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Joshua, 10 years old and one of the star pupils in Yangon, gets busy with his camera with a watching audience.

Have an old digital camera shoved in a drawer you no longer need? Do you have memory cards you don’t use or any kind of camera accessory? Donate any camera products to Visited Planet and get them into the hands of an Asian child that will enjoy them.

To date Visited Planet has taken about 80 cameras into Asia and taught about 450 people photographic skills.

To be part of this ongoing project, Cameras for Asia regularly needs the following items:
– any working digital camera
– SD cards / camera memory cards
– AA batteries or any camera battery
– camera bags, cords and chargers welcome (even if not attached to a camera)
– any other accessory
– funds to help us pay for excursions, exhibitions, prints, transport and other costs

If you wish to deliver any items please bring them to 15 Eagle Terrace, Auchenflower, Brisbane, Australia or contact 0415 166 967, camerasforasia@gmail.com to make other arrangements.

The details…

Cameras for Asia 2015 from Joanne Lane on Vimeo.

In conjunction with its documentary photography, Visited Planet has been running photographic workshops in Asia in places like Burma/Myanmar, India and Nepal since 2009. In March 2015 the program returned to Myanmar, in September/October it will go to India (check Cameras for Asia on Facebook for updates).

Many of the participants in the workshops are from disadvantaged backgrounds, some have disabilities and many have never even held a camera before but the images they have taken offer quite a window into their own world; a world that is undergoing incredible changes as Asia modernises at a rapid rate.

This feature on Myanmar ITV shows an exhibition held in 2014 that showcased the Yangon children’s work.

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Children in Yangon enjoying an action photography session. This centre is the first place Cameras for Asia ran its workshops in 2009.

Other ways to support…

Cameras for Asia is run on a volunteer basis and costs about $5000/year on average. It is very hard to combine the project with other work in country as the workshops and schedules are time consuming and physically demanding. The program is partially funded through the sale of honey, Visited Planet / Cameras for Asia calendars or cards and donations. All money from the sale of these products goes direct to the project. Donations are also welcome using the Paypal button below or by bank transfer to:

Cameras for Asia
ANZ Bank
Branch number: 014 272
Account number: 3899 35479

Please like Cameras for Asia on Facebook to help spread the word and keep up to date on current projects!

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