Our Mission

Blue Earth believes documentary photography can inspire positive change. We support visual storytelling on critical environmental and social issues through direct assistance to photographers and a collaborative community of professionals.

The link between compelling documentary photography and our collective motivation to change attitudes, behavior, even policies – is strong. Eddie Adams’s Pulitzer Prize–winning photograph of a Vietcong execution in Saigon forever changed how the world viewed the Vietnam War. Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado’s images of the impoverished portray human life with fresh dignity and compassion. Maintaining this link is central to the mission of Blue Earth.

Through our support of Photography that Makes a Difference, Blue Earth has helped raise almost a million dollars for important issues often overlooked by traditional media--The Arctic. Global warming. The loss of open space in Los Angeles. Racism suffered by farmers. Disappearing traditions of New England fishermen. The role of grandmothers in AIDS-ravaged Africa.

Our sponsored projects have been at the forefront of issues affecting contemporary society—John Trotter’s No Agua, No Vida investigates the Southwest’s limited water resources; Perry Dilbeck’s Truck Farmers: The Last Harvest chronicles the loss of independent farming; and Florian Schultz’s Yellowstone to Yukon promotes the unification of animal migration routes and habitats across international borders.

We work closely with our selected photographers to offer resources and support including:

  • Non-profit, fiscal sponsorship for fundraising
  • Grant-writing consultation
  • Marketing and PR expertise
  • Contacts for publishers, galleries and museums
  • Technical resources like Shooting From the Heart, a Blue Earth-published instructional book for personal projects
  • Experienced Advisory Board to answer questions and provide guidance

View a complete list of direct services Blue Earth provides to our sponsored projects.

Our projects are featured in books such as The Living Wild by Art Wolfe, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by Subhankar Banerjee, and Life on Earth: A Journey Through Time by Frans Lanting. The organization has seen more than a dozen books published, including titles by Blue Earth co-founders Natalie Fobes and Phil Borges.

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News and Events

  • Fracking project published

    Report and articles spotlight fracking impacts More »

  • Call For Entries: January 20, 2016

    Blue Earth's next project submission deadline is January 20, 2016. Blue Earth supports project through fiscal sponsorship. More »

  • Mountain Caribou Accepted as Blue Earth Project

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  • Greg Constantine receives National Endowment for Democracy Grant

    Greg Constantine has received another prestigious National Endowment for Democracy grant for his project "Nowhere people." More »

  • Matt Black awarded 2015 W. Eugene Smith Grant

    NEW YORK, NY (September 14, 2015) – Documentary photojournalist Matt Black tonight was named the recipient of the 2015 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography during a ceremony at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. More »

  • Collaborations for Cause to be held April 15-16, 2016 in Seattle

    We are pleased to announce that our next Collaborations for Cause 2016 will be April 15-16, 2016 in Seattle. We are hard at work lining up the programming and will update you when as the date gets closer. More »

  • Social Advocacy Workshop with Peter DiCampo

    Peter DiCampo, will be giving a 4 day workshop on Social Advocacy at the Photographic Center Northwest. The workshop dates are Nov. 7-8, 21-22. More »

  • Wild Speak scheduled for November 16, 2015

    Wild Speak is a one-day event which will feature presentations from some of the world’s leading conservation photographers, environmental funders and scientists. More »

  • Cuba: Black and White published by Steidi

    Anna Mia Davidson’s new book, Cuba: Black and White, will be published by Steidl this December. Blue Earth sponsored her Cuba project. An exhibit of Anna’s Cuba prints will be held at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles Dec. 10-Jan. 18th. More »

  • PIX 2015 Blue Earth Speakers and Exhibit

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  • Collaborations For Cause Videos

    Videos from Collaborations For Cause retreat are now online. Included in this initial selection are videos of the panels and presentations from the weekend events. Interviews with the conference speakers about their work will be coming soon. More »

  • Shooting From The Heart: Photography That Makes A Difference

    Need some help creating your own photographic project? Download a free PDF copy of Blue Earth's highly regarded handbook for photographers developing documentary projects, Shooting From The Heart: Photography That Makes A Difference. More »

Featured Projects

  • David Moskowitz
    Mountain Caribou

    A Visual Journey into the Imperiled World of an Endangered Species More »

  • Alasdair Turner
    Ross Island and the Future of the McMurdo Sound Region

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  • Michael Hanson
    Between River and Sea

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  • Bruce Farnsworth
    Fracking: Forgotten on the Bakken

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