Kate Lapides is a photographer, writer, budding videographer and social media strategist who prefers life at around 10,000 feet. Passionate about running, mountains, community, human rights, and dog-friendly spaces, she’s a profound believer in the capacity of thoughtful photography to humanize complex humanitarian issues and empower marginalized communities around the world. 

Kate has put her cameras to work documenting rural poverty in MIssissippi, the Navajo Nation and California's Central Valley for Save the Children; post-war UNHCR refugee camps on the Guinean-Sierra Leone border for the International Rescue Committee; children receiving life-changing reconstructive surgery operations in Brazil, Ecuador, Honduras, Laos, and Peru for ReSurge International; the journey of Somali immigrants adapting to new lives in Maine and Mexican and Central American families integrating into mountain communities in Colorado; women living in safehouse shelters; school girls in rural Kenya hoping to stay in school with the intervention of reproductive health education and a paralyzed shelter dog named Ernie who recovered to walk and paddleboard. She earned two Individual Artist grants from the Colorado Council on the Arts to fund community photography projects with new immigrants and Native American children in rural Colorado and Wyoming, has been a Women in Photojournalism National Juried Show finalist and was a visiting instructor for Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s summer workshop programs from 2010-2013.

Kate's also the partner of an incredibly kind-hearted mate, Eric Black, who she has spent countless hours running and skiing up and down mountains with and whom she loves profoundly.

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