Jeff Robbins, a former Associated Press photographer and reporter, recently made a good showing at the 2009 Northern Gila County Fair with his work.
Robbins won prizes with 14 out of 15 photos he entered: four firsts, six seconds and four thirds.
Now he is willing to share copies of those prize-winning pieces with anyone who would like to contribute to the Kids with Cameras program.
Kids with Cameras was founded in 2002 by photographer Zana Briski out of her work teaching photography to children in Calcutta’s red-light district.
The program is based on the belief that photography is an effective tool in igniting children’s imagination and building self-esteem, and the belief that the power of art can transform lives, for both the artist and the viewer.
Kids with Cameras is a non-profit organization that teaches the art of photography to marginalized children in communities around the world.
Photography is used to capture the imaginations of children, to empower them, building confidence, self-esteem and hope.
Kids with Cameras shares its vision and voices with the world through exhibitions, books, Web sites and film.
By linking with local organizations, the group works to strengthen the children’s education and general well-being, providing financial support through sales of their prints.
Exhibits have featured the work of children in Calcutta, Haiti, Jerusalem and Cairo.
To see examples of the photos Robbins will print with a contribution to Kids with Cameras, visit http://gallery.me.com/photoll#gallery.