National Geographic Photo Camp began in 2003, and has inspired young people worldwide to use photography as a means to explore and learn about their communities. On view at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC is an exhibition of student work, Photo Camp: A Decade of Storytelling. Images by Photo Camp students spanning the 67 different workshops held all over the world will be on display, including images from the most recent workshop, Photo Camp South Sudan.
“Photo Camp is all about teaching young people about the power of photography and giving them the tools to tell their own stories in communities around the world,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of National Geographic Exhibitions. “This exhibition celebrates this wonderful decade-long program that is core to National Geographic’s mission to inspire, illuminate and teach.”
Conducted in partnership with VisionWorkshops, Photo Camp connects National Geographic photographers with groups of students between ages 13 – 25 to study and practice photography. Olympus Imaging America donates the cameras used by the participants. “Photo Camp South Sudan, held this past September in partnership with Internews and with funding support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, was led by National Geographic magazine contributing photographers Ed Kashi, Amy Toensing and Matt Moyer along with Ross Goldberg, National Geographic’s vice president of strategic development.” Amy Toensing, Matt Moyer and three of the Photo Camp South Sudan student participants will appear at National Geographic headquarters on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at noon for a panel discussion as part of National Geographic Live’s “Tuesdays at Noon” programming.
“In Photo Camp: A Decade of Storytelling, the nearly 150 student photographs are organized around six themes: love, survival, work, home, community and self-image. Behind-the-scenes photos offer insight into the program dynamics and illustrate the huge impact these workshops have had on the over 2,500 young people, including at-risk and refugee teens, who have participated. The exhibit centerpiece contains one photo from each of the 67 workshop locations, accompanied by a video overview of Photo Camp South Sudan that was shot and produced by Toensing and Moyer.”
Opened on December 18, 2014 the exhibition will remain on view through May 2015.