Sale of embossed prints of Vital Impacts in Ukraine
Vital Impacts, a non-profit organization founded by Ami Vitale, one of our favorites National geographic photographers and visual journalist Eileen Mignoni, is hosting a sale of prints in support of Direct Relief, a charity currently providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Between now and April 20, 2022, you can support a good cause by collecting a raffle of National geographic photographers like Paul Nicklen, Brian Skerry, Jimmy Chin, Frans Lanting and many more. The last Vital Impacts print sale raised $620,000 for conservation charities, but this time they are hoping to raise $1 million.
You can purchase a copy of the main image here.
About Direct Relief
All proceeds from this Vital Impacts sale go to Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization working in Ukraine to help those affected by the Russian invasion.
Since the start of the war, Direct Relief has provided more than 164 tons of much-needed medical supplies. It is working with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health as well as other groups in the conflict zone to provide “emergency response kits for first responders, oxygen concentrators, critical care drugs, And much more”. It provides support both to people still in Ukraine and to refugees who have fled to neighboring countries such as Poland.
To learn more about how Direct Relief is supporting Ukraine, see the aid tracker on its website. The organization is committed to transparency (although some details are currently withheld for security reasons) and is widely regarded as one of the most efficient and effective charities in the United States when it comes to providing relief.
Which photographers are affected?
The invasion of Ukraine forced Vitale and Migoni “to move quickly into action and create a new initiative to support those caught in conflict zones”. Despite the short deadline, they managed to convince ninety-nine of their fellow photographers to donate some of their iconic works.
Like the latest sale, the list of people involved is a who’s who of modern photographers, including David Doubilet, Joe McNally, Jim Richardson, Robin Hammond, Jodi Cobb and many more.
Unlike last time’s nature-themed sale, there’s more variety here, including travel shots, cityscapes and protest shots. There are also a number of photos from Ukraine, such as David Guttenfelder’s image of protesters during the Orange Revolution in the mid-2000s and Dina Litovsky’s reminder of better times in Kyiv.
How to buy a print?
You can purchase a print from the Vital Impact website by April 20. The 112 prints are available in 11×16 for $275 and 16×24 for $675.
The race paper was donated by Canson Infinity and 100% of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to Direct Relief.