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 Unfortunately, this isn’t the case and in many parts of the country, the rainforest has largely been replaced by agricultural plots and plantations.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.

Support Atom

Support Atom

Atom 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 Atom on his journey to taking a course that will give back to a grassroots organization in need and learn at the same time.

Atom's Story

I am a Canadian immigrant from India and I have had the opportunity to witness an extremely diverse array of cultures. I wish to contribute to PWB in a way that allows me to relay these diverse stories to as many people as possible.

Why do you want to participate on a PWB Workshop? 

I am very new to photography and would love to learn more.

Support Ryan

Support Ryan

Ryan 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 Ryan on his journey to taking a course that will give back to a grassroots organization in need and learn at the same time.

Ryan's Story: 

I have just recently returned to the USA after 5 years in the Northeast of Brazil in a very poor region. I documented living conditions in many areas surrounding the town I lived in. It had a great impact on my life. I love to photograph people in their natural environments and to learn more about them.

Why do you want to participate in a PWB Workshop? 

I would benefit from a PWB workshop to get me further out of my shell, and to be opened up even further to photographing people in need to raise awareness to their needs.

 

Support Sandra

Support Sandra

Sandra 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 Sandra on her journey to taking a course that will give back to a grassroots organization in need and learn at the same time.

Sandra's Story: 

I am fascinated by the beauty and strength of the human spirit, as well as culturalism.

Why do you want to participate on a PWB Workshop? 

Participating in a PWB workshop would provide me with the opportunity to improve my skills in photo documentation and storytelling. It would connect me with a like minded community and give me exposure to a broad audience.

 

Support Joanne

Support Joanne

Joanne 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 Joanne on her journey to taking a course that will give back to a grassroots organization in need and learn at the same time.

Joanne's Story

Photography is how I show the world beauty, peace, conflict, hidden treasures - such as snuggling baby mountain goats; I do this through my photography business and work as a photojournalist.

Why do you want to participate on a PWB Workshop? 

I want to immerse myself in a PWB workshop to keep learning about this fantastic way of communicating! To be surrounded by like-minded people would be pretty cool too!

Support Mansoor

Support Mansoor

Mansoor 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 Mansoor on his journey to taking a course that will give back to a grassroots organization in need and learn at the same time.

Mansoor's Story

I am a travel writer/photographer/journalist. I have held senior editorial positions in newspapers in Canada. In 2005, I became a published author, and my latest book is scheduled to be published in April 2017. As a travel writer, I have travelled all over the world and my travel features with pictures have been published in leading Canadian daily newspapers.

Why do you want to participate on a PWB Workshop? 

I expect to gain more experience by participating in PWB workshops

Support Elizabeth

Support Elizabeth

Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth on her journey to taking a course that will give back to a grassroots organization in need and learn at the same time.

Elizabeth's Story

I am a photography student at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario. I have always been interested in the arts and visual mediums. I like being able to use my work to show what is happening in our world and to shed light on social issues.

Why do you want to participate in a PWB Workshop? 

I think that a PWB workshop would help me develop as a photographer and increase my awareness and understanding of things that are happening in our world.

Support Kelly

Support Kelly

Kelly 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 Kelly on her journey to taking a course that will give back to a grassroots organization in need and learn at the same time.

Kelly's Story

I love people and their stories. Photography is a medium in which I have found is a way that I can tell their stories. I want to experience the world and the people in it and do what I can to help even if it is just through awareness gained by my photos. This is a lifetime personal goal, not a business goal of mine. The reason I am where I am in my life right now regardless of all the adversity I faced is because I pushed myself and knew there was more out there. It is time for me to push myself again.

Why do you want to participate on a PWB Workshop? 

I am an emotional person and shooter; this will help me push that skill even further by focusing on situations outside of the normal "wedding day" that I shoot now. Being around people who feel the same way I feel is what makes me grow emotionally and in my craft. If I grow in my craft I will have a larger impact on my clients and projects I participate in.

Support Matilde Simas

Support Matilde Simas

Matilde Simas is a freelance Boston-based photojournalist who believes in the power of visual storytelling. Partnering with non-profit organizations, Matilde has traveled to over 30 countries focusing on social documentary and portraiture. Matilde is using her passion of visual arts to bear witness and assist in creating positive changes in the world.

PWB sat down with Mattie to chat about her upcoming trip.

What makes you passionate about helping HAART?

Viola Davis recently said in an interview “as a child she felt being poor made her voiceless.” While she was speaking of monetary poverty I immediately related this to others that are going without in the world – those imprisoned in the sex trafficking industry.

HAART is a Kenyan non-governmental organization dedicated to ending human trafficking (also known as modern slavery) in Kenya. They work with creating awareness about the struggles of human trafficking in the grassroots communities in Nairobi and its environs. They do this by assisting victims of trafficking, prosecuting offenders, and working in partnerships with other organizations and networks to end this modern slavery. They are putting into action what my heart aches to help. It is an honor and a privilege to partner with HAART.

 

How do you believe your photography can make a difference?

Human trafficking is a huge issue that falls just below many of people’s radars. Partnering with my lens to place these images in a more visible location will help the charge of ending this modern day slavery. Sharing about these victims through their stories and portraits will further humanizes the stories of human trafficking and ultimately builds more soldiers in the war against human trafficking.

 

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

We can end this evil use of our brothers and sisters bodies and spirits. By saying YES to supporting the efforts against human trafficking you are saying NO to this horrific crime against humanity. It takes each and every one of us to ensure that our basic human rights are preserved.

Visit Mathilde's website