5 Gifts for Good
As we shop for our loved ones this holiday season, we are often reminded of those less fortunate. Here are 5 photo-related gifts that give back.
Please share your favorite charitable photography gifts too in the comments below.
$29.99 or donation amount of your choice
100cameras. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to teach children from marginalized communities around the world to tell their stories through photography. They then sell prints of these photographs to help fund lifeline, educational, and medical supplies.
Prints are $29.99. The photographs are from missions to South Sudan, New York City, Cuba, India, and Baltimore, and each photograph includes a story, a short bio of the child who took the photo, and an explanation of how the funds will be used to support that community.
To learn more about 100cameras., to purchase prints, or make a donation, please visit 100cameras.org.
Flower Power: Pit Bulls of the Revolution Calendar
Sophie Gamand is a fine art dog photographer and rescue advocate. Her work with strays and shelter dogs led her to create a calendar of her recent work: Flower Power: Pit Bulls of the Revolution. Proceeds will go to three NYC rescue groups (Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Second Chance Rescue, and Animal Haven) and to support the #PitBullFlowerPower campaign. Read more about Sophie and her charitable photography work in her interview with photo.net.
The 2015 Flower Power calendar is $30 and can be purchased on Lulu.com.
Artifact Uprising Postcard Pack to support CHARITY: WATER
Artifact Uprising has teamed up with professional photographers to create a special edition postcard pack featuring stunning images of water. 100% of the $30 price tag will be donated to charity: water, an organization whose mission is to bring clean drinking water to developing countries around the world. The postcards themselves are printed on 100% recycled paper.
To learn more about this collaboration and to purchase the postcard pack, please visit artifactuprising.com.
Donate a Photo by Johnson & Johnson
If you took a photo today, you can help. Johnson & Johnson has created a curated list of causes (from Save the Children to World Wildlife Fund and beyond), and for every photo you share through Donate a Photo, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to the cause you select. You can donate just 1 photo per day, but those days will add up! Every $1 is a step in the right direction to help protect children from schoolyard bullying, provide life-saving vaccines, restore a playground, and so much more.
Donate your time and skills!
There are so many worthwhile charities out there. Here are just a few that let you put your photography talents to use while doing good. If there are other non-profits in your area that are looking for volunteer photographers, tell us about them in the comments!
Help-Portrait is a non-profit operating in nearly 70 countries whose mission is to empower photographers, hairstylists, and makeup artists to use their skills, tools, and expertise to give back to their local community. On December 6, 2014, photographers around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need, taking their picture, and then delivering the pictures—free of charge. To learn more about this organization or to participate in the 2014 International Help-Portrait Day, please visit Help-Portrait.com.
Flashes of Hope
This volunteer powered non-profit provides free portrait packages to 7000 children in 55 American cities who have been diagnosed with cancer. Flashes of Hope’s mission is to capture portraits of these children to see themselves as strong and beautiful as well as to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. To learn more about this organization and to find out how to volunteer your time as a photographer, please visit FlashesOfHope.org.