Tuesday, October 2, 2007

National Geographic All Roads Photography Program, 2007

This year I'm assisting with the National Geographic All Roads Photography Program. It is an internationally juried photography award with applicants from all over the world submitting the best of what photography has to offer. The All Roads Photography Program recognizes and supports talented indigenous and underrepresented photographers from around the world who are documenting their changing cultures.

Through photography festivals, exhibitions, panel discussions, and workshops, the program provides a forum for photographers to showcase their work to a global audience. The All Roads Photography Program relies on an international advisory board composed of photography professionals, educators, and editors from numerous publications, including National Geographic Magazine. It is a true honor to be a part of this wonderful photography organization that goes out of its way to recognize indigenous photographers from around the world.

This year their four All Roads Photographers are:

Altaf Qadri (Kashmir) with his Kashmir: Paradise in Pain project.

Oded Balilty (Israel) with his Along the Lines project (also a Pulitzer winner).

Akintunde Akinleye (Nigeria) with his The Troubles of a Blessed Country project.

A Yin (China, Inner Mongolia) with his Highland Mongolian Life project.

I belong to this group of most excellent photographers, and am honored to be among the 16 that now exist. Akintunde is seen photographing Altaf in the top photograph in the lobby of the National Geographic building. The next image has Shahidul Alam (second from left), who is also affiliated with Drik India, sitting in with the rest of this year's All Roads photographers. A Yin is showing his work before an audience at the Geographic Headquarters. Be on the lookout for their updated websites with great new work.

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