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About Danielle Da Silva

Danielle Da Silva is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning photographer, filmmaker and speaker. She is Founder and CEO of Photographers Without Borders and is Co-Founder of the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary. She was one of the first ever Sony Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence and is a partner of Profoto Global. Her ancestry derives from Central/South Asia, Europe and Micronesia.

Danielle is most passionate about using storytelling to connect people to the earth and to all the beings we share life with.

By becoming more connected to ourselves, each other and the land, we start becoming the change we seek to create.

She is the recipient of the Canadian Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders Award, and was listed as number 2 in Matador Network's Top 17 Female Photographers of 2017 as well as their Top 5 Women Changing Media. She has been nominated for the 2018 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award; she has also been nominated for Canada's Top 100 Powerful Women 2016, 2016 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, and the 2015 Women in Biz Social Good Award. She won an Ontario Volunteer Service Award for over 10 years of Community Service in 2017 and was recently also named “Woman of the Week” at Women’s Post.

Danielle has Honours BSc.’s in Conservation Biology, Psychology and Global Studies from the University of Western Ontario and an MSc. in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics. She has published research in the book Climate Governance in the Developing World (Held, Roger & Nag, 2013) and completed a distinguished Master's dissertation exploring the psychology of climate change messaging. She is also an instructor at Fleming College for the Environmental Visual Communications post-graduate program taught at the Royal Ontario Museum. 

Storytelling allows us to visualize and manifest new possibilities.

Danielle’s first feature documentary is called “Reckoning with the Wendigo” and is entering the festival circuit this year. She has created several award-winning short documentaries for Photographers Without Borders and her images have been published by the British Journal of Photography, National Geographic, the United Nations, The Independent, The Economist, and the book Cities, Slums and Gender in the Global South: Towards a Feminised Urban Future (Chant & McIlwaine, 2016), among others.

Danielle has done two TEDx talks called "Grassroots Narrative" and "Connection is the Key to Conservation” is a speaker for Sony Canada, and is also a speaker for Nat Geo Aveiro Fest in November 2019.

Danielle has worked with hundreds of NGOs and communities, travelling to over 80 countries, and learning more than 6 languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, some Swahili, Indonesian and Arabic.