Shine Positive Light on Bangladesh

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Support Bangladeshi photographers who work for social justice by purchasing Positive Light

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Winner: Positive Light Photography contestWhere We’re AtGreat news! In early 2013, Crowdsourced Travel formed a partnership with Drik, an organisation with a strong history of using photography to promote social justice in Bangladesh. Drik has agreed to do a Bangladesh-based print run of Crowdsourced Travel’s Positive Light photography book.Positive Light Cover

Due to a sponsor pulling out, we have been placed in the difficult position of wanting to print the book, but not having all the funds we need to do so. Not being ones to hold back, Drik and Crowdsourced Travel decided to take a bank loan to keep the printing of Positive Light on track.

Happy Holi by Md. Huzzatal Mursalin

To pay off the loan as soon as possible, we need all who believe in the dynamic potential of Bangladesh and its people to pledge step up and purchase a copy of Positive Light. We’re planning to get it shipped out to you by June 2013.

What is Positive Light?
Positive Light is a new photography book meant to show the stunning beauty of Bangladesh to the world. Bangladesh’s international image has long been tarnished by poverty and calamity. But we believe this has held back investment and tourism from a country whose every day people deserve to earn under the dignity of fair exchange instead of the pity of poverty.

Mikey Leung @ TEDxDhaka

Positive Light creator Mikey Leung spoke at TEDxDhaka in September 2012 about the Positive Light project if you want to know more.

Poor but Happy by Md Nahian Bin Khaled

As part of the larger Crowdsourced Travel project, Positive Light is also a travel photography website that harnesses the energy of photographers of Bangladesh — amateur, professional or hobbyist — into one place. The goal is to accumulate the country’s best travel photography into a single resource library for use in promoting Bangladesh internationally. All images published are licensed under a Creative Commons attribution license (CC BY), which means that anyone doing tourism related work in Bangladesh can republish these images on their website without breaking copyright rules. Other than usage in the Bangladesh: Bradt Travel Guide and Positive Light, no further print resolution (ie high resolution) use of the images will be permitted without the photographer’s written permission.

Cox's Bazaar by Belinda Meggitt

What’s the back story?
In 2011, we successfully raised funds on StartSomeGood to found Crowdsourced Travel and get the funds we needed to hold the Positive Light photography contest, build a website, and design our coffee table book for distribution on Blurb.

We’re back again in Dhaka now to see the project through to its final destination — a full-size coffee table book in the hands of as many people as possible. And to pull it off, we need your help.

Tipping Point Goal: $10,000

Total Funding Goal: $20,000

Happy Times by Arifur Rahman

The funds raised will go directly to Drik to pay for the remainder of the printing. They will also be used to cover the shipping cost of getting the books to overseas warehouses in the US and UK and then shipped onwards into the hands of overseas buyers.

At Binimoy Printers

Drik has been extremely supportive of Positive Light, having even taken a bank loan to get the printing going.

The total expense for the print run is 14 lakh Bangladeshi taka, approximately $17,500. Including shipping costs, we need a further $2,500 to get the book to buyers overseas.

We are also raising money at Dhaka sales events. Any funds raised above the tipping point means more sales of the book, at which point Crowdsourced Travel and Drik begin to actually make profit from the book, all of which will be reinvested directly into the project, except for 10%, which will be donated to WildTeam Bangladesh, who is working for the conservation of tigers in the Sundarbans.

Since youtube is still blocked in Bangladesh, here is the video in vimeo:

Shine Positive Light on Bangladesh from Mikey Leung on Vimeo.

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