500px Studio aims to help photographers make money doing what they love, but ultimately, it’s about providing opportunities—going beyond commercial gigs to facilitate projects that have a positive, global impact.

Introducing Focused: a new initiative from 500px Studio that highlights critical social issues once every quarter with passionate photographic series.

Monk's hands by Mishel Breen on 500px.com

“We have very creative and highly-skilled photographers that work with us on commercial projects regularly,” said Aneta Filiciak, Director of Business Operations & Strategy for 500px Studio. “We wanted to provide them with opportunities to contribute to projects thats are both creative and socially impactful, utilizing photography to tell stories and raise awareness of social global topics.”

Catarina C. by Luis Viegas photography on 500px.com

The first Focused series launches Nov. 25, and centres on ending violence against women, to coincide with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

The inspiration for the photo series is the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, which promotes the use of the color orange as a symbol of visibility and participation in the cause.

blue orange by Zied Mnif on 500px.com

In support of UNiTE’s 2017 theme, Leave No One Behind – End Violence against Women, 500px Studio is collaborating with 16 photographers from a variety of countries and perspectives around the world to create unique and powerful photo series to raise awareness of the issue.

Close up of Women with bohemian style jewellery rings on hands by Carina König on 500px.com

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which takes place from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, 500px Studio will post a daily photo essay on its blog. The photo essays will highlight multiple perspectives on gender-based violence around the world, personal experiences with the issue, as well as expressions of hope for a world free from violence against women and girls.

hello medusa by Darren Pearson on 500px.com

Meet the photographers collaborating with 500px Studio for this campaign:

Zahra Saleki, Canada & Iran
500px: 500px.com/zahrasaleki
Website: www.zahrasaleki.com
Instagram: @zahrasaleki
Facebook: facebook.com/saleki.zahra
Twitter: @ZSaleki

Amy K, USA
500px: 500px.com/amy_k
Website: www.rawandrealbyamyk.com
Instagram: @rawandrealbyamyk
Facebook: facebook.com/rawandrealbyamyk

Sasin Tipchai, Thailand
500px: 500px.com/sasintipchai
Instagram: @sasintipchai
Facebook: facebook.com/sasint

Gina Vasquez, USA
500px: 500px.com/ginavasquez
Website: ginavasquez.com
Instagram: @ginaaballerina
Facebook: facebook.com/ginavasquezphotography
Flickr: flickr.com/ginaballerina

Woman in Yellow by Anastasiya Kononenko on 500px.com

Kageaki Smith, Japan
500px: 500px.com/kageaki
Website: www.kageaki.com
Instagram: @kageakis

Eivind Hansen, UK
500px: 500px.com/eivindhansen
Website: www.eivindhansen.com

Inna Mosina, Russia
500px: 500px.com/imperfectionist
Website: www.innamosina.com
Instagram: @inna_mosina_arts

Magda Zofia, USA
Website: www.magdazofia.com
Instagram: @magdazofia

Anna by Marina Belonogova on 500px.com

Rodolfo Coelho, Brazil
Website: www.rodolfocoelho.com.br
Instagram: @thewomanmanifest

Gabriela Tulian, Canada
500px: 500px.com/gabrielatulian
Website: www.gabrielatulian.com
Instagram: @gabrielatulian

Samuel Alexander, Slovakia
Instagram: @samuel_alex__

Meelie, UK
Website: www.snapshotmeelie.co.uk
Instagram: @SnapshotMeelie
Twitter: @SnapshotMeelie

Beware! by Slavik Bidenko on 500px.com

Farbod Green, Iran
Instagram: @farbodgreen

Briony Douglas, Canada
Website: www.brionydouglas.com
Instagram: @dontfeedtheunicorn

Lauren Simpson, USA
Website: www.laurensimpson.co
Instagram: @lauren.simps

Fireball by Justine Høgh on 500px.com