grr·yo [gree-oh, gree-yoh] noun

Grryo is an international collective of photography creatives who have dedicated themselves to being a resource for the social photography and arts community.

“Griot” simply means storyteller.  Grryo simply means storyteller.

Through social photography, we will continue to showcase art from every corner of the world in the form of visual imagery – both still and moving pictures, interviews with amazing artists, as well as personal stories and photo essays for a community that is continuing to grow every day.

We have shared our passion for this art form since December 2011.  Since then, we have curated 12 photography exhibitions around the world.  Through partnerships with many mobile and non-mobile photography organizations, we have joined a movement that is open to anyone with an urge to create photographs and share their art with the world.  These partnerships will continue to grow under our new name.  Again, our aim is to support this artistic movement through the storytelling aspects of visual technology and fostering of community.

Welcome to Grryo. Let’s have fun.

“Grryo believes that everyone has a story. By creating a space to share these stories, Grryo has not only inspired others but myself as well. I continue to enjoy working with the amazing team we have, that makes Grryo what it is today. Our team together with all our contributors from around the world, create a platform that motivates everyone to share their story through their images. We will continue to grow, share and inspire. I look forward to keep walking together through this wonderful journey.”

Simran Nanwani

Manager and Editor, Grryo

Here's What Our Team Says About Grryo

Our main team comprises of Editors and Social Media Managers. To see all our contributors please click Storytellers.

I’ve always loved stories. In recent years I’ve been drawn to the stories told in photos. Grryo may be compared to a large volume of tales shared by talented artists from around the world. It’s my privilege to be part of this great team that collects these stories for all to read and enjoy.

Tommy Wallace

Editor & Social Media Manager, Grryo

“It’s such an honour to be even a small part of the team here.  GRRYO is a really special community that shares the amazing work of visual storytellers and artists from all over the world.  It’s a huge source of inspiration!”

Elaine Taylor

Editor, Grryo

Stories are channels for deeper meanings and personal truths, and Grryo allows our contributors to share their unique perspectives and experiences with a supporting community. I’ve been passioned about storytelling for my whole life, so it’s a great pleasure and honor to help those unique fragments of life to achieve the deserved exposition. Stories can change lives, and maybe there’s someone on the other side of the world waiting for something that only you can tell.

Leandro Leme

Editor & Contributor, Grryo

Susanne Maude

Editor & Contributor, Grryo

Here's What Folks Say About Grryo

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“Grryo taps the zeitgeist of our times, communicating the importance of story and image to forge inclusive human connections across the globe. The community of photographers, artists, and storytellers inspire us all to participate in the wonders of imagination and the power of new technologies to do more than only “wow” us with their awesomeness. In this intersection of imagination, story, images, and connectivity is a kind of humanistic dynamism:  to learn, grow, and change—to make a difference.” Star Rush

Writer & Photographer Special Assistant for Teaching & Learning , Cornish College of the Arts

“The Grryo community was a tremendous asset during my time at the University of Washington. Not only did they (Grryo) provide captivating photos, they carried weight and influence beyond the normal UW fanbase. This influence gave us an authentic method of reaching a demographic we once previously thought was unreachable.” Daniel Hour

Former UW Athletics New Media Manager (now Founder of HOMR Sports), HOMR Sports

“I’m consistently blown away by the amazing photography and content produced by the folks at Grryo. We’re lucky to be printing their work!” Michael Sarlitt

Co-Founder & CEO, PostalPix

“The Grryo collective of mobile photographers have continuously demonstrated their expertise in the world of smartphone photography.  Their work demonstrated what’s possible when great technology is put in the hands of true artists.  Through the lens of the Windows Phone camera technology they provided unique tips and tricks, lent their expertise to internal and external audiences, and exemplified the craft of visual storytelling.” Lucas Westcoat

Senior PR Manager , Microsoft

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