“Ukraine Runs Through It,” Justyna Mielnikiewicz. Courtesy of Vital Impacts. Sloviansk and Kramatorsk school dance group competition, Ukraine, 2015.
All eyes are on Ukraine. The brutal Russian invasion of the sovereign nation has created a refugee crisis in Europe and resulted in thousands of casualties. Many citizens—particularly women and children—have been displaced. Others remain to defend their homeland. Their plight is felt around the world. Celebrities and ordinary citizens are contributing funds to humanitarian relief efforts. Artists, too, are doing their part. A collection of famous photographers from around the world have donated rights to their work for a limited-time print fundraising sale entitled Impact Now, organized by woman-led non-profit Vital Impacts.
The photographers who generously contributed their work include landscape luminaries such as Jimmy Chin and wildlife legends like Paul Nicklen. Also included are works portraying the beauty of Ukraine by photographers such as Justyna Mielnikiewicz. Ami Vitale, a world-traveling National Geographic photographer, also contributed a stunning image entitled Wells. Vitale is a co-founder of Vital Impacts. She began the organization with visual journalist Eileen Mignoni to use art to raise funds for humanitarian and conservation causes.
The Impact Now series is available at 11×16 inches for $275 and 16×24 inches at $675. Proceeds from the sale will go to Direct Relief, an aid organization that provides humanitarian relief to people living in conflict zones. Currently, they are working with Ukraine's Ministry of Health and organizations on the ground to provide much-needed medical supplies and aid. The Ukrainian crisis has produced a massive need for such items which seems unlikely to abate soon. Vital Impacts hopes to raise over a million dollars for the relief efforts of Direct Relief, proving art can be a powerful medium for solidarity. The sale will continue until April 20, 2022. Head over to the Vital Impacts website to pick out your stunning fine art print today.
Vital Impacts is hosting a print sale to raise money for relief efforts in Ukraine.
“Last Bell Kiev,” Dina Litovsky. Courtesy of Vital Impacts. This was taken on May 30, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine. After the Last Bell ceremony in schools, students from around the city come to Podil area of Kiev by the Dnepr river to bathe in a fountain.
Among the featured images donated to the cause are the works of renowned wildlife, portrait, landscape, and fine art photographers.
“Well,” Ami Vitale. Courtesy of Vital impacts. In this photo, Manisha and Jasmin Singh pause in the Baoli, an ancient step well in a village near the city of Jaipur.
Vital Impacts was founded by National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale and visual journalist Eileen Mignoni.
“Central Park on a Foggy Night, New York,” Jim Richardson. Courtesy of Vital Impacts. Low flying clouds and fog shroud Central Park in New York City.
The organization aims to harness art for “protecting and preserving human and wildlife habitats.”
“Swimming and Diving,” Ian Teh. Courtesy of Vital Impacts. Children swimming and diving in the lido by the beach in St. Malo, France.
Fine art prints start at $275.
“Almaz, the Project Coordinator,” Robin Hammond. Courtesy of Vital Impacts. Almaz, 24, Project Coordinator for an Artists Foundation, is from Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.
The sale of the “Impact Now” series will continue until April 20, 2022.
“Emperor Reflections,” Paul Nicklen. Courtesy of Vital Impacts. Emperor Penguins release millions of micro-bubbles from their feathers, which lubricate their bodies and reduce friction as they rocket through frigid Antarctic waters.
“Camargue Horse Breed Championship,” Paolo Verzone. Courtesy of Vital Impacts. Camargue Horse breed Championship in Les Saintes Mairies de la Mer, France.