grr·yo [gree-oh, gree-yoh] noun

GRRYO is an international community of photographers and creatives from all walks of life. Together we are dedicated to being a resource for the social photography and arts community.

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

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.

Our focus is on storytelling through photos, photo essays, interviews and personal tales.

Welcome to Grryo.

Join our community, share your stories, inspire and be inspired!

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

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

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, Grryo

We are drawn to stories, both written and visual ones. Grryo combines these elements and gives a platform for different voices and different narratives. Stories belong to everyone, and we are all story tellers. I’m very honored to be part of the Grryo team.
Susanne Maude

Editor & Social Media, Grryo

Stories matter. Whether told with words or pictures (or both), stories shape who we are and have the power to bring about change. I grew up surrounded by stories, both real and fictional, and it is now an absolute privilege for me to be a part of the Grryo team – not only to share my own stories, but to help others bring their stories to life too.

Romina Mandrini

Editor, Grryo

In the darkest times people return to stories. They are searching for some light that will give them hope. Grryo is exactly that light: it will keep you awake at night, carry you through the day and comfort you when all the lights seem off.

George Pavlopoulos

Editor, 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

“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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