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

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH TCS?

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

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND TO YOUR SUPPORTERS?

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

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