IMPACT PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM, CAPE TOWN

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Make Your Photography Matter!

Document important development work in Cape Town, South Africa

If you’re a keen photographer with a passion for making an impact, we’d love to have you join this photography volunteer program in Cape Town, South Africa! 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 Cape Town and its stunning surroundings, and to practise both cultural and landscape photography. You’ll be guided by a professional humanitarian photographer, who will provide personal tutoring, introduce you to nonprofit photography, and show you all of Cape Town’s photographic highlights.

QUICK FACTS
QuickFacts Place - Impact Photography Program, Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa
QuickFacts Dates - Impact Photography Program, Cape Town Start dates: April, July, August & November 2020
QuickFacts Photography Type - Impact Photography Program, Cape Town Nonprofit Photography
QuickFacts Leader - Impact Photography Program, Cape Town Photography Guide: Anna Lusty
QuickFacts Group Size - Impact Photography Program, Cape Town Group Size: Max. 6
QuickFacts Level - Impact Photography Program, Cape Town All Photography Levels
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
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Improve your skills

Sharpen your photography skills through tutoring by a professional photographer

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Learn about nonprofit photography

Learn about photography in a nonprofit context

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Support important causes

Support social development or environmental causes through your photography

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Explore Cape Town

Explore Cape Town – one of the most stunning cities in the world – through your lens

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Flexible length

Stay as many weeks as you like, enjoying weekly photography assignments with inspiring organisations

  1. Sharpen your photography skills through tutoring by a professional photographer
  2. Learn about photography in a nonprofit context
  3. Support important social development and environmental causes through photography
  4. Explore Cape Town – one of the most stunning cities in the world – through your lens
  5. Stay as many weeks as you like, enjoying weekly photography assignments with inspiring organisations
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DESTINATION & PROJECT

Cape Town is a dream destination for photographers. It’s a city with many faces; it’s filled with colourful cultures and rich in complex history. Surrounded by rugged coast lines, vast beaches and majestic mountains, Cape Town’s natural setting inspires awe. In all its splendid variety, Cape Town is hugely photogenic.

But the city also deals with a great number of socio-economic issues, such as poverty, lack of education and health facilities, and gender equality issues. Many nonprofit organisations do amazing work in fighting these issues, though lack of resources and funding is often an issue. As Penda Trust, we provide grassroots organisations 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. We work with charities focused on education, sports coaching, eco-education, female empowerment, animal welfare, urban greening, food security, coaching, and much more. During this nonprofit photography workshop, you’ll be an integral part of this initiative.

ACCOMMODATION

You’ll stay in a comfortable house on Cape Town’s Southern Peninsula, surrounded by mountains and beaches.  Cape Town’s city centre is a 30-minute drive, and most organisations we’ll be photographing will be within a 10-minute drive. It’s a 5-minute drive to Longbeach, a stunning and far-stretching beach between Noordhoek and Kommetjie. You’ll share a room with a few other photographers, though there are single room upgrades available as well.

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ONE-WEEK WORKSHOP

Your stay in Cape Town will be kicked off with a workshop taught by humanitarian photographer Anna Lusty. This will allow you to improve your technical photography skills, and to gain a good understanding of the role of photography in the nonprofit sector. It will fully prepare you for your upcoming nonprofit photography projects. It will also make you familiar with the township areas you’ll be working in, and you’ll visit some social impact programs. You can find a detailed program below, in the itinerary section.

PHOTOGRAPHY ASSIGNMENTS

From the second week, you’ll start your nonprofit photography assignments. You can join for as many weeks as you’d like, and each week, you’ll be assigned to a grassroots organisation of your choice. This can have a wide range of focus areas, such as education, youth development, women’s empowerment, animal welfare, sports coaching, environmental work, and more. You’ll spend your time getting to understand the organisation’s mission and projects, and you’ll document their work with your camera. A selection of your images will be donated to the organisation, and used by them for their fundraising purposes. We’ll be there to assist when needed, and after each week, Anna will help you assess your work and prepare you for the next week.

START DATES & FEES

Our 2020 start dates are as follows;

April 13
June 14
July 13
August 3
November 2

Please note that these are the arrival dates; you’ll arrive on the Sunday, and the workshop will start on the Monday.

Program fees:

2 weeks: $1850
3 weeks: $2350
4 weeks: $2850
5 weeks: $3350
6 weeks: $3850
7 weeks: $4350
8 weeks: $4850

Single supplement is available at an addition $80 per week. (Subject to availability – please enquire!)

(If you’re a student, you might also be interested in our Nonprofit Photography Internship, which is also based in Cape Town.)

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Day 1

You’ll fly into Cape Town on a Sunday, where we’ll meet you at the airport, and drive you to our accommodation in Capri, on Cape Town’s Southern Peninsula. There will be time to settle in and relax after your flights.

Day 2 - 5

On Monday morning, we’ll start the workshop. The next four 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, etc. Anna will also discuss the specific focus areas that you’ll be working on; animal welfare, youth support, environmental projects, skill development programs, etc.

Half days will be spent on theory, and during the other half, we’ll visit a nonprofit organisation so that we can put skills into practise. It’s a great way to ease into the nonprofit photography projects you’ll be working on from the second week.

There will be plenty of time to also discuss general photography; technical camera use, composition, and post production. Since we’ll be working in small groups, the tutoring will be tailored to each person’s individual level.

Day 6

On this last day of the workshop, Anna will recap what’s been discussed, help you prepare for your assignment, and assess images taken during the week. In the afternoon, there will be time for a relaxed photo session on a nearby beach or in a nature area, if the weather permits.

Day 7

You’ll be treated to a Cape Peninsula Tour; a full day trip along the peninsula that will include Longbeach, the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach, a drive through Cape Point National Park (with a chance of spotting ostrich, zebra, and a variety of antelope), and a visit to lighthouse and rugged coast lines at Cape Point.

Day 8

Sunday is a chance to enjoy some time off – either to relax, or to do some exploring in Cape Town or its surroundings.

WEEK 2 - ONWARDS

Each week, you’ll be embedded with a nonprofit organisation that you’ll be learning about and photographing. We’ll carefully matched with causes that you feel passionate about, and that can benefit from having a portfolio of images. Examples of organisations are youth centres, health education programs, urban greening projects, environmental education programs, women’s empowerment programs, animal shelters and street animal outreach programs, sports organisations, and skill development projects.

You’ll have plenty of time to observe the projects, learn about the organisation’s mission and vision, and document the work at your own pace. You’ll have a contact point at the organisation who will assist you, and we’ll be checking in regularly to ensure things are going well.

Each weekend is time off, so that you’ll have plenty of time to rest, go to the nearby beach, explore Cape Town, or do some of the many activities in the area.

After each week, you’ll have a session with Anna to assess your project, review your images, and – if you’re staying longer – discuss the next project.

QUICK FACTS
QuickFacts Place - Impact Photography Program, Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa
QuickFacts Dates - Impact Photography Program, Cape Town Start dates: April, July, August & November 2020
QuickFacts Photography Type - Impact Photography Program, Cape Town Nonprofit Photography
QuickFacts Leader - Impact Photography Program, Cape Town Photography Guide: Anna Lusty
QuickFacts Group Size - Impact Photography Program, Cape Town Group Size: Max. 6
QuickFacts Level - Impact Photography Program, Cape Town All Photography Levels

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INCLUDES
  • Accommodation in a shared house on the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town, surrounded by beaches and mountains
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Airport transfers
  • All transport during your stay
  • Photography workshops by Anna Lusty
  • All activities and entrance fees as per the workshop itinerary
  • Placements with nonprofit organisations of your choice
EXCLUDES
  • Flights to Cape Town
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch
  • Any additional weekend activities
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RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT
  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Ideally a few lenses that will give you versatility
  • A laptop for post-production

REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN

  • Photographers of all levels are welcome, though some basic photography skills are needed
  • An interest in using photography for good causes
  • A willingness to be flexible and adapt to different environments
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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. You can find out more about Anna on her site.

from $1850

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INCLUDES
  • Accommodation in a shared house on the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town, surrounded by beaches and mountains
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Airport transfers
  • All transport during your stay
  • Photography workshops by Anna Lusty
  • All activities and entrance fees as per the workshop itinerary
  • Placements with nonprofit organisations of your choice
EXCLUDES
  • Flights to Cape Town
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch
  • Any additional weekend activities
QuickFacts Photography Type 2 - Impact Photography Program, Cape Town
RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT
  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Ideally a few lenses that will give you versatility
  • A laptop for post-production

REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN

  • Photographers of all levels are welcome, though some basic photography skills are needed
  • An interest in using photography for good causes
  • A willingness to be flexible and adapt to different environments
Penda Icons Workshop Leader White - Impact Photography Program, Cape Town

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. You can find out more about Anna on her site.

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