For PWB School Sumatra we are partnering with the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) to make this dream trip come to life. You will have the exclusive chance to see how palm oil impacts people on the local and global level, how reforestation is being accomplished, and how everyday heroes are rescuing critically-endangered orangutans in need. Go trekking in the jungle and encounter orangutans that share 97% of our DNA. Work with critically endangered elephants and see the effects of eco-tourism up-close. Proceeds go directly to conservation of pristine rainforest in Sumatra, home to critically-endangered Sumatran orangutan, rhino, elephant and tiger.
Participants will come away with beautiful additions to their portfolios, a PWB certificate and a chance to be featured in the PWB Magazine.
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Fly into Medan and meet anytime during the day. Meet at the hotel and have dinner together to taste some local Indonesian cuisine and get to know all our fellow travelers.
Medan. Orientation at the Orangutan Information Centre. Spend some time with the passionate team members of the Orangutan Information Centre as they provide an overview of their mission, their work, and their motivations. This will surely be an inspirational kick-off and introduction to the rest of your experience in Sumatra.
Ethics of Photodocumentary: We will discuss the ethics of being a documentary photographer through contemporary and historic examples. We will talk about permission/consent, editing, safety, journalistic integrity, responsibility, framing, narratives, your power/role as a photographer, and how photography can and has impacted social change.
Introduce a Sumatra Conservation Story: We will introduce the NGO we are working with in Sumatra (Orangutan Information Centre & Sumatra Wildlife Sanctuary), and give background of the animals we will photograph and the team working to save them. On this project we have teamed up with a conservationist recognized for his efforts by National Geographic.
Travel by private bus to Bukit Lawang for three nights with two days of trekking. This is where we will see and photograph the critically endangered Orangutan. Having two full days of trekking to see these amazing animals that share 97 percent of our DNA in the wild will leave you breathless. Having the opportunity to photograph a critically endangered animal in the wild is an experience that will leave you changed!
Art of Storytelling: Through discussion, we will identify and unveil the elements and ingredients that make a powerful story. In your first storytelling assignment, you will get hands-on, guided practice in telling a story with your images.
Power of Voice: We will work on bringing your own narrative and emotions into your work. Make your photos speak and say what you feel.
Learn how to tell stories by the way you move your viewer throughout your frame. Use of light, colour, shapes, multi-level photojournalism will all be shown as ways to use a single image to tell more of a story and to trap the viewers eyes,
Drive by private bus towards Lake Toba. Here you will be able to take in the Batak culture of the area and experience a different side of Sumatra.
Participants will learn to take stunning landscape images with or without a tripod. We will also learn how to take beautiful "long exposures" of water and clouds to get a flowy, dreamy effect with or without the use of filters.
Through guided practice and a fun and challenging exercise, participants will learn how to bring portraiture to the next step.
Through discussion and examples, we will encourage you to venture into social change and impact territory with your photography.
We’ll spend some time together going over photo management, backups, and editing for impact.
Back to Medan to unwind before going to the restoration site, take a trip to the Medan Zoo to see where many endangered species can end up.
Share your stories with the group, followed by a night of desserts and coffee at a Sumatran Coffee House.
Time to put all the skills you have learned to the test in one last assignment! Throughout the evening you will have the chance to meet with your workshop instructor to have one-on-one feedback on your editing and selection process.
Put all that you have learned and shot to the test! Each workshop attendee will have 10 minutes to get up share their images and stories from the trip.
Together there will be a discussion for each presentation on how to share images for impact and change.
Restoration site camping trip: The NGO we are working with in Sumatra is the world’s first to successfully turn a palm oil plantation back into forest. Ride by private bus to the edge of palm oil plantations where you will continue on by motorbike to get to the reforestation site. The night will be spent on a platform in the middle of the forest (no running water and sleeping is on mats under mosquito netting). You will learn about the team that has worked together to make a forest and be given the opportunity to plant a tree in your name or a loved one's name. It is a beautiful and unique experience witnessing a young forest being created.
Return to Medan for a night of relaxation before heading home the following day.
Depart Medan at any time.
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Originally from Canada but currently based in Hong Kong, Ben is an avid traveller and freelance photographer whose passion lies with helping to tell the stories of the dedicated organizations out there that are putting people and the planet first. Ben has travelled to over 30 countries to document stories about drivers of social action. With 17+ years in the non-profit sector, Ben’s work has been featured in numerous magazines, and he has done editorial work for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail.
Ben plays an integral role in PWB as our organizations Chief Experience Officer and he is also involved with JAYU, a Toronto-based non-profit. If he’s not photographing, you can probably find him out biking the streets of Hong Kong.
A seasoned collaborator and worldwide traveller, Brian Hodges is a travel and editorial photographer known for capturing authentic moments and images with a powerful connection to place. Brian believes that great photography is not just about captivating images, but creating images with lasting emotional impact. In love with travel and the lure of the road, he has followed the winds of adventure around the globe and across 60 countries. He speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently. Before picking up a camera, Brian focused his creative energy on designing satellite telecommunications systems. He spent a decade living and working as a software engineer in Paris where, among other projects, he played a key role engineering the XM/Sirius radio prototype system. His award-winning work is featured in such distinguished publications as Conde Nast Traveler, Photo District News, National Geographic Traveler, GEO Magazine, and many others. He regularly contributes his photographic talent to charitable organizations worldwide, leveraging the power of imagery to increase awareness for their causes. Hodges calls Australia and California home, but never gathers dust at either – when not taking pictures, you’ll likely find him surfing, mountain biking, or practicing yoga.
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