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We still have two spots left in our #Tanzania  trip! Join +Michael Bonocore & +Daniel Nahabedian for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. #TGLTanzania  

Photo by Joseph Epperson. http://thegivinglens.com/workshops/tgl-tanzania/
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This could be you, in #morocco , in October. We just announced our first team to this amazing country last week and we're actively recruiting right now! We will explore Marrakech, the High Atlas Mountains, the Dades Gorge, and finally the Sahara Desert - all to benefit a really wonderful local NGO. 

Read more here: www.thegivinglens.com/workshops

Short term discount: Apply this week, so that your application is timestamped by July 4th, and we'll give you a $50 discount!

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We always love to hear about our trips from the participants. Here's a wonderfully written guest post about #Nicaragua  by alum +Denis Grenier. Such a powerful post about the beauty of this country. 

http://thegivinglens.com/photography-workshop-in-nicaragua-a-guest-post-from-participant-denis-grenier/
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We're so excited to welcome +Brian Matiash as a lead for our 2015 Nicaragua team! Brian is an accomplished photographer and a fantastic inspiration for us, and we're so lucky to have him on board.

Check out his work online and make sure to give him a big welcome! https://brianmatiash.com/

#TGLNicaragua   #travelphotography   #landscapephotography  
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The countdown to this year's Tanzania adventure has begun! Who is joining us for this trip of a lifetime? http://thegivinglens.com/workshops/tgl-tanzania/

Photo by the talented +Sébastien Beun. #TGLTanzania   #landscapephotography  
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Our #Cambodia  trips are easily one of the most popular ones we offer. The temples, the people, the incredible landscapes and the food all inspire our participants to sign up year after year.

Who has been? Who is dying to go? Let us know and we'll be sure to keep it on our roster! #TravelPhotography   #TGLCambodia  

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Happy #july4th  to our American fans and friends. Hopefully your day is filled with great food, beautiful fireworks and family! #TGLaroundtheworld  

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God Bless the USA!!! BEAUTIFUL PICTURE! Thanks for sharing.
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Find out how travel photography changed the life of our longtime lead, +Michael Bonocore and how it can change yours too. Now on +Resource Travel.

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http://travel.resourcemagonline.com/2015/06/travel-photography-will-change-your-life/796/
As a kid, I would comb through National Geographic, daydreaming about seeing, in person, the wildlife, sweeping landscapes, and interesting people that graced the pages. Somewhere in my teen angst, I stopped reading Nat Geo. I wouldn’t open the cover again until the ink of that first stamp dried...
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Who else wishes this was their view this morning? We do! #TGLPeru   #landscapephotography  +Machu Picchu 

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Alright, it's official! We're going to Morocco!

This trip is going to be phenomenal. We're going to explore Marrakech and it's souks and medinas, alongside local artists and photographers, and be teaching photography to underprivileged Moroccan youth! This is because we're partnering with El Fenn - a local NGO that supports artists and artistic communities and projects in Morocco. We're so stoked! 

Then we'll head to the High Atlas Mountains, into kasbahs and forts and ruins, and finally we will arrive to the Sahara Desert where we will camp overnight in the dunes, and spend a 2nd night in a hotel on the edge of the dunes. Epic!

This trip is going to be bursting with activities, experiences, and Moroccan culture. Our TGL Operations Manager went solo to Morocco last year to scout the way, so while it's our first time as a team, everything is in place for the most epic trip ever. 

The dates will be October 12 - 21 2015. Be there! Join us!

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+Mariette Du Toit hey miss your welcome to Morocco if we can meet Drink some coffee
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The evening and sunset views over Cusco, Peru never cease to take our breath away. Beautiful capture from TGL lead +Peyton Hale

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We hope everyone's week is as fun, colorful and carefree as this girls! We love this amazing image of one of the beautiful kids at +Picaflor House taken by lead +Jeff Bartlett

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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.