About Us

Celebrating Stories that Make a Difference

Our mission is to support and encourage photographers of diverse backgrounds to use visual storytelling to bring attention to critical issues, bridge cultural gaps and spark social change.

Our Vision

Our goal is to become an internationally-recognized center that promotes the critical work of leading photographers, provides training and resources for visual artists to strive toward artistic, technical and ethical excellence and through collaborative storytelling projects amplifies the important message of nonprofit changemakers.

Our Work

We’re an independent, nonpartisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, founded on the driving principle that photography can spark meaningful conversations at the intersection of policy, civic engagement and visual storytelling.

To support inspirational storytelling, we organize our work around these four areas:

Speakers and Exhibits

Organizing exhibits and talks, including an annual festival, around important regional, national and global issues.

Training and Resources

Providing resources, grants and training for visual artists to better tell stories important to their communities.

Supporting Causes

Collaborating with nonprofits on storytelling projects to support their missions and raise awareness of their issues.


Promoting powerful, impactful storytelling online and in print, including our signature publishing imprint.