Photo of the Week: Family and Grandparents

Robyn Goldsmith, Social Media Coordinator

We are getting excited about our next shoot on May 30th! We are incredibly lucky to have Natasha Alipour-Faridani on board as our photographer. The theme of the shoot will be family and grandparents, and Natasha is sure to capture some gorgeous images.

This week’s Photo of the Week is one from a previous Compassionate Eye Foundation shoot by Natasha. Her ability to capture familial love is striking. For more of Natasha’s past CEF work, check out our collection of her photos on Getty Images.

Photo of the Week: It’s Bike Season!

Robyn Goldsmith, Social Media Coordinator

In continuation of last week’s theme, we are taking another look at the many great bike images available in our Getty Images Collection to help you get inspired for summer.

The weather is warming up (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) and it’s a great time to get out and be active. Biking to work or school is a great way to burn off some steam and save yourself the hassles of traffic and parking. If you live in British Columbia, Bike to Work Week is coming up from May 25-31. It offers an excellent opportunity to get in the habit of biking to work. As shown by our volunteer models, you’ll also look great doing it!


Photo of the Week: National Bike Month

Leah Yee, Social Media Manager

At Compassionate Eye Foundation we pride ourselves on having a quality, commercial image for every occasion. May is National Bike Month, in which cycling enthusiasts share the many benefits of biking. We would like to celebrate this month by sharing our favorite reason to ride a bike – it’s fun! – and one of our many themed stock images. The sale of this, or any other CEF image through Getty Images, will support international development projects.


Photo of the Week: Earth Week

Charlene Tsang, Social Media Coordinator

In celebration of Earth Day (April 22nd) yesterday, we at CEF thought we would dedicate the week in recognition of environmental issues and protection. Did you know the first Earth Day was organized and founded in 1970 in the United States and is now the largest civic event in the world? More than a billion people participate in Earth Day campaigns every year by people of all nationalities, faiths and backgrounds. Earth Day is organized globally by the Earth Day Network working with over 22,000 partners and organizations around the world in 192 countries. How are you making a difference?

There are so many ways you can participate in Earth Day because Earth Day is Every Day. You can attend festivals and rallies around your community that supports environmental activities. Go volunteer. Help launch a community garden. Install energy efficient windows and appliances in your home.  Or even as simple as changing a habit like switching off your lights when not in use or turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth. The possibilities to get involved or take action as more conscientious global citizens are endless!

Photo of the Week: Photography Inspiration

Charlene Tsang, Social Media Coordinator

Are you an aspiring photographer? We thought we would dig through our Getty Images archive this week as The Allard Prize for International Photographers is open for submissions!

This semi-annual photography competition recognizes photographic excellence that reflects themes of courage and leadership in anti-corruption and human rights. The winning entry receives a $1,000 CDN cash prize and their work will be featured on the Prize website for six months. This is a great avenue for all aspiring photographers to get their work recognized on an international level. Check out the amazing work of some of the past winners.

We think this photo from our archive may fit the theme, what do you think?

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Photo of the Week: Aloha from the Eco-Holiday photoshoot

Mia Wesley, Social Media Coordinator 

On March 22, Compassionate Eye Foundation celebrated World Water Day at the Seaview Eco-Epicurean Waterfarm in Puna, Hawaii! At this unique location the photographer and founder of CEF, Robert Kent, was joined by photographer Attila Pohlmann and the shoot producer Zoe Eisenberg collaborating together for a family themed Eco-Holiday photoshoot. Below is a behind-the-scenes shot from the day featuring three of our fantastic volunteers and photographer Robert Kent.

Unsure of what an eco-holiday is? Look no further! Eco-holidays, also known as ecotourism, are a responsible form of travel to natural areas that help to conserve the most pristine areas of our environment. This form of travel is much more sustainable than traditional mass tourism. Ecotourism is not only a more environmentally sustainable form of travel but it also helps to educate the local and global communities about the importance of environmental preservation.

The Hawaiian Islands have some of the worlds most complex ecosystems and consequently the islands are at a very high risk as climate change continues to threaten the ecosystems. There is so much to learn and explore throughout the various ecosystems of the Hawaiian Islands and eco-holidays are one of the best ways to do it. The Seaview Eco-Epicurean Waterfarm is an absolutely breathtaking facility which provides “the lower Puna community with purified, blessed and structured water.” Please visit the Seaview Eco-Epicurean Waterfarm’s website to learn more about their environmentally sustainable and innovative approach to the most sacred source of life: water.


Photo of the Week: World Water Day

Mia Wesley, Social Media Coordinator

Did you know that more than one billion people around the world lack access to clean water? This Sunday, March 22nd, is World Water Day and in recognition of this day we’d like to share a photograph from one of our clean water projects in Cambodia taken by Vancouver based photographer, Steven Ericco. The newly developed wells funded by the Compassionate Eye Foundation benefits students as well as the residents of the Kauk Chrey and Mook Pen communities of rural Cambodia. With these projects we hope to not only improve the access to clean water but to also advocate healthier and brighter futures to the individuals within these rural communities. Clean water projects are one of the most fundamentally important projects organized by the Compassionate Eye Foundation, therefore the promotion of this day is very close to our hearts.


Photo of the Week: Strawberry Day

Robyn Goldsmith, Social Media Coordinator

Happy Strawberry Day! Did you know that strawberries aren’t actually a berry? The distinction is a little complex, but as it turns out, strawberries are what’s known as an “aggregate accessory fruit.” They were first cultivated in gardens in France in the 18th century, but wild strawberries have been enjoyed for centuries. To celebrate Strawberry Day, we’d like to share this scrumptious image by Edward Pond – one of many delectable food images in our Getty Collection.


Photo of the Week: New Year’s Resolutions

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

With the end of January looming ahead of us, it’s almost time to reflect on our New Year’s Resolutions. What was your resolution this year: to get back into shape, to spend more time with family, or to pick up a new hobby? Whatever it was, we hope you’ve been pursuing it for the past month, or at least are planning to pursue it for the rest of 2015. For us at CEF, 2015 will be filled with exciting new projects, photoshoots, and more–remember to keep up with all our news through our blog and social media channels!