Jun 162023
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LEVELING UP: “Protecting Your Copyright and Other Things That Keep Us Up at Night”

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How do we protect our copyright and what are new aspects of industry that we need to be learning more about?

Speakers: Gili Yaari Santiago Lyon Akili Ramses

Location: Online

Presented by:

  • Photoville
  • Diversify Photo

Supported by:

  • Leica Camera

In this workshop we will get into the changes in our industry that keep us up at night. From the emerging impact of artificial image generation to the new challenges facing copyright, we will be holding a panel that speaks to the nuances of our ever changing field of image making.

Leveling Up is a web series to create pathways for freelancing visual storytellers to become successful in the photography industry. With workshops that talk about the art of the side hustle, creating collectives and understanding contracts, these discussions and presentations from all-star and up-and-coming photographers are designed to guide members of our photographic community towards growth and success in their careers.

The workshops are especially geared towards BIPOC photographers, and are open to photographers anywhere in the world. We are here to support BIPOC and non-Western photographers to have successful careers.

Speaker Bios

  • Gili Yaari

    Gili Yaari

    Gili Yaari is an Israeli entrepreneur with 25 years of experience In establishing and managing large R&D organizations in companies like Comverse, Amdocs, and others.

    Since 2019 Yaari is the founder and CEO of PIXMOLE which provides copyright enforcement services based on its cutting-edge and technology for photographers and photo agencies.

    Yaari holds B.Sc. in Math & Computer Science from Ben-Gurion University and is an award-winning photojournalist specializing in documentary and news photography. In his work, Gili focuses on social and humanitarian issues as well as on contemporary Israeli issues. Yaari has been covering Israeli ups and down since 2007, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, social unrest, and political issues like the general election. In 2010 Yaari photographed the documentary ‘Sixty-Five Years Later’, documenting the life in a hostel for Holocaust survivors at a mental health center. In 2020 Yaari returned to photograph at the same hostel and published the project ‘Sixty-Five Plus Ten Years Later’, providing documentation of the mentally ill Holocaust Survivors over a decade perspective. In 2016 Yaari documented the migrant crisis in Europe, focusing on the masses of migrants in Greece, published in the project ‘Stranded in Greece’.

    Yaari has participated in several group exhibitions in Israel and worldwide. His work was awarded in various international photography competitions like ‘Sony World Photography Awards’ and Israeli Press Photography Awards (‘Local Testimony’) among others.

  • Santiago Lyon

    Santiago Lyon

    Santiago Lyon is the Head of Advocacy and Education for the Adobe-led Content Authenticity Initiative, working to combat misinformation through digital content provenance. He has more than 35 years of experience in photography as an award-winning photojournalist, photo editor, media executive and educator. As a photographer for Reuters and the Associated Press he won multiple photojournalism awards for his coverage of conflicts around the globe between 1989-1999. In 2003/2004 he was a Nieman Fellow in journalism at Harvard University before being named VP/Director of Photography at the Associated Press, a position he held until 2016. Under his direction the AP won three Pulitzer Prizes for photography as well as multiple other major photojournalism awards around the world. He was Chair of the Jury for the 2013 World Press Photo contest. Lyon serves on the board of directors of the Eddie Adams Workshop and the advisory board of the VII Foundation. He also teaches regularly at the International Center of Photography in New York.

  • Akili Ramses

    Akili Ramses

    Akili Ramsess is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor and former Director of Photography of the Orlando Sentinel. She joined the NPPA as Executive Director in 2016. Prior to her work with the Orlando Sentinel, Ramsess established a distinguished career with a variety of news organizations from the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, and the San Jose Mercury News. She is on the advisory board of the Eddie Adams Workshop and the National Association of Black Journalists Visual Task Force.


  • Photoville


    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

    In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

    By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.

    Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.

    For more information about Photoville visit,

  • Diversify Photo

    Diversify Photo

    Diversify Photo is a community of BIPOC and non-Western photographers, editors, and visual producers working to break with the predominantly colonial and patriarchal eye through which history and the media have recorded the images of our time.

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