“GLOBAL STORYTELLERS” All Roads Photography Recipients for 2008 to present in San Francisco on September 29th

From FiftyCrows, a sponsor of the All Roads Photography Program: a wonderful event not to miss in San Francisco this coming Monday, hosted by Adobe Systems, Inc.

RECEPTION: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m (Refreshments and light fare)

LECTURE: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Adobe Systems, Inc., 601 Townsend Street @7th Street, San Francisco.

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

2008 National Geographic All Roads Award Recipients Come Together to Discuss Winning Photographs from Around the World

A Free Evening of Refreshments and Storytelling with the Four International Winners at Adobe’s San Francisco Offices

As the pressures of climate change, population, and strains on the world’s natural resources become severe, the photographic images of cultures – often taken on the frontlines of cultures in transition – become revealing and highly informative. On Sept. 29, the “Global Storytellers” program will celebrate this year’s All Roads Photography awardees and their work, representing four widely diverse points for view from around the globe.

The 2008 Awardees are:

Khaled Hasan (Bangladesh) – His winning images captured children who are afflicted with hearing problems at their happiest moments in India.

Farzana Wahidy (Afghanistan) – She spent 30 years documenting the war in Afghanistan and the pressures Afghan women face as they go about their daily lives for this year’s All Roads photography competition.

Alejandro Chaskielberg (Argentina) – His winning images focus on communities within a network of islands and wetlands near Buenos Aires that show how a new culture that has formed.

Rena Effendi (Azerbaijan) – Her winning images are focused on a shepherd and his town in Azerbaijan. Through her images, she was able to capture an ancient civilization before it begins to change.

These four photographers represent the new generation of under-represented global storytellers – each with their own unique visions and ways of celebrating the story of their culture.

The All Roads Photography Program recognizes and supports talented indigenous and minority-culture photographic storytellers from around the world who are documenting their changing culture and community through photography. The program provides a forum for photographers to showcase their unique perspectives to a global audience through exhibitions and panel discussions and offers awardees workshops and networking possibilities.

“We’re thrilled to be able to help these up-and-coming photographers,” said Andy Patrick, an All Roads Photography Program Advisory Board member, president and CEO of liveBooks, and founder of FiftyCrows Foundation, and a sponsor of the Global Storytellers event and All Roads Competition. “We feel it is our responsibility and honor to empower these photographers to grow their passion into a business, enhance their visibility, drive social change with their powerful images and make them accessible to the photo community.”

“Global Storytellers” is being hosted by a consortium including the National Geographic All Roads Film Project, Adobe, liveBooks, DataColor, FiftyCrows Foundation and the Aurora Forum.

The program will be moderated by Mark Gonnerman of Stanford University’s Aurora Forum, Chris Rainier from National Geographic and Andy Patrick of liveBooks/FiftyCrows Foundation.”

In the interest of full disclosure, I too am on the Advisory Board of All Roads Photography Program, and will be presenting my first seminar to the program awardees next week at National Geographic in Washington, DC.

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