Empowering cultural expression for now and generations to come


the Jimmy Nelson Foundation



Our world is changing rapidly. Through this inevitable process, the world’s cultural colours are fading and extraordinary knowledge is on the brink of being lost. Therefore, it is important to encourage people to find pride in their cultural heritage and celebrate diversity, for now and generations to come.
UNESCO director Irina Bokova calls cultural diversity: “the promise of renewal and dynamism, and an engine of innovation and development.” In the world of today, original and traditional knowledge of indigenous societies can contribute to the planet’s modern vision on technology, science, medicine and provide outstanding examples of sustainable living.
Therefore we enable photography projects that promote positive visibility and appreciation for indigenous cultures. In this way, we can show the world the great value that cultural heritage holds.


Join us on this journey and help us empower indigenous cultural expression, by creating a documentary of traditions, stories and faces before our world has forever change.


recent and upcoming


  • September was an exciting month filled with activities in the JNF’s hometown, Amsterdam. We had the chance to be present in two important book launch events of “Homage to Humanity” by Jimmy Nelson, be partners with Nikon for its “Jimmy Nelson NPS Masterclass” event, and host our very own first two e...

  • Last month (September 2018) we launched our new website and we are proud to say that it is now completely ready! From a new focus for the projects, to a new team, the Jimmy Nelson Foundation has been going through some changes since the beginning of the summer. Hence, we wanted the website to repres...

  • Last July (2018) we had our first project for the Jimmy Nelson Foundation’s “Circle of Cultural Connection”. This exciting project took place in the Great Hungarian Plain during the days of the festival Hortobágyi Lovasnapok. Three volunteers together with the JNF project Manager, Kieke van Maarscha...

  • Hortobágyi Lovasnapok 2018 This July we will have our first pilot project of ‘Circles of Cultural Connection’, in no where else than in… Hungary! The Hortobágyi Lovasnapok festival in the beginning of July, is celebrated on the Great Plains of Eastern Hungary. The Hortobágy is Hung...


The Jimmy Nelson Foundation documents cultural festivals and gatherings through the eyes of indigenous people. We finance projects worldwide that give indigenous cultures a platform to share their stories and promote pride, celebration, and positive self-image.


With your contribution you foster an appreciation for cultural diversity and help to connect people from different cultures to learn from each other’s knowledge.


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The Jimmy Nelson Foundation projects take place in cultural festivals and gatherings around the globe, with the aim of documenting the world’s last indigenous cultures from their own personal perspective.


Our mission is to record the pride that lies beneath these diverse peoples which will bring us back together and form a basis of mutual respect, and understanding for all humanity.


Have you ever felt the urge to join Jimmy Nelson? Are you passionate about indigenous cultures, photography, and traveling? Then, we are looking for you!



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