Advisory Board

Blue Earth's Advisory Board is made up of local, national and international experts from diverse disciplines who both share the interests and goals of Blue Earth, and have agreed to provide support to our organization and our project photographers.

  • Subhankar Banerjee
    Subhankar Banerjee


    Indian born artist-educator-activist Subhankar Banerjee uses photography to raise awareness about issues that threaten the health and well-being of our planet. Since 2000 he has focused all his efforts on indigenous human rights and land conservation issues in the American Arctic. His Arctic photographs have been exhibited widely and published in over one hundred magazines and newspapers internationally. He has received many awards for his Arctic work.

    Subhankar's "Land as Home" is a current Blue Earth sponsored project.

  • Bridget Besaw
    Bridget Besaw

    As founder and principle of Seedlight Pictures,
    Bridget crafts visual stories that aim to serve as a reminder of our collective instinct to care for the planet. As a long-term project photographer for environmental NGO’s, Bridget's projects have documented issues such as sustainable fisheries, farmland protection, and wilderness preservation initiatives throughout the world. The subjects of her two photo books Wildness Within Wildness Without and From the Land are inspiration for her current film projects about the restorative power of wild lands and food sustainability. To nurture what she believes is a new professional genre, Bridget finds great fulfillment in teaching the conservation photography workshops that she developed for Maine Media Workshops and Leica Akademie North America.

  • Phil Borges
    Phil Borges


    For over 25 years Phil Borges has lived with and documented indigenous and tribal cultures around the world. Through his work, he strives to create a heightened understanding of the issues faced by people in the developing world. Through his exhibits and award-winning books, Phil attempts to create a relationship between the audience and his photographic subjects.

    Phil is a co-founder of Blue Earth and is president and founder of Bridges.

  • Howard Choder
    Howard Choder


    In 1982, Howard moved to Seattle from Pittsburgh, PA and fell into a job at the Internal Revenue Service quite by accident. What he thought was going to be a temporary stop turned into 15 years holding various positions in the Downtown Seattle office. He then decided to start his own practice. In addition to providing Tax Accounting, IRS Problem Solving, and other general tax solutions, he also helps with financial planning.

    Howard is a previous BEA Board member.

  • Barbara Cox
    Barbara Cox

    Photography Consultant

    For the past 17 years, Barbara Cox has been involved with photography as a consultant to cause-oriented photographers, photojournalists and major photo archives including the New York Times. She acts as a book and licensing agent and works with publishers, museums, galleries and the media to achieve professional recognition for her clients. She is a past exhibitor at Art Basel, Paris Photo, photo la, Frankfurt Art Fair, and more.

  • Neil Ever Osborne
    Neil Ever Osborne

    Neil Ever Osborne is an associate member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a contributing editor and photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Magazine. Using conservation photography practices and multimedia storytelling, he blends his backgrounds in science (B.Sc.) and photojournalism (M.A.) to bridge gaps between groups whose conservation agendas are best met through collaboration. Neil regularly contributes photography and visual communication works to environmental non-profits and government agencies who use his imagery and strategy in campaigns. Neil is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he directs the Environmental Visual Communication program when not on field assignments.

  • Julee Geier
    Julia Geier

    Studio Manager

    Julee Geier has been the studio manager and publicist for Phil Borges for the past 18 years.  As one of the original Blue Earth board members, Julee covered a variety of responsibilities including bookkeeping and publicity.

  • Marita Holdaway
    Marita Holdaway

    Gallery Owner

    Marita Holdaway has owned and operated Benham Gallery in Seattle, WA, since 1987. Dedicated to emerging and mid-career fine art photographers, she reviews over 1,000 portfolios annually. Holdaway consults with artists and presents workshops for organizations nationally and internationally helping them further their careers by developing their professional tools for finding and successfully approaching appropriate venues.

  • Jason Houston
    Jason Houston


    Jason Houston has worked for over 20 years photographing stories at the intersection of community, culture, and environmental issues for editorial, NGO, and other cause-driven clients. As an advocate for such work, he has also presented, run workshops and organized conference programming on working in cause-driven photography for Anderson Ranch, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Telluride Photo Festival, Wild & Scenic, LensCulture, San Francisco Art Institute, Mountainfilm and Blue’s Earth’s Collaborations for Cause. Houston is a Fellow in the International League of Conservation photographers and former photography editor at Orion magazine.

  • Aaron Huey
    Aaron Huey

    Aaron Huey is a freelance photojournalist working for the National Geographic magazines, the Smithsonian, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper’s, GEO, and many more in the foreign press. He has covered the drug war in Afghanistan, Benazir Bhutto’s assasination, antiquities smuggling in Africa, Sufism on 4 continents, Native American gangs, hidden temples in Eastern Burma, lost tribes of the Caucasus, and many many more subjects on every continent. In addition to these he is also known for his 154 day, 3,500 mile, solo walk across America.

  • Suzee Katz
    Suzie Katz


    As a photographer, Suzie is giving back to the world that has given her so much by creating PhotoWings. PhotoWings' mission is to highlight and help facilitate the power of photography to influence the world, through its educational website and PhotoWings Outreach Program. Suzie also networks to help promote innovative photographic synergies and content for the website.

  • Robert Glenn Ketchum
    Robert Glenn Ketchum


    For 40 years Robert Glenn Ketchum’s imagery and books have helped to define contemporary color photography while at the same time addressing critical national environmental issues, and have made him one of the most successful artist/activists in American history. He is perhaps most recognized for his work in the Tongass, which is credited with helping to pass the Tongass Timber Reform Bill of 1990. Ketchum’s work has been similarly integral to many other diverse environmental struggles. He has received many awards for his work.

  • Dan Lamont
    Dan Lamont

    During his 30 year career in photojournalism, Dan has covered issues of the environment, land use, and social change for many publications. Dan is former Director of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and immediate past-President of the ASMP Foundation.

  • Nadja Masri
    Nadja Masri

    Bureau Chief & Photo Editor

    Nadja Masri is the bureau chief and photo editor of German GEO magazine in its New York City office. Previously she worked for a photo agency in Berlin and different German magazines before she was hired by GEO in fall 2000. Nadja has been a portfolio reviewer, a panelist and juror on numerous occasions and has been teaching at the International Center of Photography since 2005.

  • Gail Mooney
    Gail Mooney

    Photographer/Multimedia Producer

    Gail Mooney has been a photographer since 1977. Her focus is people and cultures that are changing or disappearing. In 1999, she began exploring multimedia and utilizes audio and video in many of her projects. As a visual communicator, she feels that these new skills and tools add yet another dimension to her work. She has been published widely in magazines all over the world. Her Delta Bluesmen Project is an ongoing multimedia exhibit in the US.

  • Mary Virginia Swanson
    Mary Virginia Swanson

    Photography Consultant

    Mary Virginia Swanson’s goal is to teach Photographers how to find the strengths in their work and identify appreciative audiences for their prints, exhibitions, editorial and licensing placement. Swanson is considered and expert in the area of marketing and licensing fine art. She currently works with photographers as a marketing consultant and is a sought-after portfolio reviewer.

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