WASHINGTON (Oct. 4, 2011)—Youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia will gain a unique perspective of their city with the help of photography during this week’s National Geographic Photo Camp Philadelphia. From Oct. 7 to 10, the Photo Camp participants will have the opportunity to tell stories of the neighborhoods of the city from their own point of view, using the tools of photojournalism. Photo Camp Philadelphia will be held at Drexel University. The Photo Camp is being held in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia and Drexel University.
During the four-day workshop, National Geographic photographer Lynn Johnson, National Geographic magazine photo editor Todd James, Olympus Visionary photographer Jay Kinghorn and National Geographic Photo Camp coordinator Piper Watson will mentor the students as they explore Philadelphia neighborhoods and culture from behind the lens of a camera. The National Geographic professionals will brief students on photographic vision, equipment and technique, and lead them through the process of creating a story through photography and writing. The assignments and activities will focus on the use of photography to document Philadelphia and to highlight a youth perspective about the city in a meaningful way.
“We hope Photo Camp Philadelphia will provide these kids with a unique lens on the world,” 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.”
The public is invited to a presentation of the students’ work on Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. at Drexel University’s Peck Problem Solving & Research Building, Room 409, located at 101 North 33rd Street, Philadelphia.
Cameras for Photo Camp have been provided by Olympus Imaging America Inc.
National Geographic Photo Camp has provided programs for more than 1,000 young people in over 55 locations since 2003. Photo Camps have been held this year in the Channel Islands of California and Smith Island, Md. Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/photocamp for more information.
About the National Geographic Society
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’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 400 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 9,600 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia
Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia has been serving children since 1887 and is a member agency of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. We currently serve over 13,000 youth, from pre-schoolers to high school seniors at 12 sites located throughout the city. We employ five core program areas that challenge the mind and body of our members and help them to develop moral and ethical values. These program areas include: Education & Career Development; Character & Leadership Development; Health & Life Skills; Arts and Culture; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.