The project ran from January until December 2015. It was a collaborative effort by Photovoices International, the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), and Reef Check Indonesia (RCI), involving 34 village photographers. These village photographers are representatives of their respected communities and come from varying backgrounds and walks of life such as: workers in the tourism industry, fishermen, and local youth. In the early stages, these villagers were trained in photography techniques and introduced to the photovoice
method. We then conducted mentored sessions with the help of village facilitators and professional photographers.
More than 10,000 photographs taken by these village photographers were then analyzed, selected, and divided into several categories. These photos show Amed and Tulamben’s many potentials, the concerns of their residents, and the various regional management efforts that have been initiated. Apart from information concerning the environment, by using this method, we and the people of Amed and Tulamben have collected an abundance of data relating to the region’s infrastructure, education, health, culture, and economy. In order to glean further information from the photos taken, we also conducted numerous discussion sessions with communities from the two villages. The following is a general picture of the region as revealed by our process.