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Annie Griffiths


One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in more than a hundred countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the Society, 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 people and places in need around the world. She is founder and executive director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photojournalists who are documenting the aid programs that empower poor women and girls, especially as they deal with the harsh realities of climate change. Griffiths is a fellow with The International League of Conservation Photographers. A popular lecturer, Griffiths has a gift for sharing stories and photographs that humanize situations and cultures.


Griffiths’ work has also appeared in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Stern, Time, and many other publications. With author Barbara Kingsolver, Griffiths 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. 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, she published Simply Beautiful Photographs, which was named the top photo/art book of the year by Amazon and by Barnes and Noble. Griffiths is currently at work on two new books.


Griffiths has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, the University of Minnesota, and the White House News Photographers Association. She lives in northern Virginia.

Highlights & Accomplishments
Griffiths is the Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a non-profit which harnesses the power of visual storytelling to help scale solutions for women and girls globally.
As a working mother, Griffiths took her two children along for assignments on three continents, allowing the world to become their classroom.
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TED Talk: Help a Woman. Help the Planet
Annie Griffiths takes us on a journey from her beginnings, as one of the first women photographers at National Geographic, to her creation of a non-profit dedicated to empowering women and girls in the developing world.
Video Simply Beautiful Griffiths


Simply Beautiful Photographs
What makes a photograph beautiful? Annie Griffiths explains how she plumbed the depths of the famous archive to select images for the book, National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs.
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How Photography Can Show Women's Value
One of first women photographers for National Geographic, Annie shares beautiful pictures and says she has photographed women in 150 countries. "If we want women to be valued, we have to show their value."

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