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Document important development work in Africa.

If you’re a keen photographer with a passion for making an impact, we’d love to have you apply for our nonprofit photography workshop! It’s a great opportunity to sharpen your skills, learn about the role photography can play to nonprofits, and document the work by inspiring social and environmental impact work. It’s also a chance to explore a beautiful destination, we run these programs in Cape Town (South Africa), Livingstone (Zambia), or Nkhata Bay (Malawi); all places with stunning scenic settings and a great amount of exploring to do. You’ll be guided by a professional humanitarian photographer, who will provide personal tutoring, introduce you to nonprofit photography, and support you throughout the experience.

This NGO photography program is a unique opportunity to explore what humanitarian photography can achieve, push yourself as a storyteller, and experience a travel destination in a truly different way. If you’re keen to apply, you can fill out our application form and share your portfolio with us.

Our next upcoming NGO photography workshop will be in May 2025 in the Cape Town area in South Africa. Applications are now open!

Quick Facts

Malawi, South Africa, Zambia
May 4 - 18, 2025
Humanitarian
Photography Guide: Anna Lusty
Group Size: Max 8
Application Process

Tour & Destination Highlights

  • Learn about humanitarian photography; telling the stories of grassroots nonprofits through your lens 
  • Document the work of various social impact organizations and allowing them to use your images to raise awareness for their cause 
  • Learn from a seasoned humanitarian photographer, who will offer both theoretical and practical tutoring on a personal level
  • Build a unique portfolio of images, and grow as a photographer 
  • Experience a travel destination in a truly unique way, connect with local communities, and learn about important social development work happening on a grassroots level

Quick Facts

Malawi, South Africa, Zambia
May 4 - 18, 2025
Humanitarian
Photography Guide: Anna Lusty
Group Size: Max 8

PRICING OVERVIEW

USD $3750GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $
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At the current exchange rate. Please note final quote might vary slightly


per person sharing

INCLUDING

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast each morning
  • All transportation & Airport transfers
  • Photographic tutoring
  • Placements with the NGOs

EXCLUDING

  • Flights
  • Personal travel insurance
EXPLORE

Photography in Malawi, South Africa, Zambia

Faces and hugs I’ll never forget.

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN THIS PROGRAM

Your Photographic Experience

Cape Town, Livingstone and Nkhata Bay are all, in different ways, dream destinations for photographers. Cape Town is a city with many faces; it’s filled with colorful cultures and rich in complex history. Surrounded by rugged coastlines, vast beaches and majestic mountains, Cape Town’s natural setting inspires awe. In all its splendid variety, Cape Town is hugely photogenic. Livingstone is more rural; it’s a welcoming, sprawled-out town surrounded by nature reserves. Here, you’ll photograph in small traditional villages, while being immersed in the local culture. During time off, you’ll get to be awestruck by the mighty Victoria Falls, explore the Zambezi on boat cruises, and venture on game drives. Nkhata Bay is a collection of rural communities on the western shores of Lake Malawi, a huge freshwater lake with glistening water and sandy beaches. You’ll be based right on the beach, while working in the friendly and welcoming communities that surround you. But all these places deal with a great number of socio-economic issues, such as poverty, lack of education and health facilities, and gender equality issues. Many nonprofit organizations do amazing work in fighting these issues, though lack of resources and funding is often an issue. Through this program, we provide grassroots organizations with high quality images, so that they can use them for their communications and fundraising campaigns. Images are a powerful tool in telling the right stories, and if they reach potential donors, this can have a great impact. When you join our nonprofit photography program, you’ll be guided by humanitarian photographer Anna Lusty. She will guide you through theoretical workshops and practical photo shoots, and offer personalized tutoring. The workshops will allow you to improve your technical photography skills, and to gain a good understanding of the role of photography in the nonprofit sector. This will allow you to hone your skills, gain confidence, and document the work of NGOs in a way that will be culturally sensitive and effective for their communications and fundraising efforts. You’ll end up doing your own shoots for a variety of nonprofit organizations. This can include NGOs focused on skill development, food security, poverty reduction, female empowerment, education, animal welfare, and environmental development. You’ll spend your time getting to understand the organization’s mission and projects, before documenting their work with your camera. You can expect to spend about half of your time shooting, and the other half on post production. A selection of your images will be donated to the organization, and used by them for their fundraising purposes. UPCOMING WORKSHOPS We’re now taking applications for May 2025!We’ll be based in Stellenbosch, just outside of Cape Town, South Africa.DATES: May 4 - 18, 2025 Apply Now!

WORKSHOP LEADER

Anna Lusty

Anna Lusty

WORKSHOP LEADER

Anna Lusty

You’ll be guided by professional photographer Anna Lusty. Originally from the UK, Anna has lived and worked in South Africa for almost two decades. She splits her time between commercial and voluntary photography projects, and has many years of experience in documenting the work of charitable organisations. Anna is a strong believer of photography as a powerful tool for nonprofits to tell their stories and raise funds. She travels extensively for her nonprofit work, and her images have been used for websites, annual and donor reports, brochures and flyers, coffee table books for major donors and for specific campaigns.

EXPERIENCE

Your Time With Us

Week 1HELLO SOUTH AFRICA
You’ll arrive on a Sunday, and we’ll meet you by the airport and get you settled in at our accommodation. On Monday, we’ll start our workshop, guided by Anna. Until Friday, our days will be focused on all elements of nonprofit photography, including how to prepare for shoots, how to approach projects in a culturally sensitive way, and how to best capture the essence of projects in a way that will help raise awareness for their cause. Anna will also discuss the specific focus areas that you'll be working on; animal welfare, youth support, environmental projects, skill development programs, etc. The program will be a mix of theory-based learning, practical workshops during nonprofit photo shoots, and post-productions and discussions. Since we'll be working in small groups, the tutoring will be tailored to each person's individual level. Weekends are time off, and will give you an opportunity to relax or explore the gorgeous area you’ll be in.
Week 2NON-PROFIT PHOTOGRAPHY
During the second week, you’ll spend more time out on shoots with various nonprofits. We’ll assign you to organisations in small groups, and you’ll photograph their projects according to a brief. Anna will offer guidance, and there will be plenty of time for post-production and assessments. Saturday will be a day off again, and on Sunday, we’ll wrap up, say goodbye, and take you back to the airport.

Impact Photography Program, Malawi, South Africa & Zambia

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Q&A with Anna Lusty, Humanitarian photographer

"It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning – I believe that it can really make a difference to individuals, organisations and their work. It is such a powerful tool to connect people to people." Discover more about our Photograhic Guide, Anna Lusty.

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