"Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I learn," Benjamin Franklin
At Laughing Planet Photography Travels we encourage you to come as a traveler and a friend. We are committed to unity, compassion, truth and shooting kick-ass photos.
Karen Kasmauski and Sherrlyn Borkgren will be leading the photography trip from October 30-November 8, 2018. Come with us for an exciting adventure through the Mayan highlands.
KAREN has photographed 25 major stories for National Geographic Magazine on topics including Japanese Women, Alaska Oil Exploration, Genetics, Radiation, Migration and Disease.
In 1999 she was awarded National Geographic’s
prestigious Photographer in Residence position, allowing her to produce a Pulitzer-prize nominated book on her health
coverage, titled IMPACT: From the Front Lines of Global Health. Karen's first documentary, Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight; The Japanese War Brides, was broadcast globally on BBC in 2015.
She has a B.A in Anthropology and Religion from the University of Michigan. She was awarded the prestigious Knight Fellowship at Ohio University where she received a master's degree in Photography and Visual Communications.
Kasmauski was one of five photographers in 2000 featured in the book, Women Photographers at National Geographic.
Her next book, NURSE: A World of Care explores issues facing nurses and health care around the world. Kasmauski enjoys sharing her knowledge of photography She has taught at Ohio University, George Mason, George Washington University and the Corcoran School of Arts and Design as well as the Maine MediaWorkshops.
Karen created the George Washington University Summer Scholar Photojournalism Program. Karen is a rocking trip leader, spontaneous and just lots of fun to be around.
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SHERRLYN is a storyteller, a writer and investigator. She relies on her family of friends and her faith for inspiration. Sherrlyn has reported from Iraq for magazines and news. She covered the story of rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for CNN. She investigated stories in Guatemala on Mayan reconciliation and healing of the ethnic cleansing of the country. Nobel Peace Prize Mayan recipient Rigoberta Menchu invited Sherrlyn to her private wedding and the burial of her firstborn.
She was honored with an Meritorious Service Award by the 1st Cavalry for her work in Iraq. The U.S First Cavalry Engineers in an unprecedented act honored Sherrlyn with three challenge coins for bravery during her coverage of the Iraq war.
Her educational background includes a Master's degree from Ohio University in Visual Communications and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology/Fine arts from the University of Oregon. She has worked with Newsweek, NBC, CNN, Agence France Presse, World Magazine, Financial Times, USA Today, and Save the Children.
Her love of Guatemala dates from the ten years she spent as an international correspondent. For two years she worked on staff for the largest Guatemalan newspaper, Prensa Libre.
What brings her back today are the majestic volcanoes, the Mayan lake villages and the escape from the 21st century. Laughter and spreading it around are a top priority.
Lynn went on the first trip to Guatemala with our Beta group and will be back for future trips. Her photography graces the pages of magazines such as National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and Women of Vision. She has received a number of prestigious awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and World Press. We could fill a page with her rewards, but one of the most outstanding things about Lynn is her persistence to practice kindness in all situations. She has taught at National Geographic workshops, Ohio University, and Syracuse University Newhouse Communications. She has traveled world wide working on sensitive photography assignments, and she is always awake, aware and ready to share her knowledge of making good photos with workshop friends.
Lynn works through her invisibility, compassion, and outrage. A regular in National Geographic, Johnson is known for shooting elusive subjects (language, disease, rape, water) and for asking tough questions. Her thesis as a Knight Fellow at Ohio University probed hate crimes; at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications she challenges master’s students to push past their own comfort levels. Dedicated to exploring the far reaches of the human condition, she spends maybe two months a year at home in Pittsburgh, packing that camera bag over and over.
Sharon will be leading an upcoming surprise trip. Watch for it
Sharon is an acclaimed visual storyteller and a two-time Emmy winner. She teaches video and storytelling and is renowned for her instructional skills. Sharon is an entertaining, informative guest-educator at national media conferences and has instructed a broad base of students. She has worked for American armed forces, radio, and television. She has a playful, light and compassionate soul that makes her approachable and loads of fun. Sharon will be teaching on an upcoming trip.
When not working in the field Sharon is making sure her children got braces and are on the right pathway to college
Journey with us and return home with tales of secrets to tell.