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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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05

Oct

The Queen’s Green Canopy

  • By Jonathan Banks

In honour and loving memory of Her Majesty, today marks the start of The Queen’s Green Canopy official tree planting season in the United Kingdom with a poignant tree gifting ceremony at The Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

The Tree of Trees was illuminated during a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on the evening of Thursday 2nd June in honour of Her Majesty the Queen.

I was commissioned to photograph and capture the sculpture on the run up to the Jubilee celebration weekend.

Designed by Heatherwick Studio, the sculpture is one part of a national community campaign to plant more trees and inspire the next generation of tree planters, led by the Queen’s Green Canopy.

A nationwide network of over 300 inspiring charities and organisations have been unveiled as part of the living legacy in honour of The Queen.

The chosen recipients embody a spirit of selflessness and support, with a purpose dedicated to the betterment of their communities, the environment, and the nation. This means trees from the Jubilee will flourish in places like Luton’s Peace Garden Initiative, which offers a place for families to plant trees in memory of COVID victims; the Caribbean Sports and Wellbeing Club in Sheffield, which provides support and opportunities for young people who have encountered racism and discrimination; and the Swansea Environment Centre, which encourages activities to tackle the challenges of plastic pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change.

#climatechange #environment #community #trees #plantatree #makeadifference #change

04

Oct

“Next Steps” – Compass Collective

  • By Jonathan Banks

I have always worked with NGO’s. There is something that is incredibly rewarding about the photography. Earlier this year my work with the British Red Cross introduced me to Compass Collective.

Compass Collective assists unaccompanied minor refugees and young people seeking asylum to build resilience and integrate into the UK through theatre, music and film projects and arts-led professional development programmes. 

They support approximately 150 young people aged 14-26 a year, from 12 locations in the UK. The majority are at their initial stage of immigration. 70% are unaccompanied minors.

“Next Steps” is an arts-based development programme culminating in a performance written and performed by the participants.

The participants learn to access and use their authentic voice and are given the opportunity to be creative in a safe, welcoming, and empowering space. The work is always created and led by the individuals they work with.

I photographed the final show at the incredible Coal Drops Yard building designed by Thomas Heatherwick, in the Samsung KX space.

Compass Collective is supported by a team of industry professionals with a unified desire to help those seeking sanctuary integrate into the UK. The Board of Trustees includes Wendy Solesbury (MBE), Bruce Goodison, Toby Jones, Mohamed Al-Kaisi and Becca Machado.

For more information about The Compass Collective and to find out how you can support them in the future check out

https://www.compasscollect.com/

03

Oct

Siena international Photography Awards Winner

  • By Jonathan Banks

Congratulations to Konstantinos Tsakalidis for winning this years Siena international Photography Awards, “Photographer of the Year”.

The winning photo, “Woman from Evia”, was revealed at this years Siena Awards Ceremony on Saturday 1st October at the Teatro Dei Rinnovati theatre.

Tsakalidis’s picture captures the desperation of Kritsiopi Panayiota, an 81-year-old woman, as the flames approach her home during the devastating forest fires in the summer 2021 causing extensive environmental damage.

Since 2015, the Siena International Photo Awards has stood out as being one of the most prestigious photographic competitions in the world, with an annual participation of photographers from more than 150 countries around the world.

This year’s winning photographs can be viewed at the SIPA website - https://sipacontest.com/gallery/2022

The pictures are also on show at various exhibitions around Siena. This year there is a “Hall of Fame” section featuring the photographers that have won in previous years. The Hall of Fame was created to recognise the value of those who have believed in the importance of the project since the first edition of the Siena International Photo Awards.

It is an honour to have my name amongst such esteemed photographers and a pleasure to be part of the wider SIENA Awards family.

#photography #photographer #awards #photo #foto #fotographie #creative #imagination #humanitarian #humaninterest #makeadifference

29

Sep

The 2022 Siena International Photography Awards

  • By Jonathan Banks

The Siena International Photography Awards is one of the most prestigious photography competitions in the industry. I was honoured to be awarded the grand prize of Photographer of the Year in 2019.

I am sad not to be able to attend the event this year to see my good friend Luca Venturi and attend the photography talks, photographic exhibitions, and evening awards ceremony. Unfortunately, I am away on assignment for the British Red Cross.

Good luck to all my fellow photographers that have been nominated and I wish everyone attending an enjoyable weekend of creative inspiration.

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