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Call For Entries Deadline: January 20th, 2015.

Calling all documentary filmmakers and photographers! Blue Earth’s next application deadline is January 20th, 2015. Blue Earth sponsors documentary projects whose goal is to educate the public about critical environmental and social issues. We are primarily interested in work that is educational and informational in nature and will consider proposals of any geographic scope involving the photographic and motion picture mediums. Our standard contract sponsors the project for two years. 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 tax-deductible contributions from private foundations, individuals, or other entities. Along with this fiscal accountability, you will join an elite community of passionate and dedicated story-tellers. We offer mentorship throughout the life of your project sponsorship, publicity on social media, our blog and newsletters, and more depending upon individual needs. Check out our submission guidelines for more details.

Sinai: Landscape and Nature in Egypt’s Wilderness. Published.

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.

Blue Earth Accepts Seven Projects for 2014

We are proud to announce the acceptance of seven new documentary projects for Blue Earth sponsorship since January 2014. 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. We invite you to visit each project page to view a gallery of the work, read in detail about the project concept, and to learn about the sponsored artist. Join us at Collaborations for Cause where case studies from two of the projects will be presented - Tim Matsui for Leaving the Life, and Matt Eich for Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town.

July 2014 Project Submission Suspended

Next Project Submission will be January 2015

Blue Earth is currently going through a strategic planning process. During this process, we are suspending our July 2014 submissions for new projects to better focus our efforts on building a better and more effective Blue Earth through redefining our services and offerings to our current sponsored projects and members. We will be holding an open call for new project submissions January 2015. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to receiving your project submissions in January 2015.

Collaborations for Cause to be held September 25-27th

Discounted registration active through Aug 1

Join us September 25-27th in Seattle for Collaborations for Cause 2014. Tickets are available today.

Presented by Blue Earth, the third annual Collaborations For Cause conference brings together nonprofits, photographers, change-makers, and communications professionals to discuss the collaborative future of storytelling.

New this year is a special private screening and reception on Thursday night and two different pre-conference workshops in the days preceding the event. During the two day conference participants will hear case studies from award-winning visual storytellers, attend compelling panel discussions, participate and contribute in break-out sessions, and learn from a series of keynote speakers.

Seating at the conference will be limited to ensure attendees have ample opportunities for participation and networking. The conference will be located at the Impact Hub in Seattle and is supported by conference partner PhotoWings.

Early registration is open through August 1st. Register now and save $55!

See the full conference program here

Collaborations for Cause coming to Seattle in September

Blue Earth’s annual Collaborations for Cause conference will be held September 26-27, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The two-day event brings together nonprofits, photographers, change-makers, and communications professionals to discuss the collaborative future of storytelling. Ticket sales will open in early June. Stay tuned!

IVOH to Host Mindful Media Summit

Images & Voices of Hope will host the Mindful Media Summit and Retreat in the Catskill Mountains of New York from June 26 – 29.

This gathering convenes journalists, artists, filmmakers, and media makers of all sorts around our commitment to “media as agents of world benefit.” The summit events will follow the themes of Restorative Narrative and Solutions Journalism.

Howard Chapnick Grant Now Open for Entries

The Howard Chapnick Grant sponsored in part by ASMP, was established in 1996 by the Smith Fund and friends of Howard Chapnick to honor his memory as the head of the Black Star photo agency, and to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing, research, education and management. The grant award amount is $5,000. The grant may also be used to further education or research initiatives, as well as long-term sabbatical projects or internships.

Howard Chapnick Grant

Recipients of the Howard Chapnick Grant will be selected by the Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund in Humanistic Photography.

Deadline to apply: July 15th, 2014

Annie Marie Musselman Book Signing

Annie Marie Musselman will be signing copies of her book, Finding Trust, at the Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle at 5pm on 4/26/2014.  The book is based on Annie Marie's project with Blue Earth and is a collection of images from her time with the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center.  You can pre-order a copy of the book through Elliot Bay Book Company.  

Tom Reese to speak at the Port of Seattle

An artist reception will be held for Choosing Hope: Reclaiming the Duwamish River at the Port of Seattle on Thursday, March 27th from 5-7pm.   To attend the event you can RSVP by March 25th at:

Port of Seattle Headquarters, Pier 69
2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA.

Rob Badger Selected For WPY Book

Rob Badger’s 2009 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) award winning wildflower landscape (category: Wild Places) is one of 200 images selected to be included in their 50th Anniversary book.  Sponsored by the British Museum of Natural History and the BBC Worldwide, the competition “provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography.” His photo was selected from a pool of 50 years’ worth of contest images.

Our congratulations to Badger on this honor!

Michael Forster Rothbart In The News

Michael Forster Rothbart, Blue Earth project After Chernobyl, After Fukushima, has been busy speaking about his new book Would You Stay?, which focuses on communities near major nuclear accident sites and the individuals who chose to remain.  Last week, he was interviewed on Living on Earth and has recently published photo essays in Mother Jones and Scientific American.  Further information, including an interview and excerpts from his new book can be found on the TED Blog.

Sarah Fretwell At TEDxSkidRow

TEDxSkidRow recently featured a talk by Sarah Fretwell, whose work in The Truth Told Project Blue Earth is proud to sponsor.

Her presentation Unreasonable Activism - A Journey into the Heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo at TEDxSkidRow in Los Angeles last year.  Take a few minutes to learn more about Fretwell’s work in the field directly from the source.

Gary Braasch, “Climate Change: Is Seeing Believing?”

In a new article “Climate Change: Is Seeing Believing?” in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Blue Earth project photographer Gary Braasch reviews the multitude of images of climate change, global warming, and research into their effectiveness and provides suggestions for more effective communication.  Braasch is also interviewed by the Bulletin in which he discusses some of the images from the article.

He has also launched a new series of articles in The Daily Climate, with another piece The West’s Energy Landscape, Transformed.

Christoph Gielen’s “Ciphers” Released

“Ciphers,” the latest book from Christoph Gielen’s Blue Earth project Incarcerated Populations was just released by JOVIS Publishers!

Christoph Gielen’s aerial views offer a look at America’s most aberrant and unusual sprawl forms in ways we usually don’t get to see them: from far above the ground—a vantage point that reveals both the intricate geometry as well as the idiosyncratic allure of these developments. Here, encountering sprawl becomes an aesthetic experience that at the same time leaves us with a sense of foreboding, of seeing the “writing on the wall”. At once fascinating and profoundly unsettling, these photographs detail the potential ramifications of unchecked urbanization.

The first edition of the book is available now in Europe and will be released in the US and Canada in 2014.

Michael Forster Rothbart's “Would You Stay?” Now Available

“Would You Stay?” a new book by Blue Earth project photographer Michael Forster Rothbart is now available from TED Books!

The devastating nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl scattered radioactive fallout across 30 countries in Europe. Yet in the regions with worst contamination, the vast majority of people stayed, despite the potential danger. A generation later, after the 2011 tsunami triggered disaster in a power plant that’s still leaking nuclear waste, the people of Fukushima, Japan, are confronting the same impossible questions about safety, security, and their future.

In Would You Stay?, photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart tries to understand why people refuse to leave Chernobyl and Fukushima despite the risks. With Forster Rothbart’s personal narrative as guide, this stunning and provocative book blends photos, interviews, maps, and audio recordings to help us weigh the true value of home. In the end, Forster Rothbart and the reader both confront the ultimate question: Would you stay?

His ongoing documentary project at Blue Earth, After Chernobyl, After Fukushima is an insightful study of the human impacts of environmental change, focusing on the environmental challenges faced by communities surrounding two modern contamination disasters.   This new book is available in a variety of e-book formats, including Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks.

Beltrá And Lenz Win Awards In London

Congrats to Blue Earth project photographers Daniel Beltrá and Garth Lenz for winning awards at the 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition!  Beltrá won Wildlife Photojournalist Award - Runner-up and Lenz was awarded World in Our Hands - Runner-up.  Photos from the competition will be on exhibit at the Natural History Museum in the UK through March 2014.

Samuel James Awarded Getty Grant

Samuel James, Blue Earth project Niger Delta, has just been awarded a 2013 Getty Grant for Editorial Photography.  James has been working in Niger for the past several years on an extensive documentary engagement with Nigeria, Africa’s most populous and largest oil producing nation.  His project at Blue Earth provides “the public with an intimate and nuanced visual record of the ongoing struggle for power, land and oil in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.”

Our congratulations to James on the recognition of his amazing work!

New Films For Facing Climate Change

Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele just launched four new films for Facing Climate Change. Oyster Farmers, Coastal Tribes, Potato Farmers, and Plateau Tribes all explore global climate change through people who live and work in the Pacific Northwest.

These stories came about after one of the project’s partners, the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, released the Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment. It’s an incredible resource with startling projections for how climate change will impact the Northwest’s future, but it’s also 400 pages and a lot of science to wade through. Benj and Sara’s goal is to put a face to projections like these and to bring new voices into the conversation.

The new films recently premiered at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and over the next year Benj and Sara will be working to distribute the stories though their project partners and a series of community events - including a launch event in Seattle. In 2013 they will also add two more films. Stay tuned to their blog for details.

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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