Energy company Drax Group is helping more than 170 small care homes by cancelling their gas and electricity bills for two months during the Covid-19 crisis.
I have been working with Vismedia to supply photography, film and 360 degree content to DRAX in support of their marketing material. I have photographed gas-fired power stations in England and hydro-electric power stations in Scotland.
Drax Group’s purpose is to enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future and in 2019 announced a world-leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030.
All the care homes selected to receive the free energy are small businesses based in communities local to Drax’s operations across England, Scotland and Wales and are already supplied by Opus Energy and Haven Power – both part of Drax Group.
The British Red Cross has supported people in crisis for over 150 years. I have been supporting them with my photography for over sixteen years. I have photographed everything from disaster relief to Royal events. They are, and always will be, the organisation that I most enjoy working with.
The work that I have witnessed has been amazing and the people that I have worked are incredible. The British Red Cross is always on standby to help with UK emergencies and the coronavirus is no exception.
Over 70,000 people have signed up as community reserve volunteers for the British Red Cross, with more joining the Movement every day.
You could be doing anything from helping at your local food bank to playing a vital role in easing the pressure on the NHS by delivering essential goods and supplies.
There are many ways of supporting the British Red Cross.
I was presented with 2 honourable mentions and 1 nomination in the 14th Annual B&W Spider Awards in the category's of “People”, "Portraits" and "Abstract", at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow streamed Saturday, October 12, 2019. The photograph in the "People" category was taken for International Alert in Liberia; the photograph in the "Portrait" category was of Lenny Henry, comedian and co-founder of the charity, Comic relief; and the photograph in the "abstract" category was of the ICON Outlet ceiling at the O2 in London, commissioned by the architect and designers, CallisonRTKL.
The live online gala was attended by industry leaders and the photography community from around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the world's premier event for black and white photography. 14th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne; The Guardian, London; Contrasto Galleria, Milan; Travel/Discovery Channel, New York; Harper's Bazaar, UK; Portuguese Centre of Photography, Porto; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels; Silvan Faessler Fine Art, Zurich; ADK Creative One Inc., Tokyo; Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna; Conny Dietzschold Galleries, Sydney; and Pereira O'Dell in New York who honoured Spider Fellows with awards and nominees in 32 categories.
"It's an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 6,418 entries we received this year" said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Jonathan Banks's "Sharing," an exceptional image entered in the “People”, "Portraits" and "Abstract" category's, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present him with the awards."
BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honouring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honours the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography. www.thespiderawards.com
I received notice that my long term project and collaboration with TASSC International (Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition) of portraits of “Survivors of Torture” was awarded with an Honorable Mention in the 2019 International Photography Awards.
The series is currently featured on the IPA winners page at http://www.photoawards.com/winner/zoom.php?eid=8-166473-19
The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional, amateur, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today.
The International Photography Awards is set up to recognise the achievements of the world’s finest photographers, to discover new and emerging talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography.
To read more about TASSC go to : https://www.tassc.org/