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Communities Find a Voice through Photography

  • Wrinkled hornbills are often found on the banks of the Kapuas River.

    Wrinkled hornbills are often found on the banks of the Kapuas River.

  • Wrinkled hornbills are often found on the banks of the Kapuas River.

    Before harvest women create wicker baskets to catch shrimp or small fish.

  • Danau Sentarum National Park’s pond resembles a giant mirror because it reflects surrounding objects perfectly.

    Danau Sentarum National Park’s pond resembles a giant mirror because it reflects surrounding objects perfectly.

  • Tortoises like this one hide inside their shells to avoid the attacks of other predators.

    Tortoises like this one hide inside their shells to avoid the attacks of other predators.

  • Local people named this plant the fanfold orchid.

    Local people named this plant the fanfold orchid.

  • This leaf-eating primate is endemic to Borneo. Proboscis monkeys are usually found in groups hanging from trees, but they’re good swimmers too.

    This leaf-eating primate is endemic to Borneo. Proboscis monkeys are usually found in groups hanging from trees, but they’re good swimmers too.

  • Shoulder baskets are used to carry forest and farming products.

    Shoulder baskets are used to carry forest and farming products.

  •  Illipe nuts are collected from the forest and then smoked. Smoking is one of the traditional methods to preserve and process the nuts before they are sold at the markets.

    Illipe nuts are collected from the forest and then smoked. Smoking is one of the traditional methods to preserve and process the nuts before they are sold at the markets.

In 2010, WWF started a program in West Kalimantan, Indonesia that enables communities to find a voice through photography. The program, Panda CLICK! (Communication Learning toward Innovative Change and Knowledge), encourages community members to capture photos and video of their surroundings—images they feel are significant to their culture and daily life. Participants are of all ages and include fishermen, farmers, teachers, students and tribal leaders.

Panda CLICK! is part of WWF’s contribution to community education about nature conservation. The program encourages communities to transfer knowledge to younger generations through visual and written documentation.

View some of the incredible photographs that have been captured by Panda CLICK! participants:

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