SOURCE: liveBooks, Inc.

September 24, 2008 09:45 ET

National Geographic's 2008 All Roads Photography Winners Unite to Share Images From Across the Globe

Photographers to Showcase Their Work During Global Storytellers, an Event on Sept. 29th

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 24, 2008) - All Roads, a National Geographic initiative created to provide an international platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture artists through the power of film and photography, today announced that National Geographic's 2008 All Roads Photography winners, seen at, will be discussing their work during the Global Storytellers program and exhibiting at this year's All Roads Film Festivals (

"We're thrilled to be able to help these up-and-coming photographers," said Andy Patrick, an All Roads Photography Program Advisory Board member, president and CEO of liveBooks, and founder of FiftyCrows Foundation. "We feel it is our responsibility and honor to empower these photographers to grow their passion into a business, enhance their visibility, drive social change with their powerful images and make them accessible to the photo community."

This year's All Roads winners include Alejandro Chaskielberg of Argentina, Khaled Hasan of Bangladesh, Farzana Wahidy of Afghanistan and Rena Effendi of Azerbaijan. The photographers will participate in the All Roads Film Festivals in both Washington, D.C. (Sept. 25 to 28) and Los Angeles, Calif., (Oct. 2 to 5), where their images will be exhibited. The winning photographers will also be a part of the 2008 All Roads Photography Program's new exhibit, "Cultural Treasure."

In addition to the festival's programs, the photographers will be in the spotlight in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 29, during the Global Storytellers program, which is being held to celebrate their work. This event, which will be at the San Francisco offices of Adobe Systems Inc., will include a reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and a lecture from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. As part of Global Storytellers, the four winners will present their work and discuss the inspiration behind the stories of their native cultures. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Refreshments and light fare will be served. Adobe Systems Inc. is located at 601 Townsend St. at 7th St. in San Francisco.

These four National Geographic 2008 All Roads Photography winners represent the new generation of under-represented global storytellers, each with their own unique vision and way of celebrating the story of their culture. The featured photographers are:

--  Alejandro Chaskielberg -- Chaskielberg began his photojournalism
    career with local publications and later received his degree in photography
    from the National Film Institute. He then began working as a director,
    making documentaries for television. Through his use of natural light and
    flash, Chaskielberg is able to break the limits of traditional documentary
    photography to create a striking visual image while staying true to the
    subject. His winning images focus on communities within a network of
    islands and wetlands near Buenos Aires that show how a new culture has
--  Khaled Hasan -- Hasan became involved with photography at the ripe age
    of 20. After receiving an advanced diploma in photojournalism, he focused
    primarily on documentary photography. Through photography, he hopes to help
    society empathize with people who suffer because of social, political, or
    environmental conditions. His winning images captured children who are
    afflicted with hearing problems at their happiest moments in India.
--  Farzana Wahidy -- Wahidy attended school during the years of the
    Afghan Civil War and, at the age of 11, she began teaching mathematics. In
    2003, she began working as a photojournalist for the Agence France-Presse
    and later joined the Associated Press news agency. She later received a
    scholarship to attend the photojournalism program at Loyalist College in
    Belleville, Ontario. Wahidy spent 30 years documenting the war in
    Afghanistan and the pressures Afghan women face as they go about their
    daily lives for this year's All Roads photography competition.
--  Rena Effendi -- Effendi's work focuses on themes of urbanization, post-
    conflict societies and the oil industry's effect on people's lives. She has
    won numerous awards, including: FiftyCrows International Fund for
    Documentary Photography, Getty Images editorial photography grant, and the
    Giacomelli Memorial Fund award. In 2007, she was selected as a finalist for
    the Magnum Photos Inge Morath award and was chosen by Photo District News
    magazine as one of 30 emerging photographers. Effendi focused her winning
    images on a shepherd and his town in Azerbaijan. Through her images, she
    was able to capture an ancient civilization before it begins to change for
    this year's All Roads Photography program.

Past All Roads Photography grant winners include Ayin (, Altaf Qadri (, Saiful Huq (, Newsha Tavakolian (, Larry McNeil (, Andre Cypriano (, and Marcela Taboada (

Global Storytellers is being hosted by a consortium including the National Geographic All Roads Film Project, Adobe Systems Inc, the Aurora Forum, DataColor, FiftyCrows Foundation and liveBooks,. The program will be moderated by Mark Gonnerman of Stanford University's Aurora Forum, Chris Rainier from National Geographic and Andy Patrick of liveBooks/FiftyCrows Foundation.

Monday, Sept. 29th, 2008
Reception: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (Refreshments & Light Fare)
Lecture: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Adobe Systems Inc.
601 Townsend Street @ 7th Street
San Francisco, California

About All Roads

All Roads is a National Geographic initiative supporting films by and about indigenous groups and under-represented minority culture filmmakers. The All Roads Film Festival is a multimedia event comprised of cutting-edge film, videos, live music, photography, and art from cultures around the world. It offers audience members an opportunity to immerse themselves in a cultural experience that is both insightful and deeply personal. All Roads also features seed grants for indigenous and under-represented filmmakers and photographers, and networking sessions for project filmmakers.

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