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Cameras for Asia 2015 report

Wandering cows, bustling trains, vibrant chillies, soaring mountains, peeling doors, laughing children, cups of tea, welcoming people, brilliant saris, the grain harvest… Visiting India is all about colour, life, noise and connection. The month long photography program in September/October was the third trip for Cameras for Asia to India and the program returned to some familiar places and also visited some new ones.

The Indian Himalaya where Cameras for Asia spent two weeks.

The Indian Himalaya where Cameras for Asia spent two weeks.

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From Instagram: School grounds

Mayhem in the school grounds this morning. I have started @camerasforasia today and the first job is photographing school life before classes this afternoon. #india #education #school #schoolchildren #camerasforasia #lonelyplanetindia #indianchildren

Mayhem in the school grounds this morning. I have started @camerasforasia today and the first job is photographing school life before classes this afternoon. #india #education #school #schoolchildren #camerasforasia #lonelyplanetindia #indianchildren


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Cameras for Asia: India part 1

The Cameras for Asia program recently visited India, taking the program to three different centres around the country. The first of these was Shishya School in the Dun Valley, a beautiful location with views towards the Himalaya mountains and set in a peaceful village outside Dehra Dun. Two more posts will be published in the coming days on the other two centres.

Shishya School

Shishya School in the Dun valley was started in 1996 by the parents of some of my former Woodstock School students (an international school in Mussoorie about 50km away). They put a “school” sign outside a two bedroom house and parents brought their children. It has expanded since into a lively community of about 650 students. There’s a wonderful sense of family here with committed teachers involved, some who live on campus.


The photography elective students.

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In pictures: Human Rights Day

December 10 is Human Rights Day. On this day we remember the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its call for liberty, justice and freedom for all people regardless of race, creed, caste and gender. Unfortunately the goals noted down in 1948 are still but an aspiration for many people around the world. This year is the 20th since the day was first proclaimed. To get involved follow the conversation on Twitter at #unrightsat20.

These images from the Visited Planet database illustrate some of the rights of the charter.

Article 21.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
  • (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
  • (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

East Timor’s free and fair democratic elections in 2012 were greeted with exuberance and celebration.

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Film review: Girl Rising

Girl Rising is an inspirational new film that recounts the desire and struggle of nine young girls around the world to seek an education. These girls from countries like Nepal, Peru, Haiti, Egypt, India and Afghanistan face some incredible barriers – bonded labour, extreme poverty, early marriage or even the destruction of their school after an earthquake.

Girl Rising is a kind of docudrama with powerful tales about hardship in the quest for education. It’s beautifully and cleverly shot with superb narration by actresses like Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. More than anything you come away wondering why you ever lamented an exam, a class, or the chance to learn, but forever grateful that you’re parents didn’t sell you for the chance to buy a car or have a better life themselves.

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