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India is one of those countries that completely blew us away, both with the varying and incredible landscapes, the vibrance of the cities and the amazing and culturally rich locals.

This snapshot by Operations Manager +Kate Siobhan Mulligan  captures a man sweeping the grounds of a mosque at Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh. For him, it was a normal task, and for us, it was a breathtaking photo opp!

#TGLIndia   #mosque   #india   #portraitphotography  
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In less than a month, we'll be heading back to Peru with a team of fresh-faced, excited new photographers! We especially can't wait to reconnect with the team and beautiful kids at +Picaflor House for the third year in a row! Follow #TGLPeru  for updates on the road!

Photo by +Matt Conti from our time at Picaflor last year! #Peru   #travelphotography   #portraitphotography  
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Portraits aren't easy to capture, especially when the subject is a child! The kids in our partner NGOS in #Tanzania  are nearly impossible to photograph, primarily because they're always moving! Our TGL participant +Leslie Granda-Hill was lucky enough to get one to stand still long enough to capture this amazingly beautiful portrait.

Great work, Leslie! #TGLTanzania   #africa   #portraitphotography  
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TGL Nicaragua is now recruiting! Join us on our fifth!! team to this incredible nation and phenomenal non-profit, Empowerment International. This is our most affordable trip, and for those in North America, the easiest to get to (and little to no jet lag!). Last year we over-sold and had a wait list, so apply today!

In fact, we're offering a one-time $75 discount for people who apply in the next seven days. You'll still need to do an interview and be accepted onto to the team, even if that's longer than seven days. Your application just needs the right time stamp!
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We're constantly blown away by the talent of our hard-working leads and participants. This breathtaking ‪#‎sunset‬ image of Botany Bay on Edisto Island, South Carolina was taken by +Peyton Hale who is heading back to Peru with a new team in May. He's been an amazing addition to the team and we love the incredible images he's constantly sharing.

Great work, Petyon!

#southcarolina   #TGLaroundtheworld  
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This tribute to the colors and people of India by +Kate Siobhan Mulligan is incredible. Make sure you stop by +Matador Network today to view her beautiful work!

http://matadornetwork.com/trips/true-colors-vivid-portraits-remarkable-people-india/

#TGLIndia   #travelphotography   #portraitphotography  
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Who is joining us in #Nicaragua ? The architecture is breathtaking, and is easily one of our favorite parts of the multi-cultural cities in this country. #TGL  

Photo by +Julie Baker.

Sign up now! http://thegivinglens.com/workshops/tgl-nicaragua/
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You can't help but feel serene when you're among the monks of Southeast Asia. These peaceful people are found all over the cities and temples of Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Indonesia. We love how this one is framed by the intricate temple doors and beautiful lush flowers and plants of Siem Reap.

Photo by +Paul Pichugin from our 2014 trip. #TGLCambodia   #Asia  
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Even though our 7 participants shot the same #sunset  in #Thailand last year, every single photo was dramatically different than the rest. That is what's great about our trips, no image is ever the same and every participant brings with them a different skill set and eye. #TGLThailand   #travelphotography  

Image by the talented +Anna Lee-Fields. 
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We hope your Sunday is as relaxing as this! #TGLTanzania   #safariafrica  

Photo by TGL participant Steve Bixler. 
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We're celebrating #flashbackfriday  with this beautiful image of the city of Petra in Jordan from +Allison Fowler. There's so much magic in this incredible country, and we're hoping to head back in 2016.  #TGLJordan  
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To gear up for our 2015 +Machu Picchu & Peru adventure, here's a #bts  shot of +Michael Bonocore and a friendly local. These llamas are often found grazing around the ancient ruins and make pretty fantastic models, especially against the epic backdrop!

Photo by +Kambua Chema.

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Giving Back Through Photo Education
Introduction
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.