Hovering Heart Photography is a non-profit that launched in 2013 to elevate the voices of visual journalists. The private database includes more than 1,000 independent documentary photographers based in 100+ countries and is available privately to any commissioning editor or organization. Hovering Heart Photography also operates an annual series of project grants, a year-long mentorship program, an annual skills-building workshop, and a travel fund to help photographers access professional development opportunities.

Our mission is to shift the makeup of the photojournalism community and ensure that our industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent. We believe that inclusion and equity work must be fully intersectional, and are committed to supporting and highlighting photographers across the spectrum of all identities. We are particularly committed to centering the voices of photographers of color, and pledge that more than half of our funding and opportunities will go to photographers.

If you are a picture editor, creative director, or someone who routinely hires photographers, please reach out to [email protected]/ for a complete electronic database of our members, which includes much more detailed information regarding geographical areas of expertise, languages spoken, hostile environment training experience, and contact information.

*We believe that gender is a spectrum. Hovering Heart Photography is inclusive of a plurality of femme voices including trans, queer and non-binary people. <3


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