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 Leonard Wiens

Support Leonard Wiens

1. What makes you passionate about helping [NGO]? 

The Khmer Rouge left it’s mark on this beautiful country and people.  And importantly, these tragedies were not that long ago for Cambodia.  The genocide and ensuing poverty deeply affects many still, which creates significant problems including crime, child trafficking, and much more.  This NGO has a fantastic track record of helping children who used to beg on the streets by providing them with housing, education and health care.  For me to be able help in even a small way is a remarkable and humbling privilege.   Over the years this NGO has continued to expand their services to extend to other vulnerable members of the community.  I cannot wait to get down there to support them in telling their amazing story – and to help them to continue to get the assistance they need to keep improving so many lives around them.   

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

I feel like the opportunity is to simply capture the heart and beauty of the people associated with this NGO in Cambodia and the good results they are achieving.  If I can achieve that simple goal, their heart shared in pictures will speak for itself to the broader global community.     

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

If you decide to contribute to helping this specific NGO or any of the other volunteers on this website – without question, thank you.  All of the photographers here work out-of-their-pocket on all travel, equipment and other expenses and donate their time to help.   Please know that you will be making a difference in people’s lives and we all have an opportunity to be part of these amazing stories.   

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 Rose Corbett

Support Rose Corbett

1. What makes you passionate about working with your NGO

One thing continually emphasized in my life is the power of education- formal, nontraditional, or self-inspired.  Education remains a dynamic and pivotal platform that acts as the means of change in life. Growing up in Nairobi, I first embraced this understanding when I witnessed Masaii men using our dingy old trampoline as the means of their neighborhood Olympic showdown. These Masaii would tentatively circulate our house, cautiously eyeing the Rhodesian Ridgebacks lounging in the front and maintaining a wide girth, in order to access the trampoline and launch themselves into worldly play. I learned curiosity, competition, patience and community first from these men and their families. Education, in this form and in classrooms, has given me the tools to mold an identity for myself that seeks to understand the world around me and foster an environment that compels others to seek the same discovery. I believe that this curiosity inspires how education can be the grace that changes the world. 

The Hillcrest AIDS Centre in South Africa provides a cultivated, caring and intentional educational platform that works within their communities that most desperately need support.  The projects they have developed over the last 20 years seek to give the community the tools to change their immediate surroundings. I believe that knowledge is the most powerful tool on the planet; whether it be to understand the physics of lock kneed trampoline springing or how to filter water properly, and I want to use my love of storytelling to capture those movements.   

 

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

 My photography comes from a place that is driven by understanding. Those moments that strive to enhance this understanding provoke a connectedness that people everywhere can relate to.  In the summer of 2016 I was working in Bosnia as a part of my Master’s program working in post-trauma human development. Although my camera was always by my side, I surprised myself with the number of moments that I felt compelled to listen instead of whip out the camera. Cultivating moments of trust and sincerity is the story; being able to capture that in a photo is the art. Working in Bosnia exposed me to the power of empathy, and it has deepened a passion for storytelling that fosters connection and understanding.   

I have now worked on several projects surrounding international storytelling across a series of countries. Within each experience, I pursue an essence in my work that is built on capturing a system understanding; to photograph not just a face but the food on the plate in front of them, or the shoes on their feet, or the roof over their head. All of these aspects contribute to the identity, and to the story, of the person in front of the camera.  I am so thrilled to work as photographer with the Hillcrest AIDS Centre to share their system and passion with the world.  They have established incredible structures to support their community and drive their mission, and I know I can contribute to sharing this understanding with the world through my storytelling.  

  

3. What message would you like to send supporters? 

My approach to this system understanding often starts with a single person or concept and builds from there. We are all part of this global system and have various means to express our connectedness. For me, it is through photography and the grace of storytelling that pursues a holistic, truthful and personal narrative. l will anticipate my time with Hillcrest AIDS Centre will be filled with compassion and tenacity, and I am incredibly grateful for any and all support for this project. 

 

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. 

 

Support Vera Nieuwenhuis

Support Vera Nieuwenhuis

I feel so blessed to work as a photographer for NGOs around the globe. It is an incredibly rewarding experience to give back and learn so much of the social causes and needs of others. Being able to tell a story through the lens is an extraordinary way to share the important message that the NGO wants to send.

Founded in 2009, the NGO in Mombasa that I will be assisting has a focus on education (for women and children), the teaching of basic computer skills and courses on hygiene, family planning, AIDS, sexual health and first aid to it’s local community. The ability to help them achieve their goals by capturing their efforts through photography is a worthwhile and rewarding task and one I am thrilled to be a part of it. It is through the use of photographs that the story can be told and retold to communities and countries all around the world. It can inspire and give hope that there are positive efforts and steps being taken toward the social issues that face communities everywhere.

I have been privileged to shoot through the eyes of a lens for over 6 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 NGO in Mombasa, Kenya and put my experience to good use in a fulfilling and rewarding way. My goal will be to accomplish the message that this NGO is aiming to achieve with the social issues that they face through my images. The support of such efforts is extremely welcome and super appreciated!

 

Support Byron & Jill

Support Byron & Jill

Summary Biography of Byron B. Flateland, BSEE, MSEE, MBA, MCIS

My background is engineering, so I’m a curious fellow always going the extra mile to see what’s around the next corner. My passion is traveling to different parts of the world to understand what’s there and to view it, usually through the lens of my camera. There are so many beautiful things, large and small, natural and man-made; some of the most interesting photo opportunities are at the juxtaposition of the two. I generally look for an out-of-the-ordinary perspective or an angle, both literally and figuratively, that others may overlook. And, many times, there’s a fascinating story to go along with the photo. 

I especially enjoy learning about cultures and wildlife and photographing in countries where traditional ways of life are more prevalent; these are, in many cases, in danger of disappearing. I’m involved with several NGOs with missions in developing countries, so being able to use my photographic skills in support of such is especially gratifying. 

 

What makes you passionate about helping the Corbett Foundation? 

I believe that the great mission for this generation is to lift out of extreme poverty all in the world that remain in that condition. But this cannot be done at the expense of our wildlife. As livelihoods expand and infrastructure proliferates, wildlife are increasingly pressured to give up habitat necessary for their survival and animal mortality is more likely because of more frequent conflict with people living nearby. 

The Corbett Foundation’s holistic approach by which they address all issues surrounding human-wildlife conflict make its programs some of the most sustainable of such organizations, and one of the most exciting! Examples of this holistic approach include surveys of wildlife populations and habitat assessment, building local support for wildlife conservation through initiatives such as health training, educating nearby villagers in sustainable livelihoods as an alternative to habitat-destroying practices, and providing alternative sources of fuel such as biogas to relieve foresets of firewood pressures. In addition to taking direct action themselves, they advocate on behalf of wildlife to government and other organizations, and partner with a number of other wildlife organizations whose strengths complement their own.  

Doubling of tiger populations in India to nearly 3000 over the last ten years attests to the effectiveness of Corbett and other organizations, but the pressure on not only tigers, but other wildlife is relentless, so resources must be continually reinforced. 

 

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

By providing compelling photographs of endangered animals and the extraordinary efforts by dedicated people to save them, I believe people are motivated to care about these aspects of our shared environment. Showing such tangible progress being made paints a picture that these efforts are paying off and that, despite mounting pressures, it is possible to achieve a sustainable balance between people and wildlife. Sparking such awareness will lead to increased support for the vital work of the Corbett Foundation. 

 

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

If you’re not already, get interested in the world around you, the world outside of your immediate day-to-day existence! Select an issue that interests you, such as wildlife conservation, and get passionate about it. The more you learn, the more your enthusiasm for the topic will grow. Then get involved, whether it be through financial support, volunteering, helping to educate friends, or all of the above and more! 

 

Summary Biography of Jill S. Flateland, RN, BSN, CCRN, MBA

Animals, like humans, suffer trauma and severe life stressors. With over 40 years of experience as a critical care nurse, health care executive, and CEO of an urgent care corporation, my greatest passion is to bring healing to those in need. Together, we take one step at a time to reach a maximum recovery. 

I recently retired, and have become a published author of family memoirs and fiction. I also love to travel with my husband, Byron, to exciting new regions, studying different cultures, wildlife, and experiencing new adventures. Byron’s passion is photography, and I learn something new from him every day. After 47 years of marriage, we still make a great team. 

 

1. What make you passionate about helping the Corbett Foundation? 

My passion comes from deep within, as evidenced by a lifetime of caring, healing, and recovery. Care for animals is just as important to me as easing human suffering. Wildlife and plants are becoming extinct at a breath-taking rate, and is due to illegal trafficking, ignorance, and neglect. If I can use my talent to relieve this anguish, I will endeavor to do so. 

The Corbett Foundation brings hope for a better future. They are doing their part to ensure a more secure future for our wildlife and for us by curbing the demand for animal byproducts, establishing and enforcing laws against illegal trafficking, and volunteering with conservation organizations that help combat the threats facing Earth’s animals. I want to join them in doing my part to inform the world of their successes. Through a camera’s eye, details come to life for those who can’t afford to travel to exotic locations to see tigers, elephants or other creatures, yet they too, can contribute to Corbett Foundation in other ways. 

 

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

Photography brings to light actual scenes of wildlife, their beauty, natural habitat, and their suffering. Photos can educate us on the rare species found in the woods, along farmlands, or in the wilderness. Sometimes we see things, but never really take notice. Photos capture real-time images that reflect on the environment as it is today. They capture both the positive and negative side effects of human encounters such as trash, plastic bags or bottles in the area which can cause harm to animals. Share these photos with citizens and authorities to help them take action to remove potential harm. 

Photos also intrigue children and our future generations. Our granddaughter will sit and watch animal documentaries for hours. They blend a scientific background with nature and show the proper way in which to interact with the world. The Corbett Foundation can use our photos in any way they see fit to promote their agenda to all. 

 

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

Education is the key to teaching respect and conservation of wildlife, flora, and fauna. We can succeed when we unite our efforts, and photos bring the issues to the foreground. Put a story to the pictures, and it captures the beauty, intrigues the mind, and provides solutions to an age old problem—extinction! 

 

 

Support Maria Paula

Support Maria Paula

Moved by social labor, something I love since I was a little girl, I founded an association named Anima-Ars (www.anima-ars.org) with two friends. We are a group of young people from different working and social areas who work with different artistic sources to encourage people in vulnerable situations, discrimination or disadvantage, to provide them a way to express their problematics and be able to rebuild their path and be reinserted in the social life promoting human development. We have done workshops with girls rescued from human trafficking and sexual slavery, kids with congenital heart disease, and abandoned old people.  

I was born and raised in Mexico City, a huge, polluted, and very crowded city. I studied literature and did my social service with the head of the Botanical Garden, a biologist specialized in cacti, that taught me his love for nature. Attracted by the idea of mixing art and nature, I developed a special interest in science diffusion that drove me to discover a talent in storytelling, to transmit knowledge in a comprehensive way. 

Concurrently, in order to escape a little bit of the stressful life of the city, I found a way to connect with my inner self by climbing mountains and diving deep in the sea. Those two worlds are my passion now a day. All of this drew me closer to photography, a way to discover the world and discover myself by creating a visual diary. I didn’t just found a way to express my place in this chaotic world and to show what my heart sees, but also to loud the voice and the needs of the people who, by their vulnerable momentary situations, can´t talk by themselves.  

 

STUDIES

  • Elementary, High School and College studies, Lycée Franco Mexicain
  • Bachelors in Modern French Language and Literatures, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Science Diffusion Degree, Universum, Science Museum, Ciudad Universitaria
  • Photography Diplomas: Digital 1, Digital 2, Product Photography, Portrait, Photojournalism, Sport Photography, Lightroom, Pinhole Camera Photography, Escuela Activa de Fotografía, Ciudad de México, www.escuelactivadefotografia.net 
  •  “Photoshop for photographers”, EduMac www.edumac.com.mx June 2017: “Photojournalism –
  • Documentary” Spéos London Photographic Institute, UK
  • July 2017 Drone Pilot Training, Drone-lab (www.drones-lab.com ), Pertiuis, France
  • July 2017: “Street Photography by Magnum Photos and Spéos” Spéos Paris Photographic Institute
  • PADI Open Water (Diver Nº 16090V0630) and Advanced (Diver Nº 16100V4758) 

 

WORKSHOPS

  • September 2017: India with Photographers Without Borders, to work with a women's empowerment organization in Jodhpur. Sambhali Trust is an organization dedicated to promoting unity, independent and self-esteem among Indian women, diminishing notions of class and caste, and eradicating violence against women. It consists in going to providing women in need with sewing machines to promote a sustainable livelihood.  www.photographerswithoutborders.org 
  • November 2017: Conflict Photography Workshop, Andalusia, Spain. Instructors: Eric Bouvet, JB Russell and Jason P. Howe. Conflict Photography Workshops are unique, in that they encompass not only the majority of the skills taught on more traditional hostile environment courses but most crucially how to actually do one´s job as a photojournalist safely and productively in those environments. The principle aim of Conflict Photography Workshops is to educate photographers who may be considering working in hostile environments, specifically war zones, on how to deal with the dangers they may encounter and how to operate with a higher degree of safety and security. 

LANGUAGES:            - Spanish 100%        - French 100%        - English 95% 

 

1. What makes you passionate about helping DRUG FIGHT MALAWI?

I personally think that substance abuse is a problem that concerns us all. Nowadays, as there is no family where at least one of the members has a problem with alcohol or drugs consumption.

Addiction is a physical, mental an emotional illness that creates a dependence. The negative consequences have an impact on the person, her/his family, her/his related. In many cases professional degrees are destroyed, jobs are lost, families are leaded to ruin, and even the life of the person is missed.

Nevertheless, by raising awareness, we develop prevention, that is extremely important, so people can be conscious of the horrible consequences that this increasing problem can have on their life and future. And on the same way, the national development will increase in a better way.

I think we all deserve the opportunity to take a different way in life, and to build a better person of ourselves every day, and by helping Drug Fight Malawi, we help people to have this precious opportunity in their life and so, one day, they will be able to give this opportunity back helping others that will need it. I feel the duty with this subject, to give back the same opportunity that I was given to have a new awakening and a different way of living in this world.

 

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

By photographing this movement and what they are fighting against, we can create consciousness of this huge problem. So people can relate on what is happening. Through the visual image, that is the most powerful weapon to combat almost any situation, we can show the real problem and have a bigger impact in finding new sponsors to help this NGO to continue with this hard task.

In 2017 I went to India with PWB, to work at Sambhali Trust, an organization dedicated to promoting unity, independent and self-esteem among Indian women, diminishing notions of class and caste, and eradicating violence against women. By sharing the stories that I created with my pictures, I found sponsors that paid for the scholarship for 6 little girls and boys for 5 years, and I am still working on this project to find more funds for them.

Image is a very powerful way to create consciousness and start making a difference.

 

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

We all at least have a person in our family, or know a near friend or someone in his family who has a serious drug or alcohol abuse problem. It is a worldwide problem that is getting bigger and bigger. And Malawi isn´t a developed country that has all the easy ways to find a solution. By helping this NGO, you don’t just help the country development but you can also help to change the destiny of a hole family, of kids, women and men that can have their whole life ruined because of alcohol, drug or tobacco abusive consumption. We, together, can make a difference.

I fell very grateful, thankful, and lucky to be able to participate in this amazing project to help people with my same disease, and to be able to give them, the same opportunity someone gave me some time ago to have a beautiful opportunity to live a different kind of life. Thank you for helping us!

 

Support Stella Grasso

Support Stella Grasso

 I am an independent photographer based in London. Born in Catania, Sicily, after my studies and various work experiences in Italy, I decided to move to England, carrying my dad’s old analogue camera and great aspirations.

I always enjoyed a sheer passion for visual arts but London pushed my interest to a whole new level, challenging my creative eye towards unexplored directions. I studied photography at KCC (University of Arts London) where had the opportunity to approach the medium from different angles, finding my own way to express myself through the lens. I have been involved in different kind of projects: from fashion to portraits, studio and location, fine art and conceptual photography…and had the chance to exhibit my work internationally, but my “natural habitat” is the Street, Travel and Documentary. Very keen black and white analogue photographer, I love experimenting with old alternative processes and techniques.

“My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been” (Diane Arbus)

Wild voyageur, in the last few years, I have been wandering solo all around South East Asia, China, H.K., Myanmar ,Philippines, South Korea... and living in Japan and Taiwan, recording my journey on film with my old twin lens Mamiya .While travelling I have been using my passion and skills to help and support NGO, no profit and grassroots initiative.. giving voice with images to those who can't speak for themselves .My main concern is to Communicate, to Transmit, to Generate a reaction…I like to think of myself as a storyteller, but I don’t invent anything … I take down from dictation. Cutting slices of time from everyday life, I discover beauty in the ordinary, surprises in random serendipity.

 

1. What makes you passionate about helping the NGO?

I come from a very big Family... I am the first of 6 kids and even  if among  difficulties I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to access to education and develop my skills regardless my gender and despite my not wealthy background.. It probably couldn’t have happened in India where being a child, especially a girl, means to suffer from many disadvantages.

In poor regions, girls have to work in the household from a very young age and often experience domestic violence; there is no room for education. Rajasthan is still quite conservative and the so called Dalits are affected by injustices and poverty because they are at the bottom of the caste system and therefore considered "untouchable". This NGO helps Dalit children and women to build up their self-esteem, to become more independent and to take their own decisions, reducing the existing gender gap in education and labour force participation.

In the past I have already been involved in social service and worked with kids with special need and I volunteered with a similar Project in in Myanmar… 

I will be happy to give my contibution again, helping vulnerable women and children break out of the cycle of poverty and abuse. 

 

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

I believe Photography is an incredibly powerful tool! Beyond the cliché: “a picture tells a thousand words” there is real value in using images.  They grab attention, explain, teach, communicate, promote, inspire...help! A Photo indeed often stands out on its own and says all. 

I will be ‘on the ground’ with my camera gathering experiences, collecting significant moments and documenting everyday efforts to reach impactful results…giving voice with images to whom can't speak on their own. I am convinced that being witness of a change and show it to the world can make the difference. 

 

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

I am very proud of all I have done and achieved in the last few years, having the courage of stepping out of my comfort zone, overcoming fears and doubts and allowing myself to live day by day extraordinary experiences,with my camera hanging around my neck…even when the situations weren't ideal. I found Volunteering the key to give and grow, to help and achieve and concretely make a difference. I am willing to continue on this healthy path with my photography and PWB is the perfect platform where I can use my skills and passion to help others while doing what I love. I truly believe in their mission and activities and I am very excited of joining this inspiring project in India.

So… here I am, eyes wide open...ready for a new challenge!

Help me to help…telling the stories that matter.

Visit Stella Grasso's Website

 

Support Matthew DeLorme

Support Matthew DeLorme

1. What makes you passionate about helping Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation?  

I think that helping Pan HImalayan is more important than ever in the times that we live in. Stepping outside one's comfort zone and getting to know people, know their struggles and help them in any way you can is the only way we as humans can move towards a brighter future. 
 
2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?  

I hope my photography can make a difference for them in telling their story. I hope it helps give them a voice and shows the world what they are doing to make a better life for themselves. I hope the images I take will move others to help them as well. 

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

I am deeply moved by your support. Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to help others in a way that is uniquely suited to my skill set. It has been something that has been on my mind for quite some time, and you have afforded my chance to make a difference.

Business website www.mdelorme.com 

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