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What started as a dream is fast becoming reality, and when it comes to Photography4Life developing further it means bringing together the right people who are willing to share their vast experience and knowledge of East & Central Africa. Our Team Members are a diverse and unique group who bring to the table, valuable experience, knowledge and advice. 

Colleen Hogg, created Photography4Life as a platform to promote conservation and associated communities. She strongly believes Africa’s remaining wildlife cannot survive without the latter, and vigorously supports projects empowering  individuals and communities. With emphasis on those living in harmony with nature.

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Colleen Hogg - Founding Director

Kenya born, Colleen’s tenacity and passion for her homeland is the foundation of her life's choices. Her career encompasses extensive experience in East Africa’s safari industry; including specialized guiding, camp / lodge management, as well as senior positions in two highly successful safari operations. After, over two decades later she made the impassioned decision to leave the security of a stable job and launch into a new adventure. After a rocky start, but with camera and computer firmly in hand, Colleen visited many of the most secretive and remarkable sanctuaries in East Africa, providing photographic and presentational skills. Two weeks planned in Tanzania became seventeen years as she settled into commercial photography and graphic design, which took her on assignments across most of Tanzania’s extensive wilderness. 

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Fate then dealt her it's best card, fulfilling a childhood dream.

A fellow journalist recommended Colleen to Honeyguide Organization who were looking for a photojournalist to cover their anti-poaching initiatives with BigLife Foundation. Colleen quickly formed a close rapport with the Rangers, and immense admiration and respect for the organizations that trained and supported them. Honeyguide Organization and BigLife Foundation respectfully. The rest is history. Colleen's career portfolio is available on LinkedIn.

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Kavita Vohora - Ground Operations / Logistics, East Africa

Kavita Vohora , born and brought up in East Africa between Kenya and

Tanzania respectively. She been involved in the the coffee industry, agricultural and life stock farming in Tanzania for more than 17 years, she resides in Arusha and lives with her young daughter and pack of dogs. Kavita is a born naturalist and an active follower of wildlife conservation in Africa. She is not frightened to get her 'hands dirty' and participate in essential ground work, or rally together essential people and components involved in Photograph4life's growing projects and campaigns.   Kavita oversees Photography4life’s operations within Tanzania & Kenya alongside the Founding Director (who is raising awareness abroad).  Kavita brings valuable experience to the table, including communications, networking and operations. Her affinity and experience with the wilderness and shared goals strengthens her ability to represent the organisation effectively. Vivacious and full of energy, Photography4life has gained a valuable partner for its Operations and logistics.

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Lisa Mirande-Lind - Development & Project Advisor

Lisa has worked abroad primarily in Africa for the past 30 years, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania and then by coordinating relief and development projects with various, major NGOs. Having worked in the health, education, youth, economic development, and agriculture sectors during her career, Lisa has an extensive knowledge of project management and training. Returning to the Peace Corps in 1999 Lisa oversaw the programming and training for Peace Corps programs located within Morocco and Jordan in the Middle East - till 2006. 

Recently, having spent nine years working in the hospitality sector in Tanzania, she has once again returned to Peace Corps as Director of Programming and Training for Peace Corps Benin, West Africa. Throughout her years working overseas, she has always had a keen passion for conservation and is honored to be a board member for Photography4Life.  
Lisa's specific and all-encompassing skills  are immensely valuable and appreciated as Photography4life continues to grow and develop programs across East Africa.



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Hope & Paul Phillips - Development & Empowerment

Hope and Paul Phillips live (with daughter Jojo) work near Kampala, Uganda. Hope grew up on the border of The Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda and survived as an AIDS orphan by growing potatoes in the dense bush.  In desperation, her cousin worked as a prostitute to feed them.  Paul, working as a photographer in Rwanda for a child sponsorship program, met Hope while she was teaching school in Kigali in 2009.  They fell in love, and began a residential ministry called HOPE+ Africa. They live with 19 women and children, serving a larger community of orphans, widows, single HIV+ mothers, and genocide survivors.  Breaking this cycle, not by the typical Western way of providing programmatic solutions, but by working in the African context of deep and heartfelt relationship, embracing the spectrum of problems. Becoming stewards of their environment, economically benefitting from attending to the needs of the abundant ecosystem they live in. Those once destitute becoming self sufficient,  as well as psychologically and spiritually healthier. 

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Pro.Dr. Wolfgang. Thome - Publisher ATC News East Africa

Wolfgang’s career in East Africa's spans over four decades.  With a background in safaris, hotel management and air operations he is uniquely qualified to cover a cross board selection of topics concerning Africa on his widely acclaimed blog ATC News, His blog today is the largest of its kind in the wider Eastern African region. He regularly speaks at conferences and has successfully moderated many panel discussions on topical issues covering the aviation, hospitality and tourism sectors. He has also served in key positions, both in Kenya and his adopted home country Uganda, where he held the post of President of the Uganda Tourism Association (for nearly 8 years) after helping to rebuild Uganda's trade association framework from scratch after the end of the Liberation War. Wolfgang also served as Chairman of Uganda's National Hotel and Tourism Training Institute. Keen on conservation issues, Wolfgang was Chairman of the Rhino Fund Uganda during its crucial years of fundraising, whilst establishing the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and breeding program. Wolfgang’s skills in communications and negotiations are exceptional, making him all the more valuable as a contributor.

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Julia Picha - Women and Youth Development and Motivation

A student at Karatina University. She is the current director of Spring Break Kenya (SBK) whose huge goal is to inspire  communities to ‘Create the Change They Want to See’ through active engagement with young university students, communities and organizations. Julia also contributes to several other organizations including ‘Young Single Mothers Empowerment Group’, Kibera (YSMEG), Kakenya Center of Excellence and ‘Akili Dada’ (enthusing the next generation of African women leaders).  She promotes female Empowerment through education, performance and equal opportunities, mentoring young girls to pursue their ambitions against all odds. Julia vigorously pursues the end of forced or early marriages , as well as female genital mutilation (FGM). She believes that young people today have more power to change the world for the better than at any time in human history. Julia says: “motivating and supporting youngsters is key to them developing their creative and innovative abilities.”  Julia represents the youth of Africa and embodies our aims associated with Community Development. Its great to have one of East Africa's younger generation, with such resolve and foresight, on board.  


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Audra Dimanbro-Caputo - Training & Community Education

Audra is the Founder and Director of Winds of Africa in the USA and Tanzania, East Africa. Her career in San Diego is in Mental Health Care with children, adolescents and adults. She has held supervisory positions in children and adult residential care facilities and worked in at Bay View Psychiatric Hospital in Chula Vista San Diego and at the San Diego Psychiatric County Hospital.  Her involvement in Africa began by assisting the principal and teachers at ‘Save Our Souls Children Orphanage’ kindergarten and primary school program in Zimbabwe, inspiring her desire to continue volunteer her expertise in Africa. This brought Audra to Tanzania in 2001 where she founded Winds of Africa (WoA) Foundation. Its goal is to steadily build up a foundation that focuses on uniting and strengthening educational opportunities for the youngest to the oldest in Tanzania. Her philosophy is the keystone towards WoA’s success. Audra went on to launch a highly effective program training Anti-Poaching Rangers in Communication skills and English. The courses’ success and Audra’s motivation resonated with Colleen’s desire to help wildlife Rangers, their families and communities, with the empowerment of education.


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