Recently, Peak Design asked L Renee Blount to share her experiences being a Black photographer and climber. She did (have a read) and in doing so challenged brands in the outdoor and photography industry to grant more gear to aspiring Black photographers. In L’s words, “if you want to see more people of color in outdoor photography, lower the barrier.” Challenge accepted.
Peak Design called up their friends at Sony and BorrowLenses and put together 3 full professional kits—full-frame camera/lens, bags, tripod, straps/clips, and credit for future gear rental. Upon launching these grants, other brands took note. With the help of funds from Arc’teryx and OneWheel, they’ve been able to create 3 additional grants for a total of 6 complete gear packages. The goal of these grants is to help 6 aspiring Black photographers or videographers (of any experience level) level up their gear.