Fig Tree Foundation

January 25, 2011 13:04 ET

Calgary's Fig Tree Foundation Combines Art and International Development in Their 2011 Photo Exhibit

Photos taken by donated cameras displayed during Exposure 2011

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2011) - The Fig Tree Foundation's 2nd annual As We See It Photo Exhibit, on display from February 4th to the 28th at West Canadian Digital in Inglewood, will showcase photos taken by people participating in international development and aid projects around the world, with cameras donated by Calgarians. This exhibit is part of Exposure - Calgary, Banff, Canmore Photography Festival.

The cameras, donated by Calgarians at local Vistek stores, were collected by the Fig Tree Foundation and distributed to CAWST, Bolivia Kids, and Healthy Child Uganda. These three organizations put the cameras to use in sustainable development projects that produced images Calgarians can enjoy during the month of February.

"The chance to facilitate sustainable projects that stimulate creativity in local international development groups, while at the same time realizing a positive change in the lives of those less fortunate, is exactly the kind of work we want to be doing" Paul Gomes, Founder and Director of the Fig Tree Foundation said.

The Photo Exhibit also acts as a showcase for a photography competition between aid & development workers of Fig Tree Foundation's Round Table Participants. The Round Table consist of over 40 not-for-profit international aid and development groups with a strong presence in Calgary. The Fig Tree Foundation hosts bi-monthly meetings for these groups to facilitate collaboration and efficiency among them. The As We See It Photo Exhibit asked Round Table Participant to submit up to two photographs that will be independently judged by renowned documentary photographer, George Webber with the winners being named at the exhibit's opening reception on February 3, 2011.

The Fig Tree Foundation is pleased to once again offer this display of artistic expression, healthy competition, social awareness to its city. It is hoped that Calgarians will come out in droves to witness the direct effects of their generosity, through the eyes, and images, of those receiving and delivering aid and development. The exhibit is open to the public February 4th – 28th from 9am to 9pm at West Canadian Digital, located at 1601 9th Ave SE, in historic Inglewood.

About the Fig Tree Foundation

The Fig Tree Foundation is a charitable organization that helps disadvantaged communities around the world by supporting Calgary-based international development agencies. This is accomplished in three ways: by fostering collaboration through the creation of a Round Table consisting of over 40 different Calgary based agencies; by raising awareness and profile of good international development and the work being done by Calgarians; and by raising funds to support innovative, sustainable and collaborative projects between Round Table Participants. The Fig Tree Foundation believes that rewarding creative and collaborative projects will increase the effectiveness of development and aid occurring around the world, thereby realizing a positive net impact.

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