What is fotoAID?
fotoAID began as a direct response to the tragedy of the Australian bushfire season of 2019-20. The objective was to create a series of events that would bring together the Queensland photography community in support of bushfire recovery, and to encourage conversation around the importance of Visual Journalism and photo story-telling.
Which charity will benefit from fotoAID?
fotoAID (through the Queensland Centre for Photography) will distribute 100% of funds contributed by photographers to registered charities, supporting human and wildlife recovery efforts. fotoAID is conscious of the need for short, medium and long term recovery assistance, and is working on initiatives beyond direct fund-raising to help individuals and communities rebuild.
In terms of immediate response we are proudly supporting the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund that is aiding communities affected by these fires.
We will also be distributing funds to Wires NSW, Wildlife Victoria and Fauna Rescue SA who are working tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife affected by the fire events.
Who is driving fotoAID?
Damian Caniglia: Damian majored in Photojournalism at the Queensland College of Art and now produces film and photographic content with a passion for nature, travel and the human story. www.damiancaniglia.com.au
Darren Jew: After studying at the Queensland College of Art in the early 1980s, Darren has since spent his career working in the nature, environment and eco-tourism photo spaces. www.darrenjew.com
Irena Prikryl: Queensland Centre for Photography and The Maud Street Photo Gallery Director Irena Prikryl studied fine arts and textiles, and subsequently enjoyed a 40-year-long career in the creative industries. She opened The Maud Street Photo Gallery in 2014. The Maud Street Photo Gallery
“Harnessing photographers for the common good“