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Able Voices Albania Local Exhibitions

For two weeks PhotoVoice have been running photography workshops with two groups of disabled young people in an under-developed area of Albania, in partnership with World Vision Albania. Disabled people - and particularly younger people - are too often overlooked and excluded from community decision making and activities in Albania and across Eastern Europe due to low expectations about what they are capable of, and a lack of projects aimed at enabling inclusion.

PhotoVoice’s Projects Support Clare Struthers and experienced PhotoVoice facilitator Glynis Shaw travelled out to Albania three weeks ago to liaise with World vision Albania, prepare their staff and volunteers from the local university to support the workshop process and learn more about participatory methodologies, and run the workshops with fourteen young people with varying requirements for inclusion. Nine workshops were ran for each group of seven young people, in two different villages in Elbasan.

There was almost 100% attendance and no drop outs, showing the enthusiasm, energy of these talented young people. The course included a local outshoot and a 2 day trip to the beach via some archaelogical ruins and a zoo described by PV Project Support and facilitator Clare as ‘the most horrifying zoo I’ve ever been to in my life’! On Tuesday 10th July the results of these workshops were showcased in two local exhibitions -one in each village. Both were held outside for maximum impact and participation from the community (the weather is distinctly better in Albania than in the UK at the moment), and then the work is moving to Elbasan (the largest city in the province) for a combined exhibition in the centre of town.

Update from Clare, still in Albania and busy hanging the exhibition today: “The space is great - we’re hanging along the main boulevard which is packed between 6-8pm with pedestrians, there is also a big screen that shows adverts which we’ve hired it out for the duration of the exhibition to show a slideshow of the work that we’ve put toggether, showcasing each participants’ top five photos. They each have two prints in the exhibition and as they are outside they are quite large. We had them printed onto a durable canvas material so they are easily stored and portable - World Vision will be taking the exhibiton to Tirana (Albania’s capital) next. We’ve also had a T-shirt made for each young person with their favourite print on and their name on the back so they can show their involvement and their achievement.

The mayor was in attendence this morning (Tuesday 10th) and has responded really positively to including these young people in the community more. Tomorrow the local TV station will come to film the exhibition in Elbasan! We’ve also had albums made with their top ten photos and their certificates which will be presented to them all at the exhibition in Elbasan tomorrow. All of the WV staff & volunteers have been INCREDIBLE, especially Arjan (World Vision Albania Project Coordinator), who we couldn’t have done it without.

The young people have responded so fantastically as well and have really flourished in terms of confidence and ability - the work is really strong; you’d never guess that the photos were taken by children they are so good! Most importantly everyone has had lot’s of fun! We will miss the kids so much though, I know I’m gonna ball my eyes out when I have to say goodbye to them tomorrow!” Look out for further updates on this exciting project, and to see the work by the young people - a slideshow will be uploaded onto the Project pages of the website next week.

Images of Foul Play

Motion Blur: the Intersection of Cycling and Photography

Motion Blur @ King's Place
An evening of illustrated stories and compelling examples of where the worlds of cycling and photography collide. Join us for captivating stories full of adventure, creativity, “guts and grit”, all while appreciating the timeless crafts of cycling and photography.


Tom Perkins: Tom Perkins is free-lance writer, cooking enthusiast, and compulsive traveler. In 2012, Tom completed an unassisted bicycle journey from London to Cape Town, travelling over 20,000 km, through 26 different countries, for 501 days. He is currently self-designing and self-publishing his first travel cookbook based upon the adventure, showcasing the characters, recipes and culinary worlds he encountered along the way.

Jude Palmer: Jude’s ability to capture the precise moment, to evoke emotion without relying on equipment, and to seek out the instances that others may miss have all led to her appointment as official photographer of the 2014 Tour de France. For the nine months, prior to and during the event, she captured the competition, as well as the unseen heroes behind the event, from the organisers to community leaders to the die-hard super fans. She says, “It’s all about stamina, endurance, guts and grit.”

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Camille Stengel:Change for Chicks

Guest blogger - Camille Stengel

Every month PhotoVoice invites a different guest to provide a special blog post. This month we are very happy to have Camille Stengel, who attended our facilitator training workshop last year, to give this month’s blog. The Europe-based Canadian researcher will share her experience on running a participatory photography project.

Journey into the unknown
Attending the facilitator training workshop hosted by Photovoice in London in May 2013 marked a major step in my journey with participatory photography. I’m an Erasmus Mundus doctoral fellow in the programme Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology who chose a participatory photography method to conduct my research. The facilitator training workshop provided an intense, three day long session where I learned a host of skills that assisted with my doctoral research.

Change for Chicks
I moved to Budapest, Hungary to start the research a few months after the Photovoice training.  For my doctoral research I worked in partnership with the local non-governmental organisation The Blue Point Foundation.

Blue Point assists with providing health and social services to some of the most marginalised and excluded people in Hungary: injecting drug users. Blue Point operates under the philosophy of harm reduction, which aims to reduce the harms related to drug use (including the spread of blood borne diseases like hepatitis C and HIV) through nonjudgmental and non-moralising approaches.

Unique to all harm reduction centres in Hungary, Blue Point also holds a weekly women’s-only day called ‘Csere Csak Csajoknak’, which roughly translates to Chicks Only Day. I am interested in how ‘harm’ and ‘harm reduction’ is understood by clients and employees of the Chicks Only Day through their own photographs.


A calm and beautiful environment at Chicks Only Day, specially decorated for Christmas. Photo taken by a research participant.
A calm and beautiful environment at Chicks Only Day, specially decorated for Christmas. Photo taken by a research participant.


A client plays a tambourine at Chicks Only Day. Photo taken by a research participant.
A client plays a tambourine at Chicks Only Day. Photo taken by a research participant.

‘The Order of Disorder’
The project consisted of a number of participatory photography workshops with the employees of the Chicks Only Day, where they explored concepts of ‘harm’ and ‘harm reduction’ through photographs. As more photos were taken, the images were group and labeled by the employees based on their content and composition.

A kaleidoscope of images and post it notes during one of the participatory photography workshops. Photo taken by Camille.

A kaleidoscope of images and post it notes during one of the participatory photography workshops. Photo taken by Camille.

I also gave cameras to clients of Chicks Only Day and interviewed women about their photographs. Half way through the project the employees chose a selection of their photographs for me to show to clients.

During the participatory photography workshops employees first assigned descriptor words or titles to each image, which was placed on the back of the photograph with a post it note. I showed the photographs to clients and asked them to write down their reactions to the images, and then were shown the employees responses in order to compare the interpretations.

One of many photos that generated discussion was a photo of a police car blocking a sidewalk and an entry to a bakery in the neighbourhood where Chicks Only Day operates.

One of the employees described the photo as ‘the order of disorder’, because the police presence in the neighborhood was often a source of frustration and anxiety for employees. Clients who saw this photo told me their stories of interacting with the police; one client ironically joked that the photo should be called ‘friends’. This image is one of many examples of how employees and clients captured ‘harm’ and ‘harm reduction’ in their photographs.

Harm caused by the local police, captured by a Chicks Only Day employee. Photo taken by a research participant.
Harm caused by the local police, captured by a Chicks Only Day employee. Photo taken by a research participant.

‘Chicks on the Corner’ 
The months of photo taking, interviews, workshops and discussions culminated in a public photo exhibition titled Chicks on the Corner (‘Csajok a Sarkon’ in Hungarian). This event was made possible because of the collaboration and hard work of the employees and volunteers of Blue Point and Anker’t, the venue where the exhibition was held.

The event purpose was three fold: first, to showcase a selection of images that employees and clients of Chicks Only Day had produced; second, to raise money for Chicks Only Day through donations, where donors received a print of one of the photographs; and third, to celebrate the fourth birthday of Chicks Only Day (on the eve of International Women’s Day) with cake, drinks and dancing. The evening was a great success, and was a wonderful way to mark the end of the field research.

a selection of the photos hanging on display during the public exhibition. Photo taken by Emil Chalhoub.
A selection of the photos hanging on display during the public exhibition. Photo taken by Emil Chalhoub.

While the project was a success in terms of fundraising for Chicks Only Day and in terms of output for the research pursuits, the story for Blue Point after the research is much more bleak. After a string of conflicts with an unsupportive local government and a lack of funding, the NGO will have to move out of the neighbourhood at the end of August. More information about this can be found here:

This photograph, titled ‘Burnout’ and taken by a research participant, was the most popular image at the photo exhibition.
This photograph, titled ‘Burnout’ and taken by a research participant, was the most popular image at the photo exhibition.

All photographs are copyright under the Creative Commons license.

Further links
Read Camille’s blog about the research, which showcases the complete photo exhibition:

An interview with Camille about the research process:

Follow Camille on twitter @camillestengel

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Tom Perkins cycling for PhotoVoice!

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And We Shall Find Tales In The Shadows

We were delighted to recently partner with World Vision UK, on a project working with a group of young Syrian refugee and host community young people in Jordan.

The photographers are survivors of the biggest humanitarian crisis of this century. UN figures from February 2014 estimate the number of Syrian refugees in the Middle East to be over 2.5 million – this is expected to rise to 4.1 million by the end of 2014. Hundreds of people are fleeing the bombs, rockets and guns every day. Sexual violence and fear of sexual violence is also reportedly among the drivers leading to families to flee their homes in Syria to become internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries, such as Jordan.

As with any crisis, young people are always the worst affected, losing their childhoods through exposure to situations we cannot comprehend. Their lives have been transformed beyond recognition and any sense of familiarity or stability that should be associated with childhood has been snatched from them. Through sharing their stories in this way, they allow us a unique glimpse into their lives.

PhotoVoice project managers Clare Struthers and Helen Cammock, travelled to Jordan in May 2014, to run the workshops in the host community of Zarqa, in partnership with World Vision’s emergency Syria Response Team and the local organisation ICC (Islamic charity Centre), who provide services for Syrian refugee community.

Project at work


We worked with two separate groups of young men and woman, aged between 14 and 20, who had such an insight into their own experiences and the impact of them. “They were sad, lost, angry, confused – they felt a huge sense of injustice for Syria, but also in what they felt, was perhaps a muted response from the rest of the world, but they held onto what all young people we have ever worked with have – a hope for the future,” says our Project Manager, Helen Cammock. “They still believed politicians would help change things & that if people listened to what they had to say, that the world might change & they may be able to one day, return home. ”

“They held onto what all young people I have ever worked with have – a hope for the future”

The work produced is an incredibly thoughtful and insightful depiction of the thoughts, feelings of these young people’s personal experiences and their perspective on the Syrian crisis as a whole.  They all approached the photography with a hunger to learn & focused on combining visual & written language creatively, to produce a portfolio of images & a group digital story that has beauty, power & poetry.

“This project helped me to deliver my point of view through photography in a better way, because I now look deeper into the lens. For me, I prefer taking photos that expresses how I feel, even if it makes others angry.”  - Hanin, project participant

The project culminated in a huge celebration, held at the centre, showcasing their work alongside a screening of the group digital story produced, with over 150 from the local community in attendance!

Exhibition in Jordan

We were lucky enough to have the presence of an Irish news organisation filming the day, as part of their visit to the region, you can see a “special appearance” of the project’s exhibition as part of this online news broadcast.

Irish news organisation Online news broadcast

Another exciting platform for the work, is at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict here in London, that has been organised by the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie. Where their voices will be heard on a global level, most importantly by those who have the power to effect the change they so desperately need.

#TimetoAct Exhibition #TimetoAct Exhibition

Following the project’s completion, World Vision is now working with two community centres in Jordan to ensure that photography will form part of the ongoing curriculum for World Vision’s child and adolescent friendly space programs.

World Vision and PhotoVoice would like to express their thanks to: Abdulhakim, Aboud, Hamza, Ibrahim, Khalid, Mohammad, Wesam, Ahd, Deema, Hanin, Sabah, Salha and Sanaa for taking part.

Mickey Kovari: Changemaking Photography Downunder

June Guest Blog - Mickey Kovari

Mickey Kovari
Every month PhotoVoice invites a different guest to provide a special blog post. This month we are very happy to have Flashpoint Labs Co-founder and CEO, Mickey Kovari. Flashpoint Labs is a socially innovative professional photography agency and training academy. They provide corporate photography services and run changemaking photography programs with young people from diverse backgrounds.

How was Flashpoint Labs created?
I have had a passion for contributing to social change since I was a teenager. Growing up, I lived between two worlds. The haves and the have-nots. I was constantly struck by inequality. I had friends from the richest families in Australia and I had friends who slept rough from time to time. It was hard to reconcile the differences in my young mind.

During my years at university studying Political Economy and in my first few jobs in various NGOs, I began to realise the power of social enterprise for social change.

While working together in 2009, Leanne Townsend and I discovered we shared a passion for youth empowerment, social innovation and photography. Inspired by PhotoVoice, in 2011, we co-founded Flashpoint Labs and began running changemaking photography programs (based on the PhotoVoice Manual) with young people from diverse backgrounds in Sydney. Since then we have engaged over 200 participants, more than 45 in multi-week programs and 3 in multi-year paid apprenticeships.

In 2013, Tomasz Machnik joined Flashpoint Labs as the Lead Photographer. He now heads up the delivery of our professional services, the professional development of our young apprentices and the facilitation of our programs. He has had a huge influence on our ability to achieve social impact.

Evans High School Refugee Transition Program; Photo by Kata Marno

Evans High School Refugee Transition Program

Why Diverse Backgrounds?
We use the phrase ‘diverse backgrounds’ because we want to move away from the deficit language of ‘disadvantage’ and ‘marginalisation’. We believe these labels are negative and influence how young people see themselves, contributing to their disempowerment. We use the strengths based language of ‘diversity’ as we know diversity leads to resilience, creativity and innovation. 

Flashpoint Labs works with young people who are not involved in full-time work or study and who are, or are at risk of, not earning or learning. Due to Leanne and my experience in the Indigenous Sector, we have mainly worked with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. In partnership with other NGOs, we have also worked with many young people who have recently migrated to Australia and who come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

What is Changemaking Photography?
Flashpoint Labs has its own version of participatory photography, we call it Changemaking Photography. While participatory photography is a broad field ranging from very personal and therapeutic practices to very public and activist like practices, we focus on the later. We encourage our participants to explore socially innovative ideas and to think outside themselves, to think about their community and society more broadly. We encourage them to use systems thinking as well as visual and critical thinking in their projects.

Big Picture Indigenous Changemaking Photography Program Photo by Thomas Bassinder

Big Picture Indigenous Changemaking Photography Program

How Does Flashpoint Labs Work?
Flashpoint Labs has two mutually reinforcing enterprise elements, the Photography Agency and the Training Academy.

Yale MacGillivray in Action on Commercial Job; Photo by Tomasz Machnik

The Agency
Through the Agency, we deliver brilliant imagery with exceptional customer service and social impact. We provide a full range of corporate, event and advertising photography services. On every job, where possible, a young apprentice from a diverse background is paid to work alongside a professional photographer, getting valuable on-the-job industry experience. All profits from our photography services go directly into supporting our training academy.

Thomas Bassinder and Natalie Hunfulvay in Big Picture Workshop

Training Academy
Through our Training Academy, we deliver a range of changemaking photography programs, workshops, coaching and events for people of all ages and skill levels. So far we have focused on engaging and empowering young people from diverse backgrounds with the intention of employing the most committed as apprentices in the Agency.

Our programs use photography to engage people in breakthrough learning experiences. In supportive and cohesive groups, participants are given the opportunity to learn about technical photography, strategic storytelling and social innovation while developing critical and systems thinking skills, creative expression and confidence. 

What is Happening Right Now?
Between June 11th and June 30th we are running a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for two programs we want to run in the second half of 2014. Please back us to make these programs a reality and empower up to 40 young people! Go to the StartSomeGood Website.

Granville South High School Program

Granville South High School Program

Find out more about Flashpoint Labs on their Website and connect with them on social media: Facebook  -  Twitter  - Instagram  - LinkedIn

Matt Daw - Participation in Development

The series of toilet photos are from a baseline survey Emilia Mdaruvinga did in Zimbabwe under the PhotoVoice & CAFOD WASH Project– photographing everyone in her community with the toilet they use.
© Emilia Mdaruvinga / CAFOD / CARITAS / PhotoVoice

During a trip to Indonesia in 2012 I asked the staff of our local partner organisation about their experiences of the international effort in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. Their work in the region was prompted by the human need created by this event, however they were one of the few international NGOs to stay active in communities in Indonesia after the initial disaster relief effort. As they operate in partnership with communities, aiming to build up local capacity and resilience to disaster and health risks, their work took them to some of the most remote and disconnected communities in the islands. They had a bewildering portfolio of horror stories concerning what they found, but among the most worrying of these were not accounts of damage left by the tsunami, but of relics of interventions by other NGOs that had been and gone before them. Gleaming silver water towers standing like alien artefacts in communities with no infrastructure and a dire shortage of drinking water, not connected to anything. Concrete blocks of classrooms beginning to be reclaimed by the tropical foliage, unheeded by the inhabitants of nearby villages with no school teachers, school books or curriculum.

The most telling of these eyebrow-raising tales was of a community facing health problems caused by poor hygeine and water-borne disases. On the outskirts of this community stood not one, but two concrete blocks of drop latrines, equipped with fly traps, locking doors, all mod cons. Locals continued to use the undergrowth for their toilet trips, and the latrines - the most solidly built structures in the community - were being used to store grain. It turned out that these two blocks had not been built by the same NGO. The first (I won’t name and shame here) identified the community as a target for aid, conducted some research, and concluded that water-borne diseases were the priority issue for the community. The solution? Build drop latrines, so people don’t have to use the bush. Simple! So a few weeks of volunteer labour later, there is a spanking new toilet block. The village elders are invited for an inauguration ceremony, photos are taken, and the NGO departs in a rosy glow of satisfaction at a good deed done. A few months later, another NGO engages with the village, and finds that there is a problem with water-borne diseases due to open air defecation. There is a block of latrines, but these are not being used. No one has responsibility for them, no one knows how to maintain them, and in any case, for the villagers the idea of going to the toilet indoors and in the same place as others in the village seems disgusting. So what to do? Simple! They built another block of latrines, held an inauguration ceremony, took some photos, and off they went. I kid you not.

So when our partner organisation reached the village, the problem identified by both NGOs was no closer to being solved, and there were two blocks of drop latrines which no one had the faintest clue what to do with. The next few months were spent working with community members to build understanding of the hygeine risks of open air defecation, and to develop a community-led plan for the use and maintenance of the toilet blocks. Nothing new is built,  the time spent working in the community is considerably greater than the other two NGOs, and there are no photos of celebrations and grateful villagers in front of their new building to show the folks back home. But the rate of water-borne diseases in the village is falling. And continues to fall.

The huge response from donors to the 2004 tsunami, and the resulting influx of NGOs with little or no experience of working in Indonesia and no long term organisational strategy for development programmes there, makes this an extreme example. It illustrates, however, how misleading the picture of international development and NGO impact can be when the story comes from a communications perspective. Access to education a problem? We need schools! Send money to allow us to build a school! Thanks for your donation - look at this photo of the school your money helped build! If there are cultural, attitudinal or practical barriers that prevent children - or even teachers - attending school, there is no impact from building one. The same money spent on staff time working with the community to address these issues would do an infinite amount more; 10 children attending lessons under a tree represents a quantum leap from no children attending a beautiful concrete classroom. This is a simplistic way to put it, but since donors, funders and voters can have a big say in what money gets spent on and what policies are approved, it is worrying that the complexities of meaningful and sustainable development practice are not discussed more openly and given more public prominence. The media is interested when a situation is dire, and charity fundraising adverts highlight the desperate need to persuade people to dig deep. Then charities want to show their impact, and show that it was all worthwhile, and the story is dominated by smiling children and carefree communities whose needs have been met thanks to the change the charity brought about. The hard work of development - the capacity-building workshops in target communities, the painstaking negotiations with local and national government, the engagement of community stakeholders - this gets far less press. And yet this is where the money is spent - or certainly where a lot if it should be. But salaries and administration costs do not sound worthwhile to donors who want to see more children going to school. A school does seem important.

In the past few years PhotoVoice has prioritised international development as a target area for improved participation and community voice. For the work of international agencies to have validity as a force for positive development, the communities they seek to benefit must be informed, engaged and active in the process. Too often in the history of development this has not been the case – leading to inappropriate interventions and unsustainable improvements that cease to have any impact after the direct work of the outside agency ceases. Furthermore, economic and infrastructural development of a community can entrench or increase inequality if it does not make efforts to involve and empower all levels of communities it engages. Development programmes are bound to bring change, but it is not a simple thing to ensure that a change is positive for everyone in a community, or that it will last.

Likewise, it is important that those supporting international development - whether with their money or their vote - understand the true narrative of development. If neither the funders and voters, nor the communities themselves, understand the processes that are undertaken to bring about development, it becomes a ‘black box’ where change happens but is not seen, and cannot be evaluated, improved and prioritised.

In order to try and bridge the gap and give the world a peek into this ‘black box’, PhotoVoice has started building participatory photography components into a range of international development programmes, bringing photography in as a tool to bridge the gulf between communities at the frontline of development, and the various stakeholders that contribute to what is done in their name. In one such project in Zimbabwe, more than 30 community photo-monitors are monitoring water and sanitary health issues as experienced by their community, recording over time how facilities, behaviour and health in the community is affected by CAFOD’s WASH programme.

Already, one year into the three year programme, the work of the community photo monitors has revealed unforseen issues and affected the priorities of the programme. Some of the community members have requested support to use their photo skills to advocate locally for action by the local authorities, and PhotoVoice will provide resources and training to equip them to do this during our next field visit in june 2014.

PhotoVoice’s methodology creates a platform for the equal representation of views within a community. Our projects foster communication and dialogue through a visual medium that does not rely on high literacy levels, and captures perspectives in photographs that can be discussed and unpacked by all stakeholders within and beyond a community, regardless of whether the photographer feels confident or practically able to be physically present and express their opinions in public. Equipping local residents – unpaid representatives of the community – with cameras, and creating a robust local system that enables them to feed their photos into a public forum for regular discussion, makes development practitioners more accountable to those their project is intended to benefit. Data alone may not present a true picture of the impact felt by certain sections of a community, and will not reveal the unanticipated knock-on effects of project activities that an evaluation would not even think to ask about. Through PhotoVoice, a tool is provided that allows community members to capture what they feel needs to be seen and discussed, and using a camera they can provide both their message and the evidence to support it in one communication.

Through our projects participants are also introduced to using the video function on their cameras to capture their thoughts at the time of taking a photo, or interviewing a subject for their views or to obtain permission for the use of the photo in public. The focus, however, is on the power of the still image to capture a detail, and also a perspective on that detail. The series of choices made by a photographer helps to form a meaningful message, and ensures that the resulting photo is a useful communication of that message. The voice accompanying the photo, explaining its significance to the photographer or the community, is just as important as the photograph itself. The use of video provides one way to capture this in the moment before it is lost, without literacy being a barrier. In any case, photographers are given the opportunity to explain their photos when they are released to be seen by other stakeholders, and whatever they say about an image remains with it as a caption to ensure a photograph’s intention is not misread.

When a development programme succeeds in bringing about benefits for a community, PhotoVoice monitors within the community capture the true impact of these changes for real people. Too often the public story of development is dominated by fundraising asks and media depiction of disasters. Embedded community photo-monitors ensure that the stories that are usually untold can be captured and shared, showing the complex reality of development; the small changes that have to happen to pave the way for the bigger ones; the challenges that are encountered and overcome through the efforts of the community; the multiple stakeholders who have a part to play in making change happen, and ensuring it lasts. By capturing a story of change as it happens, community members can inform the process and allow NGOs and government agencies alike to adapt their practice where needed to ensure mistakes are not compounded and programmes reach their potential.

© George Matonhodze / CAFOD / CARITAS / PhotoVoiceProject Manager Matt Daw training participants in a project.
© George Matonhodze / CAFOD / CARITAS / PhotoVoice

PhotoVoice is currently working with the Overseas Development Institute on Development Progress, an international research project that aims to measure, understand and communicate where and how progress is being made in international development. PhotoVoice is engaging community members in 6 countries around the world where development has brought significant change to society and the lives of those in it. These people have first-hand experience of what has changed, over what time, and what impact this has had on the lives of real people, and are creating digital photo stories that give a grassroots perspective on the realities of development in action.

About the PhotoVoice & CAFOD WASH Project
CAFOD’s 3-year Water and Sanitary Health project in Zimbabwe aims to ensure that everyone in the target communities has access to enough clean safe water, and knows how to protect themselves from disease through good hygiene practices. As part of the project PhotoVoice has trained 30 adults and 40 young people in photography and visual literacy across more than 20 villages in the peri-urban region of Mutare, Zimbabwe.
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About Development Progress
Development Progress is a wider project led by ODI, focused on increasing understanding of, and engagement with, the process of international development. Working across a range of countries, and exploring different focus areas for development in each, PhotoVoice will enable local residents to create digital stories (photo slideshows with audio narration from the photographer) that explore and reveal their experiences of the changes brought about by international development work in all its forms.
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Amnesty International Youth Awards 2014

Amnesty Youth Award Performance

On April 30, some PhotoVoice staff had the pleasure of attending the 2014 annual Amnesty International Youth Awards, designed to celebrate what young people across the UK have to say on the enormously important topic of human rights. The event showcased the work of some very passionate students, speaking out about current injustices across dozens of regions and sectors. Voice of Freedom ExhibitionIssues highlighted include elder abuse in care homes in the UK, female infanticide in China, and the experiences of Syrian refugees.

The event came at the perfect time, as some PhotoVoice work from the Voice of Freedom project, about human trafficking in Africa, is currently on display in the main lobby.

The awards ceremony first began as The Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition in 2009. Initially a contest for 7 to 14-year- olds, the awards have expanded to accept Upper Secondary and Sixth Form submissions, and now include categories such as photography, song writing/performance, fundraising, and campaigning. The hope is that the students that get involved will stay involved as committed campaigners against human rights abuses for years to come.

Bianca presenting the award!

“I was so moved and impressed by the range of social and political issues raised by these incredibly aware teens. “

Two of our bursary recipients, Bianca Tennant and Victoria Omobuwajo, were asked to present the awards for the photography category. We are so pleased to be able to collaborate with Amnesty International on such an inspiring initiative, bringing together and encouraging the future change makers of the UK in the name of a better world.

Fundraising and Events intern Altaire said, “I was so moved and impressed by the range of social and political issues raised by these incredibly aware teens. One young reporter investigated labour conditions faced by migrant workers building infrastructure in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. Apparently hundreds of construction workers have died because the environment is so dangerous. I had no idea! I hope all of the young people continue to raise awareness and stand up for what’s right.”

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!

Below is a clip from the performance of the song “Rise” that won Best Songwriting Performance in the Upper Secondary and Further Education category, by Charlotte Atkins and Emily Bettles, St Laurence School in Wiltshire

PhotoVoice - Two New Trustees On Board!

A big, warm welcome to our two new Trustees, Lisa Caughey and Russell Watkins! Both bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise – it’s good to have you with us!

Lisa’s working background has mainly been in events management and fundraising, as well as the management and running of organisations in the creative and charity sectors. Lisa has a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Enterprise & Management for the Creative Arts. She also completed the Clore Duffield leadership course and has just started a 1 year course in Innovation in Management & Leadership in the cultural industries at the V&A.

“In my current role as Deputy CEO for Cardboard Citizens, a theatre company working with and for homeless people, I am responsible for driving strategy, fundraising, marketing, finance and operations. Cardboard Citizens is quite similar to Photovoice in that it seeks to build skills and empower marginalised communities using art.”

“I know that art and creative expression has the ability to bring about real change, and so I am looking forward to giving whatever I can to support the Photovoice team.”

Russell is the picture editor at the Department for International Development, working to illustrate DFID’s stories through photography and social media. He previously managed digital photography projects at the British Library, and has worked in the photographic industry for editorial, commercial and public sector clients since 1996.

“I’ve been a supporter of PhotoVoice for several years, so when the opportunity arose to become a trustee, I jumped at the chance.

“PhotoVoice provides incredible training and opportunities to young people in the UK and in developing countries. I’m passionate about photography and believe in its capacity to inform, empower and bring about social change, so I’m really looking forward to helping PhotoVoice reach even more people and change lives through participatory photography.”

Welcome to you both as our new Trustees!

In search for ‘RideLondon-Surrey 100’ Cycllists!

PhotoVoice is searching for two cyclists willing to represent us in this year’s ‘RideLondon-Surrey 100’ cycling festival, a world-class athletic event taking place over the weekend of Saturday 9 August and Sunday 10 August 2014.

The cycling starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. It will finish on The Mall in central London. With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it’s a truly spectacular event for all involved.

We are looking for two participants who can raise between £500-£1000.
If interested, please contact Altaire at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

It is a wonderful opportunity and challenge for anyone interested in cycling and supporting the arts/social change. For more information please go to Prudential Ride London website.

Meet last year’s cyclers: Richard and Rudy


PV 10 Auction - A Warm and Intimate Evening

The Getty Gallery near Oxford Circus was buzzing with anticipation with PhotoVoice supporters and friends waiting to get their hands on a number of outstanding prints at the PV10 Auction. The night was a great success even though we didn’t quite hit our ambitious fundraising target.

Our marvellous auctioneer, comedian Jack Dee, struggled to keep up with such a fervent bidding process on some of the prints. Sadly on others, hands were firmly on wine glasses and catalogues and the auctioneers gavel was brought down only too soon before the first bid was cast.

Thanks to the wind trio from the London School of Music , Getty Gallery and all of our donating photographers.

If you weren’t able to make the evening and wish to purchase a participant print for £115 (incl. postage and packaging) please order online here.

Shannon Ghannam: Connect the world one story at a time

April Guest Blog - Shannon Ghannam

Every month PhotoVoice invites a different guest to provide a special blog post. This month we are very happy to have one of Photovoice’s ambassadors, Shannon Ghannam, to give this month’s blog. The London-based Australian photography and multimedia professional will share her views on the ever-changing landscape of photojournalism.

The team at PhotoVoice recently asked me at a meeting to reflect on why I support PhotoVoice as an ambassador and subsequently to share my story with you.

In 1999 I was studying photojournalism in Brisbane, Australia. Through my studies I became aware of a growing debate in the world of photojournalism around the vast divide between those who documented, and those who were documented. The photojournalism industry was historically staffed by a small number of white, middle class, men who documented the world for the world’s media.

Thanks to the inherent power of visual storytelling, generations came to understand the world through this work not factoring in the narrow perspectives, that even with the best of intentions, this work could offer, or the stereotypes they inadvertently developed and reinforced.

PhotoVoice was one of the few organisations at that time leading the conversation, challenging the industry to be self-critical in order to truly achieve it’s ideals of positive social change. PhotoVoice advocated, to enable those who had traditionally been the subject of photojournalism to also be its author, thereby taking the powerful tool of visual storytelling and opening it up to the world.

Revolution in technology
I look back to that time 15 years ago and the world of photojournalism and photography is almost unrecognisable. This is in part thanks to the work of PhotoVoice and other campaigning individuals and organisations, but the biggest impact comes from the advent of the web.

Recent technological development around smartphones and social sharing platforms, mean that the world is now a photographer, a videographer, a publisher. The biggest increase of online and mobile use we expect to see in coming years is in developing countries. Never before have we had this opportunity to tell our own stories to the world, and to access them in return.

From subjects to creators of photography
Sadly in many communities around the world, for reasons too numerous to count, men, women and children are still voiceless. PhotoVoice works on the ground with local NGO’s around the world to utilise the power of photography to the benefit of the individual and their community. They train organisations in their participatory methodology to ensure that the imagery being used is authentic of those being represented, they also run a vocational 3 day training course in the practical aspects of designing and running your own projects, for practitioners.

Rakma, Nasra, Asli and Zam Zam, Somali Community, Brisbane, Australia 2003

Rakma, Nasra, Asli and Zam Zam, Somali Community, Brisbane, Australia 2003

Voice through photography
I have seen the power of these projects for myself. While still In Australia I undertook a yearlong participatory project working with newly arrived refugee women from the Horn of Africa communities in Brisbane for the Australian Red Cross and then another year long personal project with the Somali families I had met through the project. These were families headed by women and who had entered Australia as part of a UN Women at Risk project. We produced a series of collaborative self-portraits, with accompanying interviews and the women and children documented their lives.

The work was exhibited at a local gallery and professionally it remains my proudest moment. I experienced the transformative power of people telling their own stories. How that allowed an audience to see their similarities rather than their sometimes more “photogenic” differences. I will never forget the difference I saw in the women and children that night, how proud they were as creators of work, creative and important, sharing their culture, religion, experiences, concerns and hopes with the wider community. In a post 9/11 climate of mistrust of Muslim’s, and the Australian government’s draconian policy on refugees, I understood the power of offering an alternative view, a personal access point that countered the mainstream media’s stereotypes.

That is the kind of work that PhotoVoice is enabling every day!

Transforming storytelling

Despite the huge technological and social changes over the past 15 years, the reasons that photography had, and continues to have, such a huge influence on our lives remain the same: stories are what unites us. And today, as one person’s story can touch millions, I am excited to work along side PhotoVoice as they embrace these advances, empowering individuals and connecting the world, one story at time.

Shannon Ghannam is a London based Australian photography and multimedia professional, passionate about important stories and great storytelling. Most recently she has worked on award-winning Reuters multimedia and photography projects, including The Wider Image and Times of Crisis.
Follow Shannon on Twitter @Shannon_Ghannam.

March Guest Blog- Sue Steward

PV10  - an exclusive and intimate photography auction

Every month PhotoVoice invites a different guest to provide a special blog post. This month it is our pleasure to have, one of Photovoice’s Trustees, Sue Steward to share with you on our blog. In this Guest Blog for March the seasoned photography critic shares her joy of getting involved with PhotoVoice’s annual auctions.

About six years ago, on a visit to the London Art Fair, I spotted the PhotoVoice stand and was intrigued.

How It All Started
PhotoVoice founders Tiffany Fairey and Anna Blackman were there exhibiting photographs of young people from around the world. After a few words, it soon emerged that PhotoVoice had a handful of projects which were facilitated by London-based photographers who, through photography, were empowering the young beneficiaries in many areas of their life.

So in 2010, I was thrilled to be invited to become a Trustee for PhotoVoice, selected I assume, for my links with photo-editing newspapers and magazines, working with photographers both those I wrote about and exhibited.

Among a number of commitments, getting involved with the annual PhotoVoice Auction has been a joy - working with staff, meeting photographers, curating and hanging images, and most recently along with free-lance staffer Liz Harrington taking a lead in requesting prints whose potential price tags could help the organisation expand its exciting project portfolio.

The generosity of some of the world’s finest photographers still amazes me - especially those who repeatedly contribute year after year. One such is fashion and fine art photographer, Sarah Moon, (one of the Charity’s Patrons). She has been unbelievably generous with her prints - and needless to say her prints always vanish off the walls to excited buyers.

Time for Change
Over the past couple of years, PhotoVoice has – like other charities – been working hard to overcome the difficulties caused by a harsh economic environment. To adapt, we decided to re-site the grand event held for the past ten years at Reuters in Canary Wharf, with smaller, more intimate events.

PV10, we hope, is the way ahead. Taking place on March 26 at the Getty Gallery, just off London’s Oxford Street, it will bring together ten fabulous prints taken by ten amazing photographers.

The images have been selected partly for their different themes and subjects and partly for the different photographic processes they involve. They will, we hope,  satisfy everyone’s tastes.

10 Outstanding prints, 10 Generous photographers
For example, Sarah Moon’s “Le Pin du Jardin Botanique” is in her classic, Gothic-romantic style and reveals her passion for poetic gardens. Similarly in a botanical vein, Tony McGee brings a gorgeous, hand-printed “Moonlight Lily” - surprisingly in black and white but brought close to abstract perfection. The contrast with the singing colours of Simon Norfolk’s “Kabul ‘Pizza Express’ Restaurant Behind The Municipal Bus Depot” on a Kabul street, is a reminder of a happier side of life in the stricken Afghan capital.

And a somewhat different and peaceful pleasure expresses itself in Simon Roberts’ “Deal Pier, Kent” - from his recent “Pierdom” series covering all 58 UK piers. It depicts a serene scene with the painterly effect of the clouds hovering above the pier.

More of the 10 images will be released shortly – watch this space.

The PV10 auction will take place on March 26th, in Central London. You can browse our online catalogue to see the rest of the collection.To apply for more details and an invitation please contact Altaire.

Training Workshop at the University of South Wales

PhotoVoice’s Clare Struthers braved the floods and battled the train cancellations last week, to make it to Cardiff to run our 3 day participatory photography training at the University of South Wales. We were invited by Becky Matthews, a Senior Lecturer on the BA Photojournalism course to run the training for their 1st year cohort of students alongside the lecturers, so they can support them to run their own projects in the local community.

The three day Photovoice training in Participatory Photography methodology has been hugely beneficial for both staff and students on the BA Photojournalism course at the University of South Wales.

Staff and students now have the ability to design and facilitate our own projects which will have long term benefits. Staff have a foundation from which to build links with externals and students have gained life long skills which has improved their confidence and career prospects. We were taught many innovative and practical ways to engage students. Techniques we have already adopted in our classrooms. I cannot recommend Photovoice highly enough.
Becky Matthews, Senior Lecturer BA Photojournalism

The university already have partnerships established with Zoom Cyrmu, a youth organisation working with digital media, where they will used the skills learnt to run a one day workshop with a group of school students from a deprived area of Wales, and are working towards a longer term project with Age Concern Morgannwg, with the potential to evolve into intergenerational work.
It was a fun filled 3 days and everyone got a lot out of it.

Thank you for last week’s workshops they really were helpful! They not only benefitted me in a way that I can now do my own workshops but helped me look at my work in a different way. The group work was what I found most useful as it showed how various people view photos in similar/different ways and it was interesting listening to why they see it like they do. I really enjoyed all of the activities.
Nicole Rich, BA Photojournalism student

Thanks so much for the Photo voice workshops. I found them really interesting and engaging - there was a lot of focus in getting us to participate which I liked and I definitely feel that my skills in creating similar workshops have developed.
Jessica Folan, BA Photojournalism student

Overall I think the workshops went very well. I found that pretty much everything we did in the workshops was useful, and could easily see how it would apply to running our own workshops in the future. I found that in actually doing the different activities ourselves we got a much clearer view of what it would actually be like if asking a group to do them, and this will definitely be helpful when doing the activities with a group. The thing I think worked best in a way, was doing the group activity of reading photos and having to categorise them, as I think that this allowed everyone to see how people can read photos in so many different ways, and yet still be right. I think it also would help people in gaining new ideas and inspiration for their own work, after seeing how many different ways photographs can be interpreted.
Lili Piggott, BA Photojournalism student

Danziger’s Travels: Finding Stories, Sharing Voices

Every month PhotoVoice invites a different guest to provide a special blog post. This month we are very happy to have, one of Photovoice’s Patrons, Nick Danziger to share with you on our blog. In this Guest Blog for February the award-winning photographer examines the power and value of photography, while giving you a teaser of his talk at Kings Place as part of the Words on Monday series.

My passion as a photographer has been to document the lives of those who rarely have a voice.  I therefore had no hesitation in accepting PhotoVoice’s invitation some years ago to become one of their Patrons and to lend my support to the vital work they do to empower people through participatory photography.

About PhotoVoice
This award winning international charity is unique in many ways as it works with some of the most marginalized and vulnerable communities around the world using photography to build confidence in people to speak out about their challenges, strengths, hopes and fears and to create tools to drive positive social change. PhotoVoice’s guiding principle is to train people to document their lives. However participatory photography also provides more than just a skill. It increases self-confidence and fosters a sense of pride in the individual and the community and through this gives them opportunities and responsibilities in life that they might not have otherwise had. 

PhotoVoice’s pioneering projects have amplified the voices of refugees, people who are blind and partially sighted, sexually exploited children and young people, young people affected by gangs and knife crime, street children, landless indigenous peoples, people living with HIV/AIDS and those with differing requirements for inclusion.

Risk-taking adventures
In my role as one of the Photovoice Patrons I have been asked to speak at Kings Place as part of the Words on Monday series. Without giving too much away my talk will begin with the Belgian cartoon character who inspired me to set off on my first adventure. Then abandoning a successful start as an artist at Robert Fraser’s Cork Street Gallery, I headed for China on a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship overland crossing the Ayatollah’s Iran, entering Afghanistan clandestinely under the Soviet regime, and finally in to China across a border that had been closed to foreigners since 1949 disguised as an itinerant Muslim traveller.

The unexpected
Little did I know then that this would one day lead me to the corridors of power with access to world leaders and Heads of State as they made decisions that changed the course of history. These images as well as the stories from Camp David, No. 10 Downing Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Guantanamo, Rio and Buckingham Palace will hopefully come as a surprise to you, as will some images of the world’s most successful professional sports team. But above all there will be stories and images of individuals who have often surmounted seemingly impossible odds living in some of the world’s remotest and most isolated regions and countries.

Although I hope my stories and images will make you laugh and think, entertain and inform you, above all I would like you to be at Kings Place for PhotoVoice. So please join us, bring friends or family to share the experience and to show your support for a marvellous organisation who are deeply committed to giving hope where all too often it is in short supply. Do join me and the PhotoVoice team on 3rd March.

As part of the Kings Place Words on Monday series, PhotoVoice presents: ‘An Evening with Nick Danziger’ @ Kings Place, Monday 3rd March 2014.Book your tickets now.

Able Voices Albania Update

Last summer, in partnership with World Vision, PhotoVoice ran a photo advocacy project with young people with mixed disabilities in Albania, enabling and supporting them to use photography as a way to speak out about barriers they face to inclusion in their communities.

The young people from the project were recently invited to present their work as part of the International Day of Children’s Rights at the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth - a fabulous example of our participants becoming self advocates!
To know more about Able Voices, please see our project page:

Photo credit: ©World Vision in Albania and Kosovo

Shutter Release Private View @ London Art Fair 2014

Last year we ran a project with a group of women at various stages of rebuilding their lives following alcohol or drug addiction, as part of our wider Shutter Release project.

The workshops took place in Ealing, in partnership with DiversityInCare, who provide specialist services and support to women, to help prevent and reduce drug and alcohol related issues. Over the course of the project the women were supported to create photo stories that explored their next steps and challenges they would face on the path to rehabilitation, helping them to voice and prepare for the milestones ahead.

We were very excited to host an a private view of their work as part of the London Art Fair on Wednesday 15th January, it was an inspirational evening for all who attended, including the women, their family and friends, representatives from DiversityInCare and the funders of the project, the Deloitte’s Young Philanthropy Syndicate. We would like to thank everyone who came to help share in the celebration of these women’s stories.


“Thank you and yours for an amazing evening. It’s something I won’t forget. Thank you for a wonderful spread and a huge thank you for making life worth living. My husband and friends were blown away with the whole evening. Thank you. It’s a privilege to have gotten to know you.”

Teri Austin, project participant.

Shutter Release helps people who are rebuilding their lives to plan and prepare for a positive future, by using photography as a way to explore their next steps, including barriers and obstacles that may have to be overcome along the way. Through exhibitions and other materials the views and experiences of participants will feed into the public debate about how people can be better supported to reach their goals and achieve successful rehabilitation following prison or addiction. The Shutter Release project started in 2012 with a pilot with male prisoners in Leeds Prison and we will hope to continue the project this year working with female prisoners.

Photo credit: Christie Lau/PhotoVoice

PhotoVoice x HIV Alliance x Youth Stars @ Myanmar

PhotoVoice and the HIV Alliance is working with the Youth Stars – a group of representatives from key groups in the spread of HIV – sex workers, men who have sex with men and drug users. Through the photovoice methodology, they will produce photo stories which will raise awareness and deepen understanding on issues around the spread of HIV in Myanmar, and will help raise awareness and create dialogue with young people whose actions can make a difference to their safety and the safety of others.

Our project manager Matt Daw is now in Myanmar, working with young people affected by HIV. Here he shares with you the latest update of this project.

MyanmarMyanmar, and Myanmar
Myanmar (formerly Burma) seems to exist in two parallel universes in the public consciousness. On the one hand it is a peaceful, beautiful country with a rich cultural heritage and breathtaking scenery apparently untouched by the ravages of the last 100 years of industrial development and environmental irresponsibility that has scarred so much of South East Asia. On the other, it is a country in the sway of a brutal autocratic regime; a site of revolution, riot and repression where an internationally respected peace activist spent years under house arrest to protect the interests of an illegal government.

Taboos and Daily Struggles
Here in Yangon I similarly feel split between two seemingly irreconcilable Myanmars. Walking the streets between golden pagodas and immaculate parks I encounter a warm welcome from a relaxed and friendly people, and encounter groups of serene Saffron-robed monks at every turn. In our workshops, however, I meet a collection of inspiring young people whose lives in Yangon are a daily struggle against prejudice. Our group of 12 participants are representatives from key groups affected by or at risk of HIV. The group includes young people living with HIV, sex workers, transgender (born male but identifying and living as a woman)and gay young people of both sex. These young people have come forward to join the ‘Youth Stars’ – a group of youth representatives from these important and often overlooked communities. They act as representatives for their communities, and gain support and skills to build their confidence in meeting the challenges they face in a country where committing a ‘gay act’ is still officially a crime, and where HIV is a taboo subject too infrequently discussed and too often misunderstood. This unwillingness to discuss and address risks and effects of HIV, and the lack of acceptance of those most at risk because of fear and ignorance, compounds the risks faced by young people in Myanmar before and after becoming HIV Positive.

Photography as a Tool
Through our participatory photography project, in partnership with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, these Youth Stars are gaining a new tool to explore, express and tackle the issues they face daily. What they would struggle to safely say in person to many members of the general public in Yangon, their photos will be able to communicate in a powerful and accessible way.

This Thursday the groups will complete a week of PhotoVoice workshops, introducing technical skills in digital photography, visual literacy concepts and issues around ethically and sensitively representing issues and people close to their hearts. On Saturday 1st February an exhibition of their photographs and captions will be showcased in the public park in Yangon, next to a funfair and water park where young people and families flock for their weekend leisure time. The projects they are working on include myth-busting depictions of everyday life for transgender women, and a moving series of photos depicting the steep rise in maturity and issue-awareness that a young man experienced since testing positive for HIV. Such insights and nuanced personal stories are a far cry from the broad generalisations of transgender women as promiscuous thieves and HIV Positive people as morally bankrupt people who now face nothing but a slow death by disease as a penance for past actions. Simply having young people who are living with HIV speak out in public challenges the outdated belief that you cannot have a productive life or social circle when in that situation.

Uplifting Stories
I have been blown away by the courage and energy shown by these young people in their desire to bring about a change to attitudes, understanding and behaviour in their society. Several face down discrimination daily because they choose to openly live as their true selves rather than hide what they truly feel in order to conform. These individuals are the vanguard of a generation that will demand the right to live and love as they please, and to have their health protected and cared for regardless of their gender or HIV status. Already there are positive stories arising from the lives of these young people – a young man living with HIV who is fully supported by his family, and who finds their support vital to his wellbeing and access to services;  transgender women who have lived with partners for years and have built up strong networks of friends in their local areas. Sharing such stories will provide real-life role models for those who feel they should shun key groups to avoid facing stigma themselves. The Youth Stars are appropriately named. They are brave, passionate and eloquent and I can’t wait to share their work and the messages they choose to convey with the people of Yangon and an international audience.

Photo credits: Matt Daw/PhotoVoice

Snapshots of Reality-Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

Basey, Samar, which is approximately 25km from Tacloban City, Leyte was badly hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last November 8, 2013 devastating the whole town and taking away the lives of 433 individuals. With its inevitable strength, it did not only destroy the sturdy buildings and houses but it also took away the beauty and serenity of the town. But, despite of this tragic experience, the people of Basey still hope for a bright and better future for their beloved town. And how will this better future be realized? When will this come? In the midst of uncertainties, will the former splendour of Basey be regained again?

These unfathomable questions are bewildering the minds of the people of Basey. Nothing is definite yet as of the moment in terms of reconstructing and rehabilitating the whole town, but what is certain is their deep faith in God who is the maker of all creations, believing that everything will finally fall on its proper places in God’s time.

Photographer: Aleena Delovino
(She was trained in participatory photography by PhotoVoice as part of the WAGGGS project – you can read more in our previous blog post).

PhotoVoice @ London Art Fair 2014

London Art Fair 2014 Panel ...

PhotoVoice enjoyed another successful year as the official charity partner of the London Art Fair 2014, showcasing an array of our recent UK & international projects, including Having Our Say Too, Shutter Release & Voice of Freedom. Thank you to everyone who popped by the booth to say hello, we hope you enjoyed the exhibitions.

Having Our Say Too Having Our Say Too
Young people exploring their perspectives and experiences of sexual exploitation.
Shutter Release Ealing Shutter Release, Overcoming Addiction
Working with women to help rebuild their lives and plan for the future.
Voice of Freedom Voice of Freedom
Trafficked women speak into the silence – Supporting African women currently living in a Safe House in Israel.

Our landmark panel debate, discussing Control of the Frame: Power, Representation & Identity in Photography, was a sell-out success as ever! A huge thank you to all the panellists for sharing their work & insights on the subject matter. Daniel Regan spoke about his work created with the Katie Piper Foundation, alongside his incredibly moving Alopecia project. Fiona Yaron-Field, co-founder of Uncertain States, described her practice around her long-term collaboration with her daughter who has Downs Syndrome, to raise awareness around the different issues of her condition. Our very own project & bursary participant Ryan Crawford, who came through PV as part of the Lookout UK project, amplifying the voice of young people in the media, who gave a very touching account of his life journey from a young homeless teenager. And last but not least, we were treated to the beautiful body of work ‘The Letting Go’ from Laura Hynd, a personal & confessional series of photographs, portraits & self portraits.

London Art Fair 2014 Panel ...

It was a very inspiring discussion, this is what audience members had to say about the experience…

Thank you to all those who signed up to our e-newsletter at the fair, as promised, one of you will be winning a Fuji digital camera – and the winner is… drumroll please…

Congratulations to Jack W. for winning the Fuji digital camera!

Hope you will enjoy this handy camera as much as we do at PhotoVoice.

And lastly a HUGE thank you to all of the LAF staff for all of your continued support & help in making it a truly memorable year!

New PhotoVoice Logo! Rebranding in Progress

PhotoVoice are currently undergoing an exciting re-brand, to bring us visually in the 21st century!

We are currently designing a brand new, updated website to reflect the quality of the projects we run as an image-led organisation and pioneers in the field of participatory photography. Watch this space for its launch in 2014! Meanwhile, we are very excited to share with you a sneaky preview of our new logo! We hope you like it as much as we do.

our NEW Logoour NEW logo

All of the design work has been generously produced by the fantastic design studio Imagist – thank you guys for doing such a great job, we love it!

“The Long Road Ahead” by Ryan Crawford

Ryan participated on our Lookout UK project in 2012, to amplify the voices of young people in the UK prior to being awarded one of our bursaries, generously funded by the John Kobal Foundation.

Earlier this year I was very fortunate to have received a bursary from Photovoice to develop a photo story about my life. I should really say, my life so far, as I am only just about to leave my teens behind, and face “The Long Road Ahead”.

I had completed a course funded by Photovoice (Lookout UK), with the Nottingham Photographers’ Hub. My work with the Photographers’ Hub consisted of telling the story of my homelessness, and feeling like I was at my lowest of lows, looking for a light and the end of the tunnel so to speak. I thought I would use the bursary from Photovoice to expand this work, and tell the story of leaving Corby, and getting the sense of freedom in the Lake District.

‘The Long Road Ahead’, is about my journey to freedom from the cramped town of Corby, in the Midlands to pastures new. Corby held many bad memories for me and it really felt like where there was nothing going for me.  I wanted to leave, expand my horizons and go on a journey to fulfil my potential.  Leave home, to make another home.

My photography uses a documentary style but very much influenced by stylish advertising images. I react to the things in my imagination, make them a reality and give an insight into what makes me feel free and let go of all my bad emotions that I can feel in the real world.  I see myself as a realist but also as a dreamer of big things in a realist world. 

With the bursary I went back to Corby to document places which evoked a memory from my past, visited and met a lot of old friends. I then went to the Lake District, a place which is grand, empty and with loads of space. The pictures I took show parts/places of my childhood and then stretch into where I am now and where I want to be.  I try and give a bright and free flowing feel to these pictures compared to my last ones that depicted my homelessness and which gave a cold and dark feeling slowly getting warmer.

When I got back to Nottingham, I worked with the Nottingham Photographers’ Hub to develop the story, style and sequence of images to be shown. Their help was very useful, as in September I had started a new course, and was very busy.  The whole experience of thinking about the story, taking the images, researching, developing the work and showing the exhibition has been hard work, but very rewarding.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Photovoice for giving me this opportunity to have my own exhibition.

- Ryan Crawford

We are very pleased to announce that Ryan will also be speaking as part of our panel debate at the London Art Fair on Wednesday 15th January 2014, 1pm. This year’s topic is: Control of the Frame: Power, Representation & Identity in Photography. Discussing how the role and impact of photography change depending on who makes the key choices about how subjects are represented?

Book now to avoid disappointment as it is always a sell-out!

Ryan Crawford


PhotoVoice partnered with WAGGGS (Worldwide Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) back in May this year to run a 1 week training in using photography as a tool for social change, specifically focusing on child and maternal health in line with the 2013 World Thinking Day themes of MDGs 4 and 5.

We trained 20 young women from 17 different countries worldwide to set-up and run their own individual participatory photography projects aiming to teach and empower girls and young women aged 15-24 to use photography as a way of exploring the state of child and maternal health issues in their communities, and a tool for social change, to amplify their voices locally and internationally through showcasing their photos in exhibitions.

© Kristina Anne Estaño

We are very excited to showcase the first of the completed projects in the Philippines run by Angeli Monique Siladan. Angeli trained 34 girls from 29th November to 3rd December, bringing together girls from all over the thousand islands of the Philippines to have their voices developed and heard at a national level. The project theme was: “Timek, Tingog, Tinig - A Hundred Voices of Girls in Action.”

They visited a general hospital to take their photos, editing & captioning them after for a mini exhibition – “Everyone did a great job and the photos were all amazing. Other participants enjoyed the exhibit and even debated on the photos that they saw.” – Angeli Monique Siladan

The main exhibition will be in January 2014 at the Philippines’  Childrens Museum (Museo Pambata).

Angeli also said “Overall, the girls responded that they feel empowered after the session.” It is great to see PhotoVoice trained voices directly feeding into the international debate around child and maternal health and a testament to Angeli and her girl guides group spirit that they were able to carry out and complete such a fantastic project in the midst of all the tragedy that has befallen the Philippines lately. 

©  Marie Francene Aquines

©  Angeli Monique Siladan

©  Donnah Laurice Torres

Congratulations on all of your hard work girls!

Read more on the blog post on the WAGGGS website.

PhotoVoice Auction PV10 @ 26th March, Getty Images Gallery

PV 10 - Auction of Photographs 2014

Date: Wednesday 26th March 2014
Venue: Getty Images Gallery
Time: TBC

Tony McGee - Moonlight Flower No.8
© Tony McGee

PhotoVoice is hosting a smaller more exclusive auction on Wednesday 26th March 2014 of ten outstanding quality photographs donated by supporting photographers and galleries. We are inviting our many loyal friends, Ambassadors and past buyers from our Exceptional Auctions.  The short evening will be hosted by a special guest and the auction proceedings will be overseen by a highly respected auctioneer.

The auction will take place on Wednesday 26th March 2014, at the Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DX.

We are extremely grateful for the high level of support we receive from the international photographic community through kind offers of print donations. Special thanks go to the donating photographers and galleries for PV10 in 2014. These include work by Tony McGee, Simon Norfolk, Tessa Traeger & Simon Roberts to name a few.

It is set to be an unmissable evening and one where we hope to raise as much money as possible for our vital work making the world of difference to marginalised and vulnerable communities through participatory photography.

For further information or to request to reserve a ticket please contact:
Juliet Vine .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call +44 (0)20 7613 0216


Having Our Say Too Resource Pack


The Having Our Say Too resource is a pack designed to offer practitioners in a range of youth support settings a new tool that is built around work created by young people affected by sexual exploitation. The activities in the pack have been developed in direct response to their images and digital stories, ensuring that their experiences and perspectives have an impact on other young people across the UK in understanding the issues and context of sexual exploitation, thus furthering their capacity to safeguard themselves. We have so far trialled activities at Safe and Sound ,Derby and the NSPCC Protect and Respect Project, Croydon. We will be using it in London schools in the New Year and it will also be presented this week to a National Working Group Masterclass in Birmingham for senior practitioners across different areas of work (Police, Health, Education and Social Work) and will also be presented at the annual National Working Group conference in March 2014 with a workshop on how to best use the resource.

An online project website with a gallery and resources is also available It also profile’s the photographic work of each young person on the project and activities are all available for download here.

If you are a practitioner working with young people and would like a hard copy of the resource, or advice on using the it please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

PhotoVoice presents: ‘An Evening with Nick Danziger’ @ Kings Place, 3rd March


PhotoVoice presents: ‘An Evening with Nick Danziger’

Date: Monday 3rd March 2014
Time: 7:00pm

Venue: Kings Place Hall One

Price: £9.50

Book your ticket now!

© Sean Geraghty

As part of the Kings Place Words on Monday series, PhotoVoice brings you an illustrated talk by award-winning photographer Nick Danziger.

Nick Danziger is a polymath. He abandoned a promising career as a painter to travel and in the 1980’s he became a best selling author; his first book Danziger’s Travels, is still in print to this day.  In the 1990’s he won awards for his films for the BBC, and for other international networks, working with NGO’s such as ICRC.  Throughout all this time Nick took still photographs, at first as a record and illustration, then as part of the film making process and in the last decade working principally as a photojournalist and documentary photographer.

These labels maybe describe what Nick does, but they do not define him.  More than anything else Nick Danziger is a traveller, a storyteller and an explorer of places and situations that most of us would never dare to go near.  He is a contemporary everyman, through whose eyes we can begin to understand the outside world.

In the words of Neil Burgess photo agency director, “Nick’s urge to travel is bonded with his deep fascination with people.  Over the years working with him I’ve learnt not to be surprised by the depth of affection in which he is held by his subjects and his colleagues.  From steely-faced politicians and their spin-doctors to taxi drivers and hotel receptionists, they all fall for his easy charm and his genuine interest in themselves and their lives.

The drama of peoples lives in times of war, famine, or civil unrest can be extreme, but Nick understands that the story does not end there. Through much of his photographic work, Nick stands out as a someone who cares enough to return, to follow up, to find out how their lives developed and moved on, sometimes for the better and sometimes not.”
Join us as we journey through the life & career of one of the world’s most renowned photojournalists.



Water Hydrant

Water Hydrant, Parkhead, Glasgow, 1995

Repeatedly during this hot summer’s day the local firemen capped the fire hydrant, but once the fire engine had disappeared around the corner the children broke the cap to play in the geyser of water.

Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India 2013

Sadhus adorned in ash, and bearded faces spellbound, process with chants and incantations having been reborn in the cold gray current of the Sangam, the meeting point of the Ganges and Yamuna.

Mah Bibi, Ghor Province Central Afghanistan, 2001

“My name is Mah-Bibi.  I dont know myself but people tell me I am 10.  One of my brothers is 5 and the other is 7.  I take care of them.  When my brothers are hungry they ask me for food.  People tell me there is war but I only think about hunger.”

© Nick Danziger

PV & John Kobal Bursary Exhibition 2013

Bursary Exhibition 2013

A HUGE thank you to everyone for making the effort to come out last night all the way to south London in the cold, to help us celebrate the work of our fabulous 2013 Bursary recipients! A great night was had by all, especially the participants who had travelled far and wide to see their work exhibited. There was a real atmosphere of pride and achievement, Luke, one of the participants commenting,

“I can’t believe they look so good. I never imagined I could feel like I’d really made something that people might actually want to look at and think it’s good, it’s quality, you know?”

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At PhotoVoice we champion the power of photography to affect not only social, but personal change, our bursary scheme is a perfect reflection of this, giving the individual participants the skills, support and opportunity to develop their own personal bodies of work and photographic practice. It has been an exceptional year of work, the high quality and diversity of the work produced a testament to that and there was lots of positive feedback.

“So great to see more strong work coming out of PhotoVoice at the gallery last night” Jenny Matthews, Photographer & PV facilitator.

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This year’s very talented recipients were:

Mike Asiku, London

My Journey

Mike’s project is about inspiring young people, he produced a book documenting his expedition to Iceland with the British Exploring Society this year, which is available to view and purchase online!

“The bursary has affected me ... Now I know doing what I want to do is better than doing something that people tell you to do. I like photography, and when I did it I really enjoy it. And maybe it’s one of the things I want to continue doing. “

Mike has also signed up to become one of PhotoVoice’s first ever Youth Ambassadors, we are very honoured to have him on board!

Brandon Lane, London

Brandon’s project shows the long term effects of pollution on our urban environment replicated in 3D models.

“I chose to do this project because I want to leave the earth in a good condition for the next generation.”

Watch Brandon’s 3D model video on Youtube

Denzel Hippolyte, London

Denzel explored cultural diversity in London through a series of environmental portraits, showing the positivity of it in the hope to change people’s perspective and opinions of race.

Isabella Okoh, London

A Book of Fables

Isabella produced a book, showcasing her personally written fables, accompanied by her original artwork.

You can view and purchase Isabella’s book here.

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Alisha Watts, Middlesborough

A Day in the Life of my Disability

Alisha’s images individually symbolise different feelings she has about her experience of her illness.

Bursary Exhibition 2013

Luke Hayes, Blackburn

Finding My Space, 2013

Luke’s project explored spaces where he feels relaxed.

“These spaces are when I’m alone and in touch with nature.”

Ryan Crawford, Nottingham

The Long Road Ahead

Ryan’s project is about his journey of freedom from his home town Corby, that held bad memories, to expanding his horizons and fulfilling his potential, to Nottingham where he now lives.

“I couldn’t believe how good it felt to come in and see people looking at my work. When Jagdish asked whether I was excited about seeing my work on show I was like ‘yeah’, but when I came into the gallery and saw people were saying how good it was I felt like a kid on Christmas day!”

Ryan will also be representing PhotoVoice at the London Art Fair in January to speak as part of our panel debate.

Stephen Rawlinson, Bradford

Stephen’s project documents the challenges and joys of his life since his release from prison.

HUGE congratulations to them all for of their hard work and achievements over the past year!

Watch this space for a dedicated project page coming soon to our website with a full project portfolio of each participant!

I’d also like to say a very special thank you to all of the mentors this year who have so generously given their time and expertise.

Nadege Meriau - Photographer
Othello De’Souza-Hartley - Photographer
Caroline Edge - Photographer
Alex Lambert from Inition, 3D technology company
And PhotoVoice’s very own Helen Cammock!

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And of course thank you to the John Kobal Foundation who’s funding make this very special project a reality, and to The Sunday Painter gallery in Peckham Rye, who hosted the exhibition this year.

I look forward to doing it all over again in 2014!

Clare Struthers – Bursary Scheme Project Manager

Please check out our Facebook Page to see more photos of the Bursary Exhibition 2013

Let’s talk WITH young people, not ABOUT them

By Matt Daw, projects Manager

© Darrell Senior 2012 / Catch22 / PhotoVoice This is an arsenal of weapons of truth.“With great power comes great responsibility.”
Since Peter Parker’s uncle Ben didn’t know he was Spiderman at the time he said this, and Peter Parker is a photographer when sans spandex, I consider this quote completely relevant to the subject of this post, and not at all geeky. Oh no. And in any case Voltaire said much the same when bemoaning the abuse of privilege and power in 19th Century France, so if you prefer your role models bewigged and satirical rather than web-slinging and angst-ridden you can continue reading without fear of a dumbed-down diatribe.

Misrepresenting someone or something is a big thing. It has potentially vast repercussions, a fact recognised by defamation law, allowing individuals – or at least those with money and expert advice -to seek reparation for slander and libel that damages their reputation or prospects. If I suggest that you are a thief in a public forum, and you are not, you have the law on your side to demand a public retraction and, because it is understood that reputation is never fully restored from an accusation that is withdrawn, some financial recompense.

The power of controlling how something or someone is represented and publicly perceived is further highlighted by the huge fees paid to advertising and PR companies by major brands and public figures. With Coca Cola reportedly spending $4 Billion a year on advertising there is clearly much that can be done if you feel your image could make or break you.

So what about when misrepresentation is more general – more insidious? If someone suggested publicly that all black people are criminals they would be denounced not only as racist but as a law-breaker. A paper that made this claim would almost certainly close its doors within weeks of the headline. Such broad misrepresentations with their socially destructive and divisive effects can slip through, however. A public media outlet may be restricted to specific accusations against specific individuals who cannot refute those accusations, but is open to select which stories to feature. By choosing to make every instance of a crime committed by a black person front page news, and ensuring that the rest of the paper excludes all stories that prominently feature black people, a paper could create the impression of a reality in which the outrageous claim above is the case, without having to state it outright.

So far so theoretical, and this is an extreme example. Obviously such an approach by a paper would not go unnoticed or uncommented upon, and the only people who would swallow such poison would be those who already share those views and are offended by media coverage that does not support them. So with that extreme theoretical situation in mind, consider how the mainstream media represents young people. How often do articles in papers and websites refer to ‘young people’ and how often is it in relation to negative social issues such as crime and antisocial behaviour? It may not be something you have actively monitored, but start now and keep a tally of negative references to young people against positive ones, and assuming your media consumption is fairly mainstream I can guarantee the scales will soon be tipping on the side of ‘young hooligans’ and ‘feral youth’ even if such extreme language is avoided by the more left wing titles.

Young people are most commonly presented in media stories as symptoms of a decaying and increasingly dangerous and decadent society, or as vulnerable victims of crime and neglect. Yes, media outlets are inevitably predisposed to feature stories in which the protagonists are broadly polarised into wrongdoers and the wronged, but adults in such narratives are usually given a more three dimensional portrayal that includes some degree of context to their lives. Furthermore, the journalist, pundits, witnesses and even readers are present in the debate around media narratives in today’s tweeting, sharing, blogging society. All adults, yet not lumped under the banner heading ‘adults’ or any other over simplifying label.

Choices of imagery can also be significant in reinforcing attitudes without the need to provide any supporting evidence for the subtle inference it makes. Consider The Evening Standard’s choice of photo accompanying every article of its gangs series last month.
The article is about gangs, but it is the picture that links that loaded word with all its connotations of violence and crime with the fairly common sight of young men in hoodies. Never mind that this is a style choice any young person would be entitled to make, and that gathering in groups is both a right and a necessity for young people meeting socially.

Photo by Swammie Prescott.

If a story warrants news coverage, and young people are particularly central to it, why on earth are the voices of young people not featured? At the moment any young person who is contributing positively to society or simply succeeding in their own projects is apparently almost invisible to the mainstream media. Involving young people as commentators would allow a more balanced view of the diverse attitudes, perspectives, experiences and demographics included under that label. At the moment any young person who is contributing positively to society or simply succeeding in their own projects are invisible to the mainstream media. Involving young people as commentators would allow a more balanced view of the diverse attitudes, perspectives, experiences and demographics included under that ‘catch-all’ label. It would challenge the ‘us and them’ scenario built up by constantly reinforced negative depiction of young people, which in turn could increase positivity in young people by giving them ways to engage in a visible way beyond conforming to the expected roles of yob or victim. And, to really state the obvious, it would bring the most relevant voices around youth issues into the debate. Young people are best placed to explain the wider picture behind the actions of certain young people. Who is involved? Why? What pressures are there to also get involved? What positive things are being done by young people we don’t hear about? What would make a difference to the lives, opportunities and choices of young people? And so on. Shouting over the heads of a generation and making decisions designed to change their lives without involving them or even listening to them is not the way.

Luckily, today we are not reliant on mainstream media for our sole insight into a story. If something is clearly inaccurate or one-sided there are comment threads, Twitter storms and Facebook reactions to show that other views and experiences exist. The newspaper headlines may take centre stage, but at least the audience is aware of heckling from the cheap seats, and can choose to turn their back on the stage and join the debate.

Over the last three years PhotoVoice’s Lookout project has been encouraging young people to take the initiative and add their voices to such debate around issues that affect them. Check out the full ‘multimedia manifesto’ at

Youth voices are out there - it just needs the media to use their power responsibly. To quote Brandon, a young person from Peckham who took part in a Lookout course: “There are good young people out there, you just have to look for them. Don’t just look for the bad”.

© Nikita Louise Davis 2013 / Nottingham Photographers’ Hub / PhotoVoice 	Don't be dependant on others, only yourself. You don't need to feel unwanted; the true ones will accept you for who you are.

London Art Fair, 15 - 19 January 2014

PhotoVoice are delighted to be back as the charity partner at the London Art Fair in 2014!

Come along to visit our booth situated in the Photo50 section of the fair to learn more about our recent projects, meet the team & enjoy the outstanding exhibition of work produced by our project participants.
We will be showcasing work from three of our recent projects:

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Having Our Say TooHaving Our Say Too – Young people exploring their perspectives and experiences of sexual exploitation, will be on display during the Tuesday night preview and all day Wednesday, Helen Cammock the project manager will be on hand to answer any questions about the 2 year UK wide project.

Shutter Release EalingShutter Release, Overcoming Addiction – Working with women to help rebuild their lives and plan for the future, will be showcased on Thursday and Friday, project facilitators Ania Dabrowska and Clare Struthers will be on hand to talk more about the project.

Voice of FreedomVoice of Freedom, Trafficked women speak into the silence – Supporting African women currently living in a Safe House in Israel, who have survived trafficking in the Sudan and Sinai to tell their stories. The project director and facilitator Leila Segal will staff the booth over the weekend and welcomes the opportunity to share more with you about these courageous women.

All PhotoVoice staff will be at the booth daily from 1-3pm.

Don’t forget that we are also hosting our annual panel debate on Wednesday 15th Jan at 1pm. It is always a sell-out, so booking is essential!

Control of the Frame: Power, Representation & Identity in Photography
Date and Time: Wedensday 15th Januray, 1pm
Location: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH
Admission: Free with LAF ticket, Booking Essential

How do the role and impact of photography change depending on who makes the key choices about how subjects are represented? An expert panel of photographers, participatory practitioners will examine the delicate and complex relationship between photographer, subject and audience.

Chair: Matt Daw, Projects Manager, PhotoVoice
Laura Hynd , Photographer
Daniel Regan, Photographer
Fiona Yaron-Field, Photographer
Ryan Crawford , Young photographer supported by PhotoVoice bursary scheme

View speaker bio here

For more information and to book tickets please visit the LAF website. We look forward to seeing you there!

Top 10 Tips from the Media Trust Conference

Yesterday, Matt, our Projects and Programmes Manager, and I attended the Media Trust Autumn Conference on Digital Storytelling. The conference focused on equipping charities with new media tools and practical expertise to better share the inspiring narratives that surround the work that they do. Interesting, hard-hitting questions were raised over the course of the day, like ‘Is the ease of finding stories through social media diluting investment in investigative journalism?’ ‘How do we get people to engage with our blogs, and when is it or isn’t it appropriate to enable comments and discussions?’ and ‘How do we extend the reach of our message online?’

One of the highlights of the day was being able to creatively share the work that PhotoVoice does with fellow attendees. Matt and I delivered our own afternoon workshop entitled “Storytelling through Photography” where we taught people the ins and outs of practically constructing an audio slideshow, with an emphasis on involving beneficiaries themselves as key contributors. Despite it being the end of the day, everyone who attended was in high spirits, and we managed to build a short slideshow of portraits and corresponding audio clips, each person recording a brief message about what they had learned that day.

In the same spirit, I wanted to list the Top 10 Tips that I learned yesterday, which I think can be useful for any charity, social enterprise, or call-to-action campaign. And, after hearing Liba Rubenstien from Tumblr, one of our keynote speakers, give such a passionate appeal for the use of GIFs, I couldn’t help adding a few myself.

1.Show proof that your organization is alive and thriving by posting new content regularly. Apparently, 75% of ‘Milllenials’ are turned off by a charity’s website if it hasn’t been updated recently.

2.Carla Buzasi, editor-in-chief with the Huffington Post UK, said the secret to blog success is using as much personality as possible. Readers want to feel as though they are listening to a human. If done correctly, an opinionated article can open new spaces for dialogue in the comments section. Just don’t let the discussion get out of control.

3.Corporations spend thousands of dollars every year on marketing consumer products like cereal, shoes, and sodas, desperately trying to imbue everyday items with emotional value. Charities already have this covered! We don’t have to pretend. Capitalize on it!

4.We can find our brand and our story by revisiting our ‘spark’, our inspiration, and the passion behind our drive, for example, that feeling we get when we pull extra hours at the office to make sure our beneficiaries receive the best resources possible. When we connect with that feeling, whatever we choose to post to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc., will naturally follow because we won’t be able to help but speak from the heart.

5. The most powerful stories are about the individuals. People don’t want to read about organizations.

6.Chris Bailes, Industry Manager for YouTube advised us to ‘drip feed content, slice up features, it’s all about “snacking” on 2-3 minutes at best.

7. Tumblr is the best way to engage with 15-24 year olds. They are also more likely to share your content on numerous other social networks and engage with people offline about what they see on the web.

8.Take the time to storyboard for short videos. Having a vision for the content makes a huge difference. It’s even possible to storyboard a 6 second video for Vine. This is especially important to consider when sites with video are 53% more likely to be on the first page of a Google search. (Thanks to Gavin Sheppard for the stat.)

9.GIFs are the modern day sound bite. A looping video can immediately deliver a certain tone, emotion, or message. Adding a little bit of movement to a page also engages viewers faster.

10.Don’t tell stories about people, empower people to control their own story and be agents of their own destiny.  (But we already knew that.)

Many thanks to the Media Trust for inviting us to attend the conference and host a workshop. I hope everyone else got as much out of yesterday as we did!
-Altaire Cambata
Projects and Programmes Assistant

Read more about the conference here.

Media Real - Challenging Stereotypes

In 2012 PhotoVoice’s Lucy Williams ran a bespoke training course for the staff and volunteers of Weymouth Community Volunteers in Dorset, allowing them to add participatory photography to their toolkit for their work enabling disadvantaged people to become active members of their local community. For six months they have been running a photography project supporting minority groups to respond to the way they and the issues they face are represented in the media. At a time when the press is under fire for exploiting innocent people to sell newspapers, these are important perspectives to be heard!

WCV’s Bob Shaw tells us more about this timely project:

“Certain groups in the community are stigmatized by society in general and in particular by the media. Mental health issues, drug and alcohol problems, disability etc seems to be a red flag to story writers and journalists suggesting that this is a topic which can be sensationalised to add spice and interest to a story. What is often forgotten is that these are real people with real problems. They have difficult lives which are made worse by constantly having to explain that what was in last night’s soap opera or this morning’s tabloid bears little or no relationship to their own real life.

“Media Real is a six month project which gives these people an opportunity to have their say, to redress the balance and show the true reality behind the headlines as they experience it in their everyday lives. Participants are given a digital camera, training in its use and a brief to challenge popular myths and put their point across. They meet on a regular basis to talk about what they are doing and to mutually support one another.

“It is intended that an exhibition will be put together using their work. This will be taken into the local community to further challenge stigma and prejudice.”

Bob Shaw, Training Manager, Weymouth Community Volunteers

Read more about PhotoVoice’s bespoke participatory photography course for Weymouth Community Volunteers last year.


Voice of Freedom - PhotoVoice in Action

Leila Segal congratulating one of the Voice of Freedom participants in the last workshopSince the beginning of October PhotoVoice facilitator and author Leila Segal has been running workshops in Israel with formerly trafficked women in a Safehouse near Tel Aviv for the Voice of Freedom project. In these extracts from her project updates Leila gives a captivating insight to the process of a PhotoVoice project with a group who would not usually be given a platform to speak out.
Watch the PhotoVoice site and the Voice of Freedom blog and Facebook page to see the incredible work produced by the participants in the coming weeks!

10/10/13 (workshop 1)
Our first session was amazing! We had four Ethiopian women - with more to join tomorrow, who were working tonight. The four women were very engaged by the introduction, and excited by photos from other projects.

We talked a little and none of them had done any photography before but were very much looking forward to the course. They each took their first photo - we had lots of laughs and the atmosphere was warm and intimate.

I actually spent a lot more time than I had thought going over the slideshow introducing PhotoVoice - in particular we looked at pictures taken by young people, and talked about how the images from Pakistan [Amjad’s story from See it Our Way Pakistan] were expressive of a young woman’s voice in circumstances where she had few other ways to make herself heard. The women seemed really engaged by this, and by the idea of using photographs to tell stories about themselves and things that matter to them. They were curious. Mastish [the interpreter] translated as I read the text that came along with the photos. There was one from a project in Ethiopia that the women all got very excited about – so we will bring more images from that project [ImAge Ethiopia] to future workshops.

The women spontaneously said more than once that they were very excited about the programme and really looking forward to it. So I’m thinking – it’s a question of them being very excited to have this space just for them; to have the attention and opportunity to do something new and to express themselves. The focus is so often on the women’s trauma, on social workers speaking with them about the past and trying to get them to talk about difficult things that this space – where they are ‘ordinary’ human beings with an opportunity to work and develop themselves – is a huge pleasure for them.

Photo by Desta Getaneh17/10/13 (workshop 4)

Today’s session started with prints from the Nazareth trip – and scrapbooking. The women are now used to scrapbooking and took eagerly to the task – they were delighted with their photos from yesterday’s outshoot; it was a joy to see them set to work, in a very professional manner, with their photos. Everyone was fully committed to the task and engaged. We made large prints as well for the wall, to add to our mini-exhibition that is already up.

Each woman had a slide-show of her work from yesterday and explained to the rest of the class her thoughts about the pictures. There were questions from those women who had not gone on the trip.

Next we explained the exercise on ‘daily life’ (see workshop plan). I could not believe the eagerness with which the women took to this. They literally ran out of the room (we gave 20 minutes to do 10 photos) – we checked on them, to see if they needed support, but all of them wanted to be left alone to do the exercise.

When we looked at the photos from the exercise it was a revelation – this is the first time I have heard the women talking about themselves more personally. ‘A’ could not wait to tell us her stories. She had arranged all the clothes that she wore on the journey from Ethiopia on the floor in the shape of a person, with shoes tucked under the top: ‘these are the clothes I wore on my journey here from Ethiopia. The shoes are like that because I used them as my pillow for three months’.

There were many other great pictures and each woman had a style: ‘B’ had posed people to represent ‘waiting a long time in the bank’ and ‘being a cleaner’. ‘C’ had taken pictures all about food and being hungry when she comes home from work late at night. We carried on talking for a long time past the end of the session.

18/10/13 (workshop 5)

We had such a moving session today. All three women in the group told us such incredible stories today, all stemming from photos they’ve taken in the last two days. I’m really pleased with how they’ve made a link between the image and context – meaning in their own life. ‘D’ photographed herself sitting on the floor of her room holding a yellow stuffed toy like a child – she said that she took the photo because in Ethiopia her only friends were toys. Her first friend was one of the other participants, with whom she made the journey from Ethiopia to Israel via the Sudan. The story came out in bits – in a matter of fact way. It was not traumatic or unnecessarily detailed. But what impressed me was the way she linked it to the picture she had taken; I felt that the security of our intimate group allowed her that. There were only three – the core group of women who have remained committed throughout the course so far – and us.

The story was really one of friendship – she mentioned only in passing ‘when they kept us prisoner’. We didn’t dwell on it. She told how she had made many friends on the way.

We have not asked them about their journeys – it is something that has come out naturally in the process of talking in a safe and general way.

I am very excited about the one-to-ones. I think we’re going to have a massive amount of material to choose from. If anything, the challenge will be helping the women decide which stories they want to focus on in such a short time. I wish we could do a longer project – it so brilliant, and I feel it is only just flowering now.

21/10/13 (workshop 7)

Quote from ‘A’ in today’s one-to-one:
‘There are so many people who are ashamed of it [having been trafficked] and don’t want to tell the story. Even when we reached Israel and people were interviewing us, people did not tell the story because they were ashamed of what happened. But I’m not – people have to learn from this experience and I’ll tell it.
‘It’s good what you’re doing, and I think it’s precisely because those people who previously passed through this process were not willing to tell the story that we went through it. And that’s what will continue to happen as long as the story Is not being told.
‘I think I have done it to an extent, and I am happy – that when you tell what is inside of you, and know that what you are saying can help other people, that’s an achievement and I am happy with that.’

22/10/13 (workshop 8)

Today’s one-to-one session went really well. ‘D’ is a wonderful student and has so much to say. She told me that she has enjoyed the course and feels that she has learned a lot about photography with us. She didn’t know she could express her ideas through photography before, but now she wants to carry on and develop it. She might even use it in Ethiopia to teach other people.

We reshot a picture from last time that was too dark – the one of her holding a hand in front of her face, to symbolise being blindfolded, which she had suggested as a visual representation of being taken against her will – ‘blindfolded, beaten and taken away from the border to another place’.
A quote from ‘D’: ‘You have introduced something new to me that I didn’t know – that you could communicate your message through photography, so that’s one thing I got to learn since I came here. Even if nothing else works for me in Ethiopia, I could use what I learned from you to teach how people can express their views – even through drawing, or anything. It’s a great learning I received – so thank you.’

24/10/13 (workshop 9)

I know I keep saying this, but it just gets more amazing. Spent time with ‘E’, the most shy woman from the group. Tonight in the one-to-one (actually three to one, with me Marijn and our new interpreter), she talked openly and fully all about her life and her self – connecting it to her pictures.

‘E’ also said that through photography she has become more self-reflective; and she has taken an incredible series of self-portraits in her own time, some of which we may be able to use as she is not identifiable. She really loves photography. It has opened a whole new world to her and it is such a joy to see. It is such an incredible privilege to be a part of this process.

‘E’ has really gained in confidence through this course, and it is reflected in both her images and words. Her style is different from the other two we’ve worked in-depth with, and complements theirs well. She does not want to go back to Ethiopia, and she will be staying in Israel where she has found happiness and is making a home. She spoke about how photography will allow her to communicate to her family and friends in Ethiopia, and to show them what happiness she has found after the ordeals she experienced in the Sinai.

She is such a keen student, and wanted to carry on learning well into the night. It is really touching, and her words are so compelling that I felt I could listen to her for as long as she spoke.

Exhibition photo by Leila Segal25/10/13

I’ve just come back from setting up the exhibition. It looks beautiful and it was a joy to see the women’s faces as they saw their own work on the walls for the first time.
We gave each of the three women who had done in-depth work a wall of their own, and put a series of five on the outside wall reflecting the rest of the participants. The whole space is transformed. So beautiful, like a gallery, with each women’s work and style clearly distinguished. I am so proud of them! And it makes me so happy to think that it will stay there as a permanent record of their achievement, to be enjoyed by everyone at the shelter into the future.

Sea Cat photo by Leila Segal

The Lookout Multimedia Manifesto is NOW LIVE!

Click Here!

Recent media coverage of British youth has focused on murder, violence, drugs, and gang related crimes. PhotoVoice’s LOOKOUT project enabled young people to speak out out through photography and other multimedia to share their side of the story, proving their ability to positively contribute to the discussion of youth stereotypes.

The project, spanning over 2 years, recently culminated in the widely attended and energetic Lookout Youth Slam. The creative visual and audio outputs of the event, along with a diverse selection of dozens of powerful photos and captions selected from the entire course of the Lookout project are now available to view online in the official Multimedia Manifesto!

Explore the issue-specific slideshows, videos, and poetry in the multimedia manifesto and discover youth responses to the politicians, journalists, and adults who just haven’t been listening! Check it out today!

Look at our Lookout Manifesto

Having Our Say Too Project Launch

Having Our Say Too launched at The Photographers Gallery on Thursday 17th October.

It was a great and busy event with participants and projects attending from across the UK.  The evening’s guests were treated to an exhibition of images created on the project as well as a screening of a selection of digital stories.  The project resource for practitioners was also unveiled alongside the bespoke website that holds image portfolio’s, digital stories and all the practitioners resources and factsheets.

We want to thank everyone who has had any involvement with the project and for all those who attended to make it such a special evening. Please see below for more detailed project information and a list of thanks.

Having Our Say Too is a project that is built around two main aims.

Firstly to engage young people who have in some way been affected by sexual exploitation to explore both their experiences and perspectives on the issues but also secondly to offer them a platform to enter the wider dialogue around sexual exploitation – enabling them to have an active voice around issues that have impacted on them. This has been achieved through having a profile for their creative responses and through the development of a resource pack created in direct response to their work, that can be used to support more young people across the UK. Thus their experiences and perspectives contribute to different forms of change – both attitudinal and practice based.

PhotoVoice have partnered with the National Working Group Network for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People to run participatory photography projects across the UK. All projects have run in partnership with specialist support providers who work directly with young people, who have been affected in some way by Sexual Exploitation. 
The young people have participated in a 3-month photography project exploring their experiences and perspectives and relevant themes that offer a context to sexual exploitation including gender, power and relationships. They have also developed their understanding of visual literacy, photography and story telling techniques. Alongside developing their photographic skills each young person has also achieved a BTEC level 1 certificate in Supporting Employability and personal effectiveness, as part of the project.

The projects are designed to further future safeguarding and understanding for participants of the impact of their experiences. And it has of course been vital to work in partnership with dedicated support services around the UK as well as The National Working Group Network.

All participants have been aware from the beginning that their work was planned to enable a resource pack to be developed to contribute to the services that other young people receive around the UK in a range of different contexts. The activities have been created to facilitate understanding of the issues and context of sexual exploitation and to assist young people in developing their capacity to safeguard themselves, but also to give specialist Sexual Exploitation workers material to use with young people that is made by young people directly affected by the issues.

An online project website has been developed with a gallery of image portfolios made by each young person, all the digital stories to view and all the resources to download in a pdf format. It profiles the photographic work of each young person on the project.

We would like to thank:

All the young people who participated in the project, dedicating their time and energy and offering their honesty and insight into creating such a powerful body of work.

Saffron Milly, Luke Hayes, Caitlin McGarr, Alisha Watts, Char, Jean Jieman, Annie O’Kane, Rochelle O’Kane, Kelly Black, Jamie Cooper, Mitch Selvey, Charlie -Jo Mavin, Sharlette, Marina, Kareemah Majdouline, Abbie Rogers, Caitlin Boys, Kayle Cunningham, Morgan Smith-Woodward, and Amy McKenna.

Our main partners:

NWG Network, particularly Lesley Gladwell who has worked with me on the development of the resource and been there throughout for support and to bounce ideas off.

Project facilitators:

Ania Dabrowska and Adam Lee who joined me in facilitating the projects.

Supporting facilitators:

Clare Struthers, Juliet Vine and Nick Blackhall.

Participating orgs:

- Barnardo’s SECOS, Middlesbrough with special thanks to Stuart Higgins, Clare Sullivan and Wendy Shepherd.

- NSPCC Protect and Respect, Bethnal Green with special thanks to Carly Adams, Hannah Franklin, Naomi Bannister and Rebecca Einhorn.
- Walsall Street Teams with special thanks
to Dan Maley.

- Blackburn Engage with special thanks to Stacey McKenna, Sarah Pearson and Nick McPartlan.
- Safe and Sound, Derby with special thanks to Helen West and Rudi Lowe.
Pack Contribution Elizabeth Noble.
- Digital Story Editor David Panos.
- Design Imagist London, Colm, Ashleigh, Wayne but especially Ruth Brissenden who has been both flexible and creative with every change that has happened along the way.
- The Photographers Gallery for giving us this great space to launch especially Brett Rogers and Janice Mclaren.
- The Print Space for support that meant we were able to print a piece of work from each young person participating.

And finally to our funders –
without whom none of this project work could happen. Both funders have really supported and understood the worth of the project from the beginning and we hope we can work with them again – So thankyou
Children in Need  - especially Kati Parrott
Comic Relief  - especially Hajra Daly

Having Our Say Too project is featured in the following blogs:
Photography Blog
Perugia Social Photo Fest
The Roaming Eye

Round up of Lookout Youth Slam 2013

The Lookout Youth Slam brought creativity, energy and important youth perspectives to East London, on Saturday 28th September. PhotoVoice and its brilliant partners Youth Media Agency and Lyrix Organix hosted a full line up of presentations, skills workshops, live performance and so much more, which provided opportunities for young people to discover new ways to speak out and feed into debates from which they are often excluded.

The talented and enthusiastic Youth Slam attendees and an inspiring collection of youth organisations - including 2020 Change, Each one Teach one, Chocolate Films, Somewhereto_, Fully Focused, Bite the Ballot, Amor Magazine - transformed Rich Mix into an energetic hub of talent and inspiring young minds.

Copyright Christie Lau 2013 PhotoVoice

To help warm up for Saturday’s event, PhotoVoice and Amnesty International celebrated the Lookout Exhibition and the launch of the Young Human Rights Photographer Award 2013 (part of the Amnesty Youth Awards) at our Lookout Reception on the Friday night. As well as a chance to enjoy photographic work, street art and poetry by young people with a drink, the evening offered incredible performances from young singer songwriters Danny Toeman and Alex Etchart!

Copyright Sansha Edwin PhotoVoice

The Youth Slam kicked off with an introduction address by hosts Natty Speaks (Lyrix Organix), Bianca and Talia (Lookout Youth Steering Committee). This was followed by a series of 5 minute pitches by organisations and individuals working to improve opportunities for young people, which included an invigorating speech by Emeka from Breaking Cycles, to give everyone that added boost for the day of activities that lay ahead. Once introductions where out of the way, it was time for the multimedia skills workshops to begin. Every workshop was full of bright young minds and led by industry experts, with Photography by PhotoVoice, Theatre by Diverse Voices, Radio Journalism by Dekan Apajee, Street Art by KngLAD, Beatboxing by Grace Savage, Spoken Word by Maxwell Golden, Graphic Design by Youth Media Agency and Film Making by Chocolate Films.

Copyright Nadyah Aissa PhotoVoice

There were explosions of genius from every single slam attendee throughout each workshop, and a real buzz in the air as everyone set to work responding to briefs about youth issues in the UK through their chosen media. It was exciting to see so many great young people responding to issues through different forms of creative medium. After a great afternoon of workshops it was time to chill out with locally sourced food from Brick Lane and musical melodies from Crazy Divine and reflect upon the past few hours of hard work.

Copyright Sansha Edwin PhotoVoice

The Slam’s finale came in the form of presentations by each workshop group. It was so inspiring to see true passion and amazing work produced in such a short time. 

Film workshop run by Chocolate Films
created by young people in under 2 hours to respond to the brief ‘Perception of young people in the UK

Photography Workshop & Graphic Design Workshop Output
Photos by participants in the Lookout Youth Slam Photography Workshop

Photos from the Lookout Youth Slam Photo studio

Radio workshop run by Dekan Apajee
‘Public Perception of Young People’

The slammin’ daytime workshop vibes extended into good ‘live music and spoken word’ vibrations as the day turned to night for Lookout Live, hosted by the best organisation to rewrite the rule book for live music and performance Lyrix Organix! For everyone that stuck around and for all the new faces that joined us for the night, the bubbly Dan Tsu and Nathaniel NattySpeaks from Lyrix kept everyone entertained with the brilliant line up that included awesome beatboxer Grace Savage, exuberant young wordsmith Sonny Green, beautiful vocalist Pierre da Silva and International acclaimed festival favourites Heymoonshaker.

Copyright Nadyah Aissa PhotoVoice

The Youth Slam would not have been the roaring success that it was without the sensational Youth Steering committee, and a special thank you goes out to the incredible hard work and organisation by Jason Archie, Talia Lewis and Bianca Tennant.

A HUGE thank you to everyone else involved & those who made the effort to attend. We will be sharing the rest of the workshop outputs with you all soon, so make sure to stay tuned!
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LOOKOUT Youth Slam Reception

On the eve of the Lookout Youth Slam PhotoVoice, Amnesty International, Youth Media Agency & Lyrix Organix invite you to attend

A celebration of youth voice through multimedia

Including the launch of the Amnesty Young Human Rights Photography Award
(part of the Amnesty Youth Awards)

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd London, E1 6LA (Venue 2, 4th Floor)

Friday 27th September 2013, 5pm - 7pm

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Please join us for drinks, live music and an exhibition of photography and street art by under 25’s. It will be fantastic to see you all there!

Lookout Partner Organisations

Having Our Say Too Celebration & Resource Launch

 © J.Jieman / PhotoVoice / NWG / 2013

Having Our Say Too

– Young people explore and represent their experiences and perspectives on sexual exploitation through photography and digital story telling.

PhotoVoice have been working across the UK in partnership with National Working Group Network and specialist support providers since March 2012 running projects that explore the themes, issues and context of sexual exploitation through photography and digital story telling.

On THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2013 the project will celebrate the work of the young people by launching Images and digital stories as well as a dedicated resource pack for practitioners. The resource has been created in direct response to, and using the work of the young people who participated on the project.

When: 6–8pm Exhibition, digital story screening and practitioners resource pack launch. 6.30pm Speeches and screening.
Where: The Photographers Gallery, 16–18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW
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Lookout 5 Day Photography Course @ RichMix

Between 19th – 23rd August PhotoVoice ran the Lookout 5 day Digital Photography and creative media course as part of RichMix’s, summer Youth Takeover.

The course had a fantastic group of young people aged between 16 – 25 taking part in the course who were fully engaged in the whole programme of workshops, which included spoken word, graffiti art, studio photography, text and image sessions and lots more.

Congratulations to all the young people that took part and completed the course. You all produced fantastic work which will be displayed at the Lookout Youth Slam event on Sat 28th September at RichMix.

A big thank you to all of our workshop leaders and guest artists including Professional Photographer David Drew, Asya Gefter, Writer & Performer of Music, Poetry & Theatre Maxwell Golden and Top Street Artist Louis Jensen KNG LND, for putting on a fantastic week of creativity.

A special thanks to our course assistants and PhotoVoice bursary participants Bianca Tennant and Brandon Burstdat Lane. We couldn’t have done it without your great help guys!

Below you can read the feedback from some of the workshop leaders:

David Drew – Course leader
Professional Photographer

“Everybody loved his (Maxwell’s Spoken Word) workshop and it brought out something very special with in the group. As part of the participatory aspect the group advocated using his methodology for creating spoken word captions. So there is something very special about the dynamic between the images and captioning. I felt it was the best of five very special days.”

Asya Gefter – Course assistant
“Having expected young people from East London, we ended up with a very mixed group of inspiring young people from Hong Kong, India, Kent and London. The participants raised to the challenges of spoken word tasks and poetry exercises, took thought-provoking pictures that prompted lengthy discussions, captioned their work eloquently and collaborated on a striking street art piece based on their own photographs of textures and patterns found locally.”

Maxwell Golden – Spoken word workshop leader
- Writer & Performer of Music, Poetry & Theatre

“It was a real pleasure to have such an enthusiastic group. They attacked every exercise (including the silly warm up!) with 100% commitment and as a result discovered the inner poet that lies dormant in all of us! Some of the writing was strong enough to be displayed with the amazing photos they’ve taken and I can’t wait to see the final exhibition. I would encourage everyone to keep practising the exercises because if they can achieve that much in three hours I can only imagine what they could achieve in the following weeks, months and years. Exciting!”

KNG LND – Street Art workshop leader
Louis Jensen

“Just wanted to say that myself and Darren were surprised with the positive and open-minded approach the group had. The trouble is graffiti and street art, across all demographics, can be portrayed as deviant or vandalism when really it is something of free expression. The group really embraced the ethos and were surprised by some of the truths and history of this underground culture, however understood fully to the extent that they could distinguish between graffiti and street art from their own photos they had taken that morning. The group worked extremely well as a team and were quick to pick up the techniques of a spray can (which is harder than you think) to create such fantastic piece. For most of them it has been their first time…but you couldn’t tell!”

Don’t forget to book your FREE place in the Lookout Youth Slam event - a great opportunity to get creative, share your perspectives around youth issues and meet other inspiring and like minded young people

Lookout Youth Slam
Sat 28th September 2013
RichMix London

2pm – 7pm
- Multimedia presentations and skills workshops by industry experts
- Workshops in: Photography | Radio | Website Design | Video | Graphic Design | Spoken Word

7pm – late:
LOOKOUT LIVE - An exciting line-up of music and spoken word featuring the hottest up and coming acts,
provided by Lyrix Organix


LOOKOUT Free Photo Workshop Sat 10th August!

Lookout Glasgow Exhibition Launch - how did it go?

Lookout Glasgow Exhibition Launch

Tuesday 30th July 2013
ReStore Project

The Lookout Glasgow exhibition launch at somewhereto_ re:store went off in style last Tuesday 30th July!

The exhibition launch played a pivotal role in the somewhereto_ re:store ‘The High Street Heist’ pop up in Glasgow, celebrating a month long programme of events and workshops for all young creatives.

The evening was a massive success. The Lookout PhotoVoice crew joined a whole bunch of other cool people to enjoy the entertainment including graffiti artists doing their thing, live music on a make shift stage, tea & cakes and free drinks, creative dresses made from recycled plastic from Impact Arts, and loads of Scottish based organisations with young folk at the healm showing their work. It was mobbed for the whole event between 6-10pm…stowed out with people.. lots looking at the exhibition, picking out their favourite images, engaging with the Lookout project and with PhotoVoice itself.

One of the Lookout participants from Easterhouse, Kirsty was proudly there to share and talk about her work, and we are delighted to know that she is now signed up and doing a photography course - Great work Kirsty!

Lookout Glasgow Exhibition
ReStore project
12-16 South Fredrick Street

The exhibition will run until next Monday 5th August, so if you’re in the area be sure to check it out!

Lookout Drop-in Photo Studio and Photo fun Days

Saturday 3rd & 10th August 2013
Glasgow & London

In addition to the exhibition and to feed into our Lookout Youth Slam taking place in on the 27th & 28th September @Rich Mix London, PhotoVoice are running Drop-in Photo Studio and Photo Fun Days throughout August, to offer young people a chance to have some fun learning how to take a portrait and have their own portrait taken.

Saturday 3rd and Saturday 10th August were the dates for the Lookout Drop-in workshops both in Glasgow and London, which had lots of smiling faces that came along to try out their photo and posing skills, resulting in some great shots!


Monday 19th Friday 23rd August 2013
11am - 4:30pm


RichMix, East London

The next Lookout FREE Photography course is starting next Monday 19th August 2013 @ RichMix, East London, so if you are looking for some creativity and photo fun to liven up the summer holidays, then be sure to book into this 5 day course to learn some top photo skills and get creative!

In this 5 day course you will learn how to take great digital photos, and
how to use photography to speak out and be heard in your community
and beyond. You will leave with copies of your best photos, including a
studio self-portrait, and all the photos you take in the week on a DVD.

The week includes workshops run by professional photographers, street artists, spoken word poets and many more. It’s a fantastic opportunity to take your creativity to the next level!


PhotoVoice WASH & CLEAN Project Training India!

PhotoVoice were very excited to recently partner with Soapbox Collaborative, an evidence based charity for clean safe birth in developing countries, based at the University of Aberdeen.

PhotoVoice trained participants in participatory photography for use with ward cleaners in order to explore cleaning practices and wider issues related to infection prevention and control on the labour and maternity ward, as part of a larger research project involving Soapbox, Immpact and the University of Aberdeen, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), and BRAC in Bangladesh. The project titled WASH and CLEAN on the Labour Ward: A Situation Analysis in India and Bangladesh aims to develop a number of novel research methods for capturing evidence on cleanliness and its relationship to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conditions in health facilities.

PhotoVoice’s Clare Struthers flew to Gujarat, India at the beginning of July in full monsoon season, to carry out the 3 day training course, of a number of healthcare practitioners and researchers from collaborating organisations BRAC an innovative NGO in Bangladesh and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), who generously hosted the training, who will pass on the participatory photography methodology to ward cleaners and other healthcare professionals within their respective local health facilities.

One of the participants had this to say about the training and WASH & CLEAN team meeting :
“I am short words to explain my Gujarat Workshop experience; I can still feel the momentum. I am overwhelmed with all learning inputs and the new horizon of thoughts.  It was one of the best learning scopes I have ever had in my life.  I do feel nothing could have been better than that… Thank you so very much for giving me such opportunity.”
Saiful Islam,
Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Unit, BRAC

This training builds on our growing expertise in utilising the participatory photography methodology as an effective tool for M&E within development agencies and research projects.

LOOKOUT Youth Slam! @RichMix 28th Sept 2013

Former PhotoVoice training participant runs PV project in the Philippines

Dalia Iskander, a former PhotoVoice training participant and Medical Anthropology PhD student, has set out to the Philippines to run her own 15 week PV project with 44 adolescents in 2 primary schools in Bataraza.

About the Project

Her PhD study will determine the effects of a participatory photo project on knowledge and behaviours related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria among adolescents living in rural areas in Bataraza. In this area malaria is still a major health issue among children and adolescents.

As the project develops, she will be asking adolescents to investigate how they stay healthy as well as the issue of malaria so that they can identify both strengths and weaknesses that could affect how malaria in controlled in their community.  The outcome of the study will be used to design and implement strategies to disseminate health messages or instigate interventions in the wider community. This study will evaluate whether or not PV is an effective tool for engaging and empowering adolescents in health issues and enabling them to take action and make changes in their community through participation.

Dalia is currently in the fourth week of the training and so far has taught the basics of photography and has practiced taking pictures by conducting a visual treasure hunt around their school and taking portraits of each other and people in their community. 

Good luck Dalia with the rest of the training!

Only 2 days left to support Voice of Freedom!


From today, Tuesday 23rd July, the Indiegogo fundraising campaign goes live for Voice of Freedom - a participatory photography project in Israel with formerly enslaved women. Please support us in our work with women like these.

Donate Now! We rely on your donations to make this project happen.

Voice of Freedom is a participatory photography project in Israel for women who have been trafficked and enslaved. This project will enable the women to document their lives, feelings and experiences through the camera and their own words. It will culminate in high-profile exhibitions of their words and photography in Israel and the UK, and a book of their work, raising awareness of modern-day slavery - and of what we can all do to help eradicate it.

The project will be based at the Ma’agan Safe House for trafficked women in Petach Tikva, Israel. The safe house shelters women, many of them African, who were trafficked to Israel and who have now escaped. Some of the women in the shelter have given evidence against their former captors, as well as suffering traumatic and violent journeys to reach Israel.

Israel’s unique position at the juncture of Asia, Africa and Europe, as well as its porous border with the Sinai desert, makes it prone to abuse by traffickers and those who exploit and dehumanise people through slavery.

For further information on how to support Voice of Freedom please visit the Facebook page and website. A link to to Indiegogo site will be live tomorrow Tuesday 23rd July.

Here are a few words from the Voice of Freedom project leader. Leila Seagal

Meet Rudy Melo, cycling 100miles in 5hours, averaging 20mph, all in support of PhotoVoice!

PhotoVoice are really excited to have the support of Rudy Melo, who is speeding through 100 miles to raise money for our current and future projects

Rudy is part of The 5th Floor Cycle Club/Collective from London. He is a dedicated cyclist, averaging 230miles a week on the bike and competing in local road and track races. Rudy’s goal for RideLondon-Surrey 100 is to do the 100miles in 5hours, averaging 20mph for the whole ride.

Rudy Melo: CYKELN Magazine Interview

Check out this video of Rudy in action!

Follow him on twitter!

Show your Support!  

Meet Richard, who is bravely riding 100 miles in support of PhotoVoice!

An Interview with Richard

Richard Thomas is one of our intrepid riders cycling 100 miles for PhotoVoice in the Ride London-Surrey 100 event taking place on Sunday 4th August 2013.

Why are you taking part in Ride London-Surrey 100 cycling event?

I volunteered as gamesmaker last year and my role was as a route marshal for the Men’s and Ladies road race and then the time trials, it was great to be involved, even in small way, in such a world class event, when I heard they were going to hold a similar event for ammeter riders I really wanted to take part.

Why are you cycling for PhotoVoice?

I have learnt alot about the charity and the great work it does and it is a pleasure to be
helping raise funds by doing something I enjoy. 

With only a couple of weeks to go are you nervous?

I am a little nervous but looking forward to the challenge of riding 100 miles in under 9 hours.

How have you been training for the event?

The training is going well, I was out on my bike early on Sunday morning, to avoid the worst of the heat, I cycled down to Richmond park and joined the hundreds of other riders doing circuits of the park, I managed to ride a total of 70 miles.

What is your motivation?

I have been a commuter cyclist in London for nearly 20 years but never really cycled much for pleasure until 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. I was advised that staying fit and healthy was a very successful way of slowing the progress of the disease, so I thought I could use my love of cycling to keep fit and try and raise money at the same time. I promptly sighed myself up for a London to Paris charity bike ride which was a great experience and left me wanting to find another cycling challenge.

Show your support!

PhotoVoice Participant wins National Photography Competition!

PhotoVoice was delighted to partner up with the National Council for Voluntary Organisation for their 2013 national photography competition ‘Change Makers’ earlier this year.

The competition invited NVCO members, staff & service users to enter images that show the positive impact that voluntary organisations are having on the world.

The top judging panel included:
Martyn Lewis CBE – The chairman of the NCVO Trustee Board, with an expansive knowledge and involvement with the voluntary sector and an impressive television career with the BBC and ITV.

Ian Berry – A photojournalist highly regarded for his documentary work in South Africa and his work for the Daily Mail and Drum Magazine.

Jenny Matthews – A wildly published documentary photographer, who has worked for human rights and development organisations worldwide.

PhotoVoice and NCVO would like to say a huge thank you to the nearly 300 competition entrants, and congratulations to all of the competition winners including PhotoVoice participants Jamie and Mitch.


Both young people have been part of the PhotoVoice Having Our Say Too project that partnered with Walsall Street Teams in 2012.

Congratulations to both Jamie and Mitch!


Support Team PhotoVoice in RideLondon-Surrey 100 Sunday 4th Aug

Introducing Richard Thomas and Rudy Melo - our team of 2 intrepid cyclists riding 100 miles in the first ever Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycling event on Monday 4th August 2013 to raise funds for the charity PhotoVoice, sharing the same aim – to make a tangible and positive difference to marginalised and issue-affected communities through participatory photography.

We welcome Richard and Rudy into Team PhotoVoice and we can’t thank them enough for taking on this brave venture to help our work. We will be keeping you updated with their training and progress with biogs, interviews and photos.

Meet Our Riders

Read more about Richard and what motivates him

Read more about Rudy, UK cycling extraordinaire

Show your support

If you are feeling generous, please sponsor Richard and Rudy on their Virgin Giving fundraising pages so we can reach our fundraising target and maybe raise more!

Rudy Melo

Richard Thomas

Every mile that Richard and Rudy complete and every penny they raise will change lives by harnessing the power of photography.

Where will the money go?
Every penny Richard and Rudy raise will help to make a tangible and positive difference to marginalised and issue-affected communities through participatory photography.


If you are inspired by Richard’s & Rudy’s brave challenge, and would like to take on a sporting/activity event to raise money for PhotoVoice, please get in contact with.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

LookOut Liverpool!

Tuesday 11th June, saw the 1st of our Lookout UK youth conferences, showcasing the work, talents & perspectives of young people around the UK. The Lookout UK project is a PhotoVoice project that gives youth a platform to share their perspectives on issues they think are important through photography.

It was an inspiring day of raw talent, passion & creativity – a celebration of the best of British youth in the UK today! The conference was held at FACT in Liverpool & saw a host of exhibitions, multimedia screenings, fun photography workshops & a fantastic panel debate exploring the issue “How can young people be heard?”.

Jason Archie from the Youth Media Agency was an excellent host to our 4 panelists:
Ben Osu
Grace Savage
Sarah O’Hara (Looprevil Press)
Ryan Crawford

The multimedia programme included:

Greenscreen project “Positive Perceptions

FotoNow short films

EQUALS “Debate starter

“Having Our Say” digital story from PhotoVoice.

A HUGE thank you to everyone else involved & those who made the effort to attend, even as far away as from Nottingham!!

Nottingham Photographers Hub

Youth Media Agency

Adam Lee

Caroline Edge

A special thanks to Lyrix Organix for hosting the incredible, diverse line-up of Lookout LIVE music, including the incredible spoken word/musical talents of Dan Tsu & Nathaniel NattySpeaks Sobhee & Lyricalligraphy, the country vibes of Toby Parker,the AMAZING Grace Savage, the UK’s No.1 female beatboxing champion & the sounds of Hip-hop artist Cynikal. Check ‘em out!!!

And last but not least to our sponsors who without there support the event wouldn’t have been such a great success: 



Youth Media Agency

WILD Print Sale - Thank you for your support


Limited Edition charity print sale of WILD competition prints to help PhotoVoice provide training and resources for marginalised communities so they can advocate and express themselves through participatory photography

The WILD Print Sale officially ran between 1 May - 10 June 2013. The WILD collection is made up of the 50 winning photos of the natural world from the WILD photography competition shortlist.

So far we have raised £2,000 in sales thanks to the generosity of everyone that has purchased a print.

All prints are available to buy in a PhotoVoice limited edition* print run at a set price of £50 (+p&p). To view the WILD collection please visit the WILD Print Sale. If you have missed the deadline and are still interested in buying a print please do get in contact with .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

WILD Print Sale Gallery


Where will the money go?
The money raised goes towards the work of PhotoVoice, providing training and resources in participatory photography with marginalised communicates across the world, with which they can advocate and express themselves. Check out our recent UK projects and International projects

A big thank you to all of our WILD competition entrants, public choice voters, and print sale buyers. Your generosity and engagement towards PhotoVoice is sincerely appreciated, and your contribution will make a positive impact to the people that we work with.

A special thank you also goes out to Metro Imaging for all of hte printing, Steve Bloom for being a fantastic judge and providing signed books as prizes as well a Fuji, World Heritage Foundation and SP Apparel for providing fantastic prizes for our WILD winners.

WILD Competition Winners
Congratulations to our winners of the WILD PhotoVoice Prize selected by acclaimed wildlife photographer Steve Bloom, and the WILD Public Choice Prize selected by the online public vote.

* refers to a “limited edition” of 10 copies printed exclusively for and by Photovoice as part of the “WILD competition”. Photographers may produce additional copies for their own use or for commercial gain at a later date

PICS makes a comeback for 2013!

PICS 2013 – Photographic Images Changing Society

BOXPARK Launch Event & Saturday 8th June 2013 @RichMix London

PICS Festival was back for its second year on Thursday June 6th with the BOXPARK launch event and Saturday 8th June at Richmix, after the success of the event in 2012.

Thanks to the variety of outputs from participating organisations, individuals and to our festival partners Fotosynthesis, this one day programme had a great line-up of exhibitions, workshops, talks and multimedia screenings for supporters and newcomers.

The focus for this year looked at the responsibility of NGOs and international development organisations consideration of the impact of how they represent developing world issues and people.

A big thank you to everyone that made it down to PICS on Saturday 9th June. RichMix was a lively hub of activity, shared ideas, opinions and flowing energy thanks to the organisation of staff and volunteers and for the participation to all that attended. The buzz around the workshops, focus groups and panel debate was a testament to how much visitors were engaging with the subjects and projects being discussed and explored.

We have received lots of positive feedback about the day and there was a great attendance to everything in the programme of events, including our Keynote Panel Debate “How does the choice of imagery used to represent the developing world affect public perception and development practice”.

“Some of the talks I went to were really inspirational and informative! Can’t wait for PICS 2014 ”
Magda Rakita

For the crowd that stuck around after the day time events, festivities continued with the PICS after party with top DJ sets from Lyrix Organix & Houdini’s Picnic.

If you missed the PICS launch at BoxPark Gallery
you still have a chance to view the exhibition. Head down before July1st!

Lookout Youth Conference Liverpool Tues 11th June

WILD Print Sale now open until 10 June


Limited Edition charity print sale of WILD competition prints to help PhotoVoice provide training and resources for marginalised communities so they can advocate and express themselves through participatory photography

Until Monday 10 June 2013, photography collectors and nature enthusiasts alike can celebrate the natural world and help raise money for PhotoVoice by buying a print from the wonderful collection of 50 imaginative and remarkable images of the natural world from the WILD photography competition shortlist.

From trees cocooned in spider webs after flooding in Sindh, Pakistan to a spectacular panoramic of Scotland’s lochs and an underwater scene of Barracuda’s circling the sunlight, WILD photography collectors are spoilt for choice!

Print Sale
All prints will be sold in a PhotoVoice Limited Edition print run at a set price of £50 (+p&p)
Print sale closes 10 June 2013

WILD Print Sale Gallery


Where will your money go?
The money raised will go towards the work of PhotoVoice, providing training and resources in participatory photography with marginalised communicates across the world, with which they can advocate and express themselves. Check out our recent UK projects and International projects

Other ways you can help?
Please spread the word and pass on the message to all of your photography and wildlife loving friends and anyone you think might be interested in a print.

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Facebook / Twitter

What will you receive?
A PhotoVoice Limited Edition professional 16”x 12” Lambda C Type print, printed by Metro Imaging

Diary dates?
Print Sale Clsoes: 10 June 2013

Estimated Print delivery: End of June 2013

WILD Competition Winners
A big thank you to everyone that entered the WILD competition and congratulations to our winners of the WILD PhotoVoice Prize selected by acclaimed wildlife photographer Steve Bloom, and the WILD Public Choice Prize selected by the online public vote.

Thank you to everyone that has participated in WILD. Your generosity and engagement towards PhotoVoice is sincerely appreciated.


PICS Festival 2013- Images Changing Society

image of man looking at a framed exhibition photograph

Our focus this year will be the responsibility of NGOs and international development organisations to consider the impact of how they represent developing world issues and people.

Sat 8 June 12pm - 6pm

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road
London, E1 6LA

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T: 020 7613 7498
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Full - £7.50
Concessions - £5


Please visit the PICS website for the full programme and event details!

PICS one-day festival will feature a photographic exhibition showcasing the output of a variety of projects by organisations and individuals that aim to bring about positive social change through photography, alongside a programme of talks, panel discussions and workshops (including Sensory Photography and Visual Literacy). The festival will feature examples of photojournalism, participatory photography, citizen journalism and sensory photography, among others.

Our focus this year will be the responsibility of NGOs and international development organisations to consider the impact of how they represent developing world issues and people. We want an open discussion on what role imagery in the public eye can play in reinforcing attitudes and ultimately situations and power structures, as well as what positive impact it can have if used well to reveal realities and prompt action.

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PICS 2012 - Photographic Images Changing Society
Saturday 19th May 2012, @Hub Westminster

This was the first of what we hope will become an annual event - and it turned out to be a resounding success! See below for a short video of panel debate highlights, and to read the PICS 2012 Special Edition Newspaper online! 

PICS 2012 Panel Debate

Left: PICS 2012 keynote panel debate featuring Stephen Sidlo, kennardphillips, Matt Daw, Ivor Prickett and Joseph Cabon. Right: One of the “open table” discussions.

PICS 2012 Special Edition Newspaper
To order a copy of this newspaper (comes with complimentary copy of Uncertain States Photography Journal) donate £3 (per copy) or more here - - to cover postage and packaging and email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your name and address.

Open publication - Free publishing - More africa

Throughout the whole day, the Hub Westminster was filled to the brim and those who attended shared ideas, opinions, and positive energy thanks to a varied programme of talks, exhibitions and multimedia screenings (the latter managed by our great new Projects intern, Kristian)  We prepared lots of practical and participatory activities, including 45-minute long “open table” discussions chaired by, among others, Russell Watkins, photo editor of DFID UK, who wrote about the festival on his very interesting blog Former Sky Digital News Editor Neal Mann and UNICEF Executive Director Tony Lake, were also in attendance. Many enjoyed the workshops exploring three aspects of participatory photography: Visual Literacy led by photojournalist Jenny Matthews; Sensory Photography hosted by PhotoVoice’s Clare Struthers and Fotosynthesis’s Ingrid Guyon; and Text and Captioning by PhotoVoice project facilitators Glynis Shaw and Adam Lee.

The highlight of the day came in the afternoon with the keynote panel debate on the subject that has become PICS 2012’s headline: What role does ‘truth’ play in photography for social change?

“Great atmosphere, lots of interesting conversations and a positive buzz coming from the sharing of knowledge and opinions - thank you all for the amazing feedback on the festival!”

“A HUGE thank you to Globalnet21 and Photovoice! What a blooming marvellous event! Everyone I spoke to was positive and inspirational, focusing on change rather than problems. Special thanks to Francis, Christina and Matt for organising. I REALLY enjoyed the ‘Introduction to Sensory Photography - Photography Without Sight (with PhotoVoice and blind photographer Gary Waite)’, even though Gary, the main attraction had suddenly been whisked off to Devon on the day! But the two ladies holding it were amazing and it was great to get a feel of “blind photography”! I thought the range of photos from the totally amateur to the professional were fascinating and thought-provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed the Panel Debate too, and it made me open up a lot more. So much appreciation to all who hosted and took part today.”
Lucinda Randolph

“An interesting combination of displays, projections, discussions and workshops expressing particular views and interpreted in ways I might not have expected. I felt I had spent my time well and hope I was able to contribute.”
Terence Freedman

BIG thank you to all who helped organise the festival - it wouldn’t be possible without you! And to those who attended - we do hope to see you again at one of the upcoming PhotoVoice events. To stay updated with the latest news subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletter!

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Announcing the WILD Public Choice Prize Winner!

A big thank you to the 1000’s of you that have made your WILD vote count over the past few weeks. We are now pleased to announce the winner of the WILD Public Choice Prize is…..

Anuj D.Raina

‘Perfect Takeoff’

‘Greater flamingo as seen flying on the lake Nalsarover,(Gujarat) gives reason to be the state bird of Gujarat, India, with beautiful colour and dominant pink colour. Flamingo’s are epitome of peace purity and love’

We are also pleased to announce our two WILD Public Choice Prize Runners Up…..

Jason Parry - ‘Swooping Eagel’

Emiliano Cerluini - ‘Chaimois in Abruzzo’

To view the complete WILD collection and purchase a print to help raise money for the work of PhotoVoice please visit the WILD Print Sale

WILD PhotoVoice Prize Winner:

- A Fujifilm Finepix HS30 EXR camera

- A place in the WHF Big Cat Group Photographic Workshop
Joining up with PhotoVoice, WHF is able to offer two places on a group of 10 workshop to the lucky winners. This day will include park entry, tuition throughout the day, buffet lunch, hot drinks and the chance to photograph some of the rarest cats on the planet. One day to remember for the rest of your life!

WILD PhotoVoice Prize Runner Up:

Runner Up 1 - A fantastic Animal Artwork Print by the creative team at SP Apparel

Runner Up 2 - Yellowstone to Yukon, Freedom to Roam photography book by award winning photographer Florian Schulz

To view the complete WILD collection and purchase one of the 50 outstanding photographs please visit the WILD Print Sale before 10 June 2013.

Thank you to everyone that has participated in WILD. Your generosity and engagement towards PhotoVoice is sincerely appreciated

PhotoVoice & WAGGGS Partnership

PhotoVoice are thrilled to have recently partnered with WAGGGS (Worldwide Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) on a 1 week training course last week, May 13th – 17th 2013, training 20 young women from 17 different countries worldwide to set-up and run their own individual participatory photography projects. Together we designed a bespoke intensive training schedule to provide the young women with all the skills and tools they need to implement their projects back home and train other Girl Guide Leaders to do the same.  WAGGGS is the largest voluntary movement based on educating and empowering young women. Their training provides opportunities for girls and young women in life skills, leadership and citizenship.

The idea for the project was discussed over a year ago to coincide with the MDGS (Millennium Development Goals) for 2013. The 8 goals set by the UN are based around meeting the needs of the world’s poorest countries (from reducing poverty to halting the spread of HIV), by the target date of 2015. World Thinking Day 2013 focuses on MDGs 4 & 5, to Reduce Child Mortality and Improve Maternal Health. As WAGGGS is an organisation that empowers young women these were the perfect goals to focus the training around. Each Girl Guide Leader will run an advocacy photography project with the girl guides in their local community to advocate on behalf of women and children everywhere on the issues outlined in MDGS 4 & 5.

It was an absolute pleasure to support PV’s Projects Support, Clare Struthers in delivering PhotoVoice training to such an inspirational group of women from around the world. It was an intense but fun week of learning and participation for everyone in involved, and I feel very honoured to have been a part of the whole experience.  The PhotoVoice and WAGGGS partnership is a fantastic opportunity to empower young women by providing them with the skills to use participatory photography as a tool to tackle the global issues surrounding child and maternal health, and I am extremely proud to be a part of it.“It was an absolute honour and a privilege to spend the week training such motivated, engaged and inspiring young women. I have learnt so much from them all and can’t wait to see the incredible projects . It has been one of the most exhausting yet inspiring weeks of my life! Juliet and I were overcome with emotion when they presented us with this amazing thank you card on the last day, a photo they took of all of their hands and guide scarves, with ‘thank you’ written in each of their native languages.”

- Juliet Vine



A huge thank you to all of the amazing participants, Anja Zomamisoa(Madagascar) , Angeli Siladan (Philippines), Joan Mutie(Kenya) , Alejandra Lonjedo (Argentina)Robyn Gibbs(Australia)Daniela Solano(Costa Rica), Kim Powell (USA/based in France), Shaima Mohammed(UAE), Mailiis Jogis(Estonia), Mickaela Abela (Malta), Joelle Nehme(Lebanon), Yasmin Martin(South Africa), Lilit Chilingaryan( Armenia), Alejandra Salas(Costa Rica), Nancy Brown (USA), Christina Ingerslev(Denmark), Kaelynne Gurnell(South Africa), all the incredible staff at Pax Lodge, one of the 4 worldwide centres, Amee Chande for her generous donation to make this training a reality, Nefeli Themeli and Anush Aghabalyan, our wonderful WAGGGS co-trainers and especially to Juliet Vine, who was an incredible support facilitator. I couldn’t have survived the week without you!

Watch this space for updates on their projects!!!

- Clare Struthers, Projects Support

Thank you from WAGGGS! 



Rights! Cameras! Action! Booklets in Action!

Rights! Cameras! Action! UK was a project run by PhotoVoice in 2011 working with young people across the UK to explore how they feel the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) affects their lives and the lives of other young people in the UK.

PhotoVoice and Action for Children launched an online multimedia resource to inform and engage young people across the UK about UNCRC, alongside a very popular booklet to be used as a classroom tool and to signpost the online resource.

Jennifer Chamber from Merseyside Youth Association (MYA) tells us about her experience of using the booklets.

“The booklet were really useful and great to see young people’s work used to talk about their rights and responsibilities”.

These booklets were also distributed at The Anthony Walker Foundation Hate Crime Conference (for young people) where the Merseyside Youth Foundation delivered a workshop about rights and responsibilities to four groups of about twenty young people. The following photos feature group leaders who were able to share experiences and who are also trained in mental health promotion and youth work. All who attended the workshop left with a booklet. 

PhotoVoice in Zimbabwe

The aim of the project is to engage the communities targeted by the WASH program in examining and evaluating their own hygiene and water usage practices through photography, in order to produce photographic work that reflects not only the problems that the WASH program seeks to address, but also the successes of its implementation.

Matt’s update from Zimbabwe:

“All went well with the staff training - great group, really engaged and on top of the practical and ethical considerations of running PP work now I feel.

First workshop with community reps was today and was a great success. Staff support was excellent and showed they have grasped everything covered in the training… (there were) loads of opportunities to discuss their photos and technical challenges one-on-one. It helped us make the most of a day that had to cover a lot in a short time.”


Matt will also be covering school workshops and there will be a community exhibition held at the healthcare centre.

Sharon (healthcare officer for the area): “I think this is a very good project. It will be very useful for this program and others. It is good that the community is so engaged and active and get to do something and share their thoughts. I would like to use this in other programs.”

Amnesty Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year Award Ceremony 2013!

PhotoVoice are very proud to have partnered with Amnesty International this year on their prestigious Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition! Tuesday 30th April saw the Awards Ceremony – a truly enriching and inspiring event.

Amnesty’s competition is in its fourth year and has over 2500 participants from across the UK, this was the first year to include a photo-journalism category and PhotoVoice’s very own
bursary recipients, Brandon Lane and Bianca Tennant,  presented the awards to the budding young reporters.

Entrants ranged from 7-18 years old submitting written journalistic essays, performing protest songs & of course amazing photos covering all aspects of Human Rights violations across the globe from female genital mutilation to bullying right here in the UK.

The event itself was highly motivating and inspiring filled with musical performances, speeches from journalists and interviews with human rights activists. The talent and knowledge shown by the shortlisted recipients and the winners was overwhelming.

PhotoVoice not only presented awards at the ceremony but also ran a workshop asking participants to label photographs of young people as either negative or positive in terms of their representation, this brought up insightful discussions by the young people.

It’s events like these that remind us all of the power and importance of youth voices. Congratulations to the winners and all those shortlisted!

PhotoVoice evening with Steve Bloom was a sell-out show!

On Monday 29th April, we were lucky enough to be in the charming company of internationally acclaimed photographer and author Steve Bloom a leading documentary photographer of our time specialising in stunning images of the living world.

Steve delivered a visually rich lecture taking his audience on a journey with his charismatic stories and presentation covering three decades of his career. We were all dazzled by the live theatre performance of both still and digitally enhanced images that captured the diversity of the continent where he grew up, and where he continues to return to photograph both people and animals.

Steve shared with us his representation of Africa through landscapes, dynamic wildlife, and human life, which Included images of silverback mountain gorillas deep in the rainforest, cute baby lion cubs, endangered black rhino drinking at a moonlit waterhole and Mozambican migrant workers toiling in a gold mine three kilometres below ground.

Steve’s fascination in finding patterns and shapes in nature as well as his interest in photography’s relationship to time and space, were apparent in his superb selection of images and animated slide show.
The lecture finished with the announcement of the 50 WILD photography competition winners and a Q&A session, which invited all members of the audience to marvel at all the lovely WILD winning photos for the WILD Print Sale, and ask questions to delve into the secrets behind Steve’s striking images of the living world.

As a judge of WILD, Steve also announced his winner for the WILD PhotoVoice Prize – Sandra Elkin, for her fantastic photograph ‘Sharing the Road’.

Steve Bloom said that “The winning picture is a superb visual metaphor, revealing the common struggle of life as we walk down our chosen paths. The snow adds to the drama, and the picture also shows something of the impact of humanity on the animal world.”

You can view all of the 50 WILD winners and purchase a print in the WILD Print Sale.

Thank you to everyone who attended the lecture and supported PhotoVoice by purchasing a ticket. We hope everyone had a great evening and we look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming lectures (to be announced soon).


Anouncing the WILD PhotoVoice Prize winner!

PhotoVoice and Steve Bloom are delighted to announce the winner of the WILD PhotoVoice Prize!

Congratulations to Sandra Elvin for her superb photograph “Sharing the Road”, of a bison crossing the road during a snow storm in Yellowstone National Park, taken on April 7 2013

You can now purchase one of the 50 outstanding WILD photographs in the WILD Print Sale until 10 June 2013.

Steve Bloom said that “The winning picture is a superb visual metaphor, revealing the common struggle of life as we walk down our chosen paths. The snow adds to the drama, and the picture also shows something of the impact of humanity on the animal world.”

WILD PhotoVoice Prize Winner & Runners Up



- Fujifilm FinePix X-S1 premium bridge camera
- signed slipcase gift edition of Steve Bloom’s book Elephant!

WILD PHOTOVOICE PRIZE RUNNERS UP (Awarded to 3 runners up)

- Signed Steve Bloom Spirit of the Wild Exhibition book

We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone that has participated in WILD. Your generosity and engagement towards PhotoVoice is sincerely appreciated, and we wish all our 50 WILD winners the best of luck for the public vote.

To purchase one of the 50 outstanding WILD photographs please visit our WILD Print Sale




WILD Closed for entries on Mon 22 April


We are in the process of reviewing WILD entries with our expert judging panel who is joined this year by acclaimed photographer and best-selling author Steve Bloom. Steve specialises in stunning images of the living world and reveals that a “‘wild’ photograph is one that emotionally connects with the viewer by blurring the lines between the animal and human world. It acknowledges we are all part of the same wide ecosystem, and encourages awareness of the living world”.

The judging panel will select 50 of the top submitted images to be showcased in the WILD Print Sale Gallery, which will be announced at PhotoVoice lecture ‘Steve Bloom’s Africa’ on Monday 29 April 2013, 7:00pm at Kings Place, Kings Cross, London.

Book your tickets online 

The print sale for WILD will go live online on Wednesday 1 May 2013.Each chosen image will then be available to purchase for £50.00 (Plus £5 P&P), with the money raised going to the charity PhotoVoice.


Each photographer whose image is selected for the WILD Print Sale will receive a professional 16”x 12” Lambda C Type print of their image thanks to the creative team at Metro Imaging.

The 50 shortlisted photographs selected for the print sale will also be exhibited at PICS Festival in London in June 2013.

There will also be two prizes awarded for the WILD PhotoVoice Prize selected by Steve Bloom, and the WILD Public Choice Prize decided by the online public vote.

‘WILD Public Choice Prize’ - signed slipcase gift edition of Steve Bloom’s book Elephant!

‘WILD PhotoVoice Prize’ - Wildlife Heritage Foundation Group Photographic Workshop
Joining up with PhotoVoice, WHF is able to offer two places on a group of 10 workshop to the lucky winners. This day will include park entry, tuition throughout the day, buffet lunch, hot drinks and the chance to photograph some of the rarest cats on the planet. One day to remember for the rest of your life

A selection of image entries can be viewed in the ‘WILD’ SHOWCASE.


To vote for your favourite WILD photo please visit the upcoming ‘WILD’ online voting page from Wednesday 1 May 2013.


From Wednesday 1 May 2013, you will be able to purchase a print and vote for your favourite image through the ‘WILD’ print sale gallery.

All proceeds from the print sales will go to the vital work of PhotoVoice changing lives through the power of photography. PhotoVoice works with marginalised and minority communities by providing photographic training for participants to communicate the reality of their lives, to express themselves creatively and to advocate for social change.

This is your chance to join a celebration of everything that is beautiful on this planet, win fantastic photographic prizes and at the same time support the charity PhotoVoice!

Let the wild and wonderful be your inspiration to help us celebrate everything that is beautiful and natural in our world!


22 April 2013 Competition closed

29 April 2013 Final 50 shortlisted photographs announced ,WILD PhotoVoice Prize winner announced

1 May 2013 Print Sale & Public Voting opens!

20 May 2013   Public Voting closes, WILD Public Choice Prize’ winners announced

10 June 2013 Print Sale closes (Competition winner’s prints & Print Sale prints will be delivered after this date)

Launch of John Kobal Bursary Scheme 2012-13

We are delighted to announce the launch of the PhotoVoice Bursary Scheme 2012-13, generously funded by John Kobal Foundation, supporting 5 talented young past project participants to develop their photographic skills and training.

The five successful recipients are:

Luke Hayes

Luke is 18 and was a participant in the PhotoVoice ‘Having Our Say Too’ project. Luke discovered during the project that he was really interested in both landscape photography and developing a technical grasp of the camera. He intends to make a portfolio of work and a book of his landscape photography by July 2013.

Alisha Watts

Alisha is 16 and was a participant in the PhotoVoice ‘Having Our Say Too’ project.  Throughout the project she was self-motivated and creative. Alisha was both insightful and honest had an ability to convey her experiences and perspectives verbally, visually and through the written word. She intends to make a portfolio of work by July 2013.

Brandon Lane

Bradon is 20 and participated in PhotoVoice’s Lookout UK project .  Brandon’s project is focused on photographing how our environment is affected by pollution and then designing 3D models of a greener London through graphic design to exhibit, in the hopes of improving our community.He will be setting up an online blog as well as a platform to showcase his final 3D models.

Mike Asiku

Mike is 19 and participated in the Lookout UK project. He is going to Iceland on an expedition in August 2013 with a group of young people as an adventure leader and will be using his bursary to do a project about young people going through changes when put in extreme circumstances. Mike also plans to upload his images to an adventure photography blog as a platform for his work.

Denzel Hippolyte

Denzel is 20 and participated in the Lookout UK project. Denzel’s project focuses on his local community, his aim being to bring people together with his photos by documenting their personal and communal experiences. He plans to design a photo book as a platform for his project images, alongside quotes and captions from those photographed.


Over the past few weeks we’ve held an initial ‘Introduction to SLR Camera’ workshop at the community photography project FotoSynthesis, run by Ingrid Guyon, and a ‘Studio Masterclass’ day held at Drew Studios, run by David Drew, both days were thoroughly enjoyed by all!
We will continue to run a variety of photographic workshops with them over the coming months and help to support them through individual mentoring sessions to help develop their personal projects - so watch this space!

Lookout UK website is now LIVE

Look out, Speak out, Stand out

The debate around ‘youth issues’ such as gangs, knife crime, youth opportunities and peer pressure is too often held in political circles and the media, excluding those most affected, and those who hold the key to improving the situation – young people themselves.

Lookout UK is a platform for young people to highlight their perspectives on any issues they feel are important, and which are overlooked by politicians, and ignored or misrepresented by the media.

Since June 2010 PhotoVoice has been working with young people from all backgrounds across the UK providing free training in digital photography and offering opportunities for young people to amplify their voices in the debate around youth issues.

Lookout blog

PhotoVoice has been running workshops with hundreds of young people in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Glasgow and more, supporting them to speak out about issues they feel strongly about through photography, music, spoken word and digital storytelling. Throughout 2013 PhotoVoice will be pushing these photos and messages from young people into the public eye through exhibitions, online campaigns, media coverage and social media.

Any young person living in the UK can feed their voice into the campaign by submitting captioned photos, or attending the youth conferences in Liverpool and London.

The result of the Lookout project will be a multimedia youth manifesto, detailing the issues that are concerning young people in the UK today, along with their perspectives on changes that are needed to improve life for young people all over the UK. This manifesto will be posted online in July 2013 for young people to add to, comment on and make suggestions, before it is finalised at the youth conference in London in September 2013.​

Please spread the word and encourage young people to look at the website, follow us on facebook and twitter, submit photos and add their voices to the campaign.

Keep an eye on the website for updates about upcoming events including Lookout Youth Conference in Liverpool (11th June 2013) and London (27th - 28th September 2013).

WILD photography competition and print sale in support of PhotoVoice

22 April 2013 Competition closes
29 April 2013 Final 50 shortlisted photographs announced
30 April 2013 PRINT SALE OPENS! / Public voting opens
20 May 2013 ‘WILD PhotoVoice Prize’ & ‘ WILD Public Choice Prize’ winners announced
20 May 2013 Print Sale closes
31 May 2013 Prints delivered

PhotoVoice would like to invite all photographers and nature enthusiasts alike to celebrate the natural world and help raise us raise money for future PhotoVoice projects by entering the WILD photography competition and print sale judged by acclaimed photographer and best-selling author Steve Bloom.

Of the photographs submitted, Steve Bloom will be choosing 50 images to be showcased in the WILD online gallery.  Discussing what he looks for in a ‘wild’ photograph, Steve Bloom comments: “A ‘wild’ photograph is one that emotionally connects with the viewer by blurring the lines between the animal and human world. It acknowledges we are all part of the same wide ecosystem, and encourages awareness of the living world”.

Each photograph in the gallery will then be available to purchase in a limited edition print run for £50.00, with the money raised going to PhotoVoice.

The photographers whose images are chosen will each receive a professional 16”x 12” Lambda C Type print of their image.  In addition, prizes will be awarded to the winners of the ‘WILD Public Choice Prize’, chosen by the online public vote and the ‘WILD PhotoVoice Prize’ chosen by Steve Bloom.

All printing will be produced by Metro Imaging, London’s leading professional photographic printing company.

The competition closes on the 22 April 2013 and the announcement of the 50 shortlisted winners will take place at ‘Steve Bloom’s Africa’ talk on 29 April 2013 at Kings Place, London, with the sale starting on the 30 April.

To enter a photograph into the competition please visit .

From 30 April 2013 you will be able to purchase a print and vote for your favourite image @ .

This is your chance to join a celebration of everything that is beautiful on this planet, win fantastic photographic prizes and at the same time support the charity PhotoVoice!


The PhotoVoice Inclusive Photography Resource & Sensory Exhibition Launch

Thank you to everyone who came along to celebration on Tues 26th March 2013, that marked the launch of the PhotoVoice Inclusive Photograph Resource:

Able Voices: Participatory photography as a tool for inclusion :This resource is the latest addition to our free online methodology series and was generously funded by the international charity World Visionas part of the Able Voices project, working with young people with differing requirements for inclusion.

“Photography is one of the best practices in engaging children with different abilities in advocacy and enabling them to engage in all levels of the community.”
Arjan Emini, World Vision, Albania 2012

The occasion included a full day of PhotoVoice Inclusive Photography training and an evening celebration event, hosted by the lovely Shape Arts team at their pop-up space:

40 Gracechurch Street

PhotoVoice Inclusive Photography Training

The training was delivered by PhotoVoice’s Clare Struthers, who is experienced in working on projects with groups of people with different abilities. It was a hands-on and fun workshop with an array of different activities that enabled participants to understand how photography is a versatile and accessible medium for creative expression, which offers opportunities for truly meaningful inclusion. The training participants were a fantastic group who really engaged in the tasks, which covered the practical and ethical guidelines for anyone wishing to ensure that their photography work & workshops are inclusive, when working with people of all abilities.

PhotoVoice Inclusive Photography Resource & Sensory Exhibition Launch

The evening event had a great crowd who were really engaged in the Sensory Exhibition.

The photographs in the exhibition are from the PhotoVoice projects Beyond Sight (2007-8) & Sights Unseen (2009-10), working with blind and visually impaired people in the UK, China & Mexico. The photos were created without the use of sight and do not require sight to be enjoyed and understood.

An audio guide was provided to help lead the visitors through the work on display, with the focus less on the images themselves but on what they demonstrates; a momentary experience or happening and the emotions it inspires.

“It is obvious that a blind person cannot see, but to say they cannot perceive – that is understand, discern, locate, feel, interiorise etc. and re-transcribe it – is as stupid and false as saying they can’t laugh, cry or eat. The fact is that they don’t see with their eyes, but with their minds” – Christian Lonbardi, Photographer without sight

Richard Downes attended the launch. Read about his experience


The exhibition will remain at Shape Arts until the end of April.

PhotoVoice Sensory Exhibition Viewing times:
Mon – Thurs
10am – 4pm

The highlight of the evening included an inspiring talk by PhotoVoice participant, John McCafferty who spoke about his involvement with PhotoVoice and his on-going photography projects.

John was a participant in PhotoVoice’s 2004-05 Able Voices project, and went on to be part of the PhotoVoice bursary scheme in 2011, which provided him with the equipment and support required to work on his own photography projects.

A selection of John’s images from this body of work are also on display at Shape Arts in addition to the Sensory Exhibition. It was fantastic to hear about John speak about his practice as a photographer and how he uses the medium as an accessible tool as a means of communication.

More information about John and his photography can be found here:

PhotoVoice Inclusive & Sensory Photography Training 26 & 27 March 2013

PhotoVoice are delivering two days of training based on the practical work and methodologies of PhotoVoice projects working with people who are affected by varying levels of inclusion.

INCLUSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY - Photography and mixed ability groups
Tuesday 26th March 2013
10am – 5pm
Shape’s Pop-up Gallery
40 Gracechurch Street
£100 (concession £75 for students and members of NGO/non-profit organisations with annual income under £30,000)

A day of training in the practicalities and ethics of running photography projects with mixed disability groups. All levels of experience welcome.

SENSORY PHOTOGRAPHY - Photography Beyond Sight

Wednesday 27th March, 10am – 5pm
Shape’s Pop-up Gallery in the City
40 Gracechurch Street

£80 (concession £65 for students and members of NGO/non-profit organisations with annual income under £30,000)

A fun and interactive day of training in techniques for creating, and experiencing, photography without sight. Open to all regardless of level of sight.

PACKAGE DISCOUNT: Book for both Inclusive photography and Sensory photography for just £150 (or £120 concession)
Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to book

PLUS Inclusive Photography Resource Launch

Tuesday 26th March 2013, 6pm – 8pm

Shape’s Pop-up Gallery in the City
40 Gracechurch Street

Suggested donation: £10

Join us for a drink and an evening of inspiring talks and photography and talk from some up and coming photographers with disabilities. This evening marks the launch of PhotoVoice’s newest free online methodology guide – Inclusive Photography.  Copies on CD-ROM will be available to purchase on the night.

PhotoVoice & Drew Studios Professional Photography Training 21 & 22 March 2013

PhotoVoice is teaming up with Drew Studios London to deliver two exclusive days of professional and affordable training


Thurs March 21
£150/£75 concessions

Fri March 22
£100/£75 concessions

Drew Studios, Bethnal Green
Arch 11
Gales Gardens
E2 0EJ


The ‘Studio Photography Masterclass’ and ‘Starting Out in Professional Photography’ accredited one day training courses will be taking place at Drew Studios London in a friendly and professional photographic studio where you will be taught various skills by an industry professional.

The two training days are aimed at up and coming as well as established photographers, catering to those wishing to learn anew or brush up their skills in photography and get tips and techniques from an expert .

During the practical sessions you will have the opportunity to learn about and use professional photographic equipment and lighting in a professional fully equipped studio. Working in a small supervised group lead by an industry professional you will be given the opportunity to create images for your portfolio whilst learning practical skills. You will also learn tips and techniques to establish yourself in the photographic industry.


Transforming cash transfers launch event - Are you coming?

In 2012 PhotoVoice joined forces with the ODI to support some of the beneficiaries in Kenya and Mozambique to feed back their perspectives and experiences through photography. The workshops culminated in photo stories by the participants that give an insight into their lives and the issues they face, as well as the specific effects of the cash transfers on their lives. Click on the poster for more information about ODI.

Join PhotoVoice for the Exhibition of photographs and photo stories taken by the beneficiaries of UK funded direct cash transfer programs in Kenya and Mozambique.

24 - 28 April 2013


Free Admission

theprintspace and PhotoVoice are teaming up!

PhotoVoice are selling a great selection of analogue film cameras, lenses and accessories on theprintspace The Marketplace with all proceeds going to support the work of PhotoVoice

The lovely people at theprintspace  have shown their support and featured us in their blog last Friday 15th February 2013. Take a look at what they had to say about us here

theprintspace is a leading pro photo and fine are printing lab that opened in 2007 with the mission ‘to empower photographers to take control over their images, and give them the ability to make professional quality prints, without busting their budgets’. Their top quality printing and fantastic value make it an accessible service for all photographers from students, professionals & those just starting out with photography.

You can find out more about theprintspace here

Anyone who is interested in film photography will find it worthwhile taking a look at the camera items that we have for sale including film slr’s, point and shoot cameras as well as a wide range of lenses, flashes and other accessories.  Any money that we make from the sales will go straight into our projects – so please take a look and we hope you find something that takes your fancy for all those analogue photography enthusiasts!

Address Unknown – the Photo Postcard Exhibition with a twist in support of PhotoVoice!

Address Unknown is an exciting open international and anonymous Photo Postcard Exhibition in support of PhotoVoice, organised by photographers Melanie Gow and Gill Aspel.

The Aim
This innovative open international Photo Postcard Exhibition, aims to engage as many people and places from across the globe by bringing together 1000 + photographs over the course of a year in to create ‘an explosion of photographic moments through the secret eyes of the world’. Through the collaboration of images the exhibition will expose both the shared and the different experiences of our world’s cultures and environments.

The Contributors
Anyone and everyone can contribute to the exhibition of Photo Postcards, including photographers, students, professionals and amateurs. Every contributors work is shown anonymously in the exhibition that will run for the last week in March 2013. Only at the end will the photographer’s identity be revealed, allowing photographs to be shown equality no matter where they come from in the world, or who took them.

Supporting PhotoVoice
The Photo Postcards will then be for sale for a Flat Rate in support of the charity PhotoVoice. You could own an exclusive image by a celebrity, a professional photographer or motographer, a new, up and coming student, or an amateur. You will buy something because you like it, something that there will only be one of in this form. When you buy the image you will receive a certificate of authentication that reveals the photographer’s identity.

How to get involved

For full information on how to take part please visit the Address Unknown website & read their T & C’s

Address Unknown is free and provides an opportunity for photographers or artists, from stars to students to be a part of this extraordinary open, international exhibition space and promotion of them and their work.

Take A Picture     Email It to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    Keep The Secret

Here is a selection of some of the fantastic Photo Postcards in the exhibition



Celebrations all round at our Bursary 2011-12 Exhibition launch

The PhotoVoice Bursary Scheme 2011-12 exhibition launched on Tuesday 22nd January 2013. A special thank you to everyone at Shape Arts who hosted the event at their current pop up gallery space on Gracechurch street, London. The exhibition will remain at Shape Arts until the end of January.

40 Gracechurch Street
London, EC3

PhotoVoice’s bursary scheme supports photographers trained through our projects to continue developing their photographic skills and explore opportunities for work placements and further study. Throughout 2011-2012 the fantastic charity The Photographic Angel generously supported five PhotoVoice project participants from our LookOut London project.

The exhibition launch was a wonderful evening, which celebrated the excellent work produced by:
Bianca Tennant, 18
Nathaniel Williams, 18
Victoria Omobuwajo, 18
Sansha Edwin, 18
Venesha Cunningham, 23

Meet the Photographers here

To discover more about the TPA Bursary Scheme 2011-12 please visit the Bursary project page

The celebration was well attended by friends, family and The PhotoVoice Team. Guests had the opportunity to share a drink and speak directly to the photographers, and all enjoyed the relaxed & warm atmosphere.

Each photographer showcased 5 of their best images from their own personal projects. The work was beautifully exhibited on free standing easels that complemented the modern exhibition space, and allowed guests to get up close and personal with the photographs on display.

One of the highlights of the evening was the heart-warming speeches from PhotoVoice’s Clare Struthers & the Bursary participants during the hand out of the well-deserved Bursary certificates.

We want to extend our warmest thanks to Shape Arts & to everyone who came along and helped celebrate all of our Brusary recpients hard work over the past year. A very special mention & thank you goes to PhotoVoice’s very own Clare Struthers who played a key role throughout the Bursary scheme, and who organised the celebration exhibtion.

PV panel debate @ LAF 2013 was a packed out event!

PhotoVoice kick started the London Art Fair’s Photography Focus Day with its panel debate “Mirror to the Soul: Empathy through photography” yesterday, Wednesday 16th January 2013

The panel debate was the first event from the LAF full programme of talks focusing on the issues affecting contemporary photography.


PhotoVoice Projects Manager, Matt Daw chaired the debate, and the compelling panel line-up included Photographer Laura Pannack, Photography and Professor of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton Del Loewenthal, Photographer and Founding Editor of Uncertain States Newspaper Spencer Rowell, and PhotoVoice Project Manager Helen Cammock.

Each panellist gave a 10 minute presentation about their own photographic practice and the issues surrounding photography’s unique ability to express people’s views & perspectives.


The audience were a fantastic bunch who opened up several interesting discussion points about photography’s unique ability to connect with specific emotions, people and situations, as well as touching on the ethical implications posed on the photographer when representing others through the lens.


Thank you to everyone who came along to the event. We hope you all enjoyed the discussions and interesting viewpoints surrounding empathy through photography. And a massive thank you to our engaging panel of speakers!

Don’t forget - PhotoVoice is exhibiting a selection of photographs from our traveling exhibition Photo Voices “Sharing Lives, Opening Eyes” that was showcased at Rich Mix in October and was part of the Perugia Social Photo Fest, Perugia, Italy in November earlier this year, alongside a selection of images from our most recent projects Shutter Release – Picturing Life after Prison and Having Our Say Too.

If you are coming along to the London Art Fair over the next few days, please come and have a look at the PhotoVoice participants work, located next to the Photo50 café.

London Art Fair16 - 20 January 2013
Business Design Centre
Islington, N1
Tickets £12.00 online / £16 on the door


London Art Fair 16th – 20th January 2013

We are delighted to be back and participating again at the London Art Fair in January 2013

London Art Fair16 - 20 January 2013
Business Design Centre
Islington, N1
Tickets £12.00 online / £16 on the door

As a Friend of PhotoVoice, you can purchase two day tickets for the price of one until 31 December, saving you £17 on what you will pay on the door for a pair of tickets. Enter code LAF358 when booking your 241 tickets here

PhotoVoice will be exhibiting a selection of photographs from our travelling exhibition Photo Voices “Sharing Lives, Opening Eyes” that was showcased at Rich Mix in October and was part of the Perugia Social Photo Fest, Perugia, Italy in November earlier this year.

PhotoVoice is also hosting a panel debate at the fair on Wednesday 16th January from 12 - 1pm. Entrance to the debate is free with the admission of your London Art Fair ticket, but you must book your place to attend

Mirror To The Soul: Empathy Through Photography
Wedensday 16th Januray
12pm - 1pm
Admission: Free with LAF ticket, Booking Essential

Does photography have unique qualities that help us to see things from other people’s perspectives or feel an emotional connection with situations or people that other art forms cannot create?
This 1 hour discussion will look at approaches taken by different photographers and practitioners to use photography as a way to connect people across distances, convey sensitive or personal issues, and prompt a sense of involvement in situations that are alien to the audience.

Chair: Matt Daw, Projects Manager, PhotoVoice
Spencer Rowell, Photographer and Founding Editor of Uncertain States Newspaper
Helen Cammock, Project Manager of Having Our Say Too project with sexually exploited young people, and former Director of the Brighton Fringe Festival
Del Loewenthal, Photographer and Professor of Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Roehampton
Laura Pannack, Photographer

Matt Daw is projects Manager at PhotoVoice and has over 7 years of experience designing and delivering participatory photography projects to amplify the voices of marginalized and issue-affected communities worldwide.

Spencer Rowell’s images aim to peel back the many layers, and the narrative of the past, to reveal hidden knowledge that exists within us all. By incorporating his study of psychodynamic theory with his art and by articulating often dark lonely spaces, he moves between the figurative and the abstract, maintaining a sense of disturbance that emanates from the work.
Spencer is also a Co-Founder of Uncertain States, a collective of fine art photographers who have come together to develop and expand their photographic practice. Together they publish a newspaper which offers a platform for other lens based artists to show and write about their latest projects.

Helen Cammock is an artist and experienced arts facilitator and Project Manager for PhotoVoice. She was previously Co-Director of Brighton Photo Fringe for four years. Helen is passionate about supporting and promoting diversity in all the work she does and is committed to designing projects and programmes that challenge and address these issues. She studied Sociology BA at University of Sussex and worked for 12 years designing and delivering social support projects for adults and young people before completing a BA in Photography at the University of Brighton in 2008 and an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art in 2011.
Helen is currently managing PhotoVoice’s Having Our Say Too project with young people with experience of, or at risk of, sexual exploitation. Through this project young people are supported to explore their experiences and contribute to the dialogue around sexual exploitation by offering their perspectives on the issues involved.

Laura Pannack is a London based Photographer whose art focuses on social documentary and portraiture, and seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer.
Her work has been extensively exhibited and published both in the UK and internationally, and in 2010 Laura received first prize in the Portrait Singles category of the World Press Photo awards. She has also won and been shortlisted for several other awards including The Sony World Photography Awards, The Magenta foundation and Lucies IPA.
Laura is driven by research led self-initiated projects. In her own words, she does all she can “to understand the lives of those captured, and to present them creatively”. She is a firm believer that “time, trust and understanding is the key to portraying subjects truthfully”, and as such, many of her projects develop over several years. Her particular approach allows a genuine connection to exist between sitter and photographer, which in turn elucidates the intimacy of these very human exchanges. Her images aim to suggest the shared ideas and experiences that are entwined in each frame that she shoots. Laura largely shoots with a film camera on her personal projects, allowing her process to be organic rather than being predefined by fixed ideas, thus removing additional pressure on the sitter.

Del Loewenthal is a Professor of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton and has worked in Departments of Psychology, Education and Management. He works internationally as well as being in private practice in Wimbledon and Brighton, and he has been involved in providing individual and group counselling and psychotherapy for over thirty years. Del also has a degree in photography and besides taking photographs corporately, at weddings, publicity stills, is currently involved in the therapeutic use of photographs in organisations, prisons and individual and group therapy.

For more information and to book tickets please visit the LAF website. We look forward to seeing you there!

PhotoVoice partners with Amnesty UK!

Amnesty LogoThe competition is open to students aged 7 to 18 years and is run by Amnesty, in partnership with the Guardian Teacher Network and MA Publications, publishers of SecEd, Headteacher Update and Primary Teacher Update, and PhotoVoice!

Top entries will be published and winners will be announced at a special Amnesty award ceremony in London. Winners will also receive a selection of free books from publishers Random House and a subscription for their school to the current affairs teaching and learning site The Day.

PhotoVoice is proud to be on the judging panel for the newly introduced photojournalism category, alongside Sara Grant, author of Dark Parties, and Bali Rai, who wrote (Un)arranged Marriage, as well as representatives of Amnesty, the Guardian and SecEd.

We are also providing the prize for the 7-14 photojournalism category - a day working with a professional photojournalist covering a human rights issue, the work being published in a youth led publication as well as showcased at our very own London youth-led conference (Lookout UK).

Deadline for entries is 18 Feb 2013 - so get snapping & APPLY TODAY!

“The Young Human Rights competition seemed like a perfect fit for us. We specialise in helping young people to speak out through photography to share their perspectives and play an active role in working towards positive social change. Over the years many of the issues tackled by young people on our projects have been related to human rights, both in the UK and overseas. Images can make such a huge impact, and hopefully by offering this prize we will encourage young people to pick up a camera and become the human rights photojournalist of tomorrow.”

Clare Struthers, Projects Support

RY4C #UNCRCdebate great success

Firstly a big thank you to all who attended the RY4C debate on Friday 14th - everyone contributed amazingly to what resulted in some quite interesting discussions and a HUGE thanks to Dominic King for all his hard work in organising the event.

The panel debators were:
Melian Mansfield Independent
Verity Thomas YP with V Inspired
Hiran Adhia YP with Youth Media Agency

Mike Lindsay Office of the Children’s Rights Director
Shreya Ukil YP with V Inspired
Snehal Shah Independent YP

Location: UNICEF
      30A Great Sutton Street,
                            London EC1V 0DU

Date: Friday 14th December 2012 from 2pm-3pm


We don’t want the debate to end here!!!

In the new year Right Year for Children will be posting excerpts from the debate aimed to continue the discussion surrounding whether the UNCRC should be integrated into UK Law
Follow and tweet the debate here

PhotoVoice would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Fuji

With the help of Fuji’s generous donation we can continue our work to build skills within disadvantaged and marginalised communities using innovative participatory photography and digital storytelling methods so that they have the opportunity to represent themselves and create tools for advocacy and communications to achieve positive social change.

The camera is a fundamental tool for PhotoVoice participants to amplify their voices through photography, and with Fuji’s help, PhotoVoice have been able to distribute donated cameras to UK & International projects throughout 2012. These projects include:

Able Voices, Albania

In July 2012, PhotoVoice, in partnership with World Vision Albania, ran a two-week photography course with two groups of disabled young people in an under-developed area of Albania, enabling and supporting them to use photography as a way of exploring their experiences and aspirations, and speak out about barriers they face to inclusion in their communities. Raising their profile amongst the wider Albanian public, and challenging expectations about what they are capable of achieving and how much they are capable of voicing their perspectives and needs is the first step to lasting improvements in attitudes and inclusion.

Picture That!, UK

Picture That! is a set of photography workshops working with young people with Autism and Aspergers, designed to create a fun space where they could learn new photographic skills whilst building their self confidence. The participants, aged between 12 and 15, explored the theme of self-identity and children’s rights through a variety of activities.

Lookout UK

Lookout is encouraging and supporting young people across the UK to speak out about issues that affect them and other young people in their community.

In 2012, Fuji cameras have also been used as part of PhotoVoice training with Surf Aid Indonesia - Aug 2012, and loaned to a project run by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the Philipines and the Fotosynthesis project Jesuit UK destitute asylum seekers , documenting their lives to exhibit at the European Commission

NCVO Photography Competition 2013

PhotoVoice is pleased to be a part of Change Makers, a photographic competition run in conjunction with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations for their 8000+ members. The theme of this year’s competition is Change Makers so we are looking for images that show the positive impact that your organisation is having on the world. Ask yourself:

• Who are the change makers in your organisation?
• How are they bringing about change? 
• What is the impact of that change?

There are some great prizes on offer in two categories:
1. Photographs taken by people who work for your organisation (paid staff members, trustees or volunteers, etc.)
2. Photographs taken by service users (beneficiaries or participants of your organisation)

For more details on how to enter, please go to NCVO Members’ Photography Competition 2013

With over 10 years’ experience in designing and delivering participatory photography projects for marginalised and vulnerable individuals and groups, PhotoVoice’s pioneering projects enable those who might traditionally be the subjects of photography to become its creator.

Since 2000, we have worked with partner organisations across the sector, including those benefitting refugees, people who are blind and partially sighted, street children, people living with HIV/AIDS and those with differing requirements for inclusion. Currently, we are working with Catch 22 with young people affected by gangs and knife crime; with members of the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People on a Comic Relief / BBC Children in Need funded project called Having Our Say Too and with HM Prison Leeds on a project aiming to reduce re-offending rates.

We run dedicated training workshops for individuals and groups wanting to introduce participatory photography into their organisations and their beneficiaries. Places are still available for courses in 2013. Please visit PhotoVoice Training for more details.

We have also produced a considerable range of resources for working with different groups of beneficiaries as well as a statement of ethical practice which outlines the considerations and good practice guidelines that apply to any participatory photography work. Click here for more details

Join Media Trusts Cam360 to enter the Communities in Focus competition

Media Trust Cam 360 copy image

The free Media Trust Cam360 Training Workshops are now complete

This is now your chance to sign up for Cam360 (a free website and app enabling citizen journalists to submit their photos in response to briefs set by local and national press) and enter the competition by submitting a photo that shows what you love about your community! Then you’ll be all set up ready when the assignments start flowing!

Sign up here!

RY4C hosts a debate about the legal status of the UNCRC


A range of children’s rights experts and young people will debate whether the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child should be incorporated into UK law.

“We should scrap the human rights act.”
Connor Burns, Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West

This is going to be a genuinely two sided debated with the key points featuring in a report for anti and pro children’s rights organisations to have more of an understanding of why so many people disagree when it comes to this issue.

We want mainstream media and budding young journalists to attend the debate and create awareness of this issue that’s so integral to our society. Media that attend will receive the report of findings 24 hours before any other media.

The debate is on 14 December at UNICEF UK, 30A Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DU map.

The debate is facilitated by the Right Year for Children Partnership. This was formed to promote the 20th anniversary of the UK government ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and take advantage of this fantastic year of great opportunities. The partnership ends on 16 December 2012, the 21st anniversary.

For more information about the debate and the Right Year for Children please visit and to get on the guest list or for any questions please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The PhotoVoice Auction 2012 was an enjoyable occassion

The 10th annual auction of exceptional photographs took place on Tuesday 20th November. A massive thank you to all those who donated or bought prints, our volunteers and supporters who attended on the night. A great night was had by all.

The PhotoVoice team would like to say thank you to all of you who attended and contributed or bought prints at the auction on Tuesday 20th November 2012.
The evening was very successful and thanks to the generosity of so many people we were able to raise vital funds for the ongoing work of PhotoVoice.

Here is a slideshow showcasing a selection of the projects and participant interviews from 2012

Auction slideshow 2012 from Matt Daw

A special thank you to all print donors & buyers, trustees & ambassadors, staff and all supporters whose contribution helped make the auction an enjoyable evening. And also a special thanks to our sponsors Thompson Reuters and ReedSmith.

This year the auction had a number of changes in format and venue including our new hosts LBi and our auctioneer Sebastien Montabonel, contributing to the overall buzz of the night.

Special guests included project participants Keyarn Nelson from the Lookout project, and bursary recipients Bianca Tennant and Vaneesha Cunningham who were the fantastic photographers for the evening.
The Bidsmart text bidding system (with the added smartphone app) saw a return this year to run the Silent Auction, which allowed for a larger number of absent bidders taking part from around the world.

Top selling prints included Marcus Lyon’s large scale Trabants-XII, kennardphillips’s well known Photo Op and Carinthia West’s 1976 Pink Floyd Contact Sheet from the album cover of ‘Animals’.
It was said that our collection of 85 prints was one of the best to date, so a fitting tribute to the 10 years that the auction has been running.  The prints completely transformed LBi’s space into a fantastic gallery of top quality photography.

This year’s auction had a great atmosphere and there were many new faces who became first time buyers of photography.  If you do have any comments we would be delighted to hear from you. Please feel free to email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any feedback about
the event so we can improve things for future years.




To view this year’s online catalogue, click below.

Open publication - Free publishing - More auction


The latest news from ‘Having Our Say Too’

exhibition space with the exhibtion images mounted on easels

PhotoVoice’s project ‘Having Our Say Too’ is now being shown as part of Shape Arts exhibition ‘Shape in the City’. run by Shape Arts. Open from the 19th November, come along to Shape’s Pop-Up Gallery in Gracechurch Street.

Shape is a disability-led arts organisation working to improve access to culture for disabled people. Disability arts grew out of the disability rights movement, and the wider struggle by disabled people for equality and the right to participate in all aspects of society.

Informed by the radical political activism of the 1960’s and motivated by creative ambition as well frustration at their exclusion from mainstream arts, disabled people came together to form their own organisations. These organisations provided a space where the needs and aspirations of disabled people could be realised, and their creative talents developed.

Shape was founded in 1976 by Gina Levete MBE as part of this movement. With project funding from the Gulbenkian Foundation and others, Shape launched several projects in schools, prisons, arts centres and colleges across Greater London.

In its early days Shape worked with everyone who was ‘excluded’. However, as the organisation evolved it has concentrated on working to enable deaf and disabled people to access the arts.

During the 1980’s the Shape model was repeated around the UK by the establishment of regional Shape services. Many of these remain, though over the years may have changed their name, or their focus.

Shape in the City is a large-scale multi-artform showcase in the heart of the city at 40 Gracechurch Street EC3V 0BT (map). Spanning over five floors, covering 60,000 sq ft, each floor covers one of Shape’s core themes and the venue is fully accessible.

The works are exhibited from floor 3 - floor 7 (note floor 7 is the archive and is accessed by appointment only).

The venue is open to the public (walk in) from 10am - 2pm Monday - Thursday and by appointment only from 2pm -6pm. On Friday access to the exhibition is by appointment only (10am-6pm).

Please come over and meet us, enjoy the exhibition, spread the word, tweet ( #sitc ), Facebook and engage with this exciting exhibition.

If you have any queries in the meanwhile please don’t hesitate to contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 0207 621 0900.

Take a look at the images & digital stories from our latest project about young people’s perspectives on sexual exploitation

BBC Children in Need

Children in Need are one of the main funders for the Having Our Say Too project, and PhotoVoice’s Project Manager Helen Cammock was featured on the BBC Children in Need programme on Friday 16th November 2012, in an interview talking about the issues from the project around sexual exploitation and young people.

Fundraising Internship Opportunity - anti-slavery photography project

This exciting project has been in development for the past year, and needs to raise £7,000 over the next two months to get off the ground.

This is an opportunity to:

develop your fundraising skills
be creative – think up and implement your own strategies
add a cutting-edge arts project to your fundraising portfolio
gain an understanding of the workings of a small charity and the international development sector
meet and learn from professionals in arts activism
contribute to the fight against modern-day slavery

This position will suit someone creative and proactive, with fundraising know-how, who is used to dealing with the corporate and business world. You will know and use social media to promote the project, and enjoy networking.

Commitment: negotiable – depends on your fundraising strategy.

Unpaid – expenses covered (to be agreed).

Voice of Freedom will make a real difference: we will work directly with trafficking victims and help bring their voice to the world. Find out more about the project at our website:

To apply please send a copy of your CV with a covering letter of no more than one side of A4 explaining what you hope to gain from working on Voice of Freedom, and your relevant skills and experience.

Applications by email only to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Deadline for Applications - Midnight, Sunday 9 December 2012
Shortlisted applicants contacted - Tuesday 11 December 2012
Interviews - Thursday 13 December 2012
Start date -  Week beginning: Monday 17 December 2012

Please note that as a small charity we have limited capacity to deal with enquiries, and are unable to respond to unsolicited telephone calls regarding this position. We also regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and we will be unable to provide feedback to applicants.

Sign up to our FREE Media Trust Cam360 Training Workshops!

PhotoVoice has been commissioned by the Media Trust to deliver a set of training workshops based on their exciting new Cam360 project, which aims to get professional journalists and citizen journalists working together on crowd-sourced citizen photojournalism, encouraging more local and diverse voices in the media. The web platform and iphone app, allow you to easily upload, share and publish your photography, responding directly to assignments set by publishers.

Last Thursday PhotoVoice’s Clare Struthers travelled to the citizen journalism beacon hub, Citizen’s Eye, in Leicester to deliver, alongside the Media Trust’s Alan Fransman, the first of these workshops, covering the basics of what makes a good news story image, to the ethics and legalities surrounding photojournalism, as well as an introduction to Cam360 itself. The workshop was a great success and all the participants were really excited about Cam360, saying they will definitely use it as way of getting their photography out there.

Future workshop locations include other Media Trust beacon hubs:

Bedford Clanger  Saturday 17th November-10.00 - 13.00
Brixton Blog Saturday 24th November-11.30 - 14.30
Jesmond Local  Monday 26th November-17.30 - 20.30
Kirkbymoorside Town Blog  Monday 3rd December-18.00 - 21.00
Edinburgh Reporter  Wednesday 5th December-18.00 - 21.00

We still have spaces left on the following workshops. Please email@ .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to reserve your place:

Rich Mix, London, Monday 26th November - 5pm - 8pm
FACT Liverpool  Tuesday 4th December – 3pm – 6pm
Nottingham Photographers Hub  Thursday 6th December - 2pm - 5pm


Tim Flach gave a superb talk on Monday 5th November

It was a fascinating evening full of the interesting ideas and stories behind Tim’s remarkable images of the ‘Flying Mop’ dog, horses, millipedes, bonobo’s, as well as the cross breed Zorse & Zonkey and many more!

The superb 120+ images that were projected to larger than life size brought us ever closer to other living creatures that Tim has captured so intimately with his camera.Sue Steward was our guide as we discovered the methods and stories behind Tim’s visual exploration of our weird and wonderful relationship to other animals.
The lecture was enjoyed by all those who attended and Tim’s latest book ‘More Than Human’ sold out during the book signing at the end.

Special thanks go to Tim Flach, Sue Steward and Kings Place for putting on such a captivating show, as well as all those who attended.

Tim Flach was born in London, where he works and lives. He graduated from Communications Design at the North East London Polytechnic and then Photography and Painted Structures at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Tim Flach is recognized internationally for his highly conceptual images of animals, with the success of his first two books Equus and >Dogs:Gods. His anthropomorphic images of animals have been shown in galleries, museums and festivals around the world and he has received numerous awards from leading organizations and publications in the photography world. His work has been commissioned by or appeared in publications including: National Geographic, Intelligent Life Magazine (UK), and most recently the November Issue of Creative Review.

PhotoVoice Training for Weymouth Community Volunteers

Last Tuesday I arrived in Weymouth to begin a three day PhotoVoice training with the staff, support staff and volunteers at Weymouth Community Volunteers (WCV).  WCV are based in the heart of Weymouth and are a small team of enthusiastic, fun and dedicated people working primarily to support and enable disadvantaged people to become active members of their local community. 
Weymouth Harbour, by Lucy Williams
WCV have lots of creative projects on the go and they already run a number of support initiatives through photography so introducing participatory photography using PhotoVoice methodology will be an exciting way for them to extend their reach into the wider local community through awareness raising on the issues faced by their client groups.

During the three days we explored key learning points around using photography as a participatory tool and methodology around structuring and running ethically aware and creatively engaging projects.  The staff were really enthusiastic, asked loads of questions, took lots of photos and planned potential projects - all interspersed with tea breaks sitting on the harbour wall, next to the fishing boats. 
Training in progress at WCV, by Lucy Williams
WCV already had three projects in mind for using PhotoVoice methods and on the last day of training they found out they had received the funding to begin a participatory photography project. You can imagine how excited everyone was! They are now in full steam ahead mode getting ready to put their learning into practice.

“We had a fantastic time on the course. Lucy was superlative as a teacher being both informative and fun.”
Bob Shaw, Training Manager, WCV

If you are interested in a quote for a bespoke course in participatory photography, designed and delivered by PhotoVoice specifically for the staff of your organisation or institution, please email Clare Struthers, Projects Support - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Our 3 day public training in designing and delivering participatory photography workshops takes place four times a year in London, and occasionally in other parts of the country. For more information and to book a place visit our Training section.

PhotoVoice Lecture Series: Tim Flach @ Kings Place, Nov 5th

Tim Flach

Date: Monday 5th November 2012
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Kings Place Hall One
Price: £9.50
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SPECIAL STUDENT OFFER: £4.75 enter promo code photovoice when booking a ticket online @ Kings Place or quote PhotoVoice Offer when booking a ticket through the Kings Place Box Office 020 7520 1490

An exclusive PhotoVoice evening - your chance to meet and discover the methodologies of Tim Flach.

Tim is one of the foremost conceptual fine art photographers of our time, having created a body of work that is known for its exploration of our relationship with other animals.

In his latest book More Than Human (Abrams, Sept 2012), he takes this into new points of inquiry with surprising portraiture of creatures ranging from exquisite pupae, to the world’s largest cat, to intimate scenes of bonobos and other primates. At the heart of all the images are questions about how we shape nature and how it shapes us.

Tim’s work was the subject of an unprecedented 14-page feature in the May 2012 issue of Intelligent Life magazine, and has won numerous awards around the world. His previous, much honoured, books are Dogs Gods and Equus. His fine-art prints are increasingly sought-after.


Having Our Say Too - A dialogue around Sexual Exploitation

By Helen Cammock

The Having Our Say Too exhibition was part of the Brighton Photo Fringe Photography festival this October. It was a great opportunity for PhotoVoice and the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People to present photographic and written work by young people at risk of, or who have experienced sexual exploitation. There are many young people around the UK managing to make sense of difficult experiences and this project is an opportunity for some of them to explore those experiences and contribute to the dialogue around sexual exploitation by offering their perspectives on the issues involved.

Image showing the Having Our Say Too Exhibition at the Brighton Photo Fringe

The issues are certainly current in the media and very much bring into mainstream debate the situations faced by both young people - also adults, as demonstrated by the number of latent disclosures by adults in the recent Jimmy Savile case for example.  As with all forms of abuse, there are a number of different factors that make someone more vulnerable to being abused but ultimately the responsibility lies with the abuser or exploiter – it is never the fault or the responsibility of the young person. Even if a young person is sexually active already, even if a young person appears confident and in control, even if a young person believes they are in a relationship with an older person (or person in a position of power) it is ultimately the adult who is responsible for forcing a young person, or coercing them or responding to a their apparent crush when the young person is not emotionally in a position to have equal control in that relationship. Many young people don’t recognise or acknowledge sexual exploitation and when they do have this realisation often don’t feel able to disclose it. If they do disclose they may not be taken seriously. Interestingly Peter Rippon of the BBC Newsnight show has recently been publicly exposed for deeming young women to be ‘not too young’ and the incidents of exploitation ‘weren’t the worst kind of sexual offences’. I wonder why Peter Rippon feels he is in a position to make this judgement. The allegation that he shelved a programme looking into the Savile allegations because of this judgement, and that it also clashed with a commemorative programme on Savile that was being made at the same time, have called for Rippon to stand down from his job pending an enquiry. It has spurned a much wider debate around sexism and power in not only the media context but also in society.

As a society we present contradictory messages all the time and we need to come to understand that all young people have the right to be free from all forms of exploitation. Sexual exploitation seems still to be something that we find hard to discuss – often imagining that it something that happens abroad through International trafficking or through internal trafficking by particular and specific communities or identified paedophiles. It is of course far more widespread and complex than this and continues to affect young people and children in varying degrees and in many different contexts.

Through working with the young people on Having Our Say Too project it has become more and more apparent that the young people affected by sexual exploitation need to be part of the dialogue that informs policy makers, the practice of adult professional support staff and most importantly offers other young people insight into their experiences and situations that may impact on their vulnerability to sexual exploitation.

Image portraying the end of a guitar, part of the Having Our Say Too project

The telling of stories has a way of making situations real, and sharing experiences and perspectives with others, in order to both inform and support can be a powerful part of moving forward. So the digital stories being created by the young people on this project have an important role for their process but also for informing others. It has been important therefore for the project to looks at personal experiences but also perspectives on the contributing factors to young people becoming vulnerable and into the kinds of attitudes and perspectives that need to change within families, schools and society around particular issues and norms.

Participating young people explore different themes that offer a context to sexual exploitation including gender, power, relationships and sex. They have the opportunity to represent their thoughts, responses and experiences through photography, text and music, creating their own digital stories.

PhotoVoice are partnering with the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People in running five participatory photography projects over the next year.  All projects will run in partnership with specialist support organisations (all the participating partner projects support young people at risk of sexual exploitation) and the young people involved will have the opportunity to participate in a 3 month photography project. So far projects in Middlesbrough and Blackburn have been completed and another is running in Walsall at the moment. We start a project in three weeks in London.

PhotoVoice and project participants will work with the National Working Group to develop the digital stories into a resource pack for a diverse range of professionals to use in their support of young people in specialised as well as mainstream support services for young people throughout the UK.  This resource pack will be piloted in mid 2013 with 500 hundred packs subsequently being distributed to schools, youth projects and a range of specialist support services. It is intended to be a resource for service providers and professionals to deliver projects informed directly by the experiences of young people and will as a consequence support many other young people to understand the issues and context of sexual exploitation and to safeguard themselves.

An online resource and independent website with a gallery and resources will also be developed to support young people, their families and professionals.

There will be a national launch and celebration for participating young people (and their friends, families and support agencies) from all projects.

My next blog will explore some of the reasons why young people are vulnerable to sexual exploitation to begin with.

Photo Voices exhibition at RichMix

Photo Voices “Sharing Lives, Opening Eyes” exhibition launch was a rocking’ night of photography and music!

A huge thank you to everyone who made it down to RichMix to enjoy this eclectic mix of photo-stories and music and a special thanks to PhotoVoice participants, performers, partners and organisers who made the whole event possible.

Family, Friends, and supporters came together to celebrate the work of PhotoVoice trained photographers and reflect upon the striking imagery and important stories of these inspirational people.

The exhibition, which showcases striking imagery and important stories from PhotoVoice trained photographers, celebrated its opening night with an eclectic mix of musical entertainment. To kick start the evening of top live music, Lister Community School gave Rich Mix a taste of rising musical talent with students live music performances inspired by the photographs and themes from the PhotoVoice Lookout UK  project. The students and Lister Community School gave a brilliant warm up for the rest of the night’s entertainment. After a few words from PhotoVoice Director Kevin McCullough & PhotoVoice Bursary participant Bianca Tennet, the night continued with some great live acts as part of our Amplify night of live music.

Chris Peck got things moving with his melodic acoustic set. Rhythmical rhymes of Swami Baracus, charismatic Tall Stories, topped off with some honest & humorous folk stories from Beans on Toast where some of the great acts of the night and the psychedelic pop band Le Masque
It was top line up of entertainment and provided a great platform to share the important and unheard voices from around the world in the East end of London.

Photo Voices “Sharing Lives, Opening Eyes” will remain at Rich Mix until the 26th October 2012, so please drop by for a look if you have yet to see it!

Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Road
E1 6LA

An extra special mention to Adrian White – music coordinator / Jessica Bishopp – volunteer / Bianca Tennant – PV bursary participant, speaker & photographer / Kristian – exhibition design work / Lister Community School / Matt Daw – exhibition coordinator / Clare Struthers – photographer & event support / Rich Mix / & all live music acts

PhotoVoice talk at Brighton Photo Fringe

Friday 12th October saw a host of Photovoice talks by our very own Project Manager, Matt Daw.

He kick started the day at the ‘Participation in Photography: Memory, Archives and Authorship’ Symposium – hosted by Fotosynthesis which explored the social, political and ethical implications of participation and authorship in urban photography discussing how photographers and artists collaborate and interact with people when making photographic projects in world cities.

Followed by an evening event at the Red Roaster café, as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe, where he presented the participatory photography methodology used by PhotoVoice - with examples of projects, specifically Lookout UK . This was followed by by Brighton based photographer Anna Stafford discussing her recent project, Framing Change - Uganda, that she ran earlier this year using the participatory photography model, after undertaking one of our 3 day training workshops.

Both talks were extremely well received, inspiring interesting debates on the ethics of participatory photography methods.

Thanks to all that came!

Anna Stafford Discusses Her ‘Framing Change’ Uganda Project

Anna Stafford took part in our PhotoVoice Training workshop and has since facilitated on our Picture That! project, working with young people with Autism earlier this year.

PhotoVoice supported her further with cameras to facilitate her own participatory photography project in Uganda, read about it in her own words.

Backgroundblack and white image of a group of Ugandan street children sitting on stairs, by Anna Stafford
I set up We Participate in July 2011 after completing the comprehensive and inspiring PhotoVoice training. The training with PhotoVoice proved that in its most positive light participatory photography can be a powerful creative outlet and give to its participants the power of communication.  The in-depth and practical knowledge acquired from the 3 day workshops in London combined with my experience of and teaching GCSE and A-Level photography for five years enabled me to feel confident to plan the Framing Change project for former street children in Mbale, Uganda.

The key aim of my projects was to design and facilitate a safe and creative workshop environment where the magic of photography could inspire and enlighten the lives of both the participant’s and audience involved in the process.

To run the Framing Change project I was based in Mbale, Uganda and worked with the Children’s Restoration Outreach (CRO). CRO is often the life blood and saviour for many of the street children in the Mbale region that have to work or live on the streets. The aim of CRO was to reduce the number of children on the streets, rehabilitate them and reintegrate them into their families.
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The centre is brimming with energy, life and promise. It is a safe haven for the many hundreds of children that access the outreach every day. Displaced by war, poverty, HIV/Aids children are forced to build an existence in extremely tough conditions on the street that are difficult to comprehend.

CRO’s aim is to rehabilitate rather than institutionalise. In addition to providing food, counselling and health care over a period of 6-12 months children attend a rehabilitation class. During this time CRO aims to re-trace family members and resettle the children. The children are then reintegrated back into their families and communities. What is key is that it is the children that have to take their own decisions to quit the streets. This usually has a lasting impact on the street children and their life choices.

The Photographers and Workshops
The project was attended by 17 participants who joined the workshops for a week. Their ages ranged from 12 - 23. All had experienced living or working full time on the streets of Mbale. All of them had their stories and dreams that were waiting to be communicated in their photographs. The workshops had an aim to to improve the confidence, self belief and creativity of the former street children involved and teach others about their stories and lives - re-framing their identity through their images and ultimately breaking down pre-conceived ideas and prejudice.

I wanted the process to be participatory in spirit and be led by the group. With group discussion and brainstorming the participants involved identified where and what was important to document and also what captions and words would best accompany their images. My role was as facilitator to guide and support this process and give them the opportunity to share their experience of the street and their local community.

I found the PhotoVoice training manual was a key tool in the planning and running of the workshops. I used it to help guide the planning and reflection of each day and found it was packed full of lots of practical ideas that made the workshops inclusive and fun.

The Outcomes
An important aspect of the participatory process I learnt was to create an exhibition for the group.
Our project culminated in an exhibition of the photography at the Children’s Restoration Outreach Centre. Each photographer edited their selection to show their stories and wrote captions and titles that aimed to give the images context and a ‘voice’. The experience of the showing the outcomes to their peers was empowering and it also informed visitors from outside of CRO about the lives and stories of children on the street.

Feedback from the group was very positive, one of the girls said “I learnt how to express myself, show my past and future dreams through pictures”

The Future
The PhotoVoice training provided a solid foundation of knowledge to build on and develop the confidence to run a participatory project. The PhotoVoice facilitators and fellow trainees (some that had travelled from as far as Canada and America) to attend were all supportive and each brought their own professional knowledge and backgrounds to the experience. The inspirational training has opened up my potential as a photographer and facilitator, the future is exciting!

I will be holding an exhibition of the Framing Change project in the Brighton Photo Fringe Festival this October. We Participate is planning further participatory project work in Central America this year.
If you are interested in finding out any more info about the work in Uganda contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Anna is also speaking about her project as part of PhotoVoice’s talk for the Brighton Photo Fringe, Friday 12th October 2012, 8pm @ RedRoaster

Having Our Say Too - Latest update!

In the past week both the Blackburn and Middlesbrough workshops have successfully completed and had local celebration exhibitions, but as part of the opening for the Brighton Photo Fringe they are coming together this Saturday for a Having Our Say Too project exhibition launch!

We really hope you all can make it!

HOS2 invite



PhotoVoice are partnering with the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People in running five participatory photography projects over the next year.  All projects will run in partnership with specialist support organisations (all the participating partner projects support young people at risk of sexual exploitation) and the young people involved will have the opportunity to participate in a 3 month photography project.

So far projects in Middlesbrough and Blackburn have been running throughout the summer and a project in Walsall commenced this September. Two more are scheduled for London and the South East in autumn 2012.

Participating young people will explore different themes that offer a context to sexual exploitation including gender, power, relationships and sex. They will represent their thoughts, responses and experiences through photography, text and music, creating their own digital stories.
There will be a national launch and celebration for participating young people (and their friends and families) from all the projects and a selection of projects images will also be exhibited in October as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe photography festival 2012.

PhotoVoice and project participants will work with the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People to develop the digital stories into a resource pack for a diverse range of professionals to use in their support of young people in specialised as well as mainstream support services for young people throughout the UK.  This resource pack will be piloted in mid 2013 with 500 hundred packs subsequently being distributed to schools, youth projects and a range of specialist support services. It is intended to be a resource for service providers and professionals to deliver projects informed directly by the experiences of young people and will as a consequence support many other young people to understand the issues and context of sexual exploitation and to safeguard themselves. 

An online resource and independent website with a gallery and resources will also be developed to support young people, their families and professionals.


New PhotoVoice project in Israel needs funding

Voice of Freedom

Run by photographer Leila Segal, the project involves trafficked women documenting their lives, feelings and experiences through images and texts. Culminating in exhibitions in both Israel and the UK, a book of their work and other materials, the project will increase awareness of the problem and action to counter the broader issue of modern-day slavery.

We desperately need funding to get the project started. If you can help, please make a donation to the project through PhotoVoice’s page on Virgin Money Giving:


PhotoVoice Talk as part of BPF, Friday 12th Oct, 8pm

Brighton Photo Fringe Logo

Come along and hear Project Manager Matt Daw present the participatory photography methodology used by PhotoVoice - with examples of projects. This will be followed by a talk by Brighton based photographer Anna Stafford on her recent project, Framing Change - Uganda, that she ran this year using the participatory photography model. 

There will be opportunity for a Q&A after both talks.

The Red Roaster
1d St James Street

8-10pm, Friday 12th October

This talk is part of the Brighton Photo Fringe photography festival events programme.

AMPLIFY @ Rich MiX 4th Oct 8pm


AMPLIFY - A PhotoVoice night of Live music
Thursday 4th October 2012
Rich Mix, Main Space
8pm till late

Entrance: £5

To kick start our year long collaboration with Rich Mix and celebrate the opening of our exhibition Photo Voices, an exclusive PhotoVoice music & photo event with the freshest musical sounds from local East London talent will take place at Rich Mix. The aim of this night is to raise awareness of PhotoVoice and its work, and amplify the voices of individuals from some of the world’s most

A night not to be missed!

Full Line up:

Tall Stories

Beans On Toast

Le Masque

Swami Baracus

Chris Peck

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PV’s very own Director - Kevin McCullough - on ‘What makes us give?’

PV Director Kevin McCullough is featured in an article entitle ‘What makes us give’ published on the Guardian website in May 2012. The article written by Louise Tickle attempts to question the role that images play including Kevin McCullough’s insightful comments:

Kevin McCullough, director of participatory photography charity PhotoVoice, terms “worn-out images of abject poverty” no longer cuts it in a world where the BBC website – if not the Six O’Clock News - runs a slideshow of 20-odd images of a community coping with the prospect of an impending food crisis, fully captioned and accompanied by a short case history.

“Starving baby images will elicit an immediate response, but it will do absolutely nothing for extending understanding of famine and disaster relief,” he says. “What you must do is contextualise those pictures. With new media, you can do that, and I think the media is ahead of NGOs on this.”

Click this link to read the full article on the Guardian website

A PhotoVoice evening with Jillian Edelstein - a truly successful occassion!

On Tuesday 17th July, we were privileged to be in the warm company of one the foremost documentary photographers of our time - Jillian Edelstein . The fantastic Foto8 gallery hosted this box office sell out event, making it a truly triumphant success!

Sue Steward, the reputable British writer, critic and reviewer of photography, was our guide as we delved into the personal accounts and perspectives of Jillian’s life and photographs. We were taken on a visual journey exploring the diverse elements of Jillians photographic career. This covered her beginnings as a photographer growing up in Cape town during the apartheid era, working as a press photographer in Johannesburg, documenting the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with her award winning book Truth and Lies, as well as her editorial portraits of celebrities and significant historical figures.

Jillian was even so kind as to let us take a sneak preview into her most current body of work, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, The Road to 2012. 17 of these images will be exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery from the 19th July 2012, so be sure to check them out!

The absorbing narrative, which kept everyone thoroughly engaged throughout, was complemented by a fabulous showcase of outstanding photographs.


PV and ‘Voice of Freedom’ at Matrix World Refugee Day Festival

Leila Matrix

PV are currently fundraising for Voice of Freedom – a project with formerly enslaved women in Israel that we plan to start before Christmas. This project will empower the women by enabling them to document their lives, feelings and experiences through the camera lens, and by supporting them to create texts in their own words to accompany the images they create.

You can find out more details about the project here:

Last week we exhibited some of our refugee work at a Refugee Day event at Matrix Chambers, the human rights barristers’ chambers. At the same event Leila Segal, Director of the Voice of Freedom project and PhotoVoice’s partner on the project, gave a very powerful and emotional reading of some work she wrote while out in Israel liaising with the centre for vulnerable women that we will be working in.

“Shelter” by Leila Segal from photovoice on Vimeo.


“Shelter” by Leila Segal from photovoice on Vimeo.