Submission period: August 21 – September 8, 2014
Grand Prize: $1,000

PhotoPhilanthropy launches the Faces of Trade Photo Contest on Instagram, open to professional and amateur photographers living and working on the African continent.

Trade is an opportunity for small producers and artisans in Africa to access international markets and seek a way out of poverty.

PhotoPhilanthropy invites photographers to capture the working lives of the small producers, farmers, field workers, shopkeepers, and artisans in Africa who are affected by trade.

To enter, follow @photophilanthropy on Instagram, then share a photo using #FacesOfTrade by September 8. All entries must include a caption that tells a short story about the person or subject matter in your photograph.

For more details read our Submission Guidelines below.

Grand Prize: $1,000

Deadline: September 8, 2014

The Faces of Trade Photo Contest is made possible by the US African Development Foundation (USADF).


This contest is open to all photographers regardless of age, gender, or nationality living or working in Africa. Contestants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian. By entering the contest, entrants under 18 years of age indicate that they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian.

An Instagram account is required to enter this contest.

To enter the contest, upload a photo to Instagram and use the hashtag #FacesOfTrade. Please also tag @photophilanthropy. Previously uploaded photos may also be submitted by using this same hashtag.

All entries must include a caption that tells a short story about the person, people or subject matter in your photograph. If you are submitting more than one photo, please make sure to include a detailed caption for each submission. Do not spread caption information across multiple entries.

In order to reflect current issues, photographs must have been taken within the last three years. Please submit single photos only (no collages).

After submitting a photo, contestants are encouraged to search other submissions using the #FacesOfTrade hashtag and leave comments and like other photos that are not their own.

PhotoPhilanthropy has the right to copy, publish and display all submitted materials in print or electronic form, without compensation, for use in promoting our programs, including exhibitions, multimedia stories and future programs for the purpose of the advancement of the goals and mission of PhotoPhilanthropy. The photographer’s credit will appear if the image is used for these purposes. No images will be redistributed or sold to third parties for re-use. Any inquiries for licensing of images will be redirected to the photographer.

All entries must be uploaded and tagged by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on September 8, 2014.

The winning photo will be announced on September 15, 2014. The winning photographer will receive the Grand Prize of $1,000 USD. Photographs selected as finalists may also be used by PhotoPhilanthropy in their outreach and advocacy work.



James Mackay (@enigmaimages) is the winner of the #WorldFightsAIDS Photo Contest, a collaboration between PhotoPhilanthropy and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). His winning photo was taken in Myanmar, where Mackay is based.

Photo: James Mackay (@enigmaimages)

Twenty three year old Yin Yin Aye was diagnosed with HIV six months ago. She has been at the clinic for one week and has now started to receive ARV treatment. Phyu Phyu Thin’s HIV/AIDS clinic in South Dagon, Rangoon, where more than 200 patients receive free treatment and care. There are an estimated 336,000 HIV positive people in Burma, yet only 10% receive treatment in a country where the government spends the least percentage of its GDP on health care of any country in the world.

We asked photographers on Instagram to share their photos of unsung heroes and grassroots organizations working to eradicate HIV/AIDS or helping to ease the suffering of those who live with it. Photos that resonate with the mission of EGPAF, the global leader in the fight against AIDS. Submissions came from across the globe, from Myanmar to Kenya, India to Indonesia, Uganda to Ukraine, and more.

Here are a few of the top submissions selected by our judges:

Photo by Amunga Eshuchi (@amungathegreat)

No words can express the joy of a negative result after an HIV test. The officer hugs Sgt Pauline Wanjiru with pure joy for she had been with her through the entire process. Sgt Wanjiru regularly hosts confidential counseling sessions for Administration Police officers in Kenya as part of ARIFU – AIDS Response in Forces in Uniform. The biggest hindrance to proper diagnosis, medication and care of HIV in the Kenyan disciplined forces is the fear of stigmatization. Sgt Wanjiru’s confidential sessions are invaluable in building trust and confidence in a system that works.

Photo by Leah Nash (@yourmomsmybiggestfan)

At Snehadaan a Christian HIV/AIDS hospice in Bangalore, India their goal is to be a positive force in the lives of people living with HIV. They want to ensure the dignity and quality of life in a country that still struggles with lack of knowledge and stigma.

Photo by Leah Nash (@yourmomsmybiggestfan)

Kumar is blind because of AIDS complications. He has two children and a wife who abandoned him because of the stigma. He is cared for at Snehadaan, a Christian AIDS hospice in Bangalore, India.

Photo by Amy S. Martin (@amysmartin21)

Expectant mothers participate in a pre-natal yoga session at the Shanti Uganda birthing centre in Luweero, Uganda. The centre was created to improve maternal and child health in communities impacted by HIV/AIDS. It supports a successful income generation program for HIV-positive women as well as health education and health services.

Photo by Lola Akinmade Åkerström (@lolaakinmade)

I felt uncomfortable watching her writhe in pain, wailing. Other village women tried consoling her, but her screams were deafening. From what I could gather, she’d lost a loved one and her wails were a mixture of grief and regret. Regret that she’d failed them in so many ways. My heart was breaking.

Oh, she was good.

Darn good because it was all improvised and seemed all too real.

To reinforce what they’d been learning in the 3-day community outreach seminar organized by the local NGO, C.H.I.E.F ( on the topic of orphans and their caregivers, the villagers of Ibeju-Lekki decided to split themselves into groups and put on little plays depicting various scenarios where orphans and their default guardians interact.

I love outreach work because it forces one to find new ways of communicating to drive home the grassroots message and overarching point of why an organization is there; helping, teaching, and providing for impoverished local communities.

Special thanks to our Judges: Richard Koci Hernandez, Kim Komenich, Katherine Warminsky from EGPAF, Bridgette Shima from Grryo, and Nancy Farese.


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Photo by @koci

Richard Koci Hernandez is one of the most respected and admired photographers working in mobile photography. His Instagram feed is a gorgeous collection of black and white street photography paired with inspirational quotes by photographers, authors, philosophers, and artists. Earlier this year he was one of the judges for the 5th annual Activist Awards and we sat down with him for an interview about his process (read it here).

He also took part in our mobile photography workshop in San Francisco and prepared this Mobile Photography Guide. It walks aspiring mobile photographers through the process of getting great shots, choosing the best apps, selecting appropriate filters, and building an audience on Instagram. Download his guide here:


As bonus inspiration, take a look at this video of Koci shooting on the streets of San Francisco:

Now, pick up your phone and get shooting.

Related: The #WorldFightsAIDS Photo Contest on Instagram


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A partnership between the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) & PhotoPhilanthropy
Submission period: July 14 – August 11, 2014
Grand Prize: $1,000

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and PhotoPhilanthropy are excited to announce the World Fights AIDS Photo Contest on Instagram. We are seeking photos from across the globe that resonate with the mission of EGPAF, the global leader in the fight to end AIDS.

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation isn’t only fighting AIDS, they are changing the way the world fights AIDS. They work hand-in-hand with governments, partners, mothers, families, volunteers and donors toward a health and social infrastructure that can end HIV/AIDS – and keep it eliminated.

Your assignment: Every community across the world has at least one unsung hero or grassroots organization working to eradicate this epidemic or ease the suffering of those who live with it. Share a photograph on Instagram of a group or individual in your community who is fighting against HIV/AIDS. Tag it with #WorldFightsAIDS and your photo will automatically be entered into the contest. Please also tag @photophilanthropy and @egpaf. The winning photographer will receive the Grand Prize of $1,000 USD.

All entries must include a caption that tells a short story about the person, people or subject matter in your photograph. Where was it taken? Who is in the photo? How are they fighting against stigma? How are they working to end HIV/AIDS?

After submitting a photo, contestants are encouraged to search other submissions using the #WorldFightsAIDS hashtag and like and leave comments on other photos that are not their own.

Deadline for entries is August 11, 2014.

For full contest rules and more details read our Submission Guidelines.

PhotoPhilanthropy and EGPAF will highlight photo entries throughout the contest submission period and EGPAF will ask resident HIV/AIDS experts to comment on the selected photos. EGPAF will also use the photographs in their outreach and advocacy work. The result will be a compelling mix of photos, stories and conversations that paint a picture of how the world fights AIDS.

World Fights AIDS Contest Partners:


Photo by James Pursey on behalf of EGPAF.



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Join PhotoPhilanthropy and Ed Kashi for a photography expedition to Kolkata, India. We’ll be shooting street photography in one of the world’s most visually rich cities, and partnering with Landesa, a global non-profit working to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people, to create important visual stories of rural village life. The trip will provide a meaningful photography learning experience, while creating images that become vital visual advocacy tools for Landesa.

Imagine shooting along the banks of the Ganges with instruction and guidance by renowned photojournalist Ed Kashi. Imagine sleeping in a cozy guest cottage in the rural village of Bagdogra, your mind spinning with ideas of how to visually translate all that is new and exotic through your lens to your family back home. India is one of the most colorful and fascinating countries to visit, and we will experience it through enthralling urban views, rural family perspectives, and rich, personal one-on-one conversations, all documented through your own unique creative eye.

Ed and Nancy will work closely with each photographer to create compelling photo essays and visual narratives of the stories we discover. Finished projects will be presented to Landesa for use in their advocacy work. This will be a rich and fascinating trip; be prepared for the reward that comes from being in the unexpected, meeting extraordinary people, and exploring the human condition through the lens of your camera.

Price, including a single room at the Oberoi in Kolkata, all domestic travel costs including meals and airfare: $4400. (Does not include international flights or tips for guides).

For more information contact [email protected]

Photo by Nancy Farese


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The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles is currently holding an exhibition of color photographs taken by Bill Manbo while he was interned at the Heart Mountain concentration camp in Wyoming during World War II. The show, “Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II,” is a glimpse at the daily life of Japanese Americans interned at Heart Mountain, shot in beautiful color photography.

Shara Morris and Jen Rice, hosts of the radio program Homemade News, heard on LA’s KCHUNG 1630 AM, recently produced a story about the exhibition. Take a listen below. And see more of Manbo’s photos here.


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Launched in 2007 by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition honors the very best in environmental photography and film from around the world. The competition is an opportunity for photographers working on the front lines of environmental and social issues to share their work with international audiences and to educate the public on the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality.

An exhibition of selected works will be on display at the Royal Geographic Society in London from June 23 through July 4. The winner will be announce on June 24.

Take a look at a selection of photos from the short-listed photographers below.

Photographer: Steve Morgan
From: West Yorkshire, UK
Image credit: Steve Morgan, Solar 4, 2013
The Gemasolar solar tower power plant in Fuentes de Andalucía, Seville, Spain, is a commercial scale solar plant which in its technological uniqueness opens up the way for new thermosolar electrical generation technology. A circular solar field of 2650 heliostat mirrors covering 185 hectares concentrates the suns energy onto the central receiving tower, where the intense heat generated is stored using molten salt heat storage technology. The heat collected by the salts, capable of reaching temperatures above 5000 C, generates steam and produces electrical power. The surplus heat accumulated during sun hours is stored in the molten-salt tank, allowing Gemasolar to generate electrical power 24 hours a day for many months of the year. The Solar efficiency guarantees electrical production for 6,500 hours a year. This is 1.5 to 3 times more power than other renewable energies. The plant will thus supply clean, safe power to 25,000 homes and reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions by more than 30,000 tons a year.

Photographer: Francesca Moore
From: Brighton, UK
Image credit: Francesca Moore, Bhopal: Facing 30 Portrait, 2014
This image is from a two-part Arts Council England funded project, Bhopal: Facing 30, that looks at the people and their environment thirty years after the 1984 Bhopal disaster. In 1984 a pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh suffered a gas leak, exposing over 500,000 people to a toxic chemicals and substances. A government affidavit stated the leak caused 558,125 injuries, including 38,478 temporary injuries, 3,900 permanently disabling injurieds and over 8,000 deaths. Everyone photographed in the series has been affected by the disaster. Pictured are Rafiq Uddin (m/39), Saiva Bi (f/36), Rehan Uddin (m/10), Avhan Uddin (m/6), Faizan Uddin (m/4), Saiba Jahan (f/3)

Photographer: Prasanta Biswas
From: Kolkata, India
Image credit: Prasanta Biswas, Rainwater collection, 2012
A shortage of drinking water is a regular problem for the rural people of Sundarban, West Bengal, India. The tropical climate has resulted in different physical effects from climate change, including increased temperature and precipitation, increased salinity and extreme weather events such as floods, cyclones and droughts.

Photographer: Luke Duggleby
From: Bangkok, Thailand
Image credit: Luke Duggleby, Wrapping a surviving tree, 2013
Cambodian Buddhist monks and local villagers bless one of the remaining large trees in an area destroyed to make way for a banana plantation. Whilst arriving too late to stop the destruction completely, by wrapping an orange cloth around the remaining trees and praying, they are making the trees sacred with the hope to deter future loggers. Following uncontrolled forest destruction in the Central Cardamom Protected Forest (CCPF) in Southwest Cambodia, an eco-warrior monk movement had begun to try and protect areas of forest at risk.

Photographer: Matilda Temperley
From: Somerset, UK
Image credit: Matilda Temperley, Basket Centre, 2014
The flooding on the Somerset Levels at Burrowbridge. Numerous properties in the rural areas of Thorney, Muchelney and Burrowbridge in Somerset were hit with up to four feet of water when the nearby River Parrett burst its banks in January 2014.

Photographer: Tuyet Trinh Do
From: Hanoi, Vietnam
Image credit: Tuyet Trinh Do, Fishing net making in Mekong Delta, Vietnam, 2012
A group of women weave a fishing net in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, in preparation for the annual flooding of the river system. Fishing communities rely on this flooding to bring an influx of fish and shrimp to the region. With climate change worsening, flood levels are becoming more inconsistent, which has important consequences for the livelihood of locals. In 2012, lower than average flood levels saw fish yields decrease by 40% on the previous years yield.

Photographer: Kevin McElvaney
From: Hamburg, Germany
Image credit: Kevin McElvaney, Adam Latif, 21, 2013
Agbogbloshie in Accra, Ghana is a place where illegal electronic waste trading routes find their end. For more than 10 years, boys and girls between the age of 7 and 25, smash stones against old monitors, use old magnets to collect metal and (most times) burn cables to get the copper from it. Agbogbloshie is one of the largest e-waste dumpsites in the world and more than 400 containers end up here every month. These containers are full of unusable electronics and are falsely labeled as “development aid” or “second hand products”. Almost every worker has heavy headaches, lung problems, eye and back damage and suffer from insomnia. Most of them die from cancer before they are 30 years old. The 40,000 inhabitants themselves nicknamed this place “Sodom and Gomorrah”. For me, Agbogbloshie is a social-economic, ethical and environmental disaster.

Photographer: Ashley Cooper
From: Cumbria, UK
Image credit: Ashley Cooper, Coastal erosion near Hornsea, 2013
A collapsed coastal road between Skipsea and Ulrome on Yorkshire’s east coast. The coast is composed of soft boulder clays which are very vulnerable to coastal erosion. This section of coast has been eroding since Roman times, with many villages having disappeared into the sea and is the fastest eroding coast in Europe. Climate change is speeding up the erosion and with sea levels rising, increased stormy weather and increased heavy rainfall events, all playing their part.

Photographer: Alnis Stakle
From: Riga, Latvia
Image credit: Alnis Stakle, Shangri-La 1, 2013
A suburb with semi-cleared old buildings in preparation for the construction
of new skyscraper precincts in Shanghai.

Photographer: Toufic Beyhum
From: London, UK
Image credit: Toufic Beyhum, Supermarket, Himba, 2012
The small seaside resort of Swakopmund lies on the coast of Namibia. It was established in 1892 as the main harbour for Namibia’s German colonizers, and still bears the marks of those years of German rule. For much of the year, Swakopmund lies silently shrouded in fog. But in the summer, the fog lifts, and the tourists flock, drawn to the grand hotels, the moody beach and the bustling cafes. The population is a colourful mix of retired Germans, young natives living in housing projects just outside the main village, and the Himba tribes people who have trekked down from the north, dressed in traditional garb and selling self-made jewellery crafted from found objects. Its uniqueness lies in the massive dunes that line the coast, the rusted wrecks of ships stranded in the desert off the Skeleton Coast; the bright paint work on the houses and the evocativeness of the Himba tribeswomen walking topless through German supermarkets. There’s no other town quite like it.


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Photo by Nancy Farese

Due date: June 16, 2014

PhotoPhilanthropy is seeking professional African-based photographers for an education campaign to help reframe the discussion about trade in Africa.

Trade makes it possible for the smallest producers and artisans in Africa to access regional and international markets and enables the poor to work their way out of poverty.

We want you to help tell the stories of these artisans and help educate diverse constituents on how trade is an important development tool to lift even the smallest producers out of poverty.

We are looking for photo essays with a strong storytelling perspective. The photos will be used as part of an education campaign and displayed at an exhibition in Washington, DC.

While we are looking for professional photographers who live and work in all parts of Africa, we are particularly interested in projects from Rwanda and Senegal.

Please send the following materials to [email protected]:

• A short project description about where you plan to shoot and the stories you hope to uncover there
• A short bio/CV
• A link to your online portfolio

Due date for proposals: June 16, 2014

Fee for service: $5,000 – $7,500

Photographers must be based in Africa and available to shoot the first week of July 2014.

Questions? Contact Lisa Rose at [email protected]


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PhotoPhilanthropy founder, Nancy Farese, recently spoke at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. Held every year in Oxford, the Forum brings together over one thousand “distinguished delegates from the social, finance, private and public sectors for three days and nights of critical debates, discussions and work sessions aimed at innovating, accelerating and scaling solutions to social challenges.”

This year’s Forum included speeches from Sir Richard Branson, Malala Yousafzai, photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale, and dozens more.

Nancy took part in the session, Artists and Activists: Using Creative Talent for Social Progress. Take a look below (Nancy’s presentation begins at 35:02):


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This week PhotoPhilanthropy launches a series of conversations on Instagram, a platform where we will discuss best practices and exchange ideas on visual storytelling for social good. Each week we will invite a photographer to curate our feed and ask nonprofit professionals and experts to respond to the issues that arise.

Indonesian photographer Andri Tambunan (@andritambunan), the grand prize winner of PhotoPhilanthropy’s 5th annual Activist Awards, is kicking off the conversation this week. Tambunan will be posting selections from his photo essay, Against All Odds: The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Papua as well as posting photos directly from Papua as he makes a follow up trip to this small Indonesian province.

Tambunan’s photos are a jumping off point to begin a larger online conversation about the global HIV/AIDS crisis. We will be hearing from NGOs, AIDS researchers, doctors, anthropologists and other experts in the field. These conversations will revolve around the themes that arise from Tambunan’s photographs: stigma, access to health care and medication, children with AIDS, prostitution, as well as stories of individuals overcoming their illnesses and living productive lives.

We invite you to add your voice and your photographs to the conversation. Follow us on Instagram (@photophilanthropy) and use the hashtag #photo4change. We will share selected photos submitted with our community. You can also share your comments and stories on Facebook.

Photo by Andri Tambunan on behalf of Klinik Kalvari


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