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PIX 2015 Blue Earth Speakers and Exhibit

Please join us at PIX 2015 where Natalie Fobes, president and co-founder of Blue Earth, and project photographers Tom Reese, Anna Mia Davidson and Tim Matsui, will be presenting on Wednesday, Oct. 7th, at 2 p.m. And while you’re there, look for the Blue Earth exhibit of prints from our sponsored projects. Thanks goes to Digital Photography Review for sponsoring the talks and exhibit!

Summer Submission Deadline July 20th, 2015

We are looking for your best work! Our summer call for entries is open through July 20th and you still have time to submit your projects for consideration. If you are looking to polish your project proposal please refer to the submission guidelines where you will find details about the required materials and sponsorship scope. You can also develop your project further using our resource manual, Shooting from the Heart. In the recent years, Blue Earth has expanded the submission guidelines to support short video documentary projects as well as team applications. Strong visual storytelling can come in many forms and we are focused on supporting your diverse multimedia projects. 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.

Give Big With The Seattle Foundation

Today is the day to GIVE BIG!

Blue Earth believes documentary photography can inspire positive change in the world. Change starts with individuals, and you can be that change.

Today your contributions and gifts through The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBig event will provide Blue Earth with the support we need to continue to support our project photographers and their important work.

Your donations will benefit Blue Earth directly and The Seattle Foundation will help your gift stretch as they reach each goal. Thank You!

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Blue Earth Accepts 3 New Projects

We are proud to introduce you to three new projects which have been accepted for Blue Earth sponsorship.  We are thrilled to announce these collections of compelling work and would like to congratulate our new project photographers and welcome them to the Blue Earth community.

We would also like to thank our members for helping us continue to support strong visual storytelling such as these bodies of work. You make this possible!

Please take a moment to visit each project page to meet the sponsored artist and to learn more about the social and environmental issues brought to life through their stunning images.

Ross Island and the Future of the McMurdo Sound Region by Alasdair Turner

Fracking: Forgotten on the Bakken by Bruce Farnsworth

Between River and Sea - Michael Hanson

Matsui Awarded First Prize, Long Feature, at World Press Photo 2015

Tim Matsui was awarded First Prize, Long Feature, for The Long Night at World Press Photo 2015. The Long Night is Matsui's first film and part of a larger multi-platform project Leaving The Life. The Long Night follows several story lines around the struggle to break free of street prostitution, drug addiction, and the journey to rebuild one's self. The film evokes the need to start a conversation and engage the audience in action. World Press Photo 2015, First Prize, Long Feature

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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Featured Projects

  • Alasdair Turner
    Ross Island and the Future of the McMurdo Sound Region More »

  • Michael Hanson
    Between River and Sea More »

  • Bruce Farnsworth
    Fracking: Forgotten on the Bakken More »