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Through the lens in PNG and Bougainville

Published on 28th November 2014

VSA's Graphic Designer Chris Mitchell travelled to Papua New Guinea and Bougainville to capture stories and photographs of VSA’s work. He has selected eight of his favourite photos from the trip. Read about his visit in full here.


Five men, one older and pakeha, the other four younger and Papua New Guinean

VSA Volunteer Arnold Hawkins is volunteering as a Building and Maintenance Adviser at the National Fisheries College, based in Kavieng, PNG. Here he is with some of his students.


Two young women, laughing, framed in a doorway

Young women at Kabaira Girls’ Vocational Centre in Kokopo, PNG.


Five young women in the garden, laughing and shy at the camera

Young women at Kabaira Girls’ Vocational Centre in Kokopo, PNG.


A young Bougainvillean woman stands by the dirt roadside

A young woman running late for school in Arawa, Bougainville.


A Bougainvillean boy sits, relaxing, on the wooden floor with a book

It was humbling to see the Bougainville Library in Arawa being used by so many people.


A pakeha woman sits with two Bougainvillean men, shaking hands with one of them

VSA Volunteer Annabel Norman is on assignment in Arawa, Bougainville. She is working in remote communities promoting the arts. She is also an awesome fellow Nelsonian!


Four young men, one pakeha, the others Bougainvillean

VSA Volunteer Paul Bedggood is helping promote tourism in Bougainville as a catalyst for conserving environment and culture.


Two young nuns in blue habits, one smiles to camera, the other smiles at her

Possibly my favourite photo of the trip. These two sistas showed me around the Nazarene Centre in Bougainville. Read about my trip in full here.


1 Comment

  • Chris H on 29th November

    Fantastic photos, Mr Mitchell. Your favourite is also mine.

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