Thanks to all who applied for the 2020 Benjamin Cole Memorial Award!

Are you a photographer between the ages of 16—24?
Don’t miss out! Just follow these steps.

Tell us how you make a positive difference through photography

Attach a few of your favourite photos

Tell us where you’d want to go—the Dominican Republic or Mexico?

Submit your application before January 31st, 2020

What’s in it for the winner?

All-inclusive Build to the Dominican Republic or Mexico

Flights to and from designated Canadian airports

The opportunity to use your photography to make a difference

We asked a few past winners to share thoughts on their experience.


Mexico, Summer 2019

I made lifelong friends spread across Canada and Mexico and spent the week surrounded by so much joy that my face hurt from smiling. If there’s one thing Mexico teaches you, it’s the important parts of life.


The Dominican Republic, Spring 2018

I had the privilege to capture the experience and combine my passion of photography with my passion for humanitarian work. The clinic [we constructed] will change lives in the community.


The Dominican Republic, Summer 2018

Although the trip was a mere eleven days, there are a handful of cherished moments that I will hold close for the rest of my life. ‘Thank you’ does not get all the feelings across.


Mexico, Summer 2018

For me, I found myself to be overwhelmed with gratitude every second of the Build. Going into the trip knowing a total of zero other volunteers to leaving with 20+ new lifelong friends from all over the country is something I will be forever grateful for.

This Award was created in honour of Benjamin Cole Brown, who passed away in a tragic plane crash while returning from delivering aid to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew. As a photographer, entrepreneur, and humanitarian, he lived his life in the service of others and always held the deep conviction that every person has endless potential to make a difference.

“Stand against the grain and get a purpose and cause
in your heart and say ‘What can my life do?’ “
– Benjamin Cole Brown

A bit of fine print.

In order to be eligible, you must be a Canadian resident between the ages of 16 and 24 and have your own DSLR Camera to bring on the Build. You will be responsible for posting pictures to a private Facebook group for the Build as well as select a few photos to share on our main Live Different Facebook page. Recipients of the award will be required to sign our child protection policy and consent package (and undergo a criminal reference check if over 18). Covered costs do not include expenses incurred while travelling within Canada or personal spending.