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Nashville photographer raising money for wildfire victims

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Jeremy Cowart took photos of victims to help raise awareness about their stories. (Source: Jeremy Cowart) Jeremy Cowart took photos of victims to help raise awareness about their stories. (Source: Jeremy Cowart)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains.

A Nashville photographer is using his camera to bring awareness to the region's victims and has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the "Voices of Gatlinburg."

Jeremy Cowart's photos tell the victims' stories and share needs with the world. These are the faces of courage and determination.

"It was just incredible to be there, to be with the people and see their resilience," Cowart said.

The wildfires were Tennessee's deadliest wildfires in a century, claiming 14 lives and more than 2,000 homes and businesses.

"The most important goal of this was to point the public to their individual crowd-funding pages so that it could help them raise more money," Cowart said.

Forming a team of volunteers, Cowart's crew used cameras attached to drones to give a better perspective of the loss.

"Voices of Gatlinburg" features Cowart's pictures, victims' stories and various social fundraising platforms where people - many total strangers - have pitched in and donated more than $100,000.

Cowart's work is now honored in a permanent memorial. His pictures are part of the "Memorial Forest Walk" atop Anakeesta mountain near downtown Gatlinburg, where you can still see the fire damage and charred remains.

"I'm just grateful that, ya know, I could be a small part of the story," Cowart said.

Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner says one of the best ways you can help the region is to come to visit.

Click here for more information about "Voices of Gatlinburg."

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