PhotoAid Global partners with Workaid.

PhotoAid Global is the UK based photography service that connects photographers to charities and NGOs both here in the UK and abroad, and also curates exhibitions to drive awareness and revenue for good causes.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Left to right Rob Levine of Workaid, Vanessa Champion of PhotoAid and David Newton lead trainer for PhotoAid who is running the first course. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Left to right Rob Levine of Workaid, Vanessa Champion of PhotoAid and David Newton lead trainer for PhotoAid who is running the first course. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

Workaid, winner of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, tackles poverty by providing disadvantaged people with the tools they need to learn a skilled trade and earn a living. Since 1986, Workaid has helped around 100,000 disadvantaged people to break the cycle of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families. 

How did the partnership come about?

Dr Vanessa Champion is founder of PhotoAid and lives in Tring in Hertfordshire, she was looking for someone to fix up the old cameras that PhotoAid receives as donations. Mutual friends recommended she contact Workaid, based in neighbouring Chesham. One brainstorming meeting later with Rob Levine, chairman of Workaid, a partnership was forged.

It’s great to form partnerships with organisations we have real synergies with and PhotoAid is definitely one of those.” Said Rob Levine. “At Workaid we are updating our website and social media presence; arresting and exciting photos are a critical part of that. When we connected with Vanessa it was clear that she had just the sort of skills and connections to help us down that path. Brilliantly, she is also building our own capabilities so that we are enabled to take better photos ourselves and can take advantage of opportunities whenever they arise. Ultimately all this will help us to attract more donors and volunteers, and give more meaningful and engaging feedback to those we already have.

I am so pleased to be partnering and supporting Workaid, their ethics and energy match ours,” said Vanessa. “We are running training workshops with their staff so they can take their own photos for website and social media collateral, plus running a ‘Volunteer’s Voice’, ‘If Tools could talk’, and hopefully helping to document the projects they are doing actually on the ground in Africa. Also Workaid are kindly storing the cameras people donate to us in their warehouse and helping to ship them to Africa for us. Note, that we also distribute our recycled cameras here in the UK and Europe.

One of PhotoAid’s main photographers is David Newton, known to many in the photography world. David teaches extensively for Canon and also presents for SanDisk, Manfrotto and Lastolite, giving presentations and workshops all over the world. He, along with Ness, is running the first workshop at Workaid.
In my work I spend a lot of time ‘taking’ pictures. The whole language around photography is in taking or capturing something, but there is very little giving.  PhotoAid, and the partnership with Workaid, offers me the opportunity to give something back instead.”

PhotoAid is heading out to India in April for the charity, Born to be Beautiful. Later in the year we are also curating an exhibition of photography in the UK from the children of Ana by Karma, a charity based in Bhutan.

If you have old cameras, would like to be part of PhotoAid as a photographer, supporter or other capacity, or can donate time to fix up old cameras do get in touch with Vanessa at PhotoAid makeadifference@photoaid.org.uk  “We all have something to give, and it’s like kick-starting positive karma, you give a little and buckets of goodness come back to you in return. Thanks to everyone in the industry who is supporting us, it means a lot.”

PhotoAid – Making a difference, one image at a time.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

Some background on PhotoAid and Workaid:

PhotoAid  Our Mission – PhotoAid Global celebrates photojournalism which inspires understanding and action through visual documentary. Covering human and animal rights & environmental awareness.

PhotoAid Services: Photography and Video, Expertise, Opportunities (see more below)

www.photoaid.org.uk     make@difference@photoaid.org.uk

Workaid, winner of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, tackles poverty by providing disadvantaged people with the tools they need to learn a skilled trade and earn a living. Since 1986, WORKAID has helped around 100,000 disadvantaged people to break the cycle of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families. They accept donations of unwanted tools and equipment which are collected from all over the UK and refurbished by a team of dedicated volunteers at the Workaid workshop. The refurbished tools are then sent to vocational training projects where they help vulnerable and disadvantaged people to learn trade skills and start their own businesses.

 www.workaid.org

  1. Photography and Video

We source professional photographers in different parts of the world to document your charity’s story. We have been generously supported by Fujifilm UK, Loxley, Genesis Imaging, and others.

  1. Expertise

PhotoAid provides full service support from booking a photographer right through to the design of a book, organizing an exhibition or creating an event.

We also run educational programmes here in the UK and on location, with photographers and local people, from the youngest child to the oldest grandmother!

Talks – invite us to speak to your club or group. We give advice on how to monetise your photography when you return, raise awareness of your cause, and tell inspirational stories, of which there are many from standing in a deafening silence while surrounded by 200 Ankoli cattle in the heart of Africa to covert photography in a third-world prison  …

We know and work with highly trained and motivated photographers, all of whom have stories to tell. If you are interested in hosting a talk or lecture do get in touch. Read some fascinating stories on F8, the editorial and news publishing arm of PhotoAid.

One of our board of advisors is an expert on central and eastern Africa and can give valuable advice on the region, and who can also visit your company/ organisation to advise in more detail. We also have an expert on security in the Middle East and other conflict zones.  Confidentiality assured.

  1. Opportunities

PhotoAid Global helps broker photography with NGOs  doing good in remote places around the world. Offering unique life-changing experiences for the photographer and financial and awareness life-lines to these smaller charities who are working at grassroots level. A perfect symbiosis to pull all the threads together. On a global scale.

We also support local charities from Rotary to Youth football associations, amateur groups desperately needing promotional images through to helping give opportunities to up-and-coming photographers.

Our Founder, Dr Vanessa Champion, is a former London newspaper Editor, published writer, international art and photography judge, and documentary photographer. She is also Director of Dragonfly Communications, based in the UK and Direcotr of ARGENTA Fine Art. She will be your point of contact for marketing support and advice.

Connect on Social media:

Twitter @PhotoAidGlobal

Instagram @photoaid

Facebook PhotoaidGlobal

Our director, Vanessa Champion, also edits a London newspaper, 50,000 distribution across the whole of London and we are about to launch in Scotland as well. As we are a printed newspaper, and not online, we have put the last issue so that it is viewable globally, by clicking on this link:

TeamPlayer360 London newspaper for careers, jobs, HR and Recruitment

If you have an article you would like to submit to the newspaper, please email me info@dragonflycommunications.co.uk or call 07747 025 361 (outside UK +44 7747 025361)  p.s. we welcome cartoons about careers, jobs, office life and life in London or Scotland.

TeamPlayer360 newspaper for London, Scotland, HR, Recruitment, Careers, Jobseekers, Apprenticeships, leaderships, CV advice. We welcome article submissions and cartoons.

TeamPlayer360 newspaper for London, Scotland, HR, Recruitment, Careers, Jobseekers, Apprenticeships, leaderships, CV advice. We welcome article submissions and cartoons.

International Art Prize deadline extended 15 Sept

Jingxuan Hu, Art Gemini Prize

Jingxuan Hu, Art Gemini Prize

Last Call For Entries  Due to demand for late submissions, we have now extended the deadline to 15 September 2014.

Be Part Of It visit www.artgeminiprize.com

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New London paper launching

Vanessa Champion, our director has just been appointed editor of a new London newspaper out in June. Journalists and photographers interested in writing and submitting work, please email in the first instance BEFORE sending any work, to us here info@dragonflycommunications.co.uk 

Exhibition Invitation, with Private View Invitation 2nd October 2013

5th London Photo Festival  PV 2nd October, exhibition run 3 -6 October 2013 Come and see some great new work by up and coming photographers from the capital and all over the world.

5th London Photo Festival PV 2nd October, exhibition run 3 -5 October 2013
Come and see some great new work by up and coming photographers from the capital and all over the world.

You are also invited to the Private View on Tuesday 2nd October 2013 held at The Crypt, underneath St George the Martyr,Borough High Street, SE1 1JA

Exhibition continues to run from 3-5 October. All the work is for sale.

http://www.londonphotofestival.org/ 

CAMPAIGN SUCCESS – solo email campaign massive success for Staffords Gallery, London

Artist and Illustrators Magazine logo, marketing campaign, publication for artists

Artist and Illustrators Magazine logo, marketing campaign, publication for artists

We ran a solo email campaign with Artist and Illustrators Magazine today for Stafford’s Gallery in London. It has been a phenomenal success. “We are getting about an email every 6 seconds and about 25% sending art attachments to upload to the web site.” said Stafford Crombie of Stafford’s Gallery.

Staffords Gallery London logo, bespoke artisan framers, central London location for hand made frames and printing, stretching.

Staffords Gallery London logo, bespoke artisan framers, central London location for hand made frames and printing, stretching.

We are pleased that Stafford is happy with the “fantastic response the campaign is having.”

They are running a competition alongside the email promotion as well as a discount.

If Dragonfly can help you with marketing campaigns, please drop us a line. We specialise in SMEs and the creative and photographic industries. Always a pleasure to help .

www.staffordsgallery.co.uk

NEWS POST 24 – final 4 weeks for artists and photographers to enter international Art Gemini prize

Final four weeks to enter the Art Gemini Prize – £5000 cash prizes plus the chance to be exhibited in London at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery

 Entry is online http://www.artgeminiprize.com/

Photographers and Artists have just four weeks to enter the Inaugural Art Gemini Prize, deadline 30 September 2013. 

The ArtGemini Prize is a celebration to promote international contemporary art for emerging and established artists around the world.  It is an independent competition, open to all artists from anywhere in the world. There is no age limit. One of the main benefits is that shortlisted applicants will be exhibited in London at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery. The winners will be announced at this exhibition of the finalists’ works.

Art Gemini Prize, international art and photography #prize #competition #fund Chance to be exhibited in a leading #London Gallery

Art Gemini Prize, international art and photography #prize #competition #fund Chance to be exhibited in a leading #London Gallery

Latest international entries have come from Belgium, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Mexico, Spain and Switzerland.

In addition, artists will be supporting the charity Kids Company in London, which helps give opportunities to many of our capital’s underprivileged young and helps them through fragile formative stages of their lives.

“Our ambition is humble enough: if we succeed in bringing to international audiences even ONE artist of exceptional talent, we’ll have reason to conclude that we have achieved something. Of course, we want to do better than that, and strive to spread the benefit of our being here in this dynamic, ever changing, ever exciting space for creativity and its tangible result in new art.” Sajid Rizvi, Chair Art Gemini Prize.

PRIZES

A cash fund of £5000 will be awarded to the winners in three categories:

Photography Prize £1,500 in total, fund sponsored by printing and framing company:  You Frame http://www.yfcanvas.com/  First prize £1000, second prize £500 – including digital art

Painting  First prize £2000,  second prize £1000; Including oil, acrylic, mixed media, watercolour, drawing, ink, calligraphy and original print

Public Choice Prize £500 – Based on a vote by members of the public visiting the exhibition

Entry is online http://www.artgeminiprize.com/  Don’t miss chance to enter the ArtGemini Prize – deadline is 30 September

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STOP PRESS – Entry fee waived for homeless artists

To show his support, Jimmy Lek of ArtGemini Prize has waived the entry fee for the first 20 homeless artists entering via Homeless Link. More details on the Café Art website

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Art Gemini Prize Call for Entries #artists #photographers #competition #prize

Art Gemini Prize Call for Entries #artists #photographers #competition #prize