Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer: Blog http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog en-us (C) Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:52:00 GMT Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:52:00 GMT http://www.bryanwatt.com/img/s/v-5/u605892301-o298629967-50.jpg Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer: Blog http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog 120 90 Friends Without a Border 2016 Annual Report http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/7/friends-without-a-border-annual-report-2016

Friends Without a Border (FWAB) just published their 2016 Annual Report. My photos appear on the cover and pages 14, 15, and 20.

Download the report here or from the Friends Without a Border website: fwab.org/annualreport/

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) angkor hospital for children annual report cambodia friends without a border lao lao friends hospital for children laos the lake clinic tonle sap http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/7/friends-without-a-border-annual-report-2016 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:51:49 GMT
Alumni Association of Brooks Institute http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/7/alumni-association-of-brooks-institute Summer Alumni Newsletter Faculty Profile Bryan Watt

I am honored for the opportunity to have my work highlighted in the faculty profile feature of the Alumni Association of Brooks Institute Summer Newsletter of 2017.

Here are the excerpted pages from the newsletter: www.bryanwatt.com/brooks_institute_faculty_profile_bryan_watt.pdf

Or here is a link to download the complete newsletter directly from the Alumni Association of Brooks Institute website:

Volume 2 (2017) – Issue 4 (www.brooksinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/AABI_SummerNews_2017.pdf)

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) alumni brooks brooks institute bryan watt faculty newsletter profile http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/7/alumni-association-of-brooks-institute Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:55:24 GMT
President Bill Clinton http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/7/president-bill-clinton President Clinton Letter of Commendation

It has been 12 years since President Clinton has honored us by sending a letter commending our efforts helping people in the Lao PDR and for making this world a better place. We hope that our continued efforts continue to merit his commendation and inspire others to contribute to making this world a better place. 

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) clinton commendation lao laos letter president http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/7/president-bill-clinton Fri, 14 Jul 2017 08:21:08 GMT
Christian Alliance for Orphans http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/5/christian-alliance-for-orphans

Three very happy children in Vientiane, Lao PDR

 

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Christian Alliance Lao PDR Vientiane amputee children conference disabled happy orphans poster http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/5/christian-alliance-for-orphans Thu, 11 May 2017 10:47:40 GMT
BD Pharmaceutical http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/5/bd-pharmaceutical BD Pharmaceutical selects my photo from the Lao PDRBD Pharmaceutical selects my photo from the Lao PDR

A father's hard working hands softly support his baby. This photograph is from a village I visited in Northern Lao PDR. © Bryan Watt

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) BD Lao Laos PDR Pharmaceutical http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/5/bd-pharmaceutical Sat, 06 May 2017 11:51:07 GMT
People of the Haa Valley in Bhutan http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/3/people-of-the-haa-valley-in-bhutan

 

 

Here are a few of the people who live in the beautiful Haa Valley.

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Bhutan Buddhist Haa Valley Horn Monk Temple Yarn archery darts people http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/3/people-of-the-haa-valley-in-bhutan Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:33:56 GMT
Selected as 1 of 9 Must See Humanitarian Photographers http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/3/selected-as-1-of-9-must-see-humanitarian-photographers An involved toddler studies his growth chartToddler sitting next to scale examines growth chartAn involved toddler studies his growth chart I am honored to be included in the Raptim Humanitarian Travel list of 9 Must See Humanitarian Photographers

9-Must-See-Humanitarian-Photographers

Humanitarian photographers

Humanitarian photographers use their cameras as tools of exploration. A way of showing us what happens at locations we haven’t visited ourselves. Their images are proof that photography matters, especially regarding humanitarian work. Listed below are nine inspiring humanitarian photographers that took us on a journey by providing powerful and emotional humanitarian photographs. Their images are often placed in global media, but you can also simply take a look at their website for a portfolio.

Read more about Raptim here: https://www.devex.com/news/a-travel-company-serving-those-who-serve-the-world-70597

Raptim itself is a non-profit organisation which was founded in 1949 in the postwar period in Europe where there was a need for such international initiatives. Today, Raptim has offices around the world. The head office is located in Holland where it all began.

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Humanitarian emotional global media inspiring photographer photographs powerful http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/3/selected-as-1-of-9-must-see-humanitarian-photographers Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:05:06 GMT
A Few Favorites From 2016 http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/1/a-few-favorites-from-2016

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Nepal Tibet http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/1/a-few-favorites-from-2016 Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:43:10 GMT
The Lake Clinic - Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/1/the-lake-clinic

We had the priviledge of documenting the activities of the The Lake Clinic in December 2016. The thing that is most impressive about this NGO is the team. Everyone assumes equal responsibility to ensure that the necessary tasks are completed. The team is very compassionate and find ways to help families in need. They are very dedicated to the communities they serve. We encourage you to help support their good work.

The Lake Clinic is a project dedicated to bringing basic healthcare, as well as disease surveillance and proper medical referrals to a severely isolated and underserved region of Cambodia -- the Tonle Sap. The primary focus of TLC is to provide these isolated villagers with competent and consistent health care comparable to what can be found in a well managed health center. The Lake Clinic seeks to mitigate the detrimental impact of preventable illnesses through early diagnosis of disease; treatment on an out-patient basis; referral to a hospital (and assistance in transportation to the hospital) when necessary as well as health education. For up to date information about TLC and their activities you can also visit and “Like”, The Lake Clinic Cambodia, on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Cambodia NGO Siem Reap TLC The Lake Clinic Tonle Sap clinic floating floating village health village http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2017/1/the-lake-clinic Sat, 14 Jan 2017 02:56:38 GMT
More Than a Horse Whisperer http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/12/horse-whisperer

In October 2016 we witnessed Joe Cunningham at Bay Breeze Farm on Vashon Island Washington teach his students to groom, saddle, and ride horses. He instructs his students how to be sensitive to their horses in order to develop mutual trusting relationships. Handling and communicating with these large animals boosts his students self-esteem and confidence. Joe teaches much more than horse riding. He teaches his students how to succeed. 

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Bay Breeze Farm Joe Cunningham Vashon Island horse riding stable http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/12/horse-whisperer Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:58:46 GMT
Floating Garden Project on Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/12/floating-garden-project-on-tonle-sap-lake-in-cambodia  

Tonle Sap Lake Cambodia, In December 2016, we documented the floating garden project sponsored by ICATCH through the Americal Academy of Pediatrics and managed by The Lake Clinic. Many children living in floating fishing villages are malnourished and stunted. The villages are nomadic and move to where fish can be found. They have no land. This project teaches families how to build floating gardens and provides them with supplies for their construction. The vegetables grown in these gardens should help improve the nutritional status of the children.

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Cambodia Floating Garden Lake The Lake Clinic Tonle Sap garden nutrition vegetable http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/12/floating-garden-project-on-tonle-sap-lake-in-cambodia Thu, 29 Dec 2016 05:32:13 GMT
We were robbed but didn't loose our data http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/12/we-were-robbed-but-didnt-loose-our-data BackblazeBackblaze

A couple of years ago we were robbed on a crowded bus in Uganda. All that was taken was a computer and an Amazon Kindle ebook reader. Fortunately, we use online backup software. That evening we continued to work on the files that we had worked on that morning. All we needed to do was to download them from the online backup software website and continue to work on them. Loosing these files would have meant loosing several days work, and having to do the work second time would not have produced as good results. We backup on external disks, but not every day.

We have used several online backup vendors in the past and are now using Backblaze. Their software works well on Mac and Windows. The only caveat is that it takes a few hours to find new files unless you have it rescan the computer for new files. It only takes a couple of minutes to scan over 3TB of data so it's easy. This scan command is not on their menus, but available from their website. On the Mac click on the "Restore Options" menu while pressing the "Options" key.

The software works well on terrible internet connections and is able to slowly back up large files a portion at a time. Earlier this year we stayed at a hotel in China with 60 mbps upload speed so Backblaze took advange of this and transfered hundreds of gigabytes over a few days.

I also set up the computer at the Health Frontiers NGO office in Vientiane Laos with Backblaze. It works in the background without any intervention by the office staff.

Backblaze just sent me an offer "Invite a friend to Backblaze. They get a month free. When they buy, you get a month free"  Here is the link: https://secure.backblaze.com/r/01lwsl  So if you buy, Health Frontiers will get one month free. They are a non-profit helping to train pediatricians so it's a good thing. Backblaze just sent me this link and it prompted me to share my experiences with you and most importantly save you from loosing your work.

 

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Backblaze http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/12/we-were-robbed-but-didnt-loose-our-data Sat, 24 Dec 2016 06:22:18 GMT
Chiedza Children's Center in Zimbabwe http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/12/Chiedza Ms. Olina from the Chiedza Children's Center connected with me on Facebook last week. We visited her project located in Harare, Zimbabwe. Every child has at least one parent dead from HIV/AIDS. Their staff is very dedicated to providing all they are able to these children. Their main focus is to get these children back into the school system with continued support to help them thrive. We encourage donors to consider this organization as one worthy of support. We are not a part of this organization, but we will be happy to answer your questions about our visit there in 2014. Their website was down last time I checked www.chiedza.org.zw  Our contact person there is Olina Mashinge olina@chiedza.org  I have more contact information if you need it. 

 

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Center Chiedza Children Harare Zimbabwe http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/12/Chiedza Sat, 17 Dec 2016 03:19:33 GMT
HVO 2016 Photo Contest Judge http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/9/health-volunteers-2016-photo-contest

 

I am honored to have been selected as a judge for the HVO 2016 Photo Contest 

hvousa.org/ourwork/photo-contest

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) 2016 HVO Health Volunteers Overseas Judge Photo Contest contest http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/9/health-volunteers-2016-photo-contest Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:17:48 GMT
Vancouver Canada http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/8/vancouver-canada While in Vancouver Canada. I was able to share my photography as guest instructor on a Vancouver photowalk.

www.vancouverphotowalks.ca

 

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Canada Photowalk Vancouver http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/8/vancouver-canada Thu, 01 Sep 2016 03:43:00 GMT
Royal Visit to Bhutan http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/8/royal-visit-to-bhutan His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden are welcomed to Bhutan by a Chibdral ceremonial procession performed in in their honor. I was given the opportunity to participate in this three-day visit as one of six accredited photographers. 

His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden welcomed on State Visit to BhutanHis Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden are welcomed to Bhutan by a Chibdral ceremonial procession performed in in their honor.

 

Here is the photograph as a spread in the Expressen newspaper from Sweden

Spread in Expresses

 

This is my favorite photograph from their visit. A quiet and peaceful tea time with Her Majesty on a bench in the mountains above Thimphu, Bhutan.

Tea time with the queen on a bench in the mountains above Thimphu, Bhutan

 

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Bhutan Carl XVI Gustaf King Queen Queen Silvia Royal Visit Sweden tea tea time http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/8/royal-visit-to-bhutan Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:20:07 GMT
Ability Bhutan Society Documentary http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/8/ability-bhutan-society-documentary A new documentary about ABS has been developed by Bryan Watt. The documentary covers the issues and challenges faced by people with diverse abilities in Bhutan.

The documentary imparts the stories of hopes, dreams, and inspiration for everyone.

https://youtu.be/LpEF-sIVOks

Watch it on YouTube

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Ability Bhutan Disabled Society Wheelchair http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/8/ability-bhutan-society-documentary Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:43:22 GMT
Thank you to Airbnb http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/5/thank-you-to-airbnb Ability Bhutan Society

Thank you to Laura Z. from customer service at http://www.airbnb.com for all your help with our reservation in Canada. Thank you also for your generous donation of $100 USD towards our humanitarian work. We already passed along your donation to the Ability Bhutan Society www.absbhutan.org. They help disabled people from all over Bhutan.

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Airbnb humanitarian support http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/5/thank-you-to-airbnb Fri, 13 May 2016 17:00:00 GMT
Thank you to Lowepro http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/5/thank-you-to-lowepro Lowepro ProTactic 450 AWCamera and Computer Backpack

Lowepro deserves special mention for great customer service!

Last year, at Photoplus Expo in New York, I evaluated camera backpacks from all the manufacturers present. All the representatives, especially the Lowepro representative were helpful and tolerated repeated visits to their booths. In my opinion, I determined the best backpack for my needs to be the Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW Camera and Laptop Backpack. http://store.lowepro.com/protactic-450-aw. I do not have a house, and are constantly traveling, so this backpack has to fit my computer and all my photography equipment. This backpack has already accompanied me to many countries including a two-week trek in the Ganesh-Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. It's comfortable despite everything I'm able to fit inside. Not only was it comfortable to wear, but it was so quick and easy to take off and access my gear.

Disaster struck at the airport in Nepal. The bag made it through two x-ray machines and a short walk to the waiting area. When it came time to board the airplane I realized that half of the sternum strap was missing. It must have been caught and pulled off in the x-ray machine. I went back as far as the first x-ray machine, but they could not find it. Sadly I continued on my travels. As usual, the backpack fit nicely in the overhead bin, even in the ATR-42 airplane. Next time I will buckle and check all the straps before putting it through anything risky.

When I arrived in Bhutan, I contacted Maury Cohen, Product Specialist, at Lowepro. Right away Lowepro express-mailed a replacement strap to the home of another volunteer leaving the USA for Bhutan a few days later. A couple of weeks later, the volunteer and I met at a meeting she had organized, and I was documenting. She gave me the sternum strap before the meeting began. Thank you Linda.

Thank you Maury, and Lowepro, for such great customer service, and also for a great well-designed camera backpack.

(Photograph from the Lowepro website)

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) 450 AW Lowepro Protactic" backpack camera backpack customer service http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/5/thank-you-to-lowepro Thu, 12 May 2016 15:49:39 GMT
We helped three non-profits with photographs for their 2105 Annual Reports http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/4/annualreports Friends Without a Border 2015 Annual Report

Friends without a Border 2015 Annual Report http://file.fwab.org/FWAB%202015%20Annual%20Report.pdf

Health in Harmony 2015 Annual Report http://www.healthinharmony.org

Ability Bhutan Society 2015 Triannual Report http://www.absbhutan.org

Ability Bhutan Society Triannual Report (2012-2014)

Preliminary online report: http://www.absbhutan.org/downloads/ABS%20Annual%20Report%20Print%20Oct%206.pdf

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watt@bryanwatt.com (Bryan Watt Humanitarian Photographer) Ability Bhutan Society Annual Report Friends Without a Border Health in Harmony http://www.bryanwatt.com/blog/2016/4/annualreports Sun, 24 Apr 2016 05:51:33 GMT