The Benjamin Cole Memorial Award

The Benjamin Cole Memorial Award will provide one person, who is passionate about photography and between the ages of 16 and 24, with the opportunity to participate in a Live Different Build. Applications close on January 31st, 2019 and the winner will be announced February 9th.


Photography is a powerful tool. Have you used photography to make a difference in the lives of others? From providing portraits for those who can’t afford them to a picture series that aims to bring awareness to a cause, there are many inspiring ways photographers have used their passion to make the world a better place. We want to hear about how you’ve done the same!

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.

In honour of his life and what he stood for, we are providing one award each summer to give a photography enthusiast the ability to participate in and capture a Live Different Build.

How to Apply

If you’re between the ages of 16 – 24, are interested in experiencing a Live Different Build, and want the chance to use your photography to make a difference, all you have to do to apply is:

  • fill out our online form and answer a few questions
  • in 400 words, tell us how you can (or do) use photography to make a positive difference in the lives of others
  • attach your 2 best photos and a link to some of your work
  • let us know if you have a Build location preference between Mexico and the Dominican Republic (the Builds are happening July 6th to 15th in the Dominican Republic and from August 9th until the 18th in Mexico)

We will be accepting applications until January 31st, 2019 and the winners will be announced on February 9th, 2019.

All costs are covered, including return flights to/from designated airports across Canada! The Dominican Republic Build is happening from July 6th to 15th and in Mexico from August 9th to the 18th.

“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.