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Submitted by on November 1, 2010 – 2:12 pm

Photographers looking for work and non-profit organizations looking to document their work can find each other on PhotoPhilanthropy.

Founded in 2009, PhotoPhilanthropy is best known for its yearly photography contest. The Photophilanthropy Activist Award honors photographers working with non-profit organizations around the world. Through the competition, hundreds of photographers have won cash prizes from student and young amateur photographers to seasoned professionals. Past winners include Zoriah Miller for the International Rescue Committee, Dmitry Markov for Rostok, and Ian MacLellan for CLEAR Kenya. All entries can be viewed in PhotoPhilanthropy’s online gallery, so even runner-ups get a chance to spread awareness for their cause.

Beyond their yearly contest, PhotoPhilanthropy helps non-profit organizations and photographers to connect through their Community page. Non-profit organizations can post classifieds ads, and photographers can search prospective groups by name, region, or social issue. Non-profits can also post their camera equipment needs on PhotoPhilanthropy’s Camera Exchange, and people can donate their new or used equipment. Beneficiaries include the Ghana Youth Photo Project which offers free photography classes to children in Ghana, and Project {Perspective} which teaches photography to orphans in Uganda.

Finally, PhotoPhilanthropy has resources for non-profits looking to integrate photography into their projects or photojournalists trying to get more exposure for their work. They have links to photography grants, how-to guides for Twitter and Facebook promotion, and photography workshops focused specifically on non-profit work. PhotoPhilanthropy has everything photographers and non-profits need to connect, get the camera equipment they need, and promote themselves effectively utilizing new technologies.

To learn more about PhotoPhilanthropy, go to http://photophilanthropy.org, and view their online gallery at http://photophilanthropy.org/blogmedia/galleries/. Also be sure to check out their blog at http://photophilanthropy.org/blogmedia/blog/ which is regularly updated with advice for NGOs and photographers alike.

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