For the last few years I have helped out with an organization that is pretty awesome. Thirst relief was stared by a photographer to help change the world by providing clean water to those in need. I am always so happy to be able to donate some of my time to help this cause and contribute to something that can make a difference. They have a yearly auction to help raise money and it’s really a great cause to check out. The mission of the annual Thirst Relief Mentor Auction is twofold, to save lives and change the world by tapping into the incredible talent and generosity of the photography industry and to create better and more successful photographers.


This year’s auction will take place on Thirst Relief’s eBay account on November 14-17, 2011.The Auction will begin on the 14th at 11PM EST and end on the 17th at 11PM EST.

Though the primary focus of mentors surround the photography industry there are many other areas of expertise that people donate such as business consulting, accounting services, marketing, etc.

To accomplish this goal we’ve asked some of the best and brightest in these industries to donate 90 minutes of mentorship (instructional) time and anything else they feel like giving to be auctioned off to a winning bidder! The auction takes place on eBay and is open for three days. At the end of the auction the highest bidder wins the 90 min. mentor session as well as any other prizes the mentor may have included. The winning bidder is notified that they won the auction by Thirst Relief staff and are put in contact with their mentor. The winning bidder and mentor then communicate on how they plan to carry out the mentor session. Often, the mentor sessions are done at WPPI, via video chat on Skype, phone or in person at the mutual location of both parties choosing.

Last year, the sponsors and 90 mentors who participated in the Mentor Auction raised more than $40,700 which directly provided 8,147 people with clean water! 100% of the proceeds directly benefit Thirst Relief International, who provides at least 25 years of clean drinking water to the more that 1 billion people who don’t have it! Add to that the incredible wisdom and talent that is being shared in the one-on-one mentor sessions and you have better and more successful photographers/business owners! So, not only are lives being saved but the lives of many business owners are being made better! It’s truly a win win for everyone involved!

This year I will be giving away a 90 minute mentoring session where you can pick my brain about photography over lunch or dinner. If you are from out of town we can do a hour and a half Skype chat or FaceTime chat. I will also give the winning bidder a spot in one of my workshops ( dates TBA). All of the proceeds to to Thirst relief international so its a great way to learn and help change the world at the same time. To place a bid on me head over to the auction now: Thirst Relief Mentor Auction

And here is a great video to see what this charity is all about.

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