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Nichole Sobecki

Photographer with VII Photo based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi friends -- join us at The Alchemist Bar this Saturday, 7pm for a screening by some incredible photographers from across Africa and beyond sharing their work from a @viiphoto workshop "Rising Fast" led by @dannywilcoxfrazier and myself, music by @ethiopicat. . Let's celebrate our favorite city together! @viiphoto

Children cool off in an irrigation canal built to provide water from the Nile for the crops of the Emirates-owned Zayed al-Khair farm, outside Wad Rawa, Sudan. . @viiphoto @businessweek

Glad and grateful to be part of a global project by eight women photographers from The Everyday Projects @everydayeverywhere and supported by the National Geographic Society @insidenatgeo! . The best part is that I get to work alongside the hugely talented @amritachandradas, @ksukuleshova, @miorarajaonary, @mridulaamin, @saiynabashirphoto, @thanafaroq7 and, of course, @davillasana, who threw her whole self into making this project a reality. A big, big thanks to @pritheeva for believing in each of us and in the importance of telling this story. . We can't wait to share more of this journey with you all, and introduce you to some brave and resilient people allowing us into their lives. Now, to work! . @natgeo

Meroë

Sudan, you beauty. At a time of such halting, fragile change following the April ouster of Omar al-Bashir, one of Africa's longest-ruling leaders, I’ve been thinking back to earlier travels to this storied country. Driving back to Khartoum one evening I stopped to see the pyramids of Meroe — the lone visitor to a site so striking it took my breath away. Meroe was the capital of the Kingdom of Kush and the roughly 200 pyramids stretching out across the sands date back as far as 4,600 years ago. Many are tombs of the Nubian kings and queens who once ruled here, and a reminder that from the perspective of history power is always fleeting. .

Iten Kenya

Breakfast of champions (2018). .

Kigali, Rwanda

What a brilliant whirlwind of a week at @foundryphoto in Kigali! Had so much fun teaching with @allisondinner, and blown away by the heart everyone put into their stories (sleepless nights too). . Wouldn’t have happened without the support of @PhotoWings and @viifoundation, and grateful to the African Leadership University for giving us a home for the week. . Team Nic and the Photo Mechanics, bravo and keep making beautiful work: @thesestreetsza, @zaharabdulfoto, @nickywoophoto, @inaeephoto, @biziphoto, @adam.hak, @daviddosunmu, @adetona_omokanye, @seahorsefish, @adeyinka.yusuf, @apochiowoicho, and @katumbabadru. . Next workshop this September 14 - 21 in Nairobi! Join us, link in profile. Scholarship applications end TOMORROW! .

Nairobi, Kenya

Such emotion in this image by @donwilson.odhiambo, a Kenya-based photographer and participant in last year’s @viiphoto "Rising Fast" workshop in Nairobi, Kenya with myself and @dannywilcoxfrazier. Join us this year: September 14 - 21, 2019! . ’Rising Fast’ is a complete immersion into photography and storytelling right here in my home city, and the place where Danny began his career. During the week you will use Nairobi as a canvas to produce an in-depth visual essay on the aspect of the city's dynamism that most engages you. . I’ll be sharing some really inspiring work by past workshop participants this week. Donwilson's series documents the impact of  illegal moonshine, or changaa, on women from Nairobi's Kibera community. . We also have four scholarships available for photographers from Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania or Uganda. Just follow the link below, and reach out with any questions. Scholarship applications close August 15. . Hope to see you there, and follow the link in my profile for more details or to sign up! .

Nairobi, Kenya

Such a fun, textured moment captured by Olya Morvan, a Doha-based photographer and participant in last year’s @viiphoto "Rising Fast" workshop in Nairobi, Kenya with myself and @dannywilcoxfrazier. Join us this year: September 14 - 21, 2019! . ’Rising Fast’ is a complete immersion into photography and storytelling right here in my home city, and the place where Danny began his career. During the week you will use Nairobi as a canvas to produce an in-depth visual essay on the aspect of the city's dynamism that most engages you. . I’ll be sharing some really inspiring work by past workshop participants this week. Olya's series attempts to shed a different light on the often stigmatized Somali community in Nairobi's Eastleigh neighborhood, known as "Little Mogadishu". . We also have four scholarships available for photographers from Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania or Uganda. Just follow the link below, and reach out with any questions. Scholarship applications close August 15. . Hope to see you there, and follow the link in my profile for more details or to sign up! .

Nairobi, Kenya

Love the graphic nature of this image by Lance Larson @samizdatfilms, a Los Angeles-based photographer and participant in last year’s @viiphoto "Rising Fast" workshop in Nairobi, Kenya with myself and @dannywilcoxfrazier. Join us this year: September 14 - 21, 2019! . ’Rising Fast’ is a complete immersion into photography and storytelling right here in my home city, and the place where Danny began his career. During the week you will use Nairobi as a canvas to produce an in-depth visual essay on the aspect of the city's dynamism that most engages you. . I’ll be sharing some really inspiring work by past workshop participants this week. Lance's series explores the challenges Nairobians face while moving through their burgeoning city. A paucity of public transportation options colliding with an increasing number of private vehicles has overburdened Nairobi's infrastructure, resulting in the longest commute times of any city on the continent. . We also have four scholarships available for photographers from Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania or Uganda. Just follow the link below, and reach out with any questions. Scholarship applications close August 15. . Hope to see you there, and follow the link in my profile for more details or to sign up! .

Nord-Kivu, Democratic Republic Congo

In case you missed it, we’re now a YEAR into the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and cases continue to surge. . Here, a woman washes her hands with a chlorine solution upon leaving the general hospital in Kyondo. The @who has set up several Ebola response camps in areas like this, outside the major cities, where small clusters of Ebola patients have been found. .

Lago Turkana

Ready and… GO! I’m so excited to be leading this amazing workshop ‘Rising Fast’ once again with my phenomenal @viiphoto colleague and friend @dannywilcoxfrazier here in Kenya. . The workshop is a complete immersion into photography and storytelling right here in my home city, and where Danny began his career. During the week you will use Nairobi as a canvas to produce an in-depth visual essay on the aspect of the city's dynamism that most engages you. . We also have six scholarships available for photographers from Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania or Uganda. Just follow the link below, and reach out with any questions. . Spots are limited so don’t wait! Join us September 14 - 21. Learn more and sign up by going to the link in my profile. .

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The man being buried here did not die from Ebola. A policeman and father of six, Tabu Amuli Emmanuel was killed by armed men while defending a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Ebola Treatment Centre in Butembo, only a few days after a treatment center in nearby Katwa was attacked and partially burned down. Amongst so much loss, in this death there seemed to exist a convergence of the challenges that have made containing Ebola here a perfect storm – the deadly nature of the virus itself, security challenges in North Kivu where more than 100 armed groups operate, and suspicion and rumors rife within the communities health workers are attempting to treat. .

Democratic Republic of the Congo

After almost a year, and nearly 1700 deaths, the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been declared a Global Health Emergency. Emergency declarations are issued sparingly, and only four have been made in the past. . A World Health Organization team checks the temperature of Confirme Masika Mughanyira, 7, in Vayana town, a small village two-hours from Butembo in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Confirme lost both her parents, her older brother and younger sister to Ebola. As the only survivor in her family she is now being taken care of by relatives. .

Hard to believe my baby brother got hitched, but oh what a woman he chose. Love you Rob and @sonjakpage. .

Honored to have my work on the still ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo included in @natgeo "50 best photos from 2019—so far" alongside so many talented friends and colleagues. . Hard to believe that we're already halfway through 2019, and a year into the world's second largest Ebola outbreak. With Uganda stepping up its response to its first confirmed Ebola case, my thoughts are with those who continue to battle this deadly virus despite the vast complexities on the ground, lack of international investment, and ongoing dangers. .

St. Croix USVI

My beautiful, unstoppable friend @danielleposa takes a quiet moment away from her wedding celebrations to nurse her daughter Gigi. What a woman you found @christian.pusateri, and what joy sharing this day with you all. .

San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras C.A.

Earlier this year @jillfilipovic and I spent a few weeks in one of the deadliest cities in the world, as we tried to understand why people choose to flee Honduras, and what they’re hoping to leave behind. Violence here comes in many forms, from the murders of women, to gang wars and conflict over drugs and guns. Underpinning nearly every killing is a climate of impunity that has taken the lives of far too many. Moreover, the Honduran police are both understaffed—in the northern district of San Pedro Sula, home to nearly 230,000 people and where well-known gangs like Barrio 18 and MS-13 operate, just 50 police officers watch over its 189 neighborhoods—and plagued by corruption and abuse. . 1: Police officers frisk civilians and check their ID cards on a criminal database outside a pool bar, while others search the facility, in San Pedro Sula. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2: The tag for MS-13 is sprayed across a wall in La Rivera Hernandez, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in San Pedro Sula. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Link in my bio to our latest piece for @politicomag ‘Why People Flee Honduras.’ .

San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras C.A.

‘I Can No Longer Continue to Live Here.’ What’s driving so many Honduran women to the U.S. border? The reality is worse than you’ve heard. . Out today in @politicomag, @jillfilipovic and my story on how Honduras' total criminal ban on abortion and emergency contraception raises the cost of violence against women -- and pushes many to flee.

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