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Lensational's first photo book championing women's perspectives on the environment and their role in climate action.
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Our Shared Forest is Lensational’s first Photo Book shedding light on women’s untold stories surrounding nature, environmental degradation and climate change 🌍

With your help, we will be covering printing costs for Our Shared Forest, and raising awareness of women's role in climate action 💪 

Our Shared Forest's Cover Page (Hard Cover)
Our Shared Forest's Cover Page (Hard Cover)

The book

Our Shared Forest features the work of 27 women photographers from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and China on the themes of nature, the environment, and climate change. These women photographers stand at the forefront of environmental issues today, however, their imagery is rarely seen, and their perspectives are rarely heard.

Together, the photographers unveil women’s unique role as stewards of our natural resources, and celebrate female heroes, who are already reinventing traditional roles and using their position to drive change.  

Waste picker Madam Yaa Sule stands in front of collected waste satchets. Fibi Adikour Afloe, Ghana
Waste picker Madam Yaa Sule stands in front of collected waste satchets. Fibi Adikour Afloe, Ghana

 'Through the power of their images, the women in this book are granting us a glimpse into their daily lives and hearts. A deeper connection and understanding of what water and food scarcity, waste and pollution mean for those who live on the frontlines, with no buffer between their basic needs and environmental degradation.'  Nicole Schwab, Director of International Relations, Last Wild Places, National Geographic Society and author of the preface of Our Shared Forest. 

A Maasai woman heads to the fields with her donkeys. In this region women are usually the ones who look after livestock and collect and process food resources. Leina Lalaito, Amboseli, Kenya
A Maasai woman heads to the fields with her donkeys. In this region women are usually the ones who look after livestock and collect and process food resources. Leina Lalaito, Amboseli, Kenya

Why women?

Understanding women’s perspectives on the environment will prove key in adapting to climate change.

For millennia, women have interacted most closely with natural resources. Today, this unique role puts women at greater risk of harm from degradation and climate change - it also means they hold the key to climate action. 

Building on the eco-feminist tradition and the literature on gender and the environment, Our Shared Forest champions women’s perspectives on the topic - behind, and in front of the camera. 

Egusi seeds being sundried.  In Nigeria, women are often the ones harvesting, processing, and selling these seeds, which are known to improve soil quality and have many nutritional benefits.Victoria Akere, Port Harcourt
Egusi seeds being sundried. In Nigeria, women are often the ones harvesting, processing, and selling these seeds, which are known to improve soil quality and have many nutritional benefits.Victoria Akere, Port Harcourt
Women prepare the roof of a manyatta house. Joyce Nduguaya, Amboseli, Kenya
Women prepare the roof of a manyatta house. Joyce Nduguaya, Amboseli, Kenya

Sample book design 

Book Introduction
Book Introduction
Chapter pages
Chapter pages
Chapter introductions
Chapter introductions
Main body page
Main body page
Main body page
Main body page

Photographers

Our Shared Forest features the work of 27 women photographers from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and China. They are:

  • Phuntsok Dolkar, China
  • Misper Apawu, Ghana
  • Florence Geyevu, Ghana
  • Leina Lalaito, Kenya
  • Victoria Akeere, Nigeria
  • Esther Ofoegbu, Ghana
  • Tokini Pepple, Nigeria
  • Florence Achieng Lorenza, Kenya
  • Maria Okese, Nigeria
  • Baribiae Nwiyee, Nigeria
  • Tamara Dan-Asisah, Nigeria
  • Susan Apondi, Kenya
  • Doreen Ntumy, Ghana
  • Fibi Adikour Afloe, Ghana
  • Naresia Sayore, Kenya
  • Violet Maxwell Benson, Nigeria
  • Joyce Nduguaya, Kenya
  • Pema Tsetso, China
  • Bumo, China
  • Ngamama Leiyaro, Kenya
  • Mary Baari, Kenya
  • Cindy James, Kenya
  • Maiyan Keuwa, Kenya
  • Esther Katamboi, Kenya
  • Noonguta Kone, Kenya
  • Lillian Keuwa, Kenya
  • Naata Kone, Kenya

All 27 photographers belong to Lensational's network of over 800 women photographers in Asia and Africa. 


Photobook team

Our Shared Forest is curated by Lensational photographer and curator Hannah Wilson, and features text by Hannah Wilson, Bonnie Chiu, and Lucile Stengel of Lensational.  Commissioning, curation, and editing work for the book have been co-funded by Lensational and Storyblocks.   

The book's preface is written by Nicole Schwab, Director of International Relations, Last Wild Places, at the National Geographic Society, author of The Heart of the Labyrinth, and founder of the EDGE certified Foundation. 

Lensational’s partners and mentors in Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya who help nurture and grow photographers on the ground have also been key to this project. They are Susty Vibes in Port Harcourt; the Mathare Foundation in Nairobi; the Global Environmental Institute & Half Light in China; Lydia Kiwandi and the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Kenya, and Francis Kokoroko, Juliane Reissig, Kickstart Ghana and Women Techmakers in Accra and Ho. 


About Lensational

Lensational is an award-winning non-profit organisation training the next generation of women photographers and storytellers from the margins, at the frontline of women’s issues worldwide. 

Lensational provides women and girls with photography training, marketing and sales support in 23 countries across Asia and Africa. It aims to empower underrepresented women to share their stories, and to provide a global platform for their stories to be seen and heard.

Lensational is youth-led and almost entirely volunteer-run, employing a network of over 100 volunteers in 15 countries. 

The work of Lensational's photographers is available for sale in digital and print format on Lensational's photography website, photos.lensational.org. 

Achievements

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A family in front of their solar panel. Phuntsok Dolkar, Maozhuang, China
A family in front of their solar panel. Phuntsok Dolkar, Maozhuang, China

Support Our Shared Forest 📢📢📢

Our Shared Forest is ready for publication! We have finalised curating photographs and editing the book. With your help, we will be covering our printing costs, selling our first copies, and achieving our goal of raising awareness of women’s stories surrounding the environment and climate change.

Please explore the rewards we are offering below and donate. No matter how much or how little you contribute, your help is much needed in raising awareness of a cause, which holds the key to our future!

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Our Shared Forest's back cover
Our Shared Forest's back cover

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Waste picker Madam Yaa Sule stands in front of collected waste satchets. Fibi Adikour Afloe, Ghana
Waste picker Madam Yaa Sule stands in front of collected waste satchets. Fibi Adikour Afloe, Ghana

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Mrs Patience's strong hands at work. Victoria Akeere, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Mrs Patience's strong hands at work. Victoria Akeere, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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Maasai women pose in front of a manyatta house. Women are usually the ones building the manyatta, for which they source materials in the nearby environment. Joyce Ndugwaya, Amboseli, Kenya.
Maasai women pose in front of a manyatta house. Women are usually the ones building the manyatta, for which they source materials in the nearby environment. Joyce Ndugwaya, Amboseli, Kenya.

Risks and challenges

We have been working on this book for the past year, and have already finalised the design and editing process! All there is left in order to get it on your shelf is printing the book, and shipping it. This is an easy process, which we are accustomed to, having sold photographs around the world.
We also have a dedicated marketing and communications team working directly with our customers to fulfil sales orders. They will be liaising very closely with you, and will let you know promptly should any delays arise!

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