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National Geographic Magazine

Photovoices International is proud to be a National Geographic Magazine Project and is grateful for the generous financial support. John Griffin, President, Magazine Group, Chris Johns, Editor-in-Chief and David Griffin, Photography Editor, have also been generous with their time and advice. Senior Photographer John Echave has traveled to Indonesia to visit Photovoices sites and is an important resource for photography training. Photovoices owes special thanks to Susan Smith, Deputy Director of Photography, for everything she has done to make this project happen. Tracy Wolstencroft, a National Geographic Board Member, is a Photovoices advocate, advisor and friend.


National Geographic’s mission is "To increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world's cultural, historical, and natural resources… Since 1888, National Geographic has traveled the Earth, sharing its amazing stories with each new generation. National Geographic's Mission Programs support critical expeditions and scientific fieldwork, encourage geography education for students, promote natural and cultural conservation, and inspire audiences through new media, vibrant exhibitions, and live events…National Geographic’s purpose is to inspire people to care about their planet…”


World Wildlife Fund for Nature - Indonesia

Photovoices, in partnership with WWF-Indonesia, led by Executive Director, Mubariq Ahmad, has been working in Boti, Timor and Lamalera, Lembata Island and now in West Kalimantan in Borneo as part of WWF-Indonesia’s commitment to involve local people and include communities in its conservation efforts. Photovoices owes special thanks to Lida Pet Soede, Phd Marine Scientist, who first saw the possibilities of a Photovoices/WWF collaboration and helped to make it happen, to Wawan Ridwan and Tri Agung, leaders of WWF-Indonesia’s Marine Program who have provided ideas and support and to Christina Eghenter, head of the community empowerment team who has given help and guidance from her many years of working with communities in Indonesia.


"WWF-Indonesia’s mission is to conserve biodiversity and reduce human impact through promoting strong conservation ethics, awareness and actions in Indonesia… WWF-Indonesia’s ultimate goal is to stop and eventually reverse environmental degradation and to build a future where people live in harmony with nature."


The Ford Foundation

Photovoices International owes special thanks to the Ford Foundation for its generous support of the Photovoices project for two years in China and again with multi-year support for Photovoices in Indonesia, under the leadership of Meiwita Budiharsana. The Ford Foundation, through the work of Caroline Wang and Marianne Burris, was an early trailblazer in supporting community-based photography as a tool for social change. With their creative ideas and tough questions, Ford Foundation program officers, Ujjwal Pradhan in Indonesia and Hein Mallee in China, helped shape Photovoices International's work on the ground and set high standards of performance.


"The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. The goals of the Ford Foundation for more than half a century have been to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, advance human achievement, strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement."

"The statements made and views expressed [on this website] are the sole responsibilities of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Ford Foundation."


The Nature Conservancy

Photovoices owes very special thanks to Rose Niu, Director of The Nature Conservancy's China Program, who supported Photovoices when the project was new and untested. She also worked to ensure that the 50,000 photographs and their related stories were placed in a database for use over time by conservationists, the government and others working for the future of Northwest Yunnan. Many thanks also to the TNC field scientists in China who saw the value in Photovoices and incorporated the results into their work.


"The mission of the Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive."



Photovoices thanks the Kodak Corporation for donating cameras for the Photovoices projects in China and again in Indonesia. In China Photovoices was undertaken with 35 millimeter film cameras and in Photovoices Indonesia local photographers are using Kodak Easy Share digital cameras. Photovoices also thanks Kodak for sponsoring and supporting the year-long Photovoices China program exhibit at The American Museum of Natural History in New York. David Kaiser who was the moving force for Kodak Photovoices China and Lynn Spink-Garmen was instrumental in securing the donation of Kodak cameras for the Photovoices projects in Indonesia.


Starling Resources


Photovoices thanks Rezal Kusumaatmadja, John Claussen and Putu Padmawati for providing Photovoices help and support for working in Indonesia and for being such good colleagues and office mates


“Starling Resources is a consulting firm specializing in the design of solutions and opportunities to positively address social, economic and environmental concerns. Starling Resources maintains an office in Sanur, Indonesia, and is staffed by a group of community development specialists, sustainable business and finance experts, and natural resource economists who share a commitment to designing practical, effective, long term solutions leading to sustainable development and natural resource use.”