Photos on the sidelines of a Cross Border South Caucasus Workshop in Egypt

Late last month through to the beginning of this one I was in Egypt to present for and facilitate a cross-border workshop for journalists and analysts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia as well as the disputed territories of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno Karabakh. Unfortunately, I didn't pack my proper camera gear and travelled light with my tiny Nikon V1. Obviously, Egypt has an incredible history, but also some incredibly photogenic kids as well.

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BBC Azeri and Turkish Services Publish Tbilisi Vake Park Protest Photo Story

BBC Azeri yesterday published some of my photos documenting the environmental protest in Tbilisi’s Vake Park and so I paid a return visit the night before to check if there were any new developments. Basically, there are none although legal action has not been rejected by the courts. Instead, more information needs to be provided before any case against the construction can proceed.

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Ashiq Qarib and the Sayat Nova Project in The Moscow Times

I was pleased to see that the Sayat Nova Project made into the arts section of the Moscow Times at the end of January and even happier to see that my photograph of the ethnic Azeri bard, Ashiq Qarib, led the piece. As readers of this blog will know, I accompanied the Kickstarter-funded project on some of their field trips in Georgia last year. They also traveled to Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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Georgian Environmentalists Halt Construction in Tbilisi’s Vake Park

Braving the recent snowfall and plummeting temperatures, environmentalists have managed to prevent construction from continuing in Tbilisi’s central Vake Park — for now at least. Blockading the road leading to the site where a new hotel is being built, activists from Guerrilla Gardening Tbilisi are now camped out adjacent to the construction site.

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First Step Georgia, Kutaisi

Last week’s field trip to Kutaisi with EveryChild and EveryChild Georgia saw me pay a return visit to First Step Georgia, a local NGO working for children with special needs. The last time was in 2005 when I visited their centre in Tbilisi while also looking at the situation of children with disabilities enrolled into Soviet-era institutions, now thankfully closed.

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