We rounded up some of our favorite photo-related charitable organizations
The Giving Lens
A Giving Lens volunteer hangs out with some new friends.
The Giving Lens organizes teams of photographers to volunteer in humanitarian efforts in impoverished areas of the world. While the main focus of these trips is not photography, a professional photographer does run each one, and photography is the common thread that brings all of the participants together.
About the organization:
We spoke with Kate Siobhan, the operation managers at the Giving Lens:
“The Giving Lens is an organization that seeks to bring together the three things we’re most passionate about: photography, travelling, and giving back. Founded by Landscape and Humanitarian Photographer Colby Brown, we run international trips where we take teams of photographers abroad to volunteer their time and skill alongside some incredible non-profits doing amazing work. All our teams are lead by professional photographers, and along the way the team participates in workshops at unbelievable locations, make it truly the adventure of a lifetime. We not only donate back the images to the non-profit, but we also share up to half of the profits from the trip with them. From photo-education, to cultural preservation, to women’s empowerment, and much more, we truly believe that photography can change the world.”
Siobhan continues, “The main way photographers can get involved is by coming on a trip! We are going Tanzania in July (2013), where we are partnering with Art in Tanzania to document their new UNICEF school program for Maasai Children, teach staff some basic photography techniques for ongoing documentation, and do some cultural preservation, before embarking on a safari. This fall we are embarking on adventures to India, to partner with an organization working to end slavery through education; to Thailand, to partner with an elephant reserve and work for species preservation; and to Cambodia, to continue working to keep kids off the street by unleashing their creative side through a photography club.”
For more head to TheGivingLens.com.
Unlike other charities on the list, Help Portrait is open to anyone, and is more of an international movement than an organization. We spoke with Help Portrait publicist Lori Mahon, who further elaborated…
About the organization:
“In 2009, Help-Portrait began as an idea that transformed into a movement in just three months. The idea behind Help-Portrait is simple: 1. Find someone in need 2. Take their portrait 3. Print their portrait and 4. Deliver their portrait. Help-Portrait takes place worldwide the second weekend of every December.”
Celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart originally founded Help Portrait. Since it started in 2009, more than 277,000 portraits have been given.
Head to Help-Portrait.com/Getting-Started to join the cause.