Portrait of a Special Olympics athlete lifting a weight, from photographer Brian Smale
Brian Smale for Special Olympics

On very, very good days our photographers get to partner with amazing community organizations, creating images that help them spread inspiration and impact. Here are some of our latest.

Brian Smale for Special Olympics
Special Olympics brings the joy of sport to more than 4.9 million athletes worldwide with intellectual disabilities. Working with Microsoft Story Labs, Photographer Brian Smale recently got the chance to shoot portraits with just a few of them.

Portrait of a Special Olympics volleyball playe, from photographer Brian Smale
Portrait of a Special Olympics athlete with his racket, from photographer Brian Smale

A Special Olympics athlete in mid-air doing the long jump, from photographer Brian Smale
Portrait of a Special Olympics basketball athlete, from photographer Brian Smale

 

Michal Venera for Spaulding Marine Center
The education and community programs at Spaulding Marine Center connect people of all ages while preserving, sharing and celebrating the Bay Area’s maritime history. Photographer Michal Venera got a behind the scenes look.

A man works on a wooden boat, from photographer Michal Venera
A huge skein of rope in a boatyard, from photographer Michal Venera

Close up on boatyard woodworking tools, from photographer Michal Venera
Close up of a hand sanding a wooden boat, from photographer Michal Venera

 

Thompson Homonnay for MeWater Foundation
Run by surfers and mental health professionals, the MeWater Foundation brings vulnerable young people together with positive community members and the power of the great outdoors. Ashley Thompson and Ana Homonnay spent a day at the beach with them.

A kid learning to surf, from photographer duo Thompson Homonnay
A kid puts on his goggles at the beach, from photographer duo Thompson Homonnay

A boy runs into the water with his surf board, from photographer duo Thompson Homonnay
A boy and instructor high five at the beach, from photographer duo Thompson Homonnay