Photo Contest: Azerbaijan – Sport in Focus

The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) has just announced the call for entries in a photo competition in honor of the inaugural European Games 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The photography competition “Azerbaijan – Sport in Focus” is open to both amateurs and professionals.

“The theme will be Azerbaijan and sports in order to celebrate the sporting culture in Azerbaijan ahead of the first European Games, to be hosted in Baku in June 2015. All types of photographs are welcome to be submitted – the only criterion is that the photos are related to sports and Azerbaijan.” Participants will have the chance to win a trip to Baku, iPads, and tickets to European Games, along with the opportunity to have your photography exhibited around the world.

Photo©2014 Ed Kashi/VII

This photo competition will be judged by world-renowned photographers Ed Kashi (VII), Philipp Rathmer and Agdes Baghirzade. All submissions must be sent in by Oct. 26, 2014 17.00 GMT. Please find terms and conditions here.

SDN: An Interview with Ed Kashi

SocialDocumentary.net (SDN) has just published an interview with Ed Kashi (VII) discussing “his work in Nicaragua, his first crowd-funding, and how he sees photojournalism changing, from Instagram to other opportunities — and challenges — lying ahead.”

Photo©2013_Ed Kashi/VII

Kashi reflects on the changes in photography over the course of his career, “the digital revolution changed everything. We all knew it, but we could never have anticipated how rapidly things would change. At the same time though, there are so many opportunities now, coming from all sorts of different places: audio, video, shooting with your phone’s camera – you just need to be flexible and adapt and be able to reinvent yourself.”

Read the full interview on SDN here. You can also view an online gallery featuring more of Ed’s Nicaragua images here.

Photo©2014 Ed Kashi/VII

“SocialDocumentary.net is a website for photographers, NGOs, editors, journalists, lovers of photography and anyone else who believes that photography plays an important role in educating people about our world.” SDN is currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to fund the re-design of the website. Please support SDN by contributing to the campaign, and keep this important resource alive and modern.

“The Redesign”: Securing SDN’s Future

SocialDocumentary.net (SDN) is a collective website for photographers, NGOs, editors, journalists, lovers of photography and anyone else who believes that photography plays an important role in educating people about our world.

Your help is essential in maintaining this critical resource for documentary photography. Support SDN’s recently launched Kickstarter campaign to update and stay relevant to the constantly evolving documentary community.

Glenn Ruga, SDN founder, is quoted, “We would not be here today without the global community that has come to see important role that SDN plays in visual storytelling and the outlet it provides for photographers a world over to tell these important stories. But we will not be here tomorrow unless we can stay current with our technology.”

“Six years ago when we started SDN, mobile web-browsing was just in its infancy, Facebook was just getting started, and neither Twitter nor Instagram were even a concept yet.”  SDN currently has almost 2,000 compelling online exhibits by photographers from all corners of the globe documenting a diverse set of issues. Imagine the impact SDN will have when fully adapted to the most recent technological innovations.

Help make that happen! Please show your support of SDN by contributing to this campaign and spreading the word!

PhotoPhilanthropy in India

There are only two spots remaining in the January 2015 PhotoPhilanthropy workshop with Ed Kashi (VII) in Kolkata, India! A small, intimate group of participants will spend a week shooting street photography in one of the world’s most visually rich cities from January 22-29, 2015. Join the adventure!

Photo©Ed Kashi/VII

Partnering with Landesa, a global non-profit working to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people, the group of photographers will create important visual stories of rural village life. The trip will provide a meaningful photography learning experience, while creating images that become vital visual advocacy tools for Landesa.

Photo©Nancy Farese

“Make a difference to a local community with your photographs while exploring the breathtaking beauty of India.” Reserve your spot today, as space for this opportunity is limited. More info »

“The Graying of AIDS”

Please support The Graying of AIDS: Stories from an Aging Pandemic on IndieGogo! This important documentary project addresses the issues surrounding the aging population affected by HIV and AIDS.

Your support will help to:

  • increase community- and media-awareness about HIV and aging;
  • inspire honest conversations about quality sexual health and HIV/AIDS services for older adults in communities around the world; and
  • advocate for policy and funding priorities that include those aging with HIV today, and in the years to come.

“By 2015 over half of all people living with HIV in the United States will be over age 50…a number many adults living with HIV/AIDS never expected to see.”

The Graying of AIDS: Stories from an Aging Pandemic “raises the profile of this pioneering generation – the first wave of long-term survivors – and illustrates why it is so critical that we address aging and HIV/AIDS head on.”

With only 4 days left to reach the goal of $15,000, your support is critical. Make a difference now »