Pedro Armestre has worked as a professional photographer since 1993 and began his career at Europa Press Agency, El Mundo, and Interview magazine. Since 2003, he has worked primarily for Internacional France Presse. He has won several photography awards, and works closely with various organizations on documentary coverage for the media, exhibitions, and technical reports, among others. Learn more at his website.
Alexandra Garcia is an experienced non-profit executive and consultant who has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations in the international development sector. She is particularly interested in the issues of women’s empowerment, education, the environment, and biodiversity conservation around the world. With an extensive background in finance, strategic planning, fundraising, and operations, Alex joined ILCP in May 2012 to help the organization develop new programs and manage its core financial and administrative functions.
A lifelong lover and collector of photography, Alex is excited to work with ILCP’s member photographers to promote their conservation efforts and increase the impact of the Fellowship’s many individual and collective activities in this field.
Alex received her BS in Finance with a minor in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. She is currently pursuing a Masters at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs with a concentration in Climate Change and Energy policy. She is particularly interested in exploring how climate change and lack of energy access affects women in the developing world and the policies and practices that are needed to help them adapt and secure their energy and development rights while protecting the natural resources and landscapes in which they live. Learn more at the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Karen Kasmauski started her photojournalism career at the Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia. She became an award-winning contract photographer for National Geographic where she developed and photographed groundbreaking coverage on viruses, women’s issues, aging, emerging diseases, migrating workforce, immigration and other critical topics. Her focus on social issues resulted in her appointment to the prestigious contributing photographer in residency program at the National Geographic where she developed a visual communication strategy on global health. Emory University invited her to develop a visual project on nursing and she just completed a Knight Fellowship focused on visual communications and interactive media at Ohio University.
Her books, "Impact: From the Front lines of Global Health," and "Nurse: A World of Care," were both nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her international coverage on radiation received top honors in the Pictures of the Year. She received a grant from Getty Images to document the process of non-profits effecting social change. She has developed workshops for George Washington University and the Maine Media. She sits on the boards of non-profits working with poverty relief and community building in Southeast Asia and in Africa.
Kasmauski has built her career on close observation of people. She specializes in bringing a human face to the impact of science and social developments. At the University of Michigan she majored in Anthropology and Religion, an academic foundation well suited to her career as a photojournalist where assignments have taken her to dozens of countries on six continents. Learn more at her website.
Dr. Samuel Sidibé is director of the National Museum of Mali, a position he has held since 1987. Under his direction, the museum has grown to be considered today as one of the best on the continent. Between 2001 and 2003, he oversaw a major renovation and expansion of the museum, which provided a greater opportunity to house exhibits on the cultural heritage of Mali. The expansion, along with a major exhibition of contemporary regional art from North African and the Sahara, is part of a push to open the museum to contemporary works. Dr. Sidibé has also served as associate curator and is currently the managing director of "Bamako Encounters: Biennial of African Photography."
Aside from heading the museum, he has partnered with ICOM and UNESCO in the fight against the looting of archaeological sites and the trafficking of cultural treasures in Mali. He was one of the main architects of a bilateral agreement signed in 1993 between the United States and Mali that banned the import of Mali’s cultural treasures to the U.S.
Dr. Sidibé earned a master’s degree in the history of art and archaeology from the University of Clermont-Ferrand (France) and a PhD in the history of African societies from the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon Sorbonne). Before becoming director of the museum, he worked at the Institut des Sciences Humaines as a researcher and head of the department of history and archaeology. He is also a professor of art history at Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia in Bamako, Mali. Dr. Sidibé has received the Prince Claus Award (2006) and is an Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters (France). To learn more, visit the National Museum of Mali website.
Andrew P. Smith is a photojournalist based in Kingston, Jamaica where he documents sustainable development and heritage issues and lectures in the Communication Arts & Technology programme at the University of Technology. He holds a MA Photography from the University of Bolton (Dalian) and a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of the West Indies. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Demotix agency since, is a former freelance photographer for Reuters, a former photography editor of The Gleaner newspaper and a three-term past president of the Photography Club of Jamaica. Andrew enjoys writing as well as shooting, and his work on Jamaica’s natural and cultural heritage has appeared in several publications including Jamaica: Absolutely (2010); Moods of Jamaica (2004); A Tapestry of Jamaica: The Best of SkyWritings (2003); Guide to the Blue and John Crow Mountains (2008) and Insight Guide: Jamaica (2000). To view his website, click here.