Rob Badger Selected For WPY Book
Rob Badger’s 2009 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) award winning wildflower landscape (category: Wild Places) is one of 200 images selected to be included in their 50th Anniversary book. Sponsored by the British Museum of Natural History and the BBC Worldwide, the competition “provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography.” His photo was selected from a pool of 50 years’ worth of contest images.
Our congratulations to Badger on this honor!
Michael Forster Rothbart In The News
Michael Forster Rothbart, Blue Earth project After Chernobyl, After Fukushima, has been busy speaking about his new book Would You Stay?,
which focuses on communities near major nuclear accident sites and the
individuals who chose to remain. Last week, he was interviewed on Living on Earth and has recently published photo essays in Mother Jones and Scientific American. Further information, including an interview and excerpts from his new book can be found on the TED Blog.
Sarah Fretwell At TEDxSkidRow
TEDxSkidRow recently featured a talk by Sarah Fretwell, whose work in The Truth Told Project Blue Earth is proud to sponsor.
Her presentation Unreasonable Activism - A Journey into the Heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo at TEDxSkidRow in Los Angeles last year. Take a few minutes to learn more about Fretwell’s work in the field directly from the source.
Collaborations for Cause To Be Rescheduled
Blue Earth’s Collaborations for Cause 2014 in Seattle, Washington is being rescheduled for later this year. Due to unforeseen venue issues that have arisen recently, we have been required to change our plans for the spring and are working now to confirm a new date as soon as possible.
Collaborations for Cause 2014 will focus on communication for science and social change. Our two-day conference brings together nonprofits, photographers, change-makers, and communications professionals to discuss the collaborative future of storytelling. The format is a series of panel discussions, case study presentations, and breakout conversations where visual storytellers and nonprofit stakeholders can talk about best practices, synergies, and strategies for partnership in a crowded media landscape. Collaborations for Cause builds on Blue Earth’s 17-year commitment to supporting photographers working to shed light on our most critical environmental and social issues.
Program, workshop details, and pre-registration information will be announced!
Gary Braasch, “Climate Change: Is Seeing Believing?”
In a new article “Climate Change: Is Seeing Believing?” in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Blue Earth project photographer Gary Braasch reviews the multitude of images of climate change, global warming, and research into their effectiveness and provides suggestions for more effective communication. Braasch is also interviewed by the Bulletin in which he discusses some of the images from the article.
He has also launched a new series of articles in The Daily Climate, with another piece The West’s Energy Landscape, Transformed.
Christoph Gielen’s “Ciphers” Released
Christoph Gielen’s aerial views offer a look at America’s most aberrant and unusual sprawl forms in ways we usually don’t get to see them: from far above the ground—a vantage point that reveals both the intricate geometry as well as the idiosyncratic allure of these developments. Here, encountering sprawl becomes an aesthetic experience that at the same time leaves us with a sense of foreboding, of seeing the “writing on the wall”. At once fascinating and profoundly unsettling, these photographs detail the potential ramifications of unchecked urbanization.
The first edition of the book is available now in Europe and will be released in the US and Canada in 2014.
Michael Forster Rothbart's “Would You Stay?” Now Available
“Would You Stay?” a new book by Blue Earth project photographer Michael Forster Rothbart is now available from TED Books!
The devastating nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl scattered radioactive fallout across 30 countries in Europe. Yet in the regions with worst contamination, the vast majority of people stayed, despite the potential danger. A generation later, after the 2011 tsunami triggered disaster in a power plant that’s still leaking nuclear waste, the people of Fukushima, Japan, are confronting the same impossible questions about safety, security, and their future.
In Would You Stay?, photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart tries to understand why people refuse to leave Chernobyl and Fukushima despite the risks. With Forster Rothbart’s personal narrative as guide, this stunning and provocative book blends photos, interviews, maps, and audio recordings to help us weigh the true value of home. In the end, Forster Rothbart and the reader both confront the ultimate question: Would you stay?
His ongoing documentary project at Blue Earth, After Chernobyl, After Fukushima is an insightful study of the human impacts of environmental change, focusing on the environmental challenges faced by communities surrounding two modern contamination disasters. This new book is available in a variety of e-book formats, including Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks.
Greg Constantine Exhibit: Our Walls Bear Witness
Join us in bearing witness to the suffering of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Burma long considered among the world’s most persecuted peoples. Building-size images of the Rohingya displaced in Burma and in exile, taken by prize-winning photographer Greg Constantine, will be projected each evening from November 4 to 8 on the Museum’s exterior walls on 15th Street, SW.
Denied citizenship and rendered stateless by the Burmese government, the 800,000 Rohingya lack basic rights, including the right to work, marry, and travel freely, and they routinely suffer severe abuse. Following violent attacks in 2012 that destroyed numerous Rohingya communities, more than 100,000 are now confined to displacement camps and segregated areas, where they continue to be subjected to violence, including crimes against humanity.
The exhibit program opens November 4th, 6:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Rubinstein Auditorium with a discussion with Greg Constantine and other experts on the current situation of the Rohingya and increasing violence against Muslims elsewhere in Burma.
Beltrá And Lenz Win Awards In London
Congrats to Blue Earth project photographers Daniel Beltrá and Garth
Lenz for winning awards at the 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
competition! Beltrá won Wildlife Photojournalist Award - Runner-up and Lenz was awarded World in Our Hands - Runner-up. Photos from the competition will be on exhibit at the Natural History Museum in the UK through March 2014.
Gary Braasch In “Vanishing Ice” Exhibit
Blue Earth project photographer Gary Braasch is featured in a new exhibit at the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham Washington, Vanishing Ice. This exhibit, more than two years in development, introduces the rich artistic legacy of the planet’s frozen frontiers now threatened by climate change. The exhibition offers an historic and artistic perspective on Earth’s glaciers and poles, showing the majesty of sublime landscapes that have inspired artists, writers, and naturalists for more than two hundred years. More than 70 international artists are on display, ranging from early paintings and photographs of mountain and polar expeditions, to famous artists like Gustave Dore and Rockwell Kent, and modern photographers like Gary in his World View of Global Warming project.
Vanishing Ice runs November 2, 2013 - March 2, 2014 and will travel under the auspices of the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service.
Samuel James Awarded Getty Grant
Samuel James, Blue Earth project Niger Delta, has just been awarded a 2013 Getty Grant for Editorial Photography. James has been working in Niger for the past several years on an extensive documentary engagement with Nigeria, Africa’s most populous and largest oil producing nation. His project at Blue Earth provides “the public with an intimate and nuanced visual record of the ongoing struggle for power, land and oil in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.”
Our congratulations to James on the recognition of his amazing work!
Mary F. Calvert Receives Canon Female Photojournalist Award 2013
Mary F. Calvert just announced she has received the Canon Female Photojournalist Award 2013! According to the announcement on her blog, Calvert received the award from the Association of Female Journalists for her work on “The War Within: Sexual Violence in America’s Military.”
Calvert’s Blue Earth project Scarred For Life: PTSD In Rwanda is “an in-depth investigation of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Rwanda and the argument that unresolved conflict is a barometer for intergenerational transmission of trauma and violence.” More information about her African work and a small gallery of recent images can be found in her project page.
Our congratulations to Mary on receiving such a prestigious award!
New Films For Facing Climate Change
Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele just launched four new films for Facing Climate Change. Oyster Farmers, Coastal Tribes, Potato Farmers, and Plateau Tribes all explore global climate change through people who live and work in the Pacific Northwest.
These stories came about after one of the project’s partners, the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, released the Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment. It’s an incredible resource with startling projections for how climate change will impact the Northwest’s future, but it’s also 400 pages and a lot of science to wade through. Benj and Sara’s goal is to put a face to projections like these and to bring new voices into the conversation.
The new films recently premiered at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and over the next year Benj and Sara will be working to distribute the stories though their project partners and a series of community events - including a launch event in Seattle. In 2013 they will also add two more films. Stay tuned to their blog for details.
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Think Tank Photo is a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work, and developing inventive new carrying solutions to meet their needs. By focusing on “speed” and “accessibility,” we prepare photographers to Be Ready “Before The Moment,” allowing them to document those historic moments that reflect their personal visions and artistic talents. For some companies, it is only about the product. For us, it is more: It is about supporting photographers doing their job. If we can design products that help photographers travel easier, take pictures faster, and organize their gear more efficiently, then we will have accomplished something beyond the bags themselves.
If you are looking for some new gear for that upcoming expedition, check out Think Tank Photo and support Blue Earth!
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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