When: Meet the Media 7th February 2024 @ 10:30
Meet Marion Payr, a visionary travel photographer whose journey began over a decade ago with the advent of Instagram. Little did she know that this platform would be the catalyst for a profound love affair with photography and the discovery of a like-minded creative community. As Marion takes the stage at this year’s Meet the Media event, her story unfolds, revealing not just a photographer, but a passionate advocate for female empowerment.
Based in Vienna, Austria, Marion’s lens captures the heartbeat of wildlife conservation and safari tourism. Her creative pursuits led her to a deep connection with Africa, particularly Subsaharan Africa, which has become a central focus of her work. Documenting travels to Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, and Rwanda, Marion’s photography transcends mere visual storytelling; it becomes a narrative of conservation, exploration, and empowerment.
In her own words, Marion describes her creative evolution as a form of meditation: “I am a keen observer. My perspective of the world comes from an introspective approach. I often compare photography to a form of pure concentrated meditation.” This introspective approach is evident in her work, where each photograph reflects a moment frozen in time, capturing the essence of her subjects.
As a Co-Founder of the @printsforwildlife fundraiser, she has raised over $2.1 million for wildlife conservation and community work in Africa since 2020. This initiative exemplifies her belief in the power of photography not only as a medium for storytelling but also as a force for positive change.
Marion’s passion for wildlife conservation goes hand-in-hand with her commitment to empowering women. Marion’s influence extends to her roles as a Nikon Female Facets jury member and mentor, part of her exclusive partnership with Nikon. Her commitment to advancing women in photography is a testament to her belief in sharing opportunities and experiences. Additionally, as a Founding Member of @bellcollective, Marion contributes to a community of female creators with a mission to break stereotypes and elevate female creative voices.
“I’m a travel photographer with a mission,” Marion states. “In all that I do, I want to empower women to find their voice, go out, explore, and create.” Her life’s work revolves around sharing opportunities, knowledge and experience, and leveling the playing field for women in the creative industry.
At Meet the Media, Marion Payr will share insights on travel photography and solo female travel, offering a unique perspective that transcends the boundaries of photography and embraces the spirit of exploration and empowerment. Don’t miss the opportunity to be inspired by Marion’s journey through her lens.