Introducing the Depth Collective: A New Light Initiative for Photojournalists

Captured by Brian Frank.

Anyone can take a picture, but not everyone can capture one that matters.

As a company of photographers, we believe in the power of photojournalism. This vital medium gives us a conscience—and we’re committed to doing what we can to keep it alive. For us, that starts with supporting the fearless artists and visual storytellers behind it.

Today, we’re proud to introduce the Depth Collective, a new initiative that supports photographers pursuing the truth. Embarking on a career in photojournalism can be a challenging, competitive, and often dangerous endeavor. These truth-tellers risk their lives to capture what the rest of the world needs to see—but too often aren’t fairly compensated for their vital work. By offering financial help to photojournalists who wish to use the Light L16 in their storytelling, the Depth Collective hopes to further this crucial medium and its place in our culture today.

Captured by Brian Frank.

Photo reportage can become an even greater risk when its primary tool—a DSLR camera—is blatantly obvious. In the past few years, we’ve seen some photojournalists swap their DSLRs for iPhones to stay inconspicuous in their reporting—but they sacrifice quality to do so. The Light L16, however, packs professional-quality power into a compact frame that can be easily concealed. Plus, since the L16 is built on an Android platform, all of its data is encrypted, and therefore, can’t be stolen or recovered without a passcode.

Our aim is to make it easier for these courageous truth-tellers to capture the stories that need telling. We offer a significant camera discount for all Depth Collective members, as well as several free accessories from Peak Design. Photojournalists in the collective will also have the opportunity to apply for a $5000 reporting grant to help them pursue an underreported story of importance. By partnering with these visual changemakers, we hope to illuminate some the most complex issues facing humanity today.

Captured by Brian Frank.

All photojournalists and visual artists are invited to apply for membership in the Depth Collective. We’ve put together a stellar panel of Light photographers and photojournalists, including former National Geographic Photo Editor Dan Westergren, to review all submissions. We plan to notify applicants within a week of their submission.

If you’d like to be considered for Depth Collective, we would love to hear from you. Check out our application page to get more details.

To all the photojournalists reading this, thank you for your unwavering dedication to uncovering the truth.