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Keynote Speakers Announced

Collaborations for Cause 2017

The extraordinary lineup for the two day conference includes Mustafah Abdulaziz, Mary Virginia Swanson, Poulomi Basu, Helen Cherullo, Roberto Hernandez, Layda Negrete, Bryan Monroe, David Moskowitz, Melissa Ryan, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Jason Houston and Melissa Ryan. 

Small-group discussions and networking opportunities will complete the program. 

Links to the early bird tickets are on our conference pages. We anticipate a sold out conference so buy yours today. 


Collaborations for Cause 2017

The Power of Partnerships

Hosted in the beautiful Pacific Northwest by Blue Earth Alliance, we bring together socially conscious businesses, nonprofits, educators, public agencies and content creators for two days of inspiration, exploration, and partnership building. We’re excited to present two full days of presentations, small group breakouts and networking opportunities at the iconic Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle, May 5th and 6th, 2017. C4C17 is a celebration of excellently-produced and meaningfully-impactful work, which brings awareness of important issues as shared through the lenses of visionary photographers and artists. Save the date and get your Early Bird tickets today! Confirmed speakers include: Mary Virginia Swanson, Poulomi Basu, Jason Houston, Melissa Ryan, Mustafah Abdulaziz, David Moskowitz, and Helen Cherullo. Please check out Sched for information on Collaborations for Cause, updates to our speaker list, schedule, sponsors, attendees, and to buy Early Bird tickets!


Thanks to PhotoWings, our partners for C4C16, you can see videos of the presentations from last year, 2014 and 2012 

Thank you to our sponsors: PhotoWings, Canon, Glazer’s, Zeitgeist. #C4C17

Blue Earth accepts three projects in summer submission

Three projects have been selected during the summer submission call for entries.  We are excited to bring these strong projects on for sponsorship.   Please visit the project pages to learn more about the people behind the work.

Knife Fight City by Richard Steven Street

Palawan Seas by Katherine Jack


Dual Shadows: East Africa's LGBT Refugees by Jake Naughton/p>

PhotoWings Releases Videos From Collaborations For Cause 2016

If you weren't able to attend this year's Collaborations for Cause, you can still access the incredible content from our presenters. PhotoWings partnered with Blue Earth to record the presentations during the 2016 Collaborations for Cause event and have published videos of our panelists and presenters.

Collaborations for Cause 2016 Videos 

Blue Earth Board Expands

Blue Earth is sustained by the dedication and passion of a volunteer board of directors. Last week we connected for a short retreat to speak about the upcoming year and to map out the future of Blue Earth. During the retreat, we heard fresh perspectives from our 8 new board members. We happily welcome the following individuals to our board of directors: Thor Radford, Lisa Delfiner Parsons, David Ryder, Drew Stone, Debbie Espinosa, Mandy Lindgren, Tom Lynn, and Karen Ducey.

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.  This handbook contains several articles by experienced photographers offering advice on a variety of topics from grassroots fundraising and finding an audience to creating narratives that make an impression.

Through its educational efforts and active engagement in the professional community, Blue Earth strives to move forward the agenda of all documentary photographers and photojournalists.

This book is designed to help photographers to implement a documentary photographic project. It is written by experienced members of the board of Blue Earth and other volunteers with special and relevant expertise. The contents of this book roughly parallel the sequence of steps required to successfully create and complete a documentary project.

Also included are sample applications for project sponsorship by successful Blue Earth photographers along with detailed budgets and work plans.  We encourage you to download a  free PDF version of Shooting  From The Heart and have a copy to keep as  your own!

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