Photo of the Week

July 24th, 2014

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

This photo highlights an idea central to Compassionate Eye Foundation‘s growth as an organization: connecting with others. We have managed to fulfill our goals through connecting with other organizations like Kids International Development Society and Getty Images. We have also connected with talented photographers and volunteers worldwide in order to create beautiful stock photography. And, of course, we’ve also been able to connect with communities in Cambodia, Guatemala, and many more. Don’t forget to visit our website and learn more about our international development projects!


A New Look at Stock Photography with Getty Images

July 18th, 2014

Eunice Sotelo,  Social Media Coordinator

On March 6, 2014,  Getty Images redefined the way we look at and use stock photographs. It made freely available 35 million of its images including news, sports, entertainment and archival photographs for non-commercial use. Anyone with a social media profile, a blog or personal website can embed Getty’s stock photographs at no cost through its new embedding tool. For Compassionate Eye Foundation, it means increased visibility of our images and consequently a wider audience of potential buyers whose purchase will help fund our global projects. Getty’s decision was an attempt to stem the rampant right-clicking of images to copy and paste without permission, and the embed player is a way to counter this widespread online behaviour. Even editorial websites can avail of this free-for-all as long as the images are used in an editorial context. Each photograph, shown without a watermark, will include the full metadata, the photographer’s name, collection and Getty’s logo, as well as a link back to the image’s licensing page on the Getty Images website.

The Getty Images embed player, which lets users search over 50 million embeddable images.

The Getty Images embed player, which lets users search over 50 million embeddable images.

The bold move was not without a mixed bag of responses, from cautious optimism to outright rebuke. Independent photographers have bemoaned the loss of potential income with photographs being given away for free. Still, one can argue that the standard for what’s visually appealing can only improve if the public gets exposed to more quality images. It follows that this newfound appreciation adds value to the photographer’s art, hence driving the need for images of a higher calibre; and this is the clincher for us. When you share one of our stock images on social media, both CEF and the photographer receive the proper credit. Since the photo also includes a direct link back to the Getty collection from which it belongs, a viewer with a commercial need for the image can now license it directly from Getty’s website. Through the embed player, the stock agency can also gather information on who is using and viewing that image, in the hopes of improving the collections. We see this as a good thing. We not only get more exposure for our stock photographs on Getty, our photographers get the proper recognition for their hard work. By sharing our stock images online, you not only spread the word about our talented volunteers, you also help promote our cause.

Photo of the Week

July 17th, 2014

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

Doesn’t this photo get you even more excited about the summer? This week’s Photo of the Week is a throwback to one of our past summer photo shoots with Vancouver-based photographer Noel Hendrickson. As the summer goes on, don’t forget to keep up with our 2014 summer photo shoots!



Photo of the Week

July 3rd, 2014

Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator

On July 1st we joined where Compassionate Eye Foundation was founded on Canadian grounds, and along with the rest of the country, celebrated a wonderful Canada Day. This week, we are paying homage to the birth of our nation. Happy Canada Day to everyone! This image, among many others, is available for sale through Getty Images.


The People of CEF: A Thank-you to Philippa Cooper

June 19th, 2014

Philippa Scaramanga_1Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator

Three years ago, out of a desire to use her skills to give back, Philippa Cooper became the Compassionate Eye Foundation‘s Submissions Coordinator.

Philippa got involved with CEF after Rob Daly, one of our members on the advisory council, suggested that it might be of interest to her. Having worked in the photography industry for many years, Philippa was thrilled to join a non-profit organization that raises funds for charity projects through its creative community.

Philippa plays a crucial role in getting CEF’s images uploaded onto the Getty website; you can pretty much say that her role is what helps us get sales! As Submissions Coordinator, Philippa manages all the images from photoshoots until they are uploaded onto the Getty website. Once she instructs the Getty editors on how CEF wants the images to be retouched, she does quality control checks to ensure the images are done to a high standard, as well as apply any final tweaks to the retouching to maximize the images’ potential. Afterwards, Philippa uploads the images and releases them onto the Getty site with the application of metadata and keywords, a process which helps images to be found on the Getty website and additionally helps our sales. Only wanting the best, Philippa also does checks on the Getty site to ensure that the correct keywords have been applied.

Because CEF is an organization compromised of team members from around the globe, Philippa also liaises with retouchers in India. Additionally, she was in charge of setting up a system that is cost effective and generates consistent high quality retouching.

Philippa recalls one of her highlights of working with CEF: “The best experience so far was when the 800 images for 2011 were finalised and online on the Getty website. Seeing the images online marked the end of a long process which made me feel very proud.”

Philippa exemplifies the type of individual who takes the time to contribute as much as she can to an organization she believes in. In addition to her work for CEF, she works as a freelance producer, portrait photographer and is involved in other post-production projects. Philippa enjoys living in a beautiful village in the English countryside with her husband, two sons, wonderful dog, horse, and chickens!

Thank you for all that you do for Compassionate Eye Foundation, Philippa!

Photo of the Week

June 19th, 2014

Leah Yee, Social Media Manager

Students at the Loma Linda school in the highlands of Guatemala. In January 2010, Compassionate Eye Foundation donated funds to the Associacion Maya-Mam de Investigacion y Desarrollo (AMMID), a non-governmental organization with the aim of facilitating sustainable development in the region. The three-classroom school building provides enough room for 25 boys, 32 girls, and 2 teachers.

POTW Guatemala kids

2014 Letter From the Board

June 15th, 2014

Dan Rogers, CEF Board Chair

We recently had our annual general meeting at Compassionate Eye Foundation, which is always a great time to reflect upon and celebrate the past year. So many milestones, so many events, so many achievements! What a wonderfully complicated, intricate, glorious, intensely satisfying organization this is, and what a year this has been!

Last spring Robert Kent came to Vancouver for Pecha Kucha. That was both a great affirmation for CEF, but also something of a “coming of age” for our organization. In front of over a thousand people our story was told eloquently (and appropriately, in pictures) alongside a number of other inspiring groups. CEF is part of the global matrix of inspiring organizations and individuals that make a difference, give to the world and create hope every day. For me, and I’m guessing for everyone involved in CEF, being able to be part of that is so fulfilling and such a privilege.

Our shoots in 2013 were incredibly successful thanks to the tireless work of Fiona Watson and all of our great photographers. I’d like to give special acknowledgement to Rob Daly and Philippa Scaramanga in London who have analyzed all of our sales data so we are even clearer on what works and what doesn’t. This is incredibly important as the industry that we “work” in (stock photography) is changing rapidly and we need to be conscious of those changes and become more adaptable.

Perhaps most importantly, CEF continues to fund very important projects in many diverse areas of the world. We funded another water project in Cambodia, an orphans and vulnerable children education support program in Ethiopia, a peer literacy and teacher empowerment program in Sierra Leone and continued our support of a school in Guatemala. We have fabulous “delivery” partners and are very comfortable that our funds are being put to the best possible use.

And exciting times are just around the corner! We are rapidly approaching the following milestones:

  • $3 Million in sales of CEF generated imagery
  • $1.5 Million in revenue to CEF
  • $800,000 in contributions to projects and programs

And so much imagery is still online to generate further revenue – our investments will pay off for years to come!

Of course, all of this wouldn’t be possible without the dedication, passion and creativity of our team spread out around the world. We are very fortunate to have so many people who support CEF: producers, photographers, board members, volunteers, donors—thank you all! There are countless opportunities for you to participate in your community and “give back” but you chose CEF. I look forward to working with you and watching the organization grow.

Stay tuned for more exciting news, especially as we launch into the 2014 photo shoots!

Photo of the Week

June 12th, 2014

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

This week’s Photo of the Week is from the first of CEF’s summer photo shoots, which took place on June 1 in London. Photographers Natasha Alipour Faridani and Will Douglas worked to produce commercial lifestyle photography to be added to CEF’s Getty Images collection. Keep in touch with us via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more on our summer photo shoots!

London June 1 shooot

Photo of the Week

June 5th, 2014

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

Our collection on Getty Images now numbers 5725 photos! In May, images like this one from our 2013 London Business shoot were added to our collection. This particular photo is by David Oxberry, in his fourth time sharing his talents with CEF. Find more stock photographs in our Getty Image collection!


Steven Errico’s ’2013 Family – Work, Rest and Play’

May 16th, 2014

Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator

469851153Steven Errico has been a longtime supporter for Compassionate Eye Foundation since its beginnings when he worked as a full-time photography assistant for our founder, Robert Kent.

We cannot express how grateful we are to have someone as admirable as Steven be a longtime volunteer for CEF, and we are even more than ecstatic to see his collection of ‘2013 Family – Work, Rest and Play‘ up on Getty Images. Steven shared with us how the concept of this collection was really the brain child of CEF’s Creative Director, Fiona Watson. With their goal to provide a modern, upscale twist in the theme, they planned an inter-generational family interaction stock theme, but shot it with a less traditional feel. We are thankful that Steven and his crew of models, and techs, donate their time at these day-long shoots to produce a variety of high-quality stock images.

As a well-known commercial photographer, Steven explained to us the complications that he comes across when doing any kind of photography work. Although he finds it a struggle to re-enact real moments in life, he strives to make the models during a shoot feel as comfortable as possible on set so that with a little direction, they are free to be themselves and able to interact in unplanned ways. The images that resonate with him the most are the ones that capture genuine moments between people, as if to forget that the photographer was never in the room snapping shots.

You probably think that having photography as a full-time job would keep him busy enough, but Steven shared how spending time with his family is probably his biggest passion. Additionally, Steven could not contain his excitement as he and his wife Tanya are expecting their second child in July. Perhaps you may assume that both his passions are time consuming, but Steven does not stop there. A recently completed project he is excited to share is a very fun multi-day lifestyle shoot he did for the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui.

Finally, after asking Steven why he chooses to stay as a committed volunteer, he states, “It is pretty simple.  You get to work with great people who are doing great work to help some of the most impoverished people in the world.  It is nice that I can take my skills as a photographer and with the help of some very creative, very talented and very smart people, we can produce something that makes a real difference to many in need.”

Thank you for your dedication and hard work, Steven! You can check out his website at or contact him for any inquiries at