Maria Padget

Maria is a writer, editor and project manager. After an early start in freelance journalism, Maria now manages communications projects for NGOs, social entrepreneurs and responsible businesses.


Maria’s quest for stories has taken her to the Maldives to witness a new generation of ocean stewards emerge from a swimming programme; to Myanmar to understand the transformative potential of clean cooking for health, climate and deforestation; to Bangladesh to document the first recognised impacts of climate change on the char dwellers, and to the Democratic Republic of Congo to communicate the scale of the on-going crisis of mass displacement, deadly diseases and widespread sexual violence.

Maria writes, edits and commissions communications materials for websites, magazines, events, reports and fundraising and marketing campaigns. She recruits and manages photographers and film crews for events and communication projects and works closely with photographers to create fully captioned image databases. Prior to working freelance, Maria was a communications manager for Oxfam GB. In a voluntary capacity, she helps coordinate a campaign calling for fair treatment of unaccompanied child asylum seekers.

Behind the scenes…

Good communications depend on complete integrity from the first point of engagement with the project, community or people about whom the story is being told, through to the final editorial decisions, on both words and images. That is what I aim to bring to any project.

I absolutely love what I do and there is an immense satisfaction in seeing an assignment come together with words, pictures and film that captures the true spirit behind the headlines. The following images represent special moments from assignments over the years. Photos are my own unless otherwise credited.