National Geographic Photo Camp to Mentor Bisate Village Youths in Rwanda, Africa

WASHINGTON (Dec. 2, 2016)—A group of students in Bisate Village, located in Rwanda, Africa, will learn to tell their stories through photography and writing during National Geographic Photo Camp (NGPC) Rwanda, Dec. 4-8, 2016. The camp is a partnership between the National Geographic Society and The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.

National Geographic photographers Pete Muller and Ronan Donovan will serve as mentors for the 15 participants, ages 14-17. The goal of the four-day workshop is to use photography and visual storytelling to document the wildlife, culture and people of Rwanda. The students’ final multimedia presentation will be shown on Thursday, Dec. 8, in Bisate Village.

“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 Rwanda 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 73 locations. Olympus Imaging America Inc. has supplied cameras for the Photo Camp. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International has studied and protected mountain gorillas in Rwanda since 1967, when Dian Fossey established the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. The Research Center hosts the majority of the community engagement activities in Bistate Village and is dedicated to the conservation, protection and study of gorillas and their habitats in Africa.

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

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2016/11/cuba-photography-life-photo-camp/

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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