WORLD VISION VANUATU - CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING

While in Tanna, an island in the Tafea province of Vanuatu, I conducted a number of photography training sessions for World Vision Vanuatu. The staff were keen to improve their photography skills to better document stories of the work they were doing. After a theoretical session at the office, and a brief period of practice in the area outside the office, I joined the team on a regular visit to a village in the hills where WV works to with communities to improve water and sanitation. 

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As the team carried out routine vaccinations, weighed babies to check for malnutrition and chatted with women from the village, I worked with each member of staff to help them develop their photography skills.

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The photography training helped me a lot. Before, I could recognise what made a good photo but I didn’t know how to make them like that. I didn’t know how to use ‘focus’ either. It has really helped me, so if I need to show something I’m writing about, I can now focus on that in the picture.
— Winnie Tobal, Tafea Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
       Images used in World Vision Pacific - Timor-Leste newsletter. 

       Images used in World Vision Pacific - Timor-Leste newsletter. 

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I learnt a lot of things from her training. Like now I know to stand close to the person I’m taking a photo of, and to make a clear background. I’m really happy. Now I know how to take good photos for our work.
— Estella Karisso, Project Officer - Tanna Helti Komunitis
 Giving photography feedback (in my 'island dress'). Photo by WV staff

 Giving photography feedback (in my 'island dress'). Photo by WV staff