Editor's Note: Curated by Cameron Peters, this 6-part feature, released over the next month, aims to encourage publishers and brands to hire more freelance visual storytellers worldwide to grow your audiences through impactful imagery rooted in diverse voices, narratives, and modes of storytelling.
As we welcome 2023, Visura is delighted to highlight success stories by 50 freelance visual storytellers, artists, and journalists worldwide, who worked to inform audiences with unique, compelling visuals.
"These images ignite resilience, connection, and mystery, causing us to pause and open up to collective transformation." - Cameron Peters, Platform Curator
At a time when the industry continues to inundate audiences with superfluous stock images or AI-regenerative visual content, Visura remains committed to empowering professional creators and buyers with easy access to unique and in-depth visuals. This 6-part feature is a glimpse of the incredible work that is being produced by freelancers today.
Caption: Afew times a week, volunteers from the Lemkin Center (set up by the Pilecki Institute) visit the Ptak Humanitarian Refugee Center to interview Ukrainian refugees who were eyewitnesses or victims of war crimes committed during Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In the picture: Kateryna, 19, said she was raped by Chechen fighters in Mariupol, Ukraine. Poland. Nadarzyn. May 13, 2022.
Serhii Korovayny photographed the evacuation of children with cancer from Ukraine to Poland for the Washington Post.
Caption: Oksana Besidovska (31) praying before departure to Poland with her daughter Evgeniya (9) and sister Marina (20) at their hospital room on March 30, 2022 in Lviv, Ukraine. Dozens of sick kids and their relatives were moved to the different hospitals around European Union under the evacuation program. In new places, they continue their treatment. Lviv, Ukraine. March 30, 2022. An outtake while on assignment for the Washington Post.
NPR featured Mette Lampcov for her work documenting the impacts of climate change.
Caption: Mike Doyle stands in what used to be the front door to his family home - looking at the burnt-out remains and what is left after it burned in the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, CA on Dec 12, 2018. The Woolsey Fire burned 96,949 acres of land and destroyed 1,643 structures, killing three people in November 2018.
The 2018 wildfire season in California was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record, with a total of 8,527 fires burning an area of 1,893,913 acres according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Caption: Windia Augustin, 20, stands in the doorway and behind her her mother, Rosna Israel, works as a seamstress to make up for the lost income following their land being taking by the Caracol Industrial Park. April 25, 2022.
Marco Garro documented the aftermath of the Repsol spill in Perú and resulting environmental disaster while on assignment for OjoPublico.
Caption: Employees of contractor companies of the Repsol company try to clean up the crude oil that they spilled and that reaches the shore of the Peruvian coast. It is estimated that more than 6,000 thousand barrels of oil were spilled, terribly affecting marine-coastal ecosystems.
Sofia Lopez Mañan photographed a story documenting rescue efforts to save the Andean condor for National Geographic.
Caption: Veterinarian Jennifer Ibarra from Cullunche NGO in Mendoza Province, Argentina, examines an X-ray of a dead condor, looking for signs of six lead bullets the bird ate while scavenging carrion.Pastoralists throughout Argentina still use lead bullets to shoot animals such as pumas, guanacos, deer and wild dogs that prey on livestock. Condors that feed on the dead predators ingest the bullets, and the lead slowly poisons their blood. April 14, 2022.
For Smithsonian Magazine, David Degner photographed a story about Bob Leverett's discovery of New England's old-growth forests and their potential for climate mitigation.
Caption: Portrait of Robert Leverett and his wife Monica Jakuc Leverett in the old-growth forests in Mohawk Trail State Forest on June 18, 2021, in Charlemont, Massachusetts. Robert Leverett has helped find and preserve the tallest and oldest stands of old-growth forest in New England while developing new methods to measure the height of trees.