For the Dutch Embassy (BuZa) and the Dutch LAN network of the Embassy of The Netherlands in Kenya, I took pictures of Kenyan-Dutch farmer Talash, who is breeding insects on her Limuru farm. The pictures will be featured in a book that focuses on the 100 year jubilee of the Agricultural Attaché Network (LAN), which represents the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality worldwide at the Netherlands embassies in the areas related to Agriculture and Nature. You can find more information about the ‘Landbouwattaché Netwerk’ here.
Cyclone Idai, which hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on 14 March, caused massive flooding and killed more than 840 people. Together with Africa correspondent Saskia Houttuin, I traveled to the town of Beira, which was hit severely by both the cyclone and the floods.
During our stay in Mozambique, we reported on the Idai aftermath, when thousands of people still needed to be rescued from nearby, flooded areas. You can find some of our reports on Saskia’s YouTube channel, read this Dutch story (with one of my images) or you can check out the video below. I also created a visual story in words and pictures for Al Jazeera.
If you’d like to help: the International Red Cross and NGO’s like Caritas (that used some of my images for funding and blog updates) are still on the ground in Mozambique, to deliver aid for those in need.
On the ‘Features’ tab of my website, you can see some of my assignments, collaborations, publications and features. I have recently added new work and assignments, like my piece for Musotrees Magazine, the collaboration between NPO Radio 1 program De Nieuws BV and me, a Telegraaf interview and more.
On the ‘Features’ page, you can click on each logo to find out more.
In some Kenyan states, sand mining by organized crime mobsters is a big problem. In Makueni County, however, the local government has found a way to reduce people from removing the sand from dry river beds. Kenya is building more and more, and sand is indispensable for the creation of glass and concrete. One can make quite some money by mining and selling the thick grains of Makueni sand.
Dutch writer and Amref Flying Doctors ambassador Saskia Noort and her daughter Julia Schellekens traveled to the Maasai community of Kilindi, Tanzania. Here, they attended a so-called ‘ARP’, an Alternative Rite of Passage without the harmful FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) practice. ‘The cut’ kills many girls, who can be as young as eight years old when they undergo the ceremonial ritual. With Amref’s help, over 16.000 girls became a woman without undergoing FGM.
For the video you above (created by Chilo.TV), I interviewed Saskia Noort on the last day of our trip to Kilindi. You can check out the pictures I took on our trip on my NGO Photography page. If you can read Dutch, you can also read more about Saskia Noort’s experiences in this interview by JAN Magazine (which also boasts one of my pictures).
During the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands spoke about the launch of a new initiative by the Chinese Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE) to voluntarily ban the use of rhino-based products across the Society's members. Later that day, the Dutch princess and SEE hosted a reception to mark the launch of the SEE initiative, where I took pictures for Laurentien’s Number Five Foundation.
To see more pictures I took for NGO’s, please visit the NGO Photography page of my website.
You can now read my ten-page travel story about Uganda in the inflight magazine of Kenya Airways: Msafiri! The piece features an off-trail safari with Uganda Carnivores doctor Ludwig Siefert, a not-so-successful chimpanzee trek in Kalinzu and a spectacular trip to the mountain gorillas of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. I'm also providing some tips on where to eat, where to stay and which spots in Kampala and Entebbe you shouldn't miss. Nearly all photographs were also taken by me!
You can read the whole issue of Msafiri magazine through this link. If you’d like to read more about my work for Msafiri, you can check out this blogpost about my cover shot for the November 2018 edition, or click here to read my Ethiopia travel story of a couple of months ago.
On toast, in a salad or just as a healthy snack: the Dutch love avocados. My colleagues at MENDO even created an avocado cookbook for the avo only restaurant The Avocado Show! Our love for avocados has a clear effect on countries where the fruit can grow: in Kenya, farmers even uproot their coffee plants to make money off this ‘avocado boom’.
With Africa correspondent Saskia, I traveled to Machakos, a region where more and more farmers are growing avocados to cash in on the global avo trend. You can watch our TV report above, or you can check it out on the RTL Nieuws website.
During our recent trip to Nigeria, where Saskia and I were on assignment for RTL Nieuws and VPRO Bureau Buitenland, we coincidentally were in Lagos when the delayed presidential elections took place. Saskia and I worked on a story about the dangerous impact of fake news on Nigeria’s elections. If you can read Dutch, you can check out the whole story (and see some of my pictures) here.
In the last months of 2018, I took on several NGO assignments. I have gathered some of the NGO-commissioned pictures on a new page of this website. You can now visit the NGO Photography tab to see the photographs shot for (African) non-governmental organizations. I’m currently filling my 2019 work schedule, so do not hesitate to send me an email - maybe I can also work for your organization!