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There's no better place to perfect your panning skills than the bustling streets of Chiang Mai, Thailand where tuk-tuks, bikes and cars are zooming past you from nearly every angle. #TGLThailand #Photography

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T-minus 2 months until we're back on the ground in Nicaragua with our incredible partners from Empowerment International. We've spent years growing alongside these kids, and the chance to come back year after year is an honor. Here's just how powerful this trip is, told by TGL alum Anthony N.

"TGL Nicaragua is an amazing experience for the novice to the most experienced traveller. As a photographer, it is a rich opportunity to get some of the best photographs you’ve ever taken. You will build incredible relationships in a short amount of time you didn’t think possible, yet will carry a place in your heart for years to come."

#TGLNicaragua #TravelwithPassion
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Daily life in #Morocco is every bit as beautiful as everyone says. Whether you're in Marrakesh strolling under the porticos and past the sparkling lanterns or standing on a dusty dune with the desert skyline ahead, you'll want your camera close to capture every single view and moment. #TGLMorocco #BBCTravel #Behindthelens

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"When you least expect it, the great adventure finds you." A fitting quote for this breathtaking behind the scenes shot of a quiet longboat ride during our 2013 trip to #Cambodia. #TGLAdventure

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It's humbling to go back and see where this passion project all began - Peru in 2013. We had just a few participants (founder Colby Brown included) and had no idea what we were doing. Luckily, we've learned as we went and are so honored today to do what we do, and even more to have you guys support us and join us as we tackle emotionally and physically taxing adventures around the world.

No better fitting #TBT than this one of Colby during that first trip. #TGLPeru #humanitarian #photography #lifelessons
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One thing that always makes us feel infinitely better about the work we do - seeing the kids we've helped smile at the end of the day. To us, there's nothing more rewarding than that. Photo via Paula Wallis from 2013's Cambodia trip. #TGLCambodia #Humanitarian
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It's time for a daily dose of inspiration. Check out these top 10 travel photos on @500px & @ResourceTravel!
Editor’s Note – Klassy Goldberg is the Social Media Editor for the popular photo sharing community 500px, where she runs the rapidly growing 500px ISO. With a constantly evolving collection of over 65 million photos by 7+ million photographers at her disposal, Goldberg shares tips, tutorials,...
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Sometimes the most memorable photos we take are the ones we don't overthink - the quick snaps on our phones as we zoom through a city, a desert or a lush countryside. We love this shot of one of our team members shooting a Serengeti sunset from the bush by TGL alum Allison Fowler Photography. #TGLTanzania

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One thing that's so special about our trips - we could all photograph the same moment and every image comes out differently. We love this shot from below of a local artisan in Nicaragua braiding a colorful hammock. #TGLNicaragua #TravelPhotography

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Cambodia is one of those countries that you can't visit without coming home a changed person. Whether it's the overwhelming chaos of the cities, the humble people you meet or the vast and incredibly spiritual landmarks, you never leave the same person you came.

Which is why it's a place that holds such a deep place in our heart. We hope to head back this winter to capture its essence one more time. #TGLCambodia #travelgram #giveback

Photo by TGL alum Kita Roberts (Pass the Sushi).
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There's just something so enchanting, mystical and mysterious about the ruins of Petra. With each visit, we find ourselves even more enamored with the history and architecture of a time so long ago.

For those who have been, what was your most memorable experience? Leave your comment below! #TGLJordan #travelgram

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Giving Back Through Photo Education
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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.