Using Photography To Lend A Hand: The Giving Lens


Photo: Michael Bonocore

I was doing some research recently for an article I wrote for Yahoo Travel called 5 Amazing Vacations that Help You Save the World, and one of my examples, a photography-based organization, really captured my attention. It’s called The Giving Lens (TGL)—great name don’t you think?

The Giving Lens brings together photographers of all skill levels to help a variety of charitable organizations around the world.

How it works: TGL pairs with a local NGO to decide what needs are most important and how the TGL team of travelers can help. No two trips are the same and each offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Photo: Michael Bonocore / Cambodia

Photo: Michael Bonocore

In Cambodia travelers led by professional photographers Peyton Hale and Paul Pachugin, collaborated with Anjali house in Siem Reap, an organization that seeks to keep underprivileged kids off the streets and in school. The group led photo walks and workshops for the organization’s award-winning photography club encouraging creativity and self-expression.

And while the focus of the journey was supporting others, the guests still had plenty of time to improve their own photographic skills while exploring Angkor Wat and other religious and cultural sites via workshops, and one-one-one instruction conducted by Hale and Pachugin during their stay.

2015 trips to Peru, Tanzania, Jordan, Australia, Ethiopia, Morocco and India are in the planning stages but you can ask for info to be sent to you as soon as they have some news to share.

If you would like to learn about the other vacations in my article which includes rhino tagging in South Africa, and restoring Machu Picchu in Peru,  you can read about them here.

Have you ever been on a trip like this? If you have, tell me about it.




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