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Kamara, a keeper at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in central Kenya, slept among three orphaned baby rhinos. The calf he rested his head on was orphaned when poachers killed his mother about 50 miles away.

IndieVoices Campaign a Success!

February 19, 2014 in Africa, photography

Thanks to the generosity and support from an extraordinary community, my IndieVoices crowd funding campaign has been successful and we are on our way to creating a very important project! I am grateful to everyone who contributed and shared this story.  The New York Times and National Geographic Proof also featured it on their websites. Commercial poaching organized by sophisticated heavily armed criminal networks and fueled by heavy demand from newly minted millionaires in emerging ... Read More

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It Takes A Village to Protect a Rhino

January 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

I am thrilled to be starting my first crowd funding campaign with the new site, IndieVoices and I'm incredibly grateful to The Photo Society, for selecting it to be among the first that they launch. The New York Times ran an interview about this project. Read more about it here. This is an important story I began with The Nature Conservancy and the Northern Rangelands Trust about indigenous communities uniting to combat poaching in Northern Kenya. If this is an issue you support, please ... Read More

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Deadline for Alexia Photography Grant Approaching

January 3, 2014 in Africa, contests, grants, photography

The Alexia grant is a phenomenal award that provides grants and scholarships to photojournalists, enabling them to create work that gives voice to those who go unheard, fosters cultural understanding and exposes social injustice. In 2000, this grant changed my life when I won the professional grant. I was young and inexperienced and it allowed me to start my first story in the tiny, impoverished country of Guinea Bissau.  It was there - without the pressure of a deadline, or the expectation ... Read More

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New work from Montana

July 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

Aspiring photographers often ask me where they might go to find the best stories. My answer is always the same - get to know your own backyard, what's close at hand, rather than traveling around the world just to capture images of something foreign or exotic.  My rationale is that if you can tell these stories of every day life and focus on what we have in common rather than the obvious differences, then you will succeed as a storyteller. Ironically, I have rarely listened to my own advice ... Read More

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Workshop in Sri Lanka August 9-18, 2013

March 27, 2013 in Multimedia, photography, travel, Uncategorized, workshops

Join renowned photojournalist Ami Vitale for an enlightening photography workshop on the island nation of Sri Lanka. She just finished a ten part TV series with National Geographic Channel that is currently airing in Asia. This summer she will lead a small and intimate workshop to “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean” with its abundant wildlife and ancient culture.  During the trip, you will have the opportunity to photograph and get daily critiques from Ami as she guides you to take your ... Read More

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The Place Where God Was Born.

September 25, 2012 in Climate, Nikon, photography

National Geographic has posted our story on the Dene First Nation people HERE. The ancestral home of the Dene First Nation people is a landscape of unfathomable vastness. 52,000 square kilometers span this region, south of the artic circle, along the Nanuvet and Northwest Territories of Canada. The place is replete with musk ox, grizzly bear, wolves, arctic grayling, tens of thousands of caribou, and billions of biting flies. The-lew-dezeth, the wide and frigid river that flows here is for ... Read More

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New Work from Turkey

February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

I had the privilege to work on a book and exhibit project in Cappadocia, Turkey. It's rare to have these kinds of opportunities, especially in today's climate. I am grateful to Zaman for commissioning us, Selahattin Sevi who edited the project and photographer Kürşat Bayhan patiently guided me through Cappadocia. The book is gorgeous! Twenty-four of my favorite living photographers and I documented different aspects of life, culture and the beauty of Turkey. The exhibit and book includes ... Read More

New Interview for PROOF magazine

February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

See the full interview here: http://proofmsj.com/photojournalists/ Few can boast credentials such as this: seventy five plus countries covering civil unrest, poverty, violent conflict and social injustice; photographs exhibited all over the world and published in National Geographic, Adventure, Geo, Newsweek, Time, Smithsonian amongst other international magazines and news sources; global recognition including the Photographer of the Year International Award, the Lowell Thomas Award for ... Read More

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The Sub-Arctic Adventure Begins

July 18, 2011 in Climate, Multimedia, Nature, Nikon, photography, solar power

I'm off for the Thelon, close the the Arctic circle with a group of indigenous children from the Dene' tribe and will be incommunicado except for a blog we will have on The Nature Conservancy website called Cool Green Science—check it out. blog.nature.org Naturally, I'm very excited for this epic adventure. For three weeks, we will be on canoes and venture into unchartered territory that the tribe believes is the place where God began his work. There will likely be bears, caribou and an ... Read More

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National Geographic Workshop in Santa Fe

July 17, 2011 in Nikon, photography, workshops

I'm looking forward to teaching a multimedia workshop at the Santa Fe workshops from February 17-23, 2013.   This week long workshop will be intense and challenging but  ultimately very rewarding. I will be exploring  how to make the jump from stills to video and will focus on helping the students tell more compelling visual stories using video, audio and still imagery.  I will also delve into the process of getting work published from first crafting the initial proposal, finding a ... Read More

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