APhotoADay Benefit Auction Offers Stunning Prints From Big Name Photographers

Young Cuban men work out in a park along the Malecon in Havana as new and old cars drive past. New cars have become available in Cuba, but will be unattainable for most.© Todd Heisler
Kierra Hampton at Little Round Lake, near Greenwood, Mississippi, 2014.© Matt Eich
As a way to beat the oppressive Pakistani heat the muddy, sewage filled canals in Lahore become a summertime swimming hole, as lower-class boys of all ages jump from a bridge into the water.© Melissa Lyttle
Wild Horses
Ready for action with his red cape, sheriff's badge and mustang Paiute, a young boy stands under the full moon at the Lauman ranch.© Melissa Farlow
A group of boys play soccer on the beach together at Ipanema beach on July 7, 2014 in Rio. Besides swimming in the ocean and laying out in the sun, beaches in Rio are very active with people playing soccer and volleyball throughout the day and into the evening.© Eve Edelheit
A Chinese tourist in the dunes of the Sahara Desert tries his hand at sandboarding for the first time during an overnight camping trip with classmates.© Sol Neelman
William Matthews, 13, plays outside row houses in south Philadelphia, PA on a Sunday afternoon. His mother worries more about his safety and the crime in their neighborhood, where a man was shot the night before, than who will be elected President.© Lisa Krantz
Dressed in full suit and tie on a cool Sunday morning, Art Attly, walked the streets looking for adventure In downtown Los Angeles. When asked how old he was Attly replied “I’m sixteen and never been kissed but, I’m still hoping for one.”© Barbara Davidson
Herme Sherry, Ms. Senior Arizona 2004, walks outside of the Sundial Recreation Center following the Sun City Parade in Sun City, Arizona March 13, 2010. 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of Sun City, the first planned retirement city in the United States.© Kendrick Brinson
Maharaja's palace foyer, Gujarat, India.© Kainaz Amaria
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A triptych from the Danube.© Ed Kashi/VII

This year's APhotoADay (APAD) benefit auction offers a great opprotunity to build out a photographic print collection, while supporting the future of the form. The online community for photographers which also organizes the annual GeekFest conference, is hosting their benefit until Sept. 16 through the internet auction house Paddle8, featuring stunning work by some of the most respected names in photography.

With a focus on the documentary world, the auction includes Holly Anders, David Walter Banks, Peter DiCampo, Kathleen Flynn, Preston Gannaway, Todd Heisler, Ben Rasmussen and Ami Vitale, among many others. Since APAD is now a 501(c)(3) organization, the proceeds will go directly to photographers in the form of grants — "to tell important stories that would otherwise go untold."

APAD's 3-day Geekfest this year runs concurrently (Sept. 12 - 14, 2014) and is being held in Philadelphia, promising "baller speakers," like Ed Kashi and Sara Naomi Lewkowicz (both have work included in the auction) and "more fun announcements," as well as a book launch party for Sol Neelman's Kickstarter-funded Weird Sports 2.

There are 11 days left in the auction and the opening and initial bids are suprisingly affordable.

Classic @benlowy. Beautiful, surreal, storytelling... I can’t believe it only has one bid... http://t.co/Ycy2vakOSI @paddle8 #GFPhilly — APhotoADay (@apadtweets) September 4, 2014

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