@nicholesobecki

Nichole Sobecki

Photographer with @viiphoto based in Nairobi, Kenya.

http://viiphoto.com/event/rising-fast-africas-changing-urban-spaces-2019/

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I love this simple yet expansive image by @ziyagafic of his homeland, Bosnia. I'll be heading there for the first time this May 9 – 11, 2019 for a three-day festival of photography and visual journalism in Sarajevo, created by the #VIIAcademy, a project of the #VIIFoundation and partner of @viiphoto. . Festival of the Image is FREE and open to all, and includes presentations by @viiphoto photographers, discussion panels focusing on media and visual journalism, film screenings, portfolio reviews, and much more! Register for #VIIinSarajevo here: www.vii.agency/sarajevo . #VIIinSarajevo #bosnia #festivaloftheimage #viiphoto @viiphoto

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I hope you’ll consider participating in our South Sudan flash print sale this week! Two dozen photographers including @lynseydddario, @sarahyltonphoto, @hannahreyesmorales, @philmoorephoto, @dzalcman, @petekmuller, myself and many others have donated an image from their time working or living in the world’s newest country — some amazing moments to consider. . Most importantly, the funds from the sale will be used to assist Mawiyai Gabriel Buom, a South Sudanese student, as he attends Medical School in Uganda. . Special thanks to @jason.patinkin for heading up this project, and asking me to participate. . #southsudan #leer #flashsale #education

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Happy International Women’s Day! There are no borders to empowerment, and we’ve got a long ways to go, but glad to be walking this road with you all. We are magic. . Here Sharifa watches the Eid celebrations on the street with her cousin Bilkis-Narid in the family’s home in Stone Town, Zanzibar. . @nytimes @viiphoto #zanzibar #tanzania #women #womensday

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Excited to share that @dannywilcoxfrazier and I are teaming up again for a weeklong @viiphoto workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, this September 14-21, focused on Africa’s changing urban spaces. I really love this image by @gordwiin / @humane_context, who joined us last year and created a portrait series exploring the development of Sheng, a slang developed and used by Nairobi's youth and one of the world's most quickly changing languages. Here in "Keja (Crib)" Futwax, also known as Mr. Kibera, poses in his home in Nairobi's Kibera community. . Enrollment is open now, link in profile! Rising Fast explores the changing realities of Nairobi, Kenya, one of the world’s fastest-growing urban spaces. Contrary to reductive stereotypes of Africa, Kenya is riding a strong economy, a youth-driven cultural awakening and a dynamic tech scene coined the “Silicon Savannah.” Huge challenges remain however: widespread poverty, poor infrastructure, human rights abuses, and political tumult. Does the “Africa Rising” narrative holds up, and how are people’s lives being impacted on the ground? . #workshop #photography #risingfast #nairobi #kenya #viiphoto @viiphoto

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@Natgeo hit 100 million followers! As a thanks, they are having a photo contest for the next 24 hours only. To submit, simply post your most Nat Geo inspired photo on your feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest. The top 10 photos will be posted on @natgeo and the winner gets a photo trip to Tanzania. Good luck! . Here, Afghan youth on the diving platforms of a war-damaged Soviet occupation-era swimming pool in Kabul. . #NatGeo100Contest #100million #contest #afghanistan

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Here’s to love everyday, and sharing the last bite. 💛 . #kenya #kisumu #love

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Excited to share that ‘A Climate for Conflict’ will be part of an exhibition at @LUMAChicago from February 12 - October 19, in partnership with @magentafoundation. The show aims to foster engaged thinking and dialogue on four central themes: female-identifying photographers, climate and the environment, racial issues and LGBTQ rights. Wonderful to share this space with @ninaroeder, @luisadorr and @janhoekjoh, whose work I so admire. Come on through if you find yourself in Chicago! . #exhibition #LUMA #climateforconflict #somalia

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After 17 years of fighting, America, the Taliban and the Afghan government have begun forging a framework to end the war. It’s made me think back on the years I spent working in, and trying to understand, this complicated space. These images are from the series ‘Seeing in the Dark’, shot in 2010 while I was embedded with the medevac crew from Company C, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade at Camp Dwyer along the Helmand River Valley. I found that there was so little light on night missions that I was struggling to make pictures, and began experimenting with holding night vision goggles up to the end of my lens. They’re strange, and otherworldy, and also the only images I shot while embedded that look the way I felt being there, and witnessing this (perhaps not) forever war. . #afghanistan #nightvision #medevac #war

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Organizing your archive can be tedious, but one of the best parts is seeing how your eye and practice have evolved. These images were taken back in 2012 on a trip I made to Batil refugee camp, South Sudan, to document the thousands flooding into the region from Blue Nile state to escape a counter-insurgency campaign by Sudanese troops. At the time I preferred the first image here, but now I'm not so sure. Which would you choose? . #archive #change #southsudan #refugee

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2019 @natgeo staff, editors and photographers shot from the storytelling summit. Such an honor to be a part of it. Photo by Rolf Sjogren. / The Women Photographer's Seminar, full of energy and the most kick-ass allies. Thanks to @kaityarnall, @roseleen, @johnsonwhitney, @_mallorybenedict and @brebirk for making the magic happen. Photo by Mark Thiessen. #natgeo #storytellersummit #community #usa

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People gather to celebrate Timkat, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church's celebration of Jesus Christ's baptism, in Hawassa, Ethiopia. I came across this scene unexpectedly on the walk to my hotel after a long day on another story. I was drawn in by the prayers, timeless and haunting when close to the priests, and static-filled and staccato when heard from the battered speakers circling the park. It felt like a gift to be there, unhurried, aware, and surrounded by community, and the light of hundreds of small, burning flames. . #timkat #celebration #ethiopia

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Back after a beautiful week in Washington, DC at the  @natgeo Storytellers Summit, meeting old friends, making new ones, and continuing to be inspired by that golden border. I made this photograph on my first assignment for National Geographic, thanks to @kurtmutchler, as part of a story on human performance and the Kenyan distance runners who are dominating in their sport. I love the determination on Agnes Jebet Ng'etich’s face here, looking out across the remote Kinamket village in western Kenya where she grew up. At 16-years-old she’s one of Kenya’s most promising up and coming runners. . Thanks for all the editors who have been a part of this journey, and to continuing adventures to come @jehanjillani @jamesbwellford @vaughnwallace @mallorybenedict @roseleen  @whitneycatherinejohnson  #natgeo #kenya #runner #humanperformance

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Pretty special to hang with this family of yellow baboons, edging slowly closer with my cameras as the sun set behind Mount Kilimanjaro. (2018) . The Amboseli Baboon Research Project is studying the Acacia's Group of baboons, along with other groups, in the search to understand the deep evolutionary roots of social behavior in the lives of Kenya's baboons. While there are significant differences between baboons and humans, the striking parallels in the fundamental elements that shape a life are telling—from the earliest environment to the social relationships of adulthood and patterns of mortality. With fewer confounding variables and shorter lifespans, the baboons offer an opportunity to bridge research in evolution and human health and better understand the origins of illness and how to protect against it. On assignment for @scientific_american, story by Lydia Denworth out now. . #baboon #amboseli #kenya #evolution #health #nicholesobecki

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✌️out 2018. We’re living in complicated times, but not without hope. Thank you to everyone who welcomed me into their lives this past year, to those I learned from, those that challenged me, those that brought sanity and humor to some of the world’s madness, and to my beautiful friends and family near and far that made each day full of love. May your year be bright.

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Owls are already some of most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft—but few seem to know or care. (2018) . From ancient Greece’s Owl of Athena to Harry Potter’s devoted pet Hedwig, owls have long charmed, mystified, and intrigued humans. In the contemporary West, they are often seen as symbols of wisdom. But in Africa they’re generally viewed very differently, as harbingers of evil and misfortune, or as forms taken by nefarious sorcerers. These deeply held, widespread beliefs fuel an untold number of persecution killings. The birds are also highly sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine, accounting for the deaths of possibly tens of thousands owls annually. Please follow the link in my profile for the full story on @audubonsociety. . #kenya #owl #endanger #persecution #environment #audubonmag #nicholesobecki

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TIME's selection of The Guardians -- including Jamal Khashoggi, the staff of the Capital Gazette, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo and Shahidul Alam -- reflects the breadth of the challenge in the war on truth. Poignant photos by @moisessaman. . It’s the first time since the magazine launched the year-end feature, in 1927, that some of the honorees were no longer alive. Even more striking, the largest number were murdered in the United States, which now ranks as the fourth deadliest country in the world for journalists—tied with Mexico, where reporters have long been targeted. The number of journalists killed in 2018 is a fifty-five per cent increase over last year. . “This ought to be a time when democracy leaps forward, an informed citizenry being essential to self-government. Instead, it’s in retreat,” Time notes. “Three decades after the Cold War defeat of a blunt and crude autocracy, a more clever brand takes nourishment from the murk that surrounds us. The old-school despot embraced censorship. The modern despot, finding that more difficult, foments mistrust of credible fact, thrives on the confusion loosed by social media and fashions the illusion of legitimacy from supplicants.” #time #personoftheyear

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Vincent Ngala, a Maasai guide, stand on an overlook above little Lake Magadi, which like the main lake is fed by hot springs. In January 2018 the Kenyan government signed a deal with a Chinese company to explore for geothermal energy around the lake. . The East African Rift, part of the larger Great Rift Valley that extends more than 3,500 miles from Syria to Mozambique, has long induced a sense of wonder. Yet over the last decade, the area has emerged as a key source of a distinctively more modern phenomenon: electricity. Excited to share my work on the rise of geothermal power in Kenya, out this weekend in @natgeo with Jonathan W. Rosen's evocative story. Many thanks to @jehanjillani for the wonderful edit! Link in bio. . #kenya #geothermal #energy #green @viiphoto #viiphoto

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Boniface Okinyi harvests "Queen of Africa" roses at a greenhouse at Oserian, one of Kenya’s largest flower exporters. The company uses steam from the Olkaria geothermal field to heat 120 acres of greenhouses and to generate its own electricity. Carbon dioxide from the steam fertilizes the flowers. . The East African Rift, part of the larger Great Rift Valley that extends more than 3,500 miles from Syria to Mozambique, has long induced a sense of wonder. Yet over the last decade, the area has emerged as a key source of a distinctively more modern phenomenon: electricity. Excited to share my work on the rise of geothermal power in Kenya, out this weekend in @natgeo with Jonathan W. Rosen's evocative story. Many thanks to @jehanjillani for the wonderful edit! Link in bio. . #kenya #geothermal #energy #green @viiphoto #viiphoto

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