Photo of the Week

April 17th, 2014

By In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

This week’s Photo of the Week aims to remind us that summer is on its way! For CEF, summer is the season of photo shoots, and 2014 is no exception. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with this summer’s photo shoots!


Photo of the Week

April 10th, 2014

By In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

This week’s Photo of the Week is an adorable shot that was used in both a Huffington Post blog post about motherhood and a Guardian News article on baby names. We just can’t get enough of seeing our stock photos in action! Don’t forget to check our Getty Images collection for more baby-themed images!

Mother holding sleeping baby

Photo of the Week

March 27th, 2014

By Leah Yee, Social Media Manager

This week we are embracing the popular #ThrowbackThursday tradition and looking back to a shot from the 2011 Vancouver Wrap Party. Every year CEF volunteers, partners, and photographers gather to celebrate what we have accomplished during the year, including having raised over 1.5 million dollars so far for development projects around the world!

Guests at the 2011 Vancouver Wrap Party

Guests at the 2011 Vancouver Wrap Party

World Water Day 2014

March 22nd, 2014

By Leah Yee, Social Media Manager

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Every year since 1993, on March 22nd, the entire world comes together to recognize the importance of fresh water, and to take action to improve the ways in which we use it. Past World Water Days have focused on Water Scarcity (2007), Water Sanitation (2008), Water Quality (2010), Water and Food Security (2012), and more. This year, The United Nations have designated 2014 as the year to bring attention to the vital nexus between water and energy, with a particular focus on worldwide inequalities in access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, and food and energy services. This year’s events also looks towards the development of policies geared towards energy security and sustainable water use. 

CEF has always recognized the value of water for health and sustainability around the world, and we have pledge to fund numerous water-related projects in developing countries around the globe. In 2013, in partnership with Kids International Development Society, we helped to build a new solar-powered well with a 2500 liter water tank near the Kauk Chrey School in Cambodia. We are happy to report that now over 1,000 residents benefit from the clean water for drinking, hygiene and irrigation, and that the project is being replicated at the Moon Pek school later this year. 

A water tower in rural Cambodia, from K.I.D.S

A water tower in rural Cambodia, from K.I.D.S

In the spring of 2012, we started working with Free The Children to further expand access to clean water for schools and communities in the Masai Mara region of Kenya. The three water kiosks that are installed (so far!) provide much-needed water sources and sanitation facilities. Some of the additional benefits of structures such as these are the reduction of diseases, increased awareness of hygiene practices, and elimination of the need for children  to trek to far-off water sources.

water kiosk kenya

A water kiosk in action

We ask that today, and on all other days, you be conscious of the importance of water and take action towards positive change in the world. You can help us to continue to build clean water projects in developing areas through a myriad of ways. We thank you for your support!

Photo of the Week

March 20th, 2014

By Leah Yee, Social Media Manager

Don’t let this calm and peaceful behind-the-scenes photo from a 2012 ‘Modern and Lifestyle‘ shoot in Los Angeles fool you, CEF photoshoots are full of excitement and action as well. As we move closer to a (hopefully) warm and sunny summer season, we look forward to many more shoots around the world!

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Photo of the Week

February 27th, 2014

by Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator


This blissful image was taken by Vancouver commercial photographer, Steven Errico. Steven’s involvement with CEF started as being Robert Kent’s full-time photography assistant, and since then, he has been a part of our community as a dedicated photographer for our annual Summer Solstice Shoots.

It is because of our amazing volunteers, such as Steven, that since the Summer Solstice Shoots were first held in 2006, we are able to raise funds generated through image sales on Getty Images. Stay tuned to see more of Steven’s Errico’s 2013 Family – Work, Rest and Play imagery up on Getty Images!

Physical Attraction: Solo Exhibition by Katie Huisman

February 10th, 2014

by In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

physical_attraction_EVITECEF derives its strength from volunteers, including talented photographers like Katie Huisman. Based in Vancouver, Katie first became involved with CEF through our founder, Robert Kent, and is now a five-time contributor to the CEF Getty collection. She has previously described her work with CEF as “one of [her] favourite and most rewarding annual projects.”

Katie dates the beginning of her passion for photography back to when she set up her first darkroom in her family’s basement at the age of fifteen. Outside of her work with CEF, she is experienced in both contemporary art and commercial photography, and offers lectures and seminars at public and private institutions. Her upcoming solo exhibition, Physical Attraction, is a photographic portrait study exploring attraction in couples.

Physical Attraction considers the idea that there is an instinctual attraction between faces that draws people together, using composite photography to compare facial features of people engaged in romantic partnership. The exhibition features fifty couples of various ages, ethnicities, and sexual orientations and studies the similarity of features between people who are romantically involved.

The exhibition is taking place at Initial Gallery in Vancouver.

Location: Initial Gallery, 2339 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Exhibition: February 13 to March 8
Opening Reception: February 13, 6 to 9 PM
Artist Talk: February 22, 2 to 3 PM

Photo of the Week: Kung Hei Fat Choi!

January 30th, 2014

by Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator

83586104 No matter what theme or concept you need, we have an image for you!

This photograph exemplifies a time of celebration for all! Every year, Chinese New Year falls on a different date. However, what stays consistent is the time of celebration with friends and family. Joining our Chinese community worldwide, we would like to greet everyone a happy and prosperous new year!

This image, among many others, is available for sale through Getty Images.


An Experience in 100 Hours

January 29th, 2014

By John Grant, CEF Contributor

Timeraiser Vancouver is an annual event where attendees can bid volunteer hours of their own time in exchange for artwork by local artists. CEF has been participating in this event since 2010 as a non-profit organization who volunteers can pledge their time to.  The next event is happening May 8th at Segal Place in Vancouver, and you can get your tickets here.

John Grant shares with us his experience as a Timeraiser volunteer:

In November 2012, I took on a big challenge as a participant of Timeraiser Vancouver; I pledged to volunteer 100 hours with non-profit organizations in Vancouver over the next 12 months. In return, I got to take home a highly coveted piece of artwork, which was beautifully crafted by Sarah Mulder. My Timeraiser experience introduced me to a number of interesting and important organizations – including Compassionate Eye Foundation. What initially drew me to CEF was that it is a unique non-profit that marries two of my big interests: photography and support for developing countries. In some ways I thought it was too good to be true that such an organization exists!

I attended several CEF events, including their year-end celebration, Wrap8, and a fundraising event. I found both to reveal a community of very interesting people who I had great conversations with and who shared similar interests – something that isn’t always easy to find.

Chatting with CEF’s Executive Director, Susan McDonald, brought me even closer to the organization as she listened to the skill sets that I had and what my areas of interest were. She quickly identified a few ways that I could give back to the organization, while also building up some nice portfolio pieces for myself.  One of my favorite contributions is creating CEF’s monthly internal newsletter, In Focus.

I managed to contribute around one hour each week for the past year with CEF and met some great people along the way. I was also given some very cool exclusive access to a professional photo shoot; it was kind of a dream come true for an amateur photographer like myself!

You can read all about my experience with CEF and other volunteer groups I became involved with over the past year on my blog. Today, I proudly display my artwork piece in my home as a reflection of completing my volunteer hours. Now that my official Timeraiser experience is complete, I find that the artwork was merely a goal and a catalyst for me to experience something grander: The ability to connect with communities and to experience situations that I normally wouldn’t encounter. For that alone, I encourage you to also find an organization that reflects something that you’re passionate about and offer to provide them with a few hours of your time. In the end, the result will likely surprise you!

A huge thank you to John for sharing his experience with us, and for his continued work with CEF!

Photo of the Week

January 16th, 2014

by Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator


This photograph is perfection in regards to portraying our human capability of energy and power. Captured during a sports-themed photo shoot with photographer Hubert Kang for Giving Tuesday, this image among many others, is available for sale through Getty Images. Images have the power to change the world, and this photograph is no exception.