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National Geographic photographer speaking at UMW tonight

Photographer Annie Griffiths (Photo by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic Live)

Photographer Annie Griffiths (Photo by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic Live)

National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths will appear at the University of Mary Washington’s Jepson Alumni Executive Center tonight at 7 p.m. for a free lecture that is open to the public.

The lecture, “A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel,” is based on her 2008 book of that title. The book is a photo memoir about balance and the joy of creating a meaningful life, according to her National Geographic Society biography.

You can catch an early glimpse of what’s in store through her presentation in this video.

In her memoir, she “covers three decades of international travel filled with astonishing cultural observations and revealing stories,” the biography states.

In 2010, she published “Simply Beautiful Photographs,” which was named the top photo/art book of the year by Amazon and by Barnes and Noble, the biography states.

She has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated  Press, the National Organization of Women, The University of Minnesota and the White House News Photographers Association.

Griffiths’ lecture will be followed by a book signing and a question-and-answer session.

She plans to meet with UMW photography and journalism students during her visit to Fredericksburg, the university announced.

Griffiths is also executive director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document the programs that are empowering women and girls throughout the developing world.