Ness Champion has been nominated as a heroine for founding PhotoAid Global, an organisation that addresses subjects such as human and animal rights, as well as environmental awareness by celebrating “photojournalism that inspires understanding and action through visual documentary.” Ness also runs education programmes in the UK and overseas.
Responding to the news that she had been nominated, Ness said: “I feel so humbled and honoured to be nominated as a heroine, you have no idea how wonderful and how special it is for me to be part of a movement not only honouring women who have made a difference in my chosen profession but to acknowledge the 100 years of women’s suffrage, something which has been so important to me my whole life. I come from a long line of women who have strived to make a difference, including my mother and grand-mother, walking our own paths and helping those whose voice might not be heard. Thank you so much.”
In this video, Ness documents the nomadic transition of the pastoralists in Uganda, showing the countryside, cattle and the women who are re-training to become self-sufficient. Through her work, Ness reminds us of the tremendous projects empowering women in Africa that are supported by organisations such as PENHA (pentanetwork.org) and www.borntobebeautiful.org
all images © Dr Vanessa Champion