Wasatch Speaker Series
Renowned National Geographic Photojournalist
Monday, November 25th, 2019
One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for National Geographic, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem.
In addition to her magazine work, Griffiths is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world.
Annie is the Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of world-class photographers, filmmakers, and journalists that identifies top aid groups empowering women and children in the developing world and sends a team of artists to document their programs. The resulting films and images are gifted to the aid groups, dramatically improving their fundraising. Since its inception, Ripple Effect Images has helped these grassroots organizations raise over 10 million dollars.
Griffiths’ work has also appeared in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Fortune, Stern, and many other publications. Along with author Barbara Kingsolver, she produced Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands, a book celebrating the last pristine wilderness in North America. Proceeds from the book raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for grassroots land conservation. Griffiths is an accomplished speaker and a regular guest on NPR, The Today Show, and other media outlets.
In 2008, Griffiths published A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel, a photo memoir about balance, and the joy of creating a meaningful life. In 2010, Annie authored the book, Simply Beautiful Photographs, which was named the top photo/art book of the year by both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Annie is currently at work on two new books.
Annie is a Fellow with The International League ofConservation Photographers and has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Heifer International, the National Organization of Women, The University of Minnesota and the White House News Photographers Association.