WASHINGTON (June 9, 2010)—Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jay Dickman and fellow National Geographic contributing photographer Matt Moyer will give 20 students from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine a unique opportunity to learn about and document the coastline of the Crimean peninsula during National Geographic Photo Camp 2010. From Monday, June 14, to Friday, June 18, the youth will photograph, edit and design a portrait of the Black Sea and the Crimean coast, with special attention to the region’s natural environment, economic resources and the students’ own connection with water. The Photo Camp is presented in partnership with Internews, an international media development organization that is currently working in Ukraine with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
During the five-day workshop, Dickman and Moyer will mentor the students as they explore the coastal towns of Simeiz, Yalta and Balaklava. The youth will learn about photographic vision, equipment and technique as they document how the Black Sea has been and continues to be a vital economic, cultural and historical resource to the area. In addition to Dickman and Moyer, the young photographers will be mentored by camp educators, who will guide the students through the process of creating a story of their experiences in a multimedia show.
Participants, their families and community members are invited to a final presentation of the students’ work on Saturday, June 19, 4 p.m-6 p.m. EEST, at the Franco Library, Naberezhnaya 29A, Simferopol, Crimea.
“As the students photograph the landscape, the tourism and business opportunities, and the lives and cultures of those who live in the region, we hope Photo Camp Crimea will enable them to gain an understanding of how the Black Sea impacts life along the coast,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s executive vice president, Mission Programs. “This is in line with National Geographic’s mission to inspire people to care about the planet, and we are pleased to participate in this endeavor.”
Olympus Imaging America Inc. has provided cameras for the Photo Camp, and PNY Technologies has donated memory cards.
In addition to photographing more than 25 assignments for National Geographic magazine, Dickman has contributed to such publications as Life, Conde Nast Traveler, Time, Fortune, Forbes, Sports Illustrated and the “A Day in the Life” photography series. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Feature Photography, the World Press International Golden Eye award and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Dickman is also one of the professional photographers in the Olympus Visionary program and a Lexar Elite Photographer.
Moyer, a contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine and other national publications, has been committed to telling stories that put a human face on today’s news for the past 15 years. He has worked on three stories for National Geographic, including “The Sinai: A Separate Peace” in the March 2009 issue.
National Geographic Photo Camp has provided programs for more than 1,000 young people in over 45 locations since 2003. Other Photo Camps venues this year are Barbados; Biscayne Bay, Fla.; and Chad. Visit nationalgeographic.com/photocamp for more information.
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 375 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic magazine, and other publications; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 9,200 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.
Internews is an international media development organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard. The organization has worked in over 70 countries and trained over 70,000 media professionals. In Ukraine, a key goal for the Internews USAID-funded, Strengthening Independent Media in Ukraine (U-Media) project is to enhance professionalism of journalists and ensure that media fulfill their public service oversight role and provide useful, reliable and objective news and information. The Crimean Photo Camp supports this mission through training youth in the area of photojournalism.
The U.S. Agency for International Development has provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for nearly 50 years. In Ukraine, USAID’s assistance focuses on three areas: Health and Social Transition, Economic Growth, and Democracy and Governance. Since 1992, USAID has provided $1.6 billion worth of technical and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. USAID views independent media as a critical body in safeguarding democratic values and fostering accountable governance.
Established by Olympus Imaging America Inc. in partnership with some of today’s most talented photographers, the Olympus Visionary program is dedicated to creating superb digital images with the help of Olympus’ digital cameras and lenses. Olympus Visionaries span all fields of photography and work in a diversity of styles and subject matter, but they are united in realizing their creative vision through digital capture. For more information, visit http://www.getolympus.com.