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Bringing community voices into decision-making processes


“Pictures and stories provide people a way to reflect on their own lives, and to talk together about what they want to protect and what they want to make better.”


Ann McBride Norton, Founder

(1944 - 2020)

Photovoices International leads the way for under-represented communities, especially women and youth, to have a say in the decisions that impact their lives. Our work is grounded in the principles of participatory photography and the core values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. 


We aim to address injustice, inequity, and the lack of diversity and inclusion in decision making by creating pathways for under-represented communities to participate in the development policies and decisions that impact their lives and the environments where they live, learn and work. 

Photovoices International encourages participants to share their knowledge and experiences, gives them the space and resources to further enrich their understanding and develop positions on issues of concern to them. This results in the meaningful articulation of community perspectives backed-up by powerful visual images.  The critical thinking and conversations about core issues, concerns and aspirations involved in the facilitated process ready community members to actively participate in discussions and decisions about issues important to them.  

Photovoices International rests on the belief that government and business leaders, scientists and international organizations have much to learn from the men, women and youth who live, learn and work, farm and fish, raise their children, practice their faiths in the program area. Strategies are far more effective when they incorporate local knowledge and perspectives, understand changing cultural landscapes, sacred geography and spiritual practices, and build partnerships with people based on respect.


Photovoices’ vision is to empower under-represented communities to articulate their perspectives and improve their lives.


The mission is to engage with and train community members to use visuals and storytelling to influence people and policies, and advocate for positive change.

Through participatory photography, we provide:

  • Facilitated learning process – especially for women and youth – that builds knowledge, skills, and confidence.

  • Develop community champions and support opportunities for advocacy.



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Tri Soekirman
Executive Director

Tri is a communications and marketing professional with over 30 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors, with strong experience in natural resources management and conservation. 

Hendy Bernard
Finance & Admin Manager

Hendy has over 15 years of experience in the field of finance and administration with conservation non-profits and the private sector.

Saharuddin Usmi
Senior Facilitator

Saharuddin has been involved in community development for 20 years, working with fisher and coastal communities in Wakatobi, Rote Ndao, Taka Bone Rate, Ternate, and Berau. 

Saharuddin has been involved in community development for 20 years, working with fisher and coastal communities in Wakatobi, Rote Ndao, Taka Bone Rate, Ternate, and Berau. 

IG Yudha Bhismaya
Data & Archive Coordinator

A Jakarta born Balinese,  Yudha is an avid photographer with years of experience in the field of socio-environment scenes and phenomena documentation.

Ayu Puspita Dewi
Finance and Operations Assistant

Ayu is a fresh graduate of Warmadewa University, majoring in Economic and business. She has years of experience working in office and administration fields.

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Kendisan Kusumaatmadja
Training Specialist

Kendisan has over 10 years of experience in journalism and creative writing, and has been working as an instructor and field facilitator for Photovoices International since 2016

Rezal Kusumaatmadja
Founder & Chairman of the Board

Rezal is the Founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of PT Rimba Makmur Utama, a forest conservation and restoration company. 

Suzy Hutomo
Board Member

As the Chairwoman of The Body Shop Indonesia, Suzy consistently supports business practices that emphasize environmental sustainability. Through her Sustainable Suzy hub, she promotes an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle.

S.A. Sri Saraswati
Board Member

Saras was the first staff of PVI in Indonesia when it started in 2007, and assumed the position of Executive Director in 2014-2016. 

Riza Marlon
Board Member

A biologist and one of the foremost wildlife photographers in Indonesia, Riza has published 2 books, “Living Treasures of Indonesia” and “107+ Ular Indonesia”.

Amy Cardamone
Sr. Adviser

With a background in community health development, Amy has been working in women and youth empowerment in Indonesia for 15 years and involved in running photovoices since 2014. 

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Larry Fisher
Sr. Adviser

A research professor at the University of Arizona School of Natural Resources Management and the Environment, Larry has over 40 years of environmental conflict resolution in Indonesia.

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Ida Ayu Agung Mas
Board Member

Ida has dedicated her life to working with communities in her native Bali. Her greatest commitments have been to programs related to the environment and culture.

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Gita Syahrani
Board Member

Gita is the Executive Director of Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari, a collaborative district association established to advance green development. A lawyer, Gita has worked in sustainability, climate financing, and green investment law and policy.

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