further their mission. I want to use my love of storytelling to help them share possibilities and celebrate the good that’s already happening.

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

My work comes from a place that desires to celebrate hope and healing as well as promote change and dignity. I’m constantly looking for ways to see the good in what might otherwise be considered a struggle. There are present realities that people need to understand, but there is also good to be found. In my years of experience, much of my work has focused around communities involving children in less than desirable environments involving children in need of proper nutrition and basic needs. I’ve seen the effects of malnutrition as well as basic provision and how it is a starting point for development and sustainability. Having a knowledge of such programs, I believe that my experience in storytelling and underlying desire to inspire while giving dignity will hopefully be an asset to them as they seek to tell their stories of ongoing development. I long to tell a visually, truthful narrative that celebrates the story of hope and progress.

3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?

Thank you so much for your support and donation! It’s because of people like you that Mil Milagros can tell their story to a much larger audience and continue the work that they are doing. By donating to this project, you’ve provided them with an opportunity to have their work documented in such a way that supports and enables them to reach more people and helps build donor support for the communities of women and children they serve.

Support Jessie Golem

Support Jessie Golem

1. What makes you passionate about helping Elizabeth Fry Toronto?

Having a background in counseling, and education received from the Assaulted Women's and Children's Counselling and Advocacy Program at George Brown College, I am aware of the amazing work that Elizabeth Fry does for women in Toronto, and aware of the intersectionality of issues that EFRY works to dismantle. I have experience in working in crisis counseling with women, and thus I am very passionate about continuing to lend my abilities and time to serve members of marginalized communities.

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

 I consider it to be a tremendous honor and privilege to be able to use my photography in a way that can support and help bring awareness to the amazing work that EFRY does. I would like to use my skills, both as a photographer and storyteller, to highlight the stories of the women that EFRY serves, as well as the workers and counselors who work tirelessly to serve these communities. I hope my photography and storytelling can bring awareness to the difficult issues that EFRY addresses on a daily basis, and inspire people to learn more, support, and give to EFRY. 

3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?

An opportunity like this is a dream of mine - to both work for a cause that I'm passionate about and believe in, as well as be able to lend my abilities to help an organization that I recognize to do amazing work in the city of Toronto. Any amount and support is so deeply appreciated from the bottom of my heart, not only by myself, but by this organization I am so honored and privileged to serve.

BIO

Jessie studied Women's Counselling and Advocacy at George Brown College, and Religious Studies at University of Waterloo. With almost ten years of experience working in many different positions in the not-for-profit field, Jessie currently works as the Executive Assistant at Photographers Without Borders, and in this position, has been able to combine her passion for social change, adventure, photography, and storytelling. Jessie excels in art and creativity - an accomplished classical pianist, Jessie was a finalist in CBC's Piano Hero competition in 2015, competing with pianists across the country. She is also a freelance wedding and events photographer, and a writer, with work that's been published in The Huffington Post.

Support Ron Wilson

Support Ron Wilson

After spending the past 15 years founding and working with some of the best and busiest wedding photography studios in the U.S. and photographing over 500 weddings around the globe, Ron has reconnected with his true passion: inspirational photojournalistic fine-art travel photography. 

After shooting projects for Photographers Without Borders in India, Botswana, and Guatemala recently, he realized that photography has the power to literally change the world, and that's what he intends to do from now on with his life and career.

New York City and Miami Photographer Ron B. Wilson specializes in an award winning fashion based documentary style of photography. Ron was recently featured in Professional Photographer Magazine with an article about the {revisited} sessions that he created, and over the past few years he has been honored with many awards at the WPPI and PPA’s Imaging USA Conferences.

Ron began his career in photography very early in life and was always the kid with the camera. He knew he was going to be a photographer and never thought of doing anything else, and he brings that passion to every assignment. He studied photography at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. During his education at AIFL he was selected for an internship at The Miami Herald. The internship was an invaluable experience, which helped mold him and his talents into the person he is today. He continued to freelance for The Miami Herald after the end of his internship, where he photographed everything from celebrities, breaking news, and portraits to daily features. He was granted a scholarship from Polaroid and upon graduation, he was awarded The Best Portfolio in his graduating class.

After graduating he headed off to Budapest, Hungary for another internship with a local news service agency. His assignments there ranged from local Hungarian news, to traveling with and covering Hilary Rodham-Clinton’s visit to Eastern Europe to photographing the end of the Bosnian war in Sarajevo. This was the hardest, yet most rewarding time in his life.

After he returned to United States, he relocated to New York City where he has worked in many different fields of photography such as fashion, commercial, architecture, and portraiture. He has covered every possible subject from the World Trade Center Tragedy to the blackout of 2003, and has been published in many publications such as The New York Times, Modern Bride, Asian Photography and Imaging Magazine, and RangeFinder Magazine. Ron’s primary goal is to tell stories with images and to bring out the very best in every detail of each subject he photographs.

1. What makes you passionate about helping Clean Futures Fund?

I was 18 years old when the accident happened at Chernobyl and very interested in the story as it unfolded, I remembered being glued to the TV. Ten years later in 1997 when I was doing an internship in Eastern Europe I wanted to travel to Ukraine to photograph how life was at that time in the area, but I could not make the trip due to timing conflicts. Now, all these years later, I'm on my way representing PWB to cover the Clean Futures story. I look forward to covering all the things they are working on such as local healthcare and the Dogs of Chernobyl project.

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

I bring 20 plus years as a professional photographer and have a passion for telling stories with my cameras. I am very interested in healthcare, animals, and life in general in Eastern Europe. I look forward to meeting and working with the staff, volunteers, and local people to do my best in telling their stories and making a difference through my photography.

3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?

I realize this is not my first project for PWB and that I am relying on a lot of the same friends and family members who have supported me in the past. I promise to make the very most out of this opportunity and hopefully make all of my supports proud. They are helping me help others, and I believe one of the most important things is to live a life of service. I appreciate every dollar!

Support Madigan Cotterill

Support Madigan Cotterill

  1. What makes you passionate about helping Niños de Guatemala?

    Niños de Guatemala is an organization that aims to provide underprivileged children in Guatemala with an education, while also ensuring the physical and emotional well-being of the students. Guatemala is often portrayed as a country that offers beautiful landscapes with unique experiences that travellers can partake in. However, over 50% of the population in Guatemala lives in poverty and 30% of children do not finish first grade. Along with providing quality education, Niños de Guatemala also ensures the students receive two balanced meals a day as well as basic medical and dental care. I am passionate about helping Niños de Guatemala because I want to help evoke change within areas of Guatemala that experience poverty through the use of my camera. I have always been very motivated to use my camera as a tool to open others up and expose them to the world around me. My goal as a photographer is to capture images that create an emotive response, while urging people to make a change and take action against issues around the world.

     

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

    Photography is often seen as a universal language, as anyone who has access to an image is able to “read” and understand it. Photography also has the power to expose the viewer to situations and events that they may not otherwise be aware of in their day-to-day lives. I believe my photography can help make a difference to Niños de Guatemala, because it will help to tell the story of individuals within the area, and urge people to help make a change. By creating a connection between the image and the viewer I hope to bring attention to issues of poverty and lack of education within Guatemala.

     

    3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?

    I would like to thank my supporters for their contributions, and remind them that change is possible when people come together and work towards a common cause. I will do my best to capture images and stories of the individuals who are helped by Niños de Guatemala, and assist in spreading the word about issues that may otherwise go unnoticed. Any donations and contributions are greatly appreciated, and will be put towards bettering the lives of individuals and children who are being helped by the organization. 

Support Lee Rubin-Jakober

Support Lee Rubin-Jakober

1. What makes you passionate about helping Winners Self Help Group?

Winners Self Help Group focuses on aiding people with the education in order to provide for themselves and the community. As an educator, I am passionate about the importance of education for children and young adults and I believe it is the foundation for growth and development. I also am a strong believer in offering support for the marginalized and that is what this organization is standing up for. They are reaching out to those in need and helping them.

 

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

I have always believed that photography has the power to display the truth, to shed light on elements of the world that could otherwise be overlooked. I have always worked to display unique qualities and truths through my images. I believe I can provide that same element to Winners Self Help Group. By displaying the work they do, the progress they have made and the community they are building up.

 

3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?

Through your support of me, you are helping to growth of a community, the strength and benefit of a program like the Winners Self Help Group and the building up of the lives of others. They are working to build a strong community, and in order for me to support them, I need to help and strength of my community.

Support Ben Blankenship

Support Ben Blankenship

Ben Blankenship's Biography  

I have been a photographer and filmmaker for ten years.  My professional life began in television and cinema production, working as an editor, cinematographer, photographer and director on commercial and narrative content.  While I greatly enjoyed working in such a fast paced and demanding environment, it became my desire to leave the world of commercial production and apply my skills toward causes committed to improving the world in which we live.  Three years ago, I left commercial production behind and I now focus all my energy as a photojournalist to doing what I can to help create a more just and verdant world.   

I have recently worked in the United States photographing nature throughout the west and current events such as the political conventions of 2016.  I have lived in a Costa Rican jungle and on a Belizean island, trekking, scuba diving, and shooting photography and video of endangered or rare species for a conservation research NGO, The Society for Environmental Exploration.  I have traveled throughout Italy, North America, South America, and Central America, but this opportunity to travel to Africa is both challenging and exciting.  It is an honor and a privilege to create work that aims to inspire positive action from others so that The Uganda Village Project can continue and expand its important work.  And this trip will certainly expand my horizons and enhance my world experiences, preparing me even now for the next opportunity to serve.  

 

1. What makes you passionate about helping Uganda Village Project? 

When I first began reading about the work that is done by the Uganda Village Project, I was immediately inspired and captivated by the selfless work they do every day.  The Uganda Village Project works directly with remote Ugandan villages to facilitate community health and well-being in rural Uganda.  They accomplish this by facilitating improved access, education, and disease prevention.  As the vast majority of Ugandans live in rural areas with little to no access to electricity or clean drinking water, this work is incredibly important in raising awareness about how to prevent and reduce the occurrence of HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases, complications of childbirth and mortality from malaria.  Additionally, the Project provides opportunities for women who suffer from the condition known as obstetric fistula to receive corrective surgery, thus bringing health and strength back to their bodies and insuring them the ability to remain in community with their friends and family.  Without the Uganda Village Project, many of these villages would have reduced access to healthcare, educational opportunities, and clean drinking water, making the work that is being done by the project absolutely crucial.

 

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

The Uganda Village Project is a non-profit organization and largely volunteer run.  Therefore, it is crucial that their work receives proper publicity to attract donors and volunteers from around the world.  My primary function while working in Uganda will be to create compelling images illustrating the incredibly challenging but important work that the Project does every day.  These images will be used by the Uganda Village Project on their own website as well as in other educational publications to help inspire people to donate and volunteer with the Uganda Village Project. 

I will be working directly with Uganda Village Project staff, traveling to several villages where they are working, documenting their day to day tasks and providing an opportunity for members of these communities to express their thoughts about the importance of the Project.  By donating to this project, you will be directly helping the Uganda Village Project get their message out to the rest of the world and continue to offer these crucial health and education resources to some of the most vulnerable Ugandans.   

 

3. What message would you like to send to your supporters? 

Thank you so much for your generous donation!  Donors like you are helping to provide crucial publicity for The Uganda Village Project.  For the incredibly important work that the Project does to continue, their message must be made available to the world. By donating to this project, you’ve helped provide them an opportunity to have their work documented by a professional photographer, whose images will help tell their story to the world and inspire action from others.