NGO Photography Program – Nkhata Bay, Malawi

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If you’re a keen photographer with a passion for making an impact, we’d love to have you join this NGO Photography Program in Africa! It’s a great opportunity to sharpen your skills, learn about the role photography can play to nonprofits, and document the work by inspiring social and environmental impact work.

It’s also a chance to explore a beautiful destination, you’ll be based in Nkhata Bay, Malawi. 

Images are a powerful tool in telling the right stories, and if they reach potential donors, this can have a great impact. We work with charities focused on education, sports coaching, eco-education, female empowerment, animal welfare, urban greening, food security, coaching, and much more. 

You’ll sharpen your skills, learn how to approach NGO photography, and document projects in the field. You can then donate a selection of images to the non-profit initiatives you’ve documented, so that they can be used to raise awareness and funds.

You can join this non-profit photography course for two, three or four weeks. During the first week, you’ll enjoy a workshop by a professional photographer specialized in documenting the work of non-profit causes. This will help you hone your skills and gain insights into the best ways to approach NGO photography. From the second week, you’ll embark on your own photography assignments.

Project Highlights

  • Sharpen your photography skills through professional tutoring
  • Learn how to successfully document NGO projects in the field
  • Support important humanitarian work with your camera
  • Guided by a professional photographer Anna Lusty

Quick Facts

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Kamuzu International Airport

Starts: 19th May 2024

2-4 weeks

Impact: NGO & Charity

$2,950 – $4,150


Nkhata Bay is a collection of rural communities on the western shores of Lake Malawi, a huge freshwater lake with glistening water and sandy beaches. You’ll be based on right on the beach, while working in the friendly and welcoming communities that surround you.

You’ll be based in a lovely eco-lodge on the shores of Lake Malawi. With views of the lake, you’ll stay in private en-suite chalets, and you’ll have full use of the lakeside bar, restaurant, and other communal spaces. There’s free use of snorkels and paddle boards, and you can hang out in hammocks on a private beach. The lodge also serves as a hub for local nonprofit organizations, so it’s a perfect base for our program.

May is the perfect time of year to visit Nkhata bay in Mawali, it is pleasantly warm! 

Project Impact Areas


Ngo Photography Workshop

Your first week will be spent on a workshop taught by humanitarian photographer Anna Lusty. This workshop will be partly theoretical, and partly practical, with non-profit projects in the field. Throughout the week, Anna will give you a good understanding of how to document the work of charities in a culturally sensitive way, and in a way that will best convey the mission and impact of a non-profit.

Non-Profit Photography Assignments

From the second week, you’ll enjoy individual non-profit photography assignments – either by yourself, or with one or two other photographers. You’ll spend Monday to Friday with your organization, getting to know its vision and mission, and photographing its projects. At the end of each week, there will be an opportunity to spend time on post production, discuss the week with Anna, and create a selection of images that you’ll donate to your organization. The non-profit can then use your photographs for their digital marketing and fundraising campaigns.

You’ll have plenty of time to observe the projects, learn about the organisation’s mission and vision, and document the work at your own pace. You’ll have a contact point at the organisation who will assist you, and we’ll be checking in regularly to ensure things are going well.

Each weekend is time off, so that you have plenty of time to rest or explore your area.

After each week, you’ll have a session with Anna to assess your project, review your images, and – if you’re staying longer – discuss the next project. This will most likely happen online.

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Dates & Rates

When would you like to volunteer?

Give us an idea of your travel plans, you can also say ‘I’m not sure yet.’ We’ll take it from there.

How long would you like to volunteer?

This is the place to select your preferred duration(s). The African Impact team recommend at least 4 weeks for a truly memorable experience!

2 weeks $2950
3 weeks $3550
4 weeks $4150

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Project Fee Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • All transport during your stay
  • Photography workshops by Anna Lusty
  • All activities and entrance fees as per the workshop itinerary
  • Placements with nonprofit organisations

Project Fee Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
  • Mandatory contribution of US$25 that is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund

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Frequently Asked Questions

To become a non profit photography participant, you’ll need to have a DSLR or mirrorless camera, a good understanding of technical camera use, basic post-production skills, and some experience photographing. You don’t need to be a seasoned pro, but you do need to know your way around a photographic opportunity. And, needless to say, you need to be excited by the idea of photographing non profit projects.

We work with a range of social impact, environmental, and animal welfare causes. We’ll try to match you with organisations you feel mostly passionate about.

A lot! Anna will help you sharpen your technical photography and post production skills. But mostly, and quite uniquely, you’ll learn the role photography plays in the non profit sector, and how to effectively document the work of an NGO. You’ll learn in theory and in practice, and you can expect to leave with an inspiring portfolio of images.

To apply for this photography course, we’ll ask you for your motivation, the level of your photography experience, and a portfolio of images. Just get in touch, and we’ll send you a form to fill out. We look forward to hearing from you!