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HSUS Photography

Breathtaking photography is often the centerpiece of The Humane Society of the United States’ communications channels. We strive to use authentic photography as often as possible, and we abide by a Photo Ethics Policy to safeguard our supporters’ trust in the integrity and credibility of our work on behalf of animals. To contact the HSUS Photo Team or request temporary access to our photo library, email photos@humanesociety.org.

Join Our Network of Photographers

Photographing animal rescue and rehab operations. Documenting our advocacy efforts and community outreach events. Covering editorial and portrait assignments for our magazines. Our volunteer, freelance, and professional HSUS staff photographers are there to capture it all. 

You can be a part of it. The Humane Society of the United States has hundreds of photo needs each year, including individual image purchases and freelance photography assignments, both in the United States and internationally. To help grow our network of professional photographers, we’ve launched a Photographer Directory. Join us in our efforts to improve the lives of animals worldwide by registering today.

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Wait, there’s more! Let other animal groups in your area know you’re available by allowing The HSUS to share your information in a public directory of photographers. By doing so, you’ll help us provide the entire animal welfare community with an easy way of finding professional photographers in their area. The more we all use powerful imagery to deliver our messages, the more animals we can help as a movement.

What Our Photographers Say

Photographer David Sokol took this close-up of feeding time for an orphaned baby squirrel at our Cape Wildlife Center in 2011. Sokol has also covered HSUS relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy and a Vermont puppy mill investigation. David Sokol/For The HSUS

David Sokol, freelance photographer for The HSUS since 2011:

"Working with The Humane Society of the United States has really opened my eyes to the devastating reality of animal abuse as well as the passion people have to care for animals who have been abused. Through my photographs I hope to open people’s eyes and show the truth of how some animals have been cruelly kept and their journey to a new loving life.

"Having the opportunity to work alongside volunteers and employees of The HSUS has shown me the love, care, and devotion some people have to the pets and wildlife living among us.

"I take my work very seriously and always strive for the best and put the extra time in to fully report on a story and create images that will have a lasting impression on people. Photography is a huge part of my life and my continued work with the Humane Society of the United States has helped me grow not only as a photographer but also as a person who loves and appreciates all animals and wildlife." 

We often call on local professional photographers to document the far-flung work of our Animal Rescue Team during animal fighting raids, puppy mill rescues, disaster relief efforts, and more. Freelancer Julie Busch Branaman was on location in Florida in June 2011 as hundreds of cats were rescued from a hoarding situation. She captured the moment as this cat, nicknamed Velcro for his affectionate response to rescuers, gave a hug to The HSUS's Adam Parascandola. Julie Busch Branaman/For The HSUS

Julie Busch Branaman, freelance photographer for The HSUS since 2011:

"Working with The HSUS is one of the most rewarding experiences I've had as a photojournalist. Many times we hope that our work makes a difference, but with HSUS you KNOW that it's making a difference. You see it in the faces of malnourished, abused and afraid animals rescued by HSUS. You experience it as you follow them through the recovery process and transition into a new, better life. For someone who strives to tell meaningful stories through imagery it doesn't get much better than that!" 

Branaman not only shot Velcro's original rescue and the cat adoption event two months later, but she also had the opportunity to photograph Velcro—renamed Romeo—here in his new home in February 2012. This photo was featured on the cover of our member magazine, All Animals, which has more than 580,000 subscribers. Julie Busch Branaman/For The HSUS

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