Seeking Socially-Conscious Creatives to join FlakPhoto Storytellers Project

Change the way we see the world by applying today

Image: Paolo Patrizi from Picturing Dignity

I’ve been working with imagemakers for more than a decade: to promote their projects, publish their photography, and exhibit their work. Collaborating with creative people is inspiring and the best part about producing FlakPhoto is connecting my colleagues with each other so they can make something cool together. Sometimes it’s putting a magazine editor in touch with a photojournalist. Other times, I’ll recommend an artist to a curator for a gallery exhibition. If I’m lucky, a bookmaker will discover a photographer in a digital project and publish their work in print.

I like to connect creative people.

My mission is to help photographers get their work seen. And I want to make it easier for concerned photo/media makers to develop projects that promote social action. So I’m teaming up with Winrock International to organize a global network of socially-conscious visual creatives.

It’s called FlakPhoto Storytellers and I hope you’ll be a part of it.


Learn more at Winrock.org

What is Winrock?

Images change the way we see the world. In the hands of the right storyteller, photography and filmmaking can make a positive difference. And the best visual stories impact significant change where it’s needed most.

This is what the Storytellers project is all about.

To begin with, some background on this important organization:

Winrock International manages a portfolio of more than 100 agriculture, environment and social development projects in over 40 countries around the world. Created three decades ago through the philanthropy of Winthrop Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller III, Winrock has extensive on-the-ground experience in Asia, Africa and the Americas, and provides evidence-based solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems.
Our mission is to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources. Whether it’s improving the water supply in Tanzania, tackling human trafficking in Bangladesh or supporting Asian entrepreneurs who deliver new tools to poor farmers, Winrock’s legacy and practice of continuous innovation help us adapt to challenges that are more urgent and interrelated than ever before .

Winrock’s communications team partners with photographers and filmmakers to document these critical efforts. That ranges from combatting child labor in Liberia’s rubber growing communities to protecting forests and fighting climate change in Guyana and facilitating the first official agricultural exchange tour by Cuban farmers to the United States in over 50 years. The resulting projects are broadcast online, exhibited in the real world, and published in print. It’s awesome and inspiring.

This organization does amazing work that impacts real change and they regularly commission visual storytellers to document their efforts.

Which is where you come in.


Left: Paolo Patrizi from Picturing Dignity; Right: Lucas Foglia from A Forest of Possibilities

How this works

Our goal is to assemble a global network of the world’s best photographers, filmmakers, and multimedia journalists so we can connect them to commissioned Winrock storytelling gigs that make a positive difference.

Interested in contributing?

The first step is to tell us about you and your work. The application process is FREE and takes just a few minutes — simply complete the Google form below. (Link) We’ll review applications on a rolling basis and, if your work looks like a good fit, we’ll be in touch with potential job assignments.

There is no formal deadline but if this sounds intriguing, we hope you’ll submit ASAP. Questions? Email me anytime at hello@flakphoto.com.

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