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"Jonathan has photographed International Alert's work in three different continents. He always becomes part of the team, needs a minimum amount of support and delivers stunning images which convey a real sense of humanity."
Phil Vernon
Director of Programmes
International Alert
"Whether on a farm in East Africa, a Trawler in the Atlantic or a Royal Palace in London, Jonathan consistently delivers photography that makes us look good to our clients. "
Paul Campbell
Director of Purple Patch Group
"Quality photography is absolutely essential to our brand. It’s who we are, what we do and the impact we have on the world. And that means working with a photographer like Jonathan, who understands what we are trying to achieve with our work."
THOM MCKAY,
Director of Communications
RTKL.COM
"Jonathan has been a pleasure to work with, professional, well organised, creative and always delivering to the brief. Considering the breadth of topics we have asked him to work on around the world, he has also shown himself to be resourceful and flexible. "
Judith Batchelar,
Director of Sainsbury's Brand
"Jonathan has travelled to Intergen's power plants in Mexico, Australia and Europe and produces consistently high quality photography. Intergen's values are all about a high-quality work force for which we consider him part of. "
Mark Somerset,
Vice President
InterGen Europe
"Waiting on a quote from the British Red Cross "
Wendy Solesbury MBE
Youth Development Manager, British Red Cross
"We work with photographers that try to capture the essence of our work and reflect our company values in terms of design. Jonathan produces excellent results every time with creative flair. He is highly professional to work with as well as personable. "
Sean Collins & James Felstead
Directors of CGL Architects.
"Whether on a farm in East Africa, a Trawler in the Atlantic or a Royal Palace in London, Jonathan consistently delivers photography that makes us look good to our clients. "
Paul Campbell
Director of Purple Patch Group
"Jonathan has been a pleasure to work with, professional, well organised, creative and always delivering to the brief. Considering the breadth of topics we have asked him to work on around the world, he has also shown himself to be resourceful and flexible. "
Judith Batchelar,
Director of Sainsbury's Brand
"Waiting on a quote from the British Red Cross "
Wendy Solesbury MBE
Youth Development Manager, British Red Cross
"Jonathan Banks has captured the faces of different people that vividly represent the human side of the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh where each individual remains above all a human being with his or her right to be what they are, wherever they live, with dignity and in peace. "
EU Ambassador in Yerevan
"Jonathan has travelled to Intergen's power plants in Mexico, Australia and Europe and produces consistently high quality photography. Intergen's values are all about a high-quality work force for which we consider him part of. "
Mark Somerset
Vice President, InterGen Europe
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2015

14

Dec

Editors Selection for the Lens Culture Visual Story Telling Awards

  • By Jonathan Banks

I was short listed for the Lens Culture Visual Story Telling Awards, being selected by the editors but missing out on winning overall. My submission was among the top-rated entries in the Visual Storytelling Awards 2015 competition which received entries from over 100 different countries.

I entered ten pictures from the work that I photographed on sesame seed farming for the organisation, Farm Africa, in Tanzania. Farm Africa works with small holder farmers to reduce poverty and improve food security by increasing household incomes.

The photograph shows how Farm Africa has worked with local small holders providing them with warehouse space.

Before Farm Africa’s involvement in sesame seed farming, a large percentage of the crop would be lost after harvesting, because the farmers had nowhere to store or process it. Sesame seeds are easily damaged and are prone to rotting and pests. They need to be sieved and stored in a dry environment. Farm Africa has built two modern warehouses with enough room for farmers to process and store their crops. A kilo of the higher-quality sesame sells for almost 45% more than the local variety did, helping provide more for their families.

Farm Africa also encourages farmers to form co-operatives so they can sell their produce collectively, and the co-operative warehouse allows the farmers to store sesame until it is at its most valuable.

For more information go to www.farmafrica.org

12

Dec

Featured in Nikon Pro Magazine

  • By Jonathan Banks

I am featured in this months “Nikon Pro” magazine as photographing African killer bees in Tanzania for the charity, Farm Africa.

I travelled to Tanzania earlier this year to photograph for Farm Africa who work with small holder farmers to reduce poverty and improve food security by increasing household incomes and manage their natural resources sustainably.

Farm Africa provides technical expertise to improve production, enterprise development and market linkages, whilst creating and maintaining a sustainable agriculture natural resource management programme.

Beekeeping is an important element of Farm Africa’s project and an activity that has been very successful. Beekeeping is a traditional activity but introducing modern hives means that production has doubled in just one year and the farmers get a better price at market because the honey is of a higher quality. Modern hives also mean that women are able to get involved in honey businesses. Farm Africa now supports 39 beekeeping business groups across 14 villages in Babati and 19 villages in Mbulu with a total of 535 members, 262 of whom are women.

As well as photographing the success of the project I also joined “The Big Bee Hive Challenge”, which was 3 days, nine female food and drink industry leaders and 90 beehives to build. Working alongside the Erri community in Tanzania the group built an apiary of Langstroth beehives to kick-start profitable and sustainable honey farming businesses for the Erri beekeeping group. If that wasn't challenging enough the group also had to reach a £50,000 fundraising target.

For more information on Farm Africa's work go to

www.farmafrica.org

02

Dec

Jonathan Banks photography at “Art Basel Miami”

  • By Jonathan Banks

My photograph of a young boy waiting for school to begin, taken last year in Rwanda is being displayed in December as part of “The Beauty of Humanity” collection in association with SeeMe at Art Basel Miami.

Miami has exploded into a well-known destination that attracts some of the top artists in the world. From sophisticated Art Basel for the cultural connoisseur, to graffiti-clad Wynwood for the emerging muralists, Miami has something for everyone.

It’s also the time of year when 14 of Miami’s own galleries present their most compelling work. "It's a spotlight on the newest of the new. These artists are producing the best works of their career to show at the world's fair of fine art," says Robert Fontaine, director of the Robert Fontaine Gallery in Wynwood.

Designers and magazine editors attend Miami Art Week, to find current and original talent with Norah Horowitz, Art Bazel’s director of the America’s, saying “Art Basel in Miami Beach is known as the place to see the next new thing.”

My work has been selected from photographers representing 191 different countries, and will be shown at the Scope Art fair gallery.

The photograph is of a young boy waiting for school to begin. I spent four weeks in Rwanda last year photographing with the organisation DelAgua to produce a book, “Tubeho Neza - Transforming Lives Through Enterprise”, to publicize their work.

DelAgua is working in Rwanda on a 20-year programme to distribute water filters and fuel-efficient cooking stoves across the country. It has given away more than 2 million so far, with the poorest 30 per cent of the population getting them free and the remainder being able to buy them at a subsidised rate. The cookers and filters will also be distributed to local traders, who will be able to buy with microfinance loans to sell on at a profit.

DelAgua wants to develop a retail distribution network so that it can look to other useful products, such as solar lighting and soap. It is also able to claim carbon credits through monitoring the use of their products, which it sells to fund the project.

Rwanda is still recovering from the Ethnic strife and massacres of the mid-1990's, with two thirds of the population living below the poverty line.

05

Aug

see | me Fifth Annual Exposure Award at the Louvre, Paris

  • By Jonathan Banks

I had a picture shown at the Louvre, Paris on the 13th July as part of the Portrait Collection, in the Fifth Annual Exposure Award.

Photographers from over 191 different countries entered in all manners of styles and genres.

I photographed this Rwandan girl as she was day dreaming, just after having swept the front of her house. The picture was acknowledged in the Portrait Collection and will feature in the hard back “Exposure Awards Portrait Collection” book to be released shortly (page 147)

Preview the Portraiture Collection book.

I travelled to Rwanda last October to capture the work of the organisation DelAgua. DelAgua's health programme in Rwanda is targeted at providing individual households with a ready supply of clean drinking water and an improved efficient means of cooking. To see more about the project go to

http://www.delagua.org/