Concerned that magazines and book publishers were no longer funding photographers’ long-term projects, Natalie Fobes cofounded Blue Earth Alliance RELATED ARTICLE
“Photojournalism and Environment Stories”
– Natalie Fobes
(BEA) in 1996 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Fobes describes Blue Earth’s mission as supporting photographic and film documentary projects that educate the public about the environment, world cultures, and social issues.

Blue Earth Alliance accepts proposals from members twice a year. An accepted project becomes part of BEA’s charter enabling it to qualify for foundation, corporate and private grants unavailable to individuals. The photographer or filmmaker becomes the project’s director and works closely with a member of the board. Our grant writer helps the project director to target appropriate funders. BEA also offers the opportunity to display the project’s images on our Web site. Blue Earth Alliance has sponsored projects by 24 photographers and filmmakers.

Board members of Blue Earth Alliance present workshops three times each year and project directors speak at schools and community events. BEA publisheds a 66-page booklet, “Shooting From the Heart,” which covers all aspects of a documentary photography or film project. It includes articles on organizing the photo story, budgeting, fundraising, publishing and marketing.

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