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Blue Earth Alliance, in partnership with PhotoWings, presents the 5th annual Collaborations for Cause visual storytelling event. Space is limited. Take advantage of Early Bird pricing and reserve your tickets today! 

Hosted in the beautiful Pacific Northwest by Blue Earth Alliance, we bring together socially conscious businesses, non-profits, educators, public agencies and content creators for two days of inspiration, exploration, and partnership building. Watch videos from the last three years of Collaborations for Cause thanks to the generous sponsorship of PhotoWings. Learn more about Blue Earth Alliance here

Thanks to the generosity of C4C sponsors, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarship tickets. Please fill out this form if you are interested. 

Schedule and speaker lineup may be subject to change due to circumstances out of Blue Earth’s control. Unfortunately, we are not able to issue refunds.

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Melissa Ryan

Nature Conservancy Magazine
Director of Photography
Austin, Texas

Melissa Ryan is the director of photography for Nature Conservancy magazine, the flagship publication of the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, The Nature Conservancy.



Melissa works in close partnership with photographers to create & publish dynamic environmental conservation stories that reveal the connections between global natural resource use, scientific research, and the beauty & wonder of the natural world.

Melissa’s goal is to elevate the authentic, unique vision of the photographer so they can create compelling visual images that will inspire & inform viewers and help ensure lasting conservation solutions.

Previously, Melissa was a photo editor at National Geographic Books where she edited 16 books on topics, such as: nature, space, travel, ancient civilizations, dolphins, and clean water. 

Melissa began her career more than twenty-five years ago at the University of Texas-Austin where she earned her photojournalism degree specializing in social documentary projects on youth, incarceration, and elder care.