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Blue Earth Board Expands

Blue Earth is sustained by the dedication and passion of a volunteer board of directors. Last week we connected for a short retreat to speak about the upcoming year and to map out the future of Blue Earth. During the retreat, we heard fresh perspectives from our 8 new board members. We happily welcome the following individuals to our board of directors: Thor Radford, Lisa Delfiner Parsons, David Ryder, Drew Stone, Debbie Espinosa, Mandy Lindgren, Tom Lynn, and Karen Ducey.

PhotoWings Publishes Video on Collaborations

PhotoWings and Suzie Katz put together a wonderful compilation of interviews they conducted with our presenters during Collaborations for Cause in April. This video perfectly captures the power of collaborative work.

Creative Collaboration 

Call for Entries:  Summer submission deadline is July 20th, 2016   

We invite you to submit your work for consideration of Blue Earth sponsorship in our upcoming call for entries.   We are accepting project proposals now through July 20. In order to prepare your proposal, please refer to the submission guidelines where you will find details about the required materials and sponsorship scope.  Blue Earth offers fiscal accountability to the projects we accept for sponsorship. As a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, Blue Earth is eligible to receive grants and tax-deductible contributions from private foundations, individuals, or other entities.

Blue Earth accepts three projects in spring submission

Three projects have been selected during the spring submission call for entries.  We are excited to bring these strong projects on for sponsorship.   Please visit the project pages to learn more about the people behind the work.

Water by Mustafah Abdulaziz

Breaking the Cycle, a documentary film by Dan Lamont, Producer/Director and Sara Finkelstein, Co-producer


Lágrimas do Rio Doce, Tears of the Sweet River by Leonardo Merçon

Once and Future River: Reclaiming the Duwamish

Blue Earth photographer Tom Reese’s book, Once and Future River: Reclaiming the Duwamish, published. Through photographs and words, Once and Future River: Reclaiming the Duwamish explores the complicated relationship between Seattleites and their only river. Central to the indigenous settlement that preceded the city, the Duwamish was critical to Seattle’s founding and growth, but it has paid a steep price. Straightened, filled with trash and toxins, and generally neglected by those who benefited from it the most, the river was declared a Superfund site in 2001.

C4C Videos Online at Photowings

Very excited to see that the first presentation is live at 

The rest of the presentations AND in-depth interviews will be posted soon. Thanks to our friends at for partnering with us for the fourth year!

Give Big Extended through Midnight, May 4

Due to some technical difficulties, the donation period for Give Big with the Seattle Foundation has been extended through midnight tonight, May 4th. There is still time to donate. Help us continue our work educating the public about important social, environmental and cultural stories by supporting documentary projects, both still and film. We support our project photographers and film makers through mentoring, internal resources and external networks. We want to help publicize the stories that need to be told. Donate Here:

Mountain Caribou Initiative launched a Kickstarter Campaign

David Moskowitz has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his work with the Mountain Caribou Initiative. The campaign has a little over a month to go. Donations can be accepted through Monday, April 25. Check it out today. Mountain Caribou Initiative - Kickstarter Campaign

Gary Braasch dies in Australia

Blue Earth Project Photographer

It is with profound sadness that we learned of the death of renowned photographer Gary Braasch while photographing in Australia for his project "World View of Global Warming." Gary has been a member of the Blue Earth family since the early 2000's when we first sponsored his project. Gary was a passionate crusader for educating the public about global warming. His photographs made, and will continue to make, a difference.

Gary was a friend, mentor and inspiration.  He will be missed.

Daniel Beltrá "Ice/Green Lands" Exhibit

Daniel Beltrá is interviewed by Catherine Edelman, President of the Association of International Photography, for the opening of his show Ice/Green Lands at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. The show is open through March 5, 2016. Daniel Beltrá is a fine art photographer based in Seattle. His passion for conservation is evident in his evocatively poignant images of our environment. Artist Talk: Daniel Beltrá, 2016 at the Catherine Edelman Gallery.

Collaborations for Cause 2016 to be held April 15 & 16 in Seattle.

Collaborations for Cause 2016 to be held April 15 & 16 in Seattle. We are thrilled to invite you to join Blue Earth for our 4th Collaborations for Cause conference. Our two day event will build upon the 20-year history Blue Earth has had of facilitating issue-driven visual storytelling. Highlights from this year's program include: *Louie Schwartzberg, *ASMP's Executive Director Tom Kennedy. ASMP: American Society of Media Photographers – National Page *David Patton, Senior Digital Marketing Strategist at Vulcan Inc. We would like to thank the sponsors of Collaborations for Cause 2016 including PhotoWings, Wilburforce Foundation, Vulcan, 4Culture and DPReview!

Fracking project published

Images in new report and High Country News

Images from Bruce Farnsworth's Blue Earth documentary, "Fracking: Forgotten on the Bakken," were published in a new report on radioactive oil and gas waste in the West. Titled  No Time to Waste, it was just released last week by the Western Organization of Resource Councils. The report examines standards and disposal practices around radioactive oil and gas waste. It finds that state governments fail to protect citizens and the environment from a hazardous waste stream.

Bruce also contributed photographs to two recent issues of the High Country News.  One was a feature article on the impacts of fracking in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the second was entitled "The view from 31,000 feet: A philosopher looks at fracking." Bruce's image of a dragon-like natural gas pit flare accompanied this story.

Mountain Caribou Accepted as Blue Earth Project

David Moskowitz

David Moskowitz has become the newest Blue Earth sponsored artist with his project, Mountain Caribou. David's project was chosen during the summer submission session.

Greg Constantine receives National Endowment for Democracy Grant

We are pleased to announce that Greg Constantine has received another prestigious National Endowment for Democracy grant for his project "Nowhere people." As multi-ethnic societies continue to reshape cultures around the world, the basic rights afforded from citizenship have never been more vital to one's participation and security in society. Yet, many States and people in power use the denial of citizenship to exclude those who they feel threaten their interests and national identity. His book, Nowhere People will be released this fall.

Matt Black awarded 2015 W. Eugene Smith Grant

NEW YORK, NY (September 14, 2015) – Documentary photojournalist Matt Black tonight was named the recipient of the 2015 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography during a ceremony at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Also announced tonight, the $5,000 W. Eugene Smith Fund Fellowship will be shared between two photojournalists, British photographer Marcus Bleasdale and American photojournalist Mary F. Calvert. And filmmaker Tom Garber was awarded the $5,000 Howard Chapnick Grant for his film, "Pixel Nation." Black, based in his homeland of California's central valley, has spent the past 20 years documenting stories relating to the issues of migration, farming, poverty, and the environment. A Magnum Photos nominee, he's also produces multimedia and films and has taught numerous photographic workshops. The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented yearly to a photographer whose past work and a proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion as exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist. The grant was established in 1978 following Smith's death. Black's extended project "The Geography Of Poverty," which was later published by MSNBC, can be seen online here. Started and developed in California's central valley over a period of many years, inside the photographer's home territory, Black then expanded it with a road trip across America that was published as four additional chapters. Black was also Time magazine's 2014 Instagram Photographer of the Year. Follow him on Instagram at @mattblack_blackmatt.

Collaborations for Cause to be held April 15-16, 2016 in Seattle

We are pleased to announce that our next Collaborations for Cause 2016 will be April 15-16, 2016 in Seattle. We are hard at work lining up the programming and will update you when as the date gets closer. Remember that you can see the gavel-to-gavel video coverage of our 2014 and 2013 conferences as well as in-depth interviews with presenters at PhotoWings

Cuba: Black and White published by Steidi

Anna Mia Davidson’s new book, Cuba: Black and White, will be published by Steidl this December. Blue Earth sponsored her Cuba project.

An exhibit of Anna’s Cuba prints will be held at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles Dec. 10-Jan. 18th.

The book is available for pre-sale at Amazon.

Collaborations For Cause Videos

Videos from Collaborations For Cause retreat are now online. Included in this initial selection are videos of the panels and presentations from the weekend events. Interviews with the conference speakers about their work will be coming soon. Collaborations For Cause was held September 25-27th and brought together cutting-edge content producers and front-line organizations for an exploration of how to harness the power of the evolving media landscape. If you were unable to attend the retreat, or just want to refresh your notes from the day, these videos are a great resource that we are pleased to be able to offer as a free service.

Shooting From The Heart: Photography That Makes A Difference

Need some help creating your own photographic project?  Download a free PDF copy of Blue Earth's highly regarded handbook for photographers developing documentary projects, Shooting From The Heart: Photography That Makes A Difference.  This handbook contains several articles by experienced photographers offering advice on a variety of topics from grassroots fundraising and finding an audience to creating narratives that make an impression.

Through its educational efforts and active engagement in the professional community, Blue Earth strives to move forward the agenda of all documentary photographers and photojournalists.

This book is designed to help photographers to implement a documentary photographic project. It is written by experienced members of the board of Blue Earth and other volunteers with special and relevant expertise. The contents of this book roughly parallel the sequence of steps required to successfully create and complete a documentary project.

Also included are sample applications for project sponsorship by successful Blue Earth photographers along with detailed budgets and work plans.  We encourage you to download a  free PDF version of Shooting  From The Heart and have a copy to keep as  your own!

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