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About Danielle Da Silva

Danielle Da Silva is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning photographer and filmmaker, and is now a proud Sony Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence. She is a land and water protector, scholar, humanitarian, coach/mentor, activist, writer, and speaker. Her mixed ancestry derives from Central/South Asia, Europe and Micronesia. She is Founder and CEO of Photographers Without Borders and is Co-Founder of the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary.

Danielle is most passionate about using storytelling to connect people to themselves, to the earth, and to each other.

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Danielle has worked with hundreds of NGOs and several multilateral organizations in the capacity of storyteller, researcher, and campaigner. She has travelled to over 80 countries, and learned more than 6 languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, some Swahili and Indonesian (she can also read and write in Arabic and Hindi). 

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 the 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.

Storytelling allows us to visualize and manifest new possibilities.

She has earned a Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Conservation Biology, Psychology and Global Studies from the University of Western Ontario, an MSc. in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics. She has an advanced certificate in French, practices Reiki, is licensed as a Holistic Practitioner and considers herself a student of all kinds.

Danielle 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. 

Danielle has created several short documentaries, some of which have earned awards at film festivals internationally. Her images have been published by 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.

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Danielle is warm, knowledgable and leads from the heart, making her a captivating mentor, coach, consultant, educator and speaker. Danielle will be speaking at the National Geographic “Exodus Aveiro Fest” in December 2019. One of Danielle’s first major lectures was a TEDx talk called "Grassroots Narrative," and she has since gone on to do a second TEDx talk called "Connection is the Key to Conservation." She was a founding member and Co-Chair of the Dandelion Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to creating consent culture and ending violence against women. She is a lecturer at Fleming College for the Environmental Visual Communications program's Multimedia Narratives module taught at the Royal Ontario Museum. 

Danielle loves to spend time reading, writing, painting, singing and playing her ukulele with her two adopted chihuahuas, Max and Whisper.

Danielle is self-represented and takes clients on a limited basis. Contact Danielle’s team using the form below:

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