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You'd be hard pressed to find better #streetfood  anywhere than on the bustling, beautiful streets of Southeast Asia. Most big cities, like Siem Reap in #Cambodia , are full of locals pushing around homemade dishes, like noodles, spicy pho bowls and more, on carts like these!

Photo by the talented Steven Mills. #TGLCambodia   #asianfood   #foodphotography  
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Today's #throwbackthursday  goes all the way back to 2012. This beautiful image of a local Cambodian girl was captured by TGL alum +Pat Kennedy Corlin. We love the stark contrast of black and white since it adds such an elegant touch to this captivating image. #TGLCambodia   #TBT  
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No matter how many times we visit +Machu Picchu, the views never get old. What's most surprising is that every year, the view changes. Whether there's clouds, fog, rain or sun, the stunning sights look just a little different every time. 

Photo by TGL alum +Kita Roberts. #TGLPeru   #MachuPicchu  
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Our awesome 2015 team with the amazing kids and volunteers of the +Picaflor House in Oropesa, Peru. Thank you +Jeff Bartlett for the fantastic image!

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As if we needed more reasons to love #Cambodia , these incredible aerial images of the #AngorWat  temple from +Matador Network has us even more smitten with this incredible country!

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We're going to Peru in just a few short days! Make sure to follow along #TGLPeru  here, Twitter & Instagram (@thegivinglens) to see live photos from the road. 

Photo of TGL alum +Chris Charousset Photography by +Matt Conti. #Peru   #TGL  
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We're going #behindthescenes  today with a fun photo from our time at Cosa in Thailand! We love these "photos of a photo" from TGL lead +Nicole S. Young! #TGLThailand   #portraitphotography  
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Who else wishes they were strolling along the streets of Jordan with a camera in hand today? Friday would be even better if we got to spend it with the interesting locals of this history rich country! 

Photo by TGL alum +Allison Fowler. #TGLJordan   #portraitphotography   #middleeast  
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The countdown to Nicaragua 2015 has officially begun! In 2 months, we'll be heading back to Granada to work with +Empowerment International and explore the country's amazing cultures, rainforests and cities. 

If you're interested in attending, it's not too  late! We still have spots open. http://thegivinglens.com/workshops/tgl-nicaragua/

Photo by TGL alum Julie Baker. #TGLNicaragua   #travelphotography  
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You can't walk a kilometer in Chiang Mai, #Thailand  without stumbling upon a beautiful and historic temple. This gold one, captured by the talented Christine Beggs, glistens in the sunshine! #TGLThailand  
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This photo just makes us happy. We love seeing our newest lead +Jeff Bartlett bond so quickly with the amazing kids at +Picaflor House in #Peru . We can't wait to see more heart-warming images like these from our team on the road! #TGLPeru   #Travel  

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TGIF! We're starving just looking at this image of the mouth-watering dishes from the tables of COSA during our 2015 Thailand trip. Some of the best meals of our lives were had with those amazing girls! #TGLThailand  

Photo by +Nicole S. Young from our most recent trip. #TGL   #foodphotography  
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The Giving Lens is an organization that focuses on blending photography education with giving back to local communities. We offer photography workshops in various locations around the globe, where we work alongside local Non-Profit organizations that are doing exceptional work. These workshops are designed and lead by professional photographer and The Giving Lens founder, Colby Brown, who offers a unique and creative learning environment that not only showcases the latest in digital photography techniques but also touches on the importance of lending a helping hand to help make the world a better place for all life on this planet.

We believe that we can make a difference. Photography is a phenomenal art form that not only allows us to capture moments frozen in time, but share our experiences, thoughts and emotions with others. It allows us to connect to other human beings in meaningful ways that might not have been possible otherwise. By participating in a TGL (The Giving Lens) workshop you are allowing yourself the opportunity to explore, document and work hand in hand to help make a difference with the local communities, NGO organizations and countries we will be working in. As you learn photography you might also be working with school children, helping to protect an endangered species or trying to understand the historical conflict that has plagued many parts of the globe for centuries. Those who participate will grow, both as people as well as photographers.

What kind of organizations do we work with? The Giving Lens partners with a single organization per workshop and only offers one workshop per country. We love working with NGO organizations that share our passion for creating a better world. There are many causes around the globe that are in need of support. From species preservation to eco sustainability, child education to those displaced by war, disaster survivors to those living with AIDS, we are happy to help where and when we can.

How did The Giving Lens start? The Giving Lens is the vision of Professional Photographer and Photo Educator, Colby Brown. Colby honed his skills traveling the globe, from the peaks of Nepal to ground-zero of post-earthquake Haiti. Through his experiences he felt compelled to help the amazing people he met along the way. He found himself looking for ways to combine his love for photography, and his deep passion to make a difference. In 2011 The Giving Lens was born in an attempt to blend photo education and helping to make the world a better place by giving back to local communities.