A21 advocate Tanner Wendell Stewart, is devoted a whole year to bring much needed attention to human trafficking through photography. Stewart began the Shoot the Skies project to create awareness for The A21 Campaign by shooting one picture every day.
Among others, Stewart’s mountain photography was part of the project which collectively would make a book. Now a book, the success of the project raised over $100,000! Certainly no paltry amount there.
Stewart shared the inspiration behind the beginnings of the Shoot the Skies project.
“My life was changed forever in 2012 when a Roma Gypsy man in Sofia Bulgaria offered to sell me his 6 month old baby for 50 dollars, simply because I said he was beautiful. That moment inspired me to do something. In 2013 I released a photograph every single day with one goal in mind: To publish this book, a 365-day photo journal created to abolish human trafficking.”
Stewart is a professional photographer born and raised in Wallowa County Oregon but has been living in Seattle for the past 8 years now. His first photograph was featured by a local newspaper when he was just 13 years old. For that photo he was recompensed $13.50. His fundraising days have certainly come a long way. He is a staunch supporter of the A21 Campaign. “I hope you enjoy the book and give as much as you can to help The A21 Campaign end human trafficking, once and for all.”
The A21 Campaign is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that fights human trafficking, including sexual exploitation and forced slave labor. A21 was founded in 2008 by Christine Caine, an international motivational speaker. It aims to “abolish injustice in the 21st century,” and the A21 Campaign concentrates on fighting slavery around the world with tools such as educational awareness and prevention. The A21 Campaign has people working in the United Kingdom, Norway, the United States, Ukraine, Greece, Bulgaria, South Africa, Thailand and Australia.
See the work of A21 inspired Tanner here.