Visual storytelling is a powerful tool to increase understanding of social issues and to advocate change. Whether you are interested in or already working on humanitarian, environmental or human rights issues, this workshop will provide the tools you need to maximize the impact of your work.

The three-day Visualising Social Stories (VSS) workshop, in partnership with Rights Exposure and Invisible Photographer Asia, is aimed at both those who create images and those who use them in their work. Expert mentors will use theory, case studies, and practical exercises to lead participants through the fundamentals of building powerful visual projects for positive social change.

DAY 1: The Role of Images in Social Change

Past and Present: Looking at the history of photography as a tool for social change. In addition to studying contemporary usage, we will analyze the evolution of the practice and what tools and approaches are available today.

Voice and Participation: Through examining the ethics and politics of photographing social stories, you will gain insight into how to avoid bad practice.

Strategy and Impact: You will learn simple yet effective tools for planning a project and maximizing its impact.

DAY 2: Creating a Campaign – Planning and Production

Participants will be divided into multi-disciplinary teams to plan and produce a short campaign on an issue of their choice. Teams will develop a strategy for the use of their images and work on production of materials. Mentors will provide advice throughout the day.

DAY 3: Delivering a Campaign – Editing and Presentation

Teams will spend most of the day editing and preparing for the presentation of their projects. Mentors will guide the teams on how to pull their projects together. Each team will present their projects and get feedback from other participants and the mentors.


Photographers and Communications/Programs Officers of organizations working in the development sector.


Dates and times:
29 Oct: 2pm – 6pm
30 – 31 Oct: 11am – 6pm
Workshop venue: Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka
Language: English
Max. number of participants: 20


To apply, please send:

to The subject of your email should be the title of the workshop. If attachments exceed 10 MB in size, please send them via WeTransfer.


USD 200 + 13% VAT


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