WASHINGTON (Sept. 10, 2012)—A group of Pakistani youth will have a unique opportunity to document the capital city of Islamabad with National Geographic contributing photographers Amy Toensing, Tyrone Turner and Matt Moyer during National Geographic Photo Camp Pakistan. During the six-day workshop starting Saturday, Sept. 15, 15 students from across the country will learn about self-expression through photographic vision and technique. The Photo Camp is presented by the National Geographic Society.
The photographers, together with Photo Camp staff, will mentor the students on the basics of photography as well as photographic vision, equipment and technique, and lead them through the process of creating a story through photography and writing. The workshop assignments and activities will focus on sense of place and describing the students’ world through a youth perspective.
“We hope that the Photo Camp will provide a rare opportunity for these young people to meet their peers from across Pakistan and see their lives in a new way,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s executive vice president for Mission Programs. “We’ve seen Photo Camp activities give new voice to youth, and supporting Photo Camp allows National Geographic to further its mission to inspire people to care about the planet.”
Participants, their families and community members are invited to final presentations of the students’ work at the conclusion of the workshop. Olympus Imaging America Inc. has provided cameras for the Photo Camp.
National Geographic Photo Camp has provided programs for more than 1,000 young people in over 60 locations since 2003. Photo Camp venues from earlier this year included Baltimore, Md., and Haiti, and later this year National Geographic will sponsor a Photo Camp in Eleuthera in the Bahamas.
Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/photocamp for more information.
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