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Welcome to On The Ground

Photography shows us the world and invites us to see. A good photograph demands attention - it takes us to places we have never been, it makes personal that which would otherwise have remained out of sight. For the past century, photography has played a key role in recording the world, informing the public, and shaping society. The dedicated, time-intensive work of documentary photography has proven itself one of the most effective means of communicating pressing issues to a wide audience - it reveals hidden worlds, gives faces to those caught up in turmoil or change, and has the power to engender both empathy and understanding.


On The Ground is a Canadian charity dedicated to helping documentary photography educate the public about social, cultural and environmental issues. On The Ground furthers the work of documentary photographers by supporting socially-relevant projects and the organization helps educate the public about important issues through exhibitions, talks, and seminars.


"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." -Dorothea Lange


News Support OTG

Cover story: Robert Semeniuk's World Health project featured in the Seattle Times weekend magazine, "Terrible Truths: Photographer Robert Semeniuk won't let us look away," by Seattle Times writer Paula Bock, August 12, 2007

Exhibition: Trachoma in Ethiopia, photographs from Personalizing the World Health Crisis, an On The Ground project by Robert Semeniuk, on exhibit at The Gallery on Bowen Island from May 25 to June 17, 2007.

Exhibition: The Story and Meaning of T'xwelatse, including photographs from First Nations: New Relationship?, an On The Ground project by David Campion, on exhibit at the Chilliwack Museum, May 5 to June 27, 2007.

"Photography can light up darkness and expose ignorance." -Lewis Hine

On The Ground projects are supported by contributions from foundations, individuals and society members. As a Canadian tax-exempt charity, donations are fully tax-deductible and donors receive an official receipt. Donors may specify the project or area of outreach activity that they wish to have their donations applied to, and funds will be directed accordingly. Please complete the donation form and send a cheque or money order, payable to On The Ground.

On the Ground
Suite 5 - 1020 Chilco Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6G 2R6

info@ontheground.ca