Over the past 10 years, the Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops have brought the light of photography to a small village in Cambodia. The exhibition program is always diverse, aiming to showcase the work of international photographers to a new part of the world. At the same time, the festival also endeavors to give southeast Asian photographers a platform to be discovered.

This year, part of the festival's program is the "Impact Project." This themed segments focuses on stories about individuals, groups or small organizations that are working to make a positive impact on social or environmental issues.

According to program coordinator Françoise Callier, there's a real need to balance the overwhelming mass of 'bad news' reported by the mainstream media with some happier occurrences. The efforts of those working hard to make a positive difference seems underreported. 

A Belgium friar performs countless eye operations in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo; a German woman runs a shelter for dogs in Malaysia; an Indian woman founds a female self-defense workshop; Cambodian Buddhist eco-warriors defend their environment from irresponsible development—the list goes on and on, but the shared thread is the impact that individuals can have on the world.  

In the words of Callier: "Yes, there are bad things happening, but let's not overlook the good. I want people to remember that the actions of just one person can lead to great change."

—Alexander Strecker

Editor's Note: The Angkor Photography Festival and Workshops will run from November 29 to December 6, 2014 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Keep an eye out for our weekly previews which will feature different parts of the Angkor Photography Festival's diverse and exciting program.