Press Awards

China Daily (18 October 2016)Pictures beyond the frame

The Hong Kong-based Lensational has set out on a mission to liberate women who have grown up in poverty and without much education by teaching self-expression through photography.

Lensational is a social enterprise that aims to empower women economically and emotionally through photography. It works through local volunteers and with local organizations to provide photography workshops and leadership lessons to women and girls.

Seeking to empower economically and socially marginalized women throughout the world, Lensational is a remarkable company that uses photography to enable women who might not otherwise have the opportunity to both express themselves and achieve financial independence.

Despite high-pressure, incessant work, a group of creative and hopeful women seek confidence and agency through photography.

New Internationalist (30 April 2016, print edition): Surfer Girls defy Convention

The Women’s Worldwide Web (27 April 2016)Through the Looking Glass: Lensational Captures the Power of Photography

W4 had the honor of sitting down with Lensational, an international social enterprise that seeks to empower women and girls through the power of photography.

Women in Foreign Policy (16 April 2016)Interview with Bonnie Chiu

One of my favorite quotes about photography comes from Annie Leibovitz, the famed portrait photographer most known for snapping famous people and coveted Vanity Fair spreads. Leibovitz says that “emotional content is an image’s most important element, regardless of the photographic technique. Much of the work I see these days lacks the emotional impact to draw a reaction from viewers, or remain in their hearts.”

Doha Centre for Media Freedom (7 March 2016)Empowering women through photography

Empowering women and providing them with a voice in developing countries is by no means an easy task, but this is the mission which the founders of Lensational decided to undertake when they created their social enterprise in 2013.

The Hindu (29 February 2016)Capturing a woman’s world

Four photographers share their stories as part of a symposium at the Chennai Photo Biennale.

A new social enterprise called Lensational is empowering marginalised women in developing countries through photography, allowing them to share their lives and have their voices heard by giving them cameras and training.

Bonnie Chiu has used photography to express herself for as long as she can remember. But it was a chance encounter with a group of teenage girls in Istanbul, Turkey, that changed the way the 22-year-old looked at the art forever.

In the second part of our series, SCMP brings in focus two Indonesian maids/photographers Sinna Hermanto and Asti Maria

Dhaka Tribune (19 March 2015)Simply Lensational

Lensational’s radical way of breaking stereotypes in Bangladesh and beyond

From domestic workers in Hong Kong to the children of sex workers in Lahore, 22-year-old Bonnie Chiu believes that cameras can empower girls and women

The Express Tribune (22 December 2014): Lensational: a click of hope

Lensational is a global community enterprise, aspiring to empower women in developing countries ­­-all by equipping them with cameras and photography training. In September 2013, at the age of 20 Bonnie Chiu, co-founder and director of Lensational, travelled to Pakistan to conduct photography workshops. The London based entrepreneur, who is the brains behind the enterprise spoke to The Express Tribune about Lensational.

Awards & Recognition

Forbes Under 30 Summit 2015

Bonnie Chiu joins community of Forbes Under 30 Summit. Read ahead!

SIGEF, Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum

A group of young individuals and social entrepreneurs was selected to showcase their socially innovative projects at SIGEF 2015. Lensational became second. Find out more on the SIGEF website.

Press coverage:

Hivos Social Innovation Award 2014 

Bonnie Chiu from Lensational was selected as the winner in the prototype category. The jury based its choice Lensational’s simple, but very modern and viable way of empowering poor urban women in Pakistan with – recycled digital cameras. They were also impressed by the fact that Bonnie Chiu, only 22 years old, has already developed a sound social enterprise and managed to engage with a wide array of stakeholders. Read ahead!

London School of Economics

Lensational is one of LSE’s student and alumni businesses. Find out more!