Marcus Bleasdale reacts to PondyPHOTO 2016

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Wow, It worked! The curation was incredible, bold and decisive. The images looked amazing and the exhibition transformed the town. It was an incredibly original festival and I hope to be involved again. 

Marcus Bleasdale

Exhibiting Photographer in PondyPHOTO 2016

Marcus Bleasdale has been involved in advocacy and human rights for over fifteen years. In his role as a documentary photographer for National Geographic Magazine he has educated and advised corporations and policy makers around the world.

His work on human rights and conflict has been shown at the US Senate, The US House of Representatives, The United Nations and the Houses of Parliament in the UK. He has been advisor for several philanthropic groups in Central and East Africa, Asia and South America on high impact social investing. Some of his photographic and film work covering these issues can be seen on

Marcus’ work also appears in the New Yorker, The New York Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, Stern, Le Monde, TIME Magazine, Newsweek and National Geographic Magazine.

Exhibitions include “The Rape of a Nation” The Federal Building NYC (2006), The Central Library, Chicago (2006), The Holocaust Museum LA (2006), Visa Pour L’Image (2007), Nobel Peace Centre Oslo (2007), Ministry of Foreign Affairs France (2008), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2009), US Senate (2009), UN (2009), The Houses of Parliament UK (2010). US House of Representatives (2011). Fotografiska, Sweden (2013). Lincoln Centre (2014)Lincoln Centre (2015) Visa Pour l’Image (2015)

He has published three books “One Hundred Years of Darkness” 2002 and “The Rape of a Nation” 2009, “The Unravelling” 2015.

Marcus has been awarded The UNICEF Photographer of the Year Award (2004), The OPC Olivier Rebbot Award for Best Foreign Reporting (2005), Magazine Photographer of the Year award POYi (2005), The Alexia Foundation Award for World Peace (2005), The World Press Awards (2006), The Freedom of Expression Foundation Norway (2007), Days Japan (2009), The Anthropographia Award for Photography and Human Rights (2010), The Hansel Meith Award (2010) and the Photo Book of the Year Award POYi (2010), Freedom of Expression Foundation Norway (2011). Webby Award (2011) News and Politics “Dear Obama”. The Hood Medal for Services to Photography from Royal Photographic Society (2012). In 2012 Marcus film for MSF was nominated for an Emmy. He won an award in World Press Photo (2014) and the prestigious Robert Capa Award (2015).

26 DAYS LEFT to LIGHT PondyPHOTO 2016!

Time is going fast for the PondyART team as preparations shift into high gear with only 26 days left until PondyPHOTO 2016 opens to the public.

25 Days

However, we still don’t have the funds to light the festival in the evenings for the all the amazing photography, films, talks, presentations and performances on our program!  Your contribution of any size can help!   Please consider making a contribution to this one of a kind arts and environmental awareness event through our BITGIVING campaign or PayPal on our DONATE page!

THANK YOU for your support of PondyPHOTO 2016 and your understanding of the importance of building awareness of the No. 1 Global Issue – WATER.


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Winners Selected!!! – “Storytelling & Documentary Photography Workshop” by James Whitlow Delano

Cherry blossoms have open on a tree that seems to rise right out of the rubble. Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.
Cherry blossoms have opened on a tree that seems to rise right out of the rubble. Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.


The Open call has been closed and five talented photographers have been selected to an all expense paid workshop with James Whitlow Delano at PondyPHOTO 2016. The names will be announced on PhotoConcierge by Sunday 24 July at noon.

For those who weren’t able to send in their applications earlier, it isn’t too late. You can write to us and still register for the workshop.

This is a fantastic opportunity for emerging environmental photographers to be mentored in their craft.

There are only a few slots left!

For more details mail:

Open Call – Documentary Photography & Story Telling with James Whitlow Delano -Deadline Extended

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The deadline for the Open Call by PondyPhoto 2016, to attend the “Documentary Storytelling Workshop” by James Whitlow Delano, has been extended!

Delano is a highly acclaimed photographer currently based in Japan. He is also the founder of Everyday Climate Change Instagram Feed on which photographers from across the globe document climate change images in 7 continents. His latest award-winning monograph book, “Black Tsunami – Japan 2011 (FotoEvidence) is a testimony to the effects of climate change and nuclear disaster after the Great East Japan earthquake Tsunami.

Five exceptionally promising applicants from India (who will be selected by Delano and Clare Arni) will be able to attend and have all their expenses paid by Pondy Photo 2016 and our partners. The expenses covered will be:

  • Travel Expenses to and from Pondicherry
  • Stay in Pondicherry for the duration of the workshop
  • Workshop Fee
  • This is a fantastic opportunity for emerging environmental photographers to be mentored in their craft.


There are only a few slots left!

Applications close Sunday 17 July at 6:00 pm

 For more details mail: