Inspring and informing humanitarian storytellers

We offer insights and tips for nonprofit and NGO storytellers.
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We think that ethical photography and video stories help nonprofits show the impact of their projects,
and increase funding and emotional connection to their work.
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We believe in empowering people to create a better life for themselves.




Heather Rude-Turner reads to her son and daughter at their home in Springfield, Va. Heather depends on the EITC (the earned income tax credit) to help support her family.
Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl for Bread for the World.

Latest Blog Posts

Becky Warnock: The Influence of Colonization on Images of Africa

Posted by | February 23

Becky Warnock is an artist, facilitator and activist in the United Kingdom. Her artistic practice crosses photography, film, and theatre. She uses participatory practice to engage with the people she works with. Her focus is on creating innovative, community engaged art powered for social change.   She trained at the […]

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Jobs Around the World: February 2017

Posted by | February 16

NOTE: Please don’t send your job applications to NGO Storytelling. We aggregate these postings as a service to you. To apply for a position, click the “Learn more about this job” link beneath each listing. Thanks! Director of Communications for Palladium in Rwanda Deadline: May 31, 2017 Oversees communications for project […]

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911 What is Your Photo Emergency?

Posted by | February 9

Did you ever have those times in your life where you really needed help but you didn’t know where to turn? I know I have. My feelings of helplessness are sometimes compounded by running a small business that creates storytelling media for nonprofits.   We don’t really like to talk […]

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World Cancer Day: Beth’s Story

Posted by | February 4

As many of you know, NGOStorytelling has tracked important days in development for quite some time. But this year we decided that putting a mark on the calendar isn’t enough. Instead, we want to share the work that nonprofits and media makers are doing to bring awareness to their cause. […]

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My Path to a Humanitarian Photography Career (or What I Did When Photography Couldn’t Pay the Bills)

Posted by | January 31

(Writer’s note: A version of this post first appeared on my personal blog.)   Like most humanitarian photographers, I haven’t always had steady work. In fact, I’ve worked all kinds of jobs to support myself while trying to build a business and confidence that I could make it as a photographer. Here’s a […]

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Thomas Patterson of Mercy Corps on How He Hires Photographers

Posted by | January 26

Thomas Patterson is an award-winning photojournalist, multimedia storyteller, editor and content manager for the international relief organization Mercy Corps. He is based in Portland, Oregon, and specialize in multimedia projects for editorial, corporate and non-profit clients around the world. NGO Storytelling: How did you get started in nonprofit and humanitarian storytelling?   Thomas Patterson: I come from the newspaper and […]

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Jobs Around the World: January 2017

Posted by | January 19

NOTE: Please don’t send your job applications to NGO Storytelling. We aggregate these postings as a service to you. To apply for a position, click the “Learn more about this job” link beneath each listing. Thanks! Storytelling Fellow with Mali Health in Bamako Deadline: March 1, 2017 Develop an in-depth […]

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Podcast 1: How We Get Work as Humanitarian Photographers

Posted by | January 12

Laura has been getting emails about how she gets work since NGO Storytelling began in 2012 and it is still the most frequent email we receive. We are passionate about creating content that you want to see (or in this case hear) and based on your feedback, finding out how […]

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Our Plans for NGO Storytelling in 2017

Posted by | January 5

Last year, Laura and I decided to keep NGO Storytelling alive for another year. We saw it as a way to give back to the community that had done so much for us. We were blown away by how well it went.   And even though it was awesome, it […]

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