Project Photographer Support
Blue Earth is an organization founded by photographers to help photographers. We provide our sponsored project photographers with fiscal agency, grant writing support, public relations and media outreach, advice, and mentorship throughout the life of the project.

Direct Support

501(c)(3) Status

Using Blue Earth's 501(c)(3) status, you can apply for grants and to accept tax-deductible donations from individuals. It also allows you to accept matching donations from companies that offer them.

Mary Virginia Swanson Consultation

Mary Virginia Swanson, a well-regarded professional photography consultant, will give you 2 hours of free consultation time (a $600 value).

Google Checkout / PayPal Button

Blue Earth will give you the HTML code to include a donation button on your website. Blue Earth pays any processing fees and will administer your funds.

Use Of Blue Earth Mailing List

You can use our mailing list where appropriate to send out information about your project, including events, book publication, etc.


Blue Earth Web Site

Your project—with 10 images, a project description, and your bio—will be published on our web site. We will include any updates/news from your project in our news section.

Projects Book

Each current project is given a double-page spread in our Projects Book (1 image plus text), and each past project is given a short blurb (a few have images included). These books are given to Blue Earth members, members of the press, potential funders, and other friends of Blue Earth.

Blue Earth Materials (brochure, etc)

Your work may be included in our brochures. You are welcome (and strongly encouraged) to bring brochures to your events.

Newsletter / Blog

Updates from your project, including upcoming shows, upcoming press, awards, grants, and events, will be included in our e-newsletter and on the blog. You are encouraged to write guest posts for the Blue Earth blog.

Group Shows

Blue Earth has periodical group shows for which you will be considered for inclusion.

Lecture Appearances

Blue Earth periodically organizes public lectures; you will be considered to present your project to a wider audience.

Local Support In Seattle

Help With Local Events

If you are hosting an event in or around Seattle and would like event help, we are usally happy to assist.

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News and Events

  • Keynote Speakers Announced

    Art Wolfe and Annie Griffiths will be the two keynote speakers at Collaborations for Cause #C4C2017 May 5-6, 2017, here in Seattle. Learn more about the program and purchase tickets at our conference pages More »

  • Collaborations for Cause 2017

    We’re excited to present two full days of presentations, small group breakouts and networking opportunities at the iconic Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle, May 5th and 6th, 2017. Save the date and get your Early Bird tickets today! More »

  • Blue Earth accepts three projects in summer submission

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  • PhotoWings Releases Videos From Collaborations For Cause 2016

    If you weren't able to attend this year's Collaborations for Cause, you can still access the incredible content from our presenters. PhotoWings partnered with Blue Earth to record the presentations during the 2016 Collaborations for Cause event and have published videos of our panelists and presenters. More »

  • Blue Earth Board Expands

    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. More »

  • 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. More »

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