WASHINGTON (April 19, 2010)—Fifteen students from Miami’s South Dade Senior High School will have a unique opportunity to document and learn about water and their environment during National Geographic Photo Camp BioBlitz 2010, presented with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
From Wednesday, April 28, to Saturday, May 1, the 14- to 18-year-olds will explore Biscayne National Park, Miami’s closest national park, and create a portrait of local water use, conservation and marine biodiversity through photography and writing. The students also will chronicle the 24-hour National Geographic Biscayne BioBlitz, hosted by the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service. During the event, from noon, April 30, to noon, May 1, more than 1,000 students from the greater Miami area as well as scientists, naturalists and the general public will observe and document as many plant and animal species as possible in Biscayne National Park.
National Geographic contributing photographer Raul Touzon and National Geographic mentors will brief the 15 Photo Camp students on photographic vision, equipment and technique; accompany them as they venture into Biscayne National Park with scientist-led inventory teams during the BioBlitz; and guide them through the process of creating a story that expresses their perceptions of their Photo Camp experience.
Participants, their families and the community are invited to a multimedia presentation of the students’ work at 2 p.m. on May 1, at Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center at Convoy Point, Homestead.
“We hope Photo Camp BioBlitz 2010 will provide these local youngsters with a unique lens on the world and motivate them to care about and conserve water and the extraordinary diversity of life it sustains,” 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.”
Cameras for the Photo Camp have been provided by Olympus Imaging America Inc. Memory cards have been donated to the Photo Camp program by PNY Technologies.
National Geographic Photo Camp has provided programs for more than 1,000 young people in over 45 locations since 2003. Photo Camps are also being held this year in Barbados; Crimea, Ukraine; and Chad. Visit nationalgeographic.com/photocamp for more information.
Raul Touzon is a documentary and underwater photographer who specializes in images that convey what he calls “the eternity of a moment.” He has traveled extensively in Latin America, documenting its cultures.
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, and other magazines; 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 www.nationalgeographic.com.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed, engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.