In 2019, we honoured Danielle Da Silva and her organisation Photographers Without Borders. Danielle is the founder of this organisation which uses photography to help communities around the world.
Photographers Without Borders (PWB) is a community of storytellers (photographers and filmmakers) united to support community partners in volunteer missions through the PWB Programme and to inspire new generations of storytellers through the PWB School and its other initiatives and resources. Their mission is to make storytellers more accessible to communities around the world who contribute to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the UNDRIP.
Since 2013, the PWB has documented over 125 missions in 54 countries. They publish several films and campaigns every year, reaching hundreds of thousands of people around the world and have accumulated over 1 million views on their video channels.
They have helped conserve 10 hectares of rainforest in Sumatra, supported reforestation efforts by planting hundreds of trees, sent girls to school in India, helped survivors of human trafficking in Kenya, and helped protect the marine environment in Mozambique.
Each year they sponsor an indigenous storyteller to showcase their work at CONTACT, North America’s largest photography festival. Their newly launched Mentoring Programme aims to leave a camera with the communities in which they work and train a mentor to use them so that the storytelling can be ongoing for Community Partners.