National Geographic Photo Camp to Mentor Havana Youth in Cuba

WASHINGTON (Nov. 14, 2016)—A group of students in Havana, Cuba, will learn to tell their stories through photography and writing during National Geographic Photo Camp (NGPC) Cuba, Nov. 17-21, 2016. The camp is a partnership between the National Geographic Society and Fototeca de Cuba.

National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder and National Geographic magazine photo editor Sadie Quarrier will serve as mentors for the 21 participants, ages 16-19. The goal of the four-day workshop is to use photography and visual storytelling to allow Cuban youth to tell their own stories about their hopes for the future during this moment in the country’s history. The students’ final multimedia presentation will be shown on Monday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. CST as a projection on the outside of the Fototeca de Cuba headquarters.

“The goal of National Geographic Photo Camp is to inspire a new generation of storytellers as well as the members of the community who view their work,” said ​Kaitlin Yarnall, National Geographic​ Society​’s ​Deputy Director of the Centers of Excellence. “We hope Photo Camp Cuba will provide these students with a creative outlet to share their unique perspectives and an opportunity to engage with National Geographic in new ways.”

Since 2003, National Geographic Photo Camp has provided programs for more than 1,500 young people in more than 71 locations. Olympus Imaging America Inc. has supplied cameras for the Photo Camp. Fototeca de Cuba, part of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba, was created to preserve, study and promote Cuba’s photographic heritage. The center boasts the nation’s largest, most valuable collection of Cuban photographs as well as a considerable amount of documents related to the history of photography.

For more information on recent Photo Camps in Montana, Ukraine, South Sudan and Jordan, visit:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2016/07/photo-camp-montana/

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/30/the-story-of-losing-a-homeland-through-the-eyes-of-those-living-it/ ,

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/12/peace-building-with-cameras-in-south-sudan/,

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/21/life-through-the-lens-of-syrias-uprooted-teens/.

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