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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.

Call For Entries: January 20, 2016

Blue Earth Project Applications Open in January

Blue Earth's next project submission deadline is January 20, 2016. Blue Earth supports project through fiscal sponsorship. To learn more about the submission process, please visit the Submitpage on our website. Blue Earth accepted five projects in 2015.

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

Social Advocacy Workshop with Peter DiCampo

Former Blue Earth project photographer, Peter DiCampo, will be giving a 4 day workshop on Social Advocacy at the Photographic Center Northwest. The workshop dates are Nov. 7-8, 21-22. Topics covered include –Identifying your target audience, and structuring your project so that it reaches them –Funding (grant writing, various models of crowdfunding, etc.) –Social media –Identifying and approaching like-minded partners, relevant to the chosen issue (non-profits, foundations, etc.) –Looking beyond photography to tell the story. We will study various photography projects that have incorporated new tools, including social media / user generated content, data visualization, geomapping, filmmaking, etc. Register Now:Social Advocacy.< /p>

Wild Speak scheduled for November 16, 2015

If you’re in the Washington, D. C., area on November 16, 2015, be sure to attend WildSpeak, a one-day event hosted by the International League of Conservation Photographers. The day will feature presentations from some of the world’s leading conservation photographers, environmental funders and scientists. Find more information: Wild Speak.

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.

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!

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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