We are very pleased to announce that Blue Earth has accepted six new projects for sponsorship. This most recent round of applications was highly competitive, making this one of the most difficult choices we have ever had to make.
Everyone at Blue Earth, including our members without whom Blue Earth would not exist, wishes to congratulate our new project photographers! We very much look forward to working together to further their efforts to educate the public about these pressing issues.
Amazon Headwaters: Locals Working Toward the Global / Las cabeceras de las Amazonas: proyectos locales/diseños globales - Bruce Farnsworth.
“Small groups of residents across the inhabited rainforests of the upper Amazon region are leading cutting-edge programs in research, conservation, education and sustainable economies. Their stories-in images and testimonials-need to be told. ‘Amazon Headwaters’ is a new turn in rainforest documentary coverage, complementing the popular focus on crises with a more positive paradigm, shining the spotlight on successful regional collaborations led by those closest to the land.”
Scarred For Life: PTSD In Rwanda - Mary F. Calvert.
“In 1994, a government-sponsored genocide killed 800,000 people in Rwanda and left over one quarter of the population suffering the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A word for PTSD has materialized since the war: ihahamuka, which means ‘breathless with frequent fear.’ The signs of a PTSD epidemic are all over Rwanda. Virtually no one was untouched by the violence and the resulting traumatic mental illness has remained widely unacknowledged and untreated.”
Invisible - Samantha Box.
“Every night, there are thousands of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) young adults across New York City, in shelters, in parks, in subways, in stranger’s homes - 8,000 by conservative estimates, making up as much as 50% of New York City’s homeless youth population. These young people are the emerging face of youth homelessness; their rising numbers across the United States portend a soon-to-be no longer hidden epidemic.”
Beauty and the Beast: Wildflowers and Climate Change - Rob Badger and Nita Winter.
“How is climate change impacting wildflower ecosystems on our public lands? What will be lost? Our story addresses climate change and its effect on a universal symbol of beauty, the wildflower. It is about the diverse and delicately balanced ecosystems supporting spectacular explosions of Nature’s color. In the past this occurrence of abundant of beauty and life had reliably returned each spring to our public lands.”
Energy and Ecology - Garth Lenz.
“Garth’s project with Blue Earth continues his work on the threat presented by unsustainable energy development, particularly unconventional fossil fuels. This work comprises both the photographic documentation of these issues, as well as the effective outreach needed to ensure that the resulting images make a positive contribution.”
Gangland, USA: The proliferation of Latino gangs in rural America - Mike Kane.
“A growing consensus of news reports, law enforcement records, and academic studies indicate an alarming rise in Latino gang activity in rural areas across the United States. Once considered solely the problem of large metro areas like Los Angeles and Chicago, Latino gangs are taking root in America’s countryside, finding fertile ground among its wide-open spaces, undermanned police forces, disenfranchised youth, and deepening poverty.”
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