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The women in Tanzania aren't just beautiful, they're strong, moving and powerful. The way they carry their families, and their villages, will both inspire and humble you simultaneously. There are so many stories, so much pain and so much love hidden in every curve and every wrinkle of their faces.

This incredible portrait of a village woman was captured by TGL alum Anita Parawyck on our most recent trip to Tanzania. #TGLTanzania   #portraitphotography  
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Few places in the world offering the incredible star power of the Sahara dessert. Check out this breathtaking image from TGL participant Sig Sreedharan.

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We've got Thailand on the mind today - especially the mouth-watering markets. From noodle bowls to spicy chiles to homemade soups, you'll never eat better than you do in the markets around Chiang Mai. #TGLThailand  

Photo by TGL alum Christine Beggs.
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We're going all the way back to our first ‪Cambodia‬ trip in 2012 for today's #flashbackfriday . This image, by TGL alum +Pat Kennedy Corlin shows the incredible & intricate beauty of the Angor Wat temple. We can't wait to head back to this incredible country in December.

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It's hard to believe it's been 3 years since our first trek into India! This was a smaller trip with just four participants - but it was a life changing one. We're eager to get back to this incredibly fascinating and beautiful country!

Photo of the breathtaking Taj Mahal by our dedicated travel lead +Michael Bonocore

For those who have never been - what about India excites you the most (as a photographer)? #TGLAroundtheWorld  
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The chance to photograph and experience a moment like this one in a monastery captured by +Paul Pichugin is incredibly rare. And it's one you'll get if you join us on our next Cambodian adventure in December!

Learn more: http://thegivinglens.com/workshops/tgl-cambodia-2/
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This is one of the most breathtaking portraits we've seen in a while, taken by our super talented participant Kerry Hoggett. This was snapped during our last trip to Cambodia in 2014.

The lighting, incredible detail on his face and the joyful expression make for a beautifully compelling image.

Great capture, Kerry! #TGLCambodia   #PortraitPhotography  
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It's safe to say our #TGLMorocco‬  team is having the time of their lives on this trip! From an incredible few days in Marrakech to trekking through the Sahara desert on camels, we can't wait to see where this trip takes them next.

Photo by lead Hilary Fox.  #landscapephotography  
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What are your thoughts on extreme filters? They aren't always applied correctly, but when they are - they truly change the look, feel and emotion of any image. We love how TGL alum Steve Bixler applied this vintage filter to an elephant shot in the Serengeti. 

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Leave it to +Daniel Nahabedian to leave us completely speechless on a Tuesday morning with a breathtaking image from our recent trip to Tanzania.

We're already dreaming of our next trip in the summer of 2016! #TGLTanzania   #landscapephotography  
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Did you know that our first workshop ever took place in Peru? Our NGO +Picaflor House has been with us since the beginning, and we always leave our time with these kids inspired (and with some pretty spectacular photos).

This vibrant festival photo was snapped by +Jeff Bartlett - one of our newest team leads. #TGLPeru  

Learn more about our passion for Peru here: http://thegivinglens.com/workshops/tgl-peru
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We are so humbled and excited to announce that our visionary and founder +Colby Brown will be receiving an award for The Giving Lens on October 5th in NYC from PMDA!

He'll join other incredibly talented photographers and humanitarians Tamara Lackey ( Beautiful Together) and Ted Kawalerski ( Family Life Academy Charter Schools).

For more information on the program or register, check out the link below. We're so proud of you, Colby!...

http://www.pdngallery.com/rsvp/pmda/
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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.