Penda Photo Tours

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At Penda, we run photography workshops and safaris around the world. These are all specifically designed around photography, and guided by professional photographers. We also have a charity, the Penda Trust, which uses photography as a tool to generate positive change.
Member since: 03 Mar 2017

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

As mentioned above, Penda Photo Tours funds the running costs of Penda Trust, which covers office space, the website build and maintenance, and all administrative costs. It also funded the full initial set-up of the charity, which included the non-profit registration, and the set-up of all on the ground projects until Penda Trust could start fundraising. • Through Penda Trust, we provide free professional photography to charities that do valuable work and can use the images for fundraising purposes. Most of the photographers we work with (as well as some external photographers) volunteer their time occasionally for this. We support charities with both social and environmental/ conservation focus areas - see the sections below for examples. • We use local operators on the ground, and most of our workshops are guided not only by a professional photographer, but by a local guide, so that employment of local people is encouraged. • On some workshops, besides a percentage of proceeds going to Penda Trust, we give donations to external charities. For instance, 10% of profits of prints of gorilla images sold by Trai Anfield, who guides our Mountain Gorilla workshop in Rwanda, goes to the Gorilla Doctors, a Rwanda-based charity working to protect this endangered species

Environmental responsibility

Through Penda Trust, we provide free professional photography to charities doing environmental and conservation work; images they can use for fundraising and communication purposes. Examples of charities we have offered this to are Greenpop and Abalimi Bezekhaya, both environmental non-profits based in Cape Town, South Africa. • Participants on our wildlife photography workshops have the option of donating some of their images to an online photography database run by our partners African Impact; a database that offers free use to charities that work in wildlife and nature conservation. The images have been used by organisations like WWF. • To compensate for our carbon footprint, we sponsor a tree for each participant, which is planted by Greenpop in their reforestation or urban greening programs in Southern Africa. We give our clients a ‘tree ring,’ a key ring that has the coordinates of their tree, so that they know where it’s planted. • To discourage use of plastic bottles, we provide our clients with reusable water bottles. • At our office, we recycle, compost, and minimise the use of paper by predominantly working with digital files.

Social responsibility

Through Penda Trust, we provide free professional photography to charities doing important social work; images they can use for fundraising and communication purposes. Examples of charities we have offered this to are the Amy Biehl Foundation, Isiseko Educare Centre, Thokozani Brothers, and Lavender in Lavender Hill; all community programs in South Africa. We plan on expanding these efforts beyond South Africa. • Through Penda Trust, we also run PhotoVoice workshops for youth in underprivileged South African communities. We identify talented young individuals with an interest in and talent for photography, and provide workshops where we encourage them to tell their stories, and the stories of their communities, through photography. We teach them creative self-expression, and the power visual images can have. Participants are encouraged to raise awareness about issues that matter most to them, which stimulates positive activism. • Wherever possible, our photography workshops visit local communities and spend time learning about the local culture and meeting people. We try not to just pass through; we encourage people to truly engage. If possible, we visit local nonprofit initiatives where our photographers can learn about the work being done, and can donate any photographs they take. • We are currently designing a research program that will look into the effects of photography tourism. Over a period of three years, students (of Photography/Anthropology/Sociology) will do research in individual Southern African communities that see a high volume of tourists, and particularly traveling photographers. The research will look at the effects of this type of interaction, and the way any negative impact could be mitigated. Ideally we will be able to combine the outcome of the individual findings and come to a conclusion that we will publish. We aim to formulate guidelines of ethical photography practices as a result, which we will implement on our workshops

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