Watch As 100cameras Gives TEDx Talk

It was an amazing opportunity for 100cameras and our co-founder, Angela Popplewell, to have been invited to speak at TEDx in Seattle.

Angela's TEDx talk focused on changing perspectives and choosing to be shaped by the bright moments in life. Choosing hope, choosing joy, choosing gratefulness- traits we learn from each and every one of the kids who have become a part of our lives. Our students have taught us and challenged us to see the life-altering power of perspective, and we'll never be the same. 

Watch the talk here, be inspired, and please share the link along!

Lenny Kravitz & Leica Galleries donate $25,000

Big announcement! The Leica Galleries, Lenny Kravitz, Reiner Opoku and the Oslicht Gallery donated all profits from the Lenny Kravitz- FLASH exhibit held during Art Basel 2015 to 100cameras.

The FLASH exhibit included a selection of 50 photographs taken by Lenny Kravitz with his Leica, pictured here:

We’re very proud that the proceeds from ‘FLASH’ will be able to support the mission of 100Cameras. Our longtime passion for art and photography is at the core of everything we do. We’re thrilled that we’re able to help fuel this passion in children throughout the world and support an experience that allows them to grow and give back in a meaningful way.
— Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Chief Representative Leica Galleries International

100cameras is honored to accept this donation of $25,000, which will help support our next international project, Project006, and our Snapshot Project platform. Thank you to Lenny, Leica Cameras USA and everyone involved for supporting our mission to give photography and change a community. Our goal is to reach more youth across the globe and to create sustainable impact by empowering them to continue the cycle of positive change.

We hope you and your friends will follow along on our journey!

Snapshot Project: Thailand

behind the scenes with snapshot project leader, becky lee
Snapshot Thailand 2016

Snapshot Thailand 2016

My name is Becky and this past January, my sister Charlotte, my brother Henry, and I spent a month teaching photography to students at Schools of Hope (SOH) in Chiang Dao and Chiang Mai, Thailand in collaboration with 100cameras. 

SOH is based in Chiang Dao, a district about 2 hours north of Chiang Mai in Thailand, bordering Myanmar. Over 60 children ages 7-17 live at Schools of Hope. Most of the students are displaced from their families, so Schools of Hope is not just a school, but a home. Once, we asked an older boy if he had any brothers or sisters. He looked at the group of kids running around, laughed, and said, "I have a lot of them!"

The children study subjects like math, English, geography, science, and history in addition to local culture and optional vocational training in farming, mechanics, and environmental studies. Some are also in training to become Buddhist monks.

When Charlotte proposed the project to the director of the school, he was so thrilled. He said that in Thailand, arts education is often only for rich children. Part of the purpose of this program is to remind the students (and ourselves) that photography, and art, is for all. The director does the best he can with limited resources to see that the students at the school get every opportunity to succeed.

On our first day of class, we were led through the Schools of Hope campus, past the temple and dormitories (and roosters!) to a set of stairs. We took off our shoes and walked up to an open air treehouse where the photography classes would be held.

WE HAD PREPARED FOR AROUND 20 STUDENTS SO WHEN MORE THAN TWICE AS MANY SMILING FACES WERE EAGERLY AWAITING, IT WAS AN UNEXPECTED, YET WELCOME, SURPRISE. TIME FOR AN ICEBREAKER!

After some quick thinking, we split the big group up into three stations. At the first station, I introduced the mission of 100cameras - to provide kids with the tools to share their perspectives through photography and empower them to support their own communities. We looked at student photography from previous 100cameras projects in South Sudan, New York City, Cuba, and India as shown on the 100cameras website. 

WITH EVERY PHOTO, OUR STUDENTS GOT A TASTE OF WHAT LIFE IS LIKE FOR OTHER CHILDREN ALL OVER THE WORLD AND BEGAN TO THINK ABOUT THE STORIES THEY WANTED TO TELL ABOUT NORTHERN THAILAND. 

Writing exercises, Snapshot Thailand 2016

Writing exercises, Snapshot Thailand 2016

Using the 100cameras Snapshot curriculum, we explored photography techniques such as exposure, composition, shutter speed, aperture, color, and storytelling. We talked about which pictures we liked, and why, and how different techniques can create different moods and emotions. I made sure to share my favorite piece of photography advice - techniques are tools, not rules, and the "best" picture is the one that you like the most.

Henry's station focused on personal development and storytelling skills. The students drew storyboards reflecting on favorite memories, current passions, and future goals. His group also learned about descriptive and abstract language and practiced writing titles and captions to add context to their photos.

Charlotte's station was everyone's favorite - the Photo Station! At the Photo Station, students were given donated cameras and 30 minutes to take pictures and practice photography techniques. We gave out some prompts like "take a picture that makes you laugh" or "look up!" to get the creative juices flowing, but quickly realized that each student had his or her own style. Some students liked taking animal portraits while others preferred nature shots and landscape photography.

At the end of every class, we showed a slideshow of photos from that day. Seeing the kids' faces light up when one of their photos appeared on the big screen was our favorite part - the mix of pride, excitement, a little embarrassment, and the realization of hey, maybe I am a real photographer!

Hoping to magnify that feeling of accomplishment, we planned a full-scale photography exhibit at Thapae East, a local venue known for hosting creative events in its outdoor space, complete with an artsy, minimalist backdrop of bright red crossbeams. We transformed the space into an outdoor art gallery and invited friends, family, and the Chiang Mai community to enjoy a night of photography complete with live music and traditional Shan food and dance.

The event was a great success and really fun for the students and teachers alike but our work isn't over yet! Part of the 100cameras model is to help kids realize that they have the power to support their own community, in part through the sales of their artwork. 

Snapshot Thailand 2016

Snapshot Thailand 2016

WE CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT THESE ARE SPECIAL KIDS, SOME OF THE MOST RESPECTFUL, HARD-WORKING, AND THOUGHTFUL CHILDREN WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. WE HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THEY WILL GO FAR AND HOPE THAT PHOTOGRAPHY CAN BE AN OUTLET FOR THEM ALONG THE WAY.

Based on updated needs from Schools of Hope, 40% of funds will go toward new dormitory roofs to repair water damage and 60% will go toward a 60-day summer course for 1,500 students (!) in 20 remote villages to learn about their cultural heritage in addition to mathematics, traditional languages, literature, and community-based skills.

*Photos of the classes were taken by the hugely talented and dedicated photographer Jittrapon Kaicome who volunteered his time, expertise, and Thai translation services to the program.  

 

 

100cameras Supporter Feature: Tony Cicero

Meet Tony, photographer and supporter of 100cameras. Tony has generously pledged to donate a portion of his photography sales proceeds to the 100cameras mission. We sat down with Tony to talk beginnings, inspiration and how he feels about teaching young kids the art of photo.

Q: How did you first become involved with photography?

A: I was introduced to photography at a young age, at approximately eight years old. My older brother was a photographer who worked at Kodak as a chemical engineer. Through this I was immersed in the world of cameras, different film types, photo papers and the full darkroom developing process. I still have my very first Kodak Hawkeye Pocket C110 Instamatic.

Q: Sounds like it was meant to be! What does storytelling mean to you?

A: To me storytelling is the ability to communicate directly to anyone who views my photos my interpretation of what happened or even what may have happened. I always try to portray an obvious story in my photos and some piece of mystery.

Q: In your opinion, what is the most powerful or intriguing part of telling your story through photography?

A: The most powerful aspect of storytelling for me with my camera is that I like to leave the viewer with a thought of what I was thinking when I snapped the shutter. I try to somehow convey my views in the photo through composition, lighting and various points of views and angles.

Q: Why do you identify with the 100cameras mission?

A: It is very important to gives children the tools and a platform to share their photos with the world because without this chance, many kids would not ever discover the talents they possess. I was lucky enough to have such tools and found that this make all the difference in building your confidence when you are just starting out.

Q: How did you learn about 100cameras? 

A: I discovered 100cameras.org while searching for charities that teach photography to children. This was an area that I had some interest in for quite some time and once I found the 100cameras.org site; I was convinced this was just the type of organization I wanted to be a part of.

Q: Anything else our audience should know?

A: I just want everyone to know that I really enjoy taking photos and I hope that they make a change in someone’s life.

We do, too! Check out Tony's work here. If you know a photographer who might like to support us in this way, drop us a line. 

Chasing Light: Camera Tips from our Photography Educator

learn how to chase light & how to chase it well. 

Photographing sunsets is no walk in the park, but when done correctly, you can produce some awe-inducing shots. All it truly takes to capture sunsets is the willingness to spend some time getting to know your camera (and the weather!).

Written by JP Pullos, our Photography Educator, who directly teaches the power of photography to our students worldwide and is also the mastermind behind our custom curriculum's photography toolbelt.  Our curriculum not only teaches kids how to use a camera, but it is designed to teach them the importance of their unique perspective.

SEE OUR THREE EASY STEPS BELOW

Image taken by 100cameras Staff during Project004: India. 

Image taken by 100cameras Staff during Project004: India. 

PATIENCE IS Always the VIRTUE. 

If you’re wanting a phenomenal sunset picture, hang around your chosen spot for a little while. As the sun continues to fade downwards, the sky will continue to change through a myriad of colors, providing you with a variety of shots. 

Whenever you think you're done, I suggest to wait even a few more minutes. Shots at dusk can be just as beautiful, if not more than, sunset shots. Just make sure you’re at least somewhat knowledgeable about night photography.

Image taken by 100cameras student photographer, Eduardo, during Project003: Cuba.  

Image taken by 100cameras student photographer, Eduardo, during Project003: Cuba.  

EVERY IMAGE NEEDS YOUR FOCUS. 

Including a point of focus in your photo will help give it a unique and interesting touch. If you’re on the beach, find a tree to place in the forefront. Or if you’re in the city, an exceptional looking building will add a captivating touch. 

Another way to spin the focus, is to bring along a friend (we like photography with friends). You can either create a silhouette by decreasing the exposure (see instructions below) or you can pop your flash up to get a properly exposed person AND a properly exposed sunset. 

100cameras student photographer, Aries, plays with lighting during sunset on the Williamsburg Bridge during Project002: NYC. 

100cameras student photographer, Aries, plays with lighting during sunset on the Williamsburg Bridge during Project002: NYC. 

NEVER STOP EXPERIMENTING. 

When working with our students in the field, white balance is a function on the camera that we don’t typically cover until one of our later classes in the curriculum. And as a general rule of thumb, we recommend to let the camera do the work around white balance. With sunsets, however, the white balance setting is something that can be interesting to play around with.

The white balance setting exists on your camera because all light sources have a particular kind of color cast – most often on a spectrum from really orange to really blue. Tungsten and Incandescent light bulbs tend to let off a really orangey light whereas the light caused by shade (or really indirect sunlight) is really blue. Playing with the white balance setting when you’re taking pictures of sunsets can be a fast and easy way to either warm up your image (increase the orange in the image) or cool it down (increase the blue in the image).

To see what this looks like, find your white balance setting and shoot one image of a sunset on the tungsten or incandescent setting and then shoot the same sunset but change the white balance setting to shade (or, if you don’t have shade, use cloudy). You’ll see quite a difference! Once you see those two results, you can then toy around with the various white balance options on your camera that will get you exactly the result you like.


WANT TO LEARN directly FROM JP & SUPPORT 100CAMERAS? 

JP, also of the highly successful JP Teaches Photo, has partnered with 100cameras to bring to you photography tips and a night of fun with the Brooklyn Nets, with proceeds benefiting 100cameras. See more below! 

JP having fun teaching photography to our students during Project004: India. 

JP having fun teaching photography to our students during Project004: India. 

Join JP and JP Teaches Photo for a two hour photography class at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday, March 26 and learn everything you need to know about taking great photos with your camera. Not to mention - get the breathtaking stadium shots you've always wanted. After a short break, all participants are invited back to watch the Brooklyn Nets take on the Indiana Pacers. What could be better?

BONUS: For this one night only, students who participate in the class will be given special permission to use their professional camera to take shots inside of Barclays during the game. Access like this is usually prohibited, making this truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity.

$10 from every ticket purchased will go towards the 100cameras mission to give photography and change a community. Sign up before tickets sell out!

Announcing our Snapshot Project Platform

host your own 100cameras project in a community you care about

Over the years we have received hundreds of inquiries from photographers, teachers, and leaders from around the world asking to bring 100cameras to their own communities. While it has always been our dream to equip as many kids as possible to learn that their stories matter, we have also been working hard to create something that goes beyond us to empower you, too!

Our Snapshot Project Platform is a custom-built model of our very own curriculum that equips passionate people like you to empower kids worldwide. We’re putting the opportunity directly into your hands to live, breathe, and thrive in leading a project in a community you are committed to.

We currently have Snapshots running in Turkey, Thailand, Nepal, and Los Angeles - four projects and four chances for you to meet new students, purchase new prints, and help empower kids across the globe. And we're excited to introduce each one those with you throughout this spring and summer. 

Photo taken during our Snapshot project in Chiang Mai, Thailand led by Becky Lee.

Photo taken during our Snapshot project in Chiang Mai, Thailand led by Becky Lee.

We'll be opening up applications for our next round of beta Snapshot Projects this summer. If you are interested in applying to become a Snapshot Project Leader, follow us @100cameras to receive real time updates on the status of the application release.

What we celebrate (Bring on the confetti)

The power of perspective

Our co-founder, Angela Francine Popplewell, sat down with The Confetti Project to answer one simple question: what do you celebrate?

On celebrating 100cameras - "It’s beautiful", she says, "because what we celebrate in our work is the power of perspective and that perspective is different for every individual human being, for every individual culture all across the world. We are all functioning in this shared space together and really celebrating the differences, but also the similarities.

In these student’s images, you see their celebratory hearts in it. Their three hour walks to water in Sudan, you see that they’re still kids and grateful in that moment and that’s what they portray in their images. In that, it frees me in a way that I respond to that and I celebrate that with them."

Photography Night with the Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets team up with JP Teaches Photo to support 100cameras
Image via @barclayscenter, shot by @natlyphoto.

Image via @barclayscenter, shot by @natlyphoto.

Big things are happening within the 100cameras community.

Calling all New Yorkers! Do you like photography and basketball? We've got you covered. Our friends & collaborators at JP Teaches Photo are teaching a two hour photography class at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday, March 26.

Come learn everything you need to know about taking great photos with your camera, AND get the breathtaking stadium shots you've always wanted. After a short break post the class, all participants will come back to watch the Brooklyn Nets take on the Indiana Pacers. What could be better?

And as a bonus: For this one night only, students who participate in the class will be given special permission to use their professional camera to take shots inside of Barclays during the game. Access like this is usually prohibited, making this truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity. 

Our favorite part is that $10 from every ticket purchased will go towards the 100cameras mission to give photography and change a community. Sign up before tickets sell out!

Global Photography Competition Supports 100cameras

One Million Photographers X 100cameras
Old Cuban Car by Nicolás Biglié from One Million Photographers 

Old Cuban Car by Nicolás Biglié from One Million Photographers 

We believe everyone has a story to tell, and we love teaming up with like-minded folks who believe in the same. Enter One Million Photographers, a global photography competition hosted online for professionals and hobbyists alike.

1MP originates in the belief that images uploaded to photo contests shouldn’t just vanish until the winners are announced, enabling photographers to display their work and discover the work of others. Through their unique submission process where every photo story is featured on their online gallery, 1MP has taken a lead in giving their users the opportunity to share the beauty of the everyday storyline. They've created a place where photography can just simply live and find its much-needed space to inspire others and to celebrate perspectives worldwide, no matter which image wins.

100cameras is honored to have been chosen to partner with 1MP to create even more impact together. 1MP's commitment to give $1 from every photo submission is truly an important addition to the work of 100cameras this year. This gift will directly fund our project platform to equip more kids worldwide with the tools they need to share their perspectives and to create change in their communities. Each submission is entered into the chance to be selected to win the grand cash prize -- which is a dollar amount currently at $8,704 and increasing day by day.

Check out the 1MP website for updates and to see the most recent grand prize total, view the process for submission, and peruse the images already submitted to this global narrative. Plus! Submit your work and feel great about furthering the work of 100cameras at the same time.

Countless thanks to the 1MP vision, team, and community of photographers participating in the competition! Click here to learn more about the One Million Photographers partnership. 

How do you #LoveMore?

A conversation we love

"We work with kids in marginalized communities, teaching them photography as a means to express themselves. For me, the best part about it is seeing the kids start to see themselves differently." -Sam

Our friends at Feed Projects wanted to know just that, and so they asked our Community Coordinator, Samantha Addeo, during their February #LoveMore campaign.

As a conversation that's similarly very near and dear to us, we heart the idea of joining in on the celebration for how folks share love with the world in different ways. In new ways. In bold ways.  

What do you do to share the love?

Introducing the Board of Creatives

Creating Change Together.
Growing and building alongside creatives has been woven into our fabric since day one. Now, we're just taking it to the next level. 

We are so thrilled to introduce you to the 2016 100cameras Board of Creatives! This new program is specifically designed to unite people from around the world by uniquely combining different backgrounds, experiences, and skills to amplify one mission - to empower kids.

This year's BOC is comprised of some of today's greatest visionaries, influencers and social innovators. Over the next 12 months they will be collaborating with us to help further our 100cameras mission and take it to new and exciting places. Our collective effort to share our students' stories and empower each other's own creative dreams will have a lasting impact on the communities we serve and inspire change across the globe! 

Plus, we're simply inspired by the work they do, the passions they pursue, and we're proud to know them and join together with them to surpass our vision to new heights.

First ever 100cameras Workshop

100cameras X 826nyc

Photography + Pizza Graduation Party with the 100cameras X 826NYC workshop class

We recently wrapped up our first ever 100cameras workshop in partnership with 826NYC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills through workshops and activities and by supporting excellence in school through after-school tutoring programs. 

Excited from the opening class ice-breaker, these students were such a delight and honor to work with! We enjoyed joining alongside them to explore the power of their stories together, and there was never a non-enthusiastic moment. We couldn't be more proud of their boldness to express their thoughts and perspectives and are impressed with their commitment to dive into learning all the techniques and concepts taught throughout the course. 

Learn more about this workshop and check out the final class portfolio here. And please join us in congratulating the 826NYC workshop class on a job [beautifully] and well done!

Check us out in Conscious Magazine

On shelves at Barnes & Noble nationwide
100cameras Featured in Conscious Magazine at Barnes & Noble, Union Square, NYC

100cameras Featured in Conscious Magazine at Barnes & Noble, Union Square, NYC

We are honored to be a part of Conscious Magazine Issue #03, and we admire their vision to thoughtfully and effectively push the needle forward in a conversation that is centered around how innovative ideas and creative solutions are used to create impact around the globe. CM is a movement and a community with a strong human connection, inspiring readers through powerful storytelling and beautiful design about what it means and what it takes to be a conversation starter.

Huge thanks to the CM team for continually believing in 100cameras and joining alongside us to further our vision and share with their readers. Find out how you can become a member and join the conversation at Consciousmagazine.co.


Photo by Victor Chen

Photo by Victor Chen

Launching the 100cameras Workshop Program

Coming to Communities Nationwide

Specially designed and written to join alongside educational programs across the country, our workshop format will enable us to equip more students with the tools to tell their stories while also empowering them to learn that their perspectives are important. 

What better way to help individuals learn young that their voices matter and that they can choose the definition and direction of their own personal story! To learn more about this workshop format along with the goals and benchmarks of this curriculum, check out the details at 100cameras.org/workshops

Know of a program that would benefit from our custom made lectures, activities, and exercises? We have a few application slots open! Just complete this quick form to provide some starter information, and our team will be in touch.  

We couldn't be more excited to get this initiative rolled out in more communities, and we need your help to get the word out. Please share with your friends, networks, and local educational programs, and we hope to be present in a community near you soon!

Featured by the Photo Op Journal

"Early on, we would say that we’re helping to give a voice to the voiceless; however, I soon realized that’s so wrong because the kids already have voices. Beautiful voices, powerful voices. They just perhaps haven't been heard yet."

Our co-founder & chief storyteller, Angela F Popplewell, sat down with the fine folks at the Photo Op Journal to talk candidly about our beginnings, start-up stories, "real life" for our students, and how photography can be a vehicle for tangible change. 

Huge thanks to the Photo Op team for believing in our mission, helping capture the heart of our vision, and sharing it with the photography community!


At play in South Sudan - by Kiden, 16. See more photos

At play in South Sudan - by Kiden, 16. See more photos

From the heart of it all

A letter from the perspective of a student and a teacher
Danna, pictured 2nd from right, helps lead students during our follow-up project in NYC. Once a student in the learning center, she is now a confident and respected teacher.

Danna, pictured 2nd from right, helps lead students during our follow-up project in NYC. Once a student in the learning center, she is now a confident and respected teacher.

My name is JP Pullos, and I’m the Photography Education Coordinator for 100cameras. I’m also a professional photographer, and I run a business creating and selling instructional videos for beginner photographers. One thing I’ve learned about myself over the years is that I tend to approach everything I’m up to very, very seriously. I’ve always thought of this as a good thing but, since I started teaching kids for 100cameras, I’ve found myself shedding my serious side and approaching my life in a much more playful way. You see, when you find yourself giving a camera to a 14-year old boy or girl who is touching a camera for the very first time and you recognize the bubbling excitement in their eyes, it becomes virtually impossible to not take that sense of wonder and discovery into other areas of your life.

I’ve had many moving experiences since I began teaching for 100cameras but the most profound happened on our third day of teaching classes in Madurai, India. Madurai was one of the locations where we taught kids who were using a camera for the very first time and we were navigating a significant language barrier. Explaining even the basic functions on a camera is hard enough when both teacher and student speak the same language but it really felt impossible since I found myself teaching primarily through pantomime and pointing. I was shocked when two students stopped taking pictures for a moment to show me a handful of functions they had discovered on the cameras we had given them, functions I wasn’t aware of. These kids, through the sheer force of their eagerness to learn and their sense of play, had taken something complicated and had made it very, very simple. Up until that day, I had held words and concepts up as the most important tools available to me as a teacher. Those students taught me that, even in the absence of a shared language, approaching a subject with excitement, playfulness and a willingness to discover was all that was required to learn something new. In fact, our 15 young students in Madurai took far less time to learn and master concepts like exposure, aperture and shutter speed than most adults take to do the same here in New York City, where I teach most weekends. 

I’ve had the opportunity to personally talk with a handful of the kids we’ve taught after a good amount of time had passed since their classes with us. What struck me most was the sense of pride that each of our former students has not only in the images they created but in how much they contributed to their community as a result of the classes. I remember walking into the after-school program center in the Lower East Side to meet the students that had participated in the 100cameras classes years earlier and each of their faces lit up as Angela exclaimed that the money from the sale of their images had gone toward purchasing four desktop computers for the learning center. The kids were proud to have created images that were seen as valuable and, in turn, provided a much-needed resource for their community and peers. 

We exist solely to be a model of empowerment. Take Danna for example, a student from our NYC project. Growing up on the Lower East Side, she comes from a family of nine brothers and sisters. After working hard against many obstacles to pursue her goals to get a college AA degree, she’s currently working at the after-school center and as a paraprofessional in a special needs pre-school while pursuing her career in Early Childhood Education. 

Danna believes 100cameras has shown her how to express her thoughts and emotions and perspective with a different outlet.

I believe my photographs along with my story will help New Yorkers, especially youth, know and understand that while yes we may grow up or live in a neighborhood that is not rich or wealthy, that doesn’t mean that they have to live the rest of their lives in the same circumstances. I can attest to that because I grew up in the same neighborhood as they did, and now I’m in the process of completing my professional goal to become a Pre-School teacher and one day to own my very own Daycare Center.

You see, our photography curriculum is designed to teach photography basics but, more importantly, we leave these young adults with a sense of validation and what might be their first real sense of making a contribution to their respective communities. Creative outlets in any form are important, but 100cameras has built a curriculum that provides so much more. As she does so well, Danna says it best in her words when reflecting on her time in the 100cameras course, 

Photographs can help people see the perspective of others because photos capture what we can miss to see with the naked eye — that we all have emotions, we all have needs, and we all want what’s best for us and our families. It does not matter what part of the world we live in.

This is why we do what we do. And this is why we ask you to come alongside us and join our vision to equip more students like Danna to learn young that their voices matter and that they can help lead change in their circumstances. 

Would you consider giving a gift to 100cameras this year?

There is no amount too great or too small, and your support will go a long ways for us in 2016 to empower more kids worldwide. If you would like more details, you can read what we've been up to and all that is ahead in 2016 at 100cameras.org/2016. Thank you for your support and for considering your gift today. 

We are overwhelmed with gratefulness,

-JP Pullos
Photography Education Coordinator
jp@100cameras.org

ONA x 100cameras: A Celebration

To celebrate our partnership with ONA bags, we gathered together a few hundred of our fellow New Yorkers to celebrate beautiful design and everyday storytelling!

Attendees had the chance to learn about our collaboration, check out the bags for themselves, and get involved with the 100cameras mission.

We were thrilled by the opportunity to share our exciting collaboration! Thank you to everyone who made the night a success including ONA, Parlor New York, and our amazing volunteers.

And an extra special thank you to our host committee. We couldn’t have done it without you:

Want to learn more about ONA x 100cameras or purchase a bag? Visit our info page here

All photos by Mark Thompson. Click to see more in our Facebook album

ONA x 100cameras: It's Here!

Proud to announce the launch of our first-ever collaborative bag.

At 100cameras, we are continually exploring new ways to empower more kids worldwide to realize the importance of their perspectives and to create change. By partnering with inspiring companies to custom make products, we are able to combine passions, beautiful design, and further good across the world together.

We teach kids from all around the world that their stories matter and we empower them to create tangible change in their communities. We believe in your perspectives too. That's why we teamed up with ONA, a company that believes in your passions as much as we do.

Enter ONA.

In 2013, we first came to know the incredible team behind ONA. ONA is "a purveyor of fine bags and accessories," but they are so much more than that. They explain, "In Swahili, the word ona means, 'to feel,' 'to believe,' and 'to experience with the eyes.' This is the essence of photography and style."

We knew that our mutual passion for photography had the potential to lead us on an exciting journey, and now it has. 

The Bag.

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a special 100cameras bag, brought to you by ONA.

The special edition ONA x 100cameras Prince Street messenger is available now. Each bag is beautifully handcrafted from waxed canvas featuring Italian leather accents, solid brass hardware, and a special leather patch on the interior flap. Each bag is perfectly suited for daily work or play, or you can insert the included customizable dividers to transform the messenger into a truly unique camera bag.

If that weren’t exciting enough, $25 from the sale of every ONA x 100cameras bag sold will fund operating costs for 100cameras, supporting our mission. This will enable us to further empower more kids and their communities through photography. We are honored to be part of this exciting collaboration.

To learn more about our collaboration and to purchase your bag, click here.

Want to learn even more about the ONA x 100cameras partnership? Check out the ONA partnership announcement and a special interview with 100cameras founder, Angela Francine Popplewell.