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Mentor Spotlight - NGPC Philadelphia Staff

Mentor Spotlight – NGPC Philadelphia Staff

Photo Camp Philly exceeded my expectations as a first timer.  As an NG staffer, you hear about Photo Camps, see various blog posts, and occasionally meet someone who has volunteered for one of the camps.  From all of this information, gleaned by reading and hearing about the Photo Camps, I knew it would be an — Read more…

NGPC Philadelphia Continues

NGPC Philadelphia Continues

The first day of a Photo Camp is always jam-packed with getting to know the cameras, each other, and the surroundings.  For staff and students alike it can be a little overwhelming, but day two is always greeted with fresh eyes, bigger smiles, faces more familiar, and the drive to get out and shoot!  We — Read more…

NGPC Philadelphia Begins!

NGPC Philadelphia Begins!

In partnership with The Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia and Drexel University, 22 middle-school and high-school aged students had the opportunity last weekend to obtain a unique perspective of Philadelphia during National Geographic Photo Camp Philadelphia. From October 7 – 10, 2011, these youth learned tools of photojournalism to tell the story of different Philadelphia neighborhoods, culminating — Read more…


National Geographic Oceans Site!

National Geographic Oceans Site!

We are extremely excited to have the work from our Ocean for Life students be featured on National Geographic’s Oceans website.  The NOAA sponsored field study gave students hands-on experience documenting humanity’s effects on the health of our oceans and how it interconnects us all.  Click the image below for more!

Remembering Katrina...

Remembering Katrina…

Monday marked six years since the tragedies left in Hurricane Katrina’s wake.  In remembrance, National Geographic’s website has featured the images of our Photo Camp New Orleans students, who photographed their city and their lives only seven short months after the hurricane.

Ocean for Life 2011 - Youth Media Projects

Ocean for Life 2011 – Youth Media Projects

During the National Geographic Photo Camp – Ocean for Life program, students worked in teams with our Media Camp mentors to create 5 short videos, illustrating their ideas about the themes of the OFL program.  Themes of ocean stewardship, interconnectedness, sense of place, and cultural understanding were addressed as the students worked to document each — Read more…


Ocean for Life 2011 - Journey to Santa Cruz Island

Ocean for Life 2011 – Journey to Santa Cruz Island

Our journey out to the Channel Island Marine Sanctuary furthered the Ocean for Life field study by allowing students to develop their own first-hand accounts of how conservation and awareness can restore the natural balance of an environment.   On Anacapa Island, the National Parks Service invited the students to attend a live, underwater interpretive — Read more…

Ocean For Life Field Study Continues ...

Ocean For Life Field Study Continues …

After a thorough introduction to the Ocean for Life program objectives and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, the students began their field study by learning about the elements that help build a healthy foundation of sustenance for marine life.  While doing activities such as water quality testing at popular Hendry’s beach and visiting with — Read more…

National Geographic Photo Camp - Smith Island, Words From Our Students

National Geographic Photo Camp – Smith Island, Words From Our Students

There are a lot of differences between here and home. For one thing it’s more peaceful. It’s like the rest of the world is on pause. Things are just more beautiful here. In the city a pile of bricks to me, was just a pile of bricks. But here through the eye of my camera — Read more…


National Geographic Photo Camp - Smith Island

National Geographic Photo Camp – Smith Island

Last month, NGPC conducted it’s first ever all-female Photo Camp with 12 girls from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. Four students from VisionWorkshops’ Crossing Borders program, girls from Iraq and Nepal, accompanied the group as team leaders for the younger girls, new to this type of photographic story-telling program. Their task was to — Read more…

Crossing Borders Baltimore – I Am

This winter, our Crossing Borders program in Baltimore with the Refugee Youth Project, gave 15 refugee teens the opportunity to explore their new city of Baltimore; it’s similarities and differences to their home country, culminating in a visual “letter” to the city and it’s people entitled, “Dear Baltimore.” In April, these students participated in a — Read more…

Olympus Donation

Olympus Donation

Many thanks to Olympus Imaging America! Olympus has just donated a set of their fantastic PEN EPL1 cameras for our photography workshops, to add to their previous sponsorship of digital cameras for our programs.    Here are a few photos of our students learning to tell stories through photography over the years, using their Olympus — Read more…


A Wonderful Night for a Photo Show!

A Wonderful Night for a Photo Show!

The Crossing Borders Photo Exhibition was a huge success last night and quite a treat for the city of Baltimore! A very special thanks to our gracious hosts at the Creative Alliance, and to BCCC’s Refugee Youth Project for making sure that all of the participants and family could attend.  

National Geographic Photo Camp Chad - Portraits

National Geographic Photo Camp Chad – Portraits

There were just too many amazing images to fit them all onto one post. Here are the wonderful portraits that students from the third Chad Photo Camp took during their workshop exploring and celebrating the diversity in their own country.     The photography featured here was made possible by the generous support of the — Read more…

National Geographic Photo Camp Chad - Part 3 WOW!!!

National Geographic Photo Camp Chad – Part 3 WOW!!!

I have a confession to make, it’s really rather obvious to those that follow this blog regularly. It has been entirely too long since we’ve posted. So many positive changes afoot that the new year came, flew by, and brought March right on it’s tail. Expect to see some really exciting things coming from us — Read more…


National Geographic Photo Camp Chad - Week 2

National Geographic Photo Camp Chad – Week 2

Week two of NG Photo Camp – Chad, led by Photographer Lynn Johnson, dealt with the themes of promoting leadership and citizenship.  The students were tasked to photograph examples of these themes in various communities of N’Djamena.  The work produced was then again displayed in the Baba Moustafa Cultural Center where the general public could — Read more…

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch...  Crossing Borders Baltimore

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch… Crossing Borders Baltimore

While half of our rotating cast of characters, also referred to as volunteers and teaching assistants, were in Chad for National Geographic Photo Camp, the other half remained local to put on yet another successful Crossing Borders- Baltimore. Crossing Borders is our regional initiative to help teens who have immigrated to the US, learn more — Read more…

Giga Who?  Giga What?

Giga Who? Giga What?

GigaPan! Integrating the use of a GigaPan into our programs has yielded some really fantastic results. For those of you out there still scratching your head, GigaPan is not a gigantic frying pan, but an amazing little robot developed by Carnegie Mellon University, with NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group, and a little help from Google. — Read more…


Photo Camp Chad 1

Photo Camp Chad 1

Themes of encouraging cooperation and building community guided the first of our three consecutive Photo Camps in N’Djamena, Chad. Students were assigned to shoot in areas of the city where different examples of those themes could be found and explored. Then our staff led focused group discussions which inspired participants to discover their own unique — Read more…

National Geographic Photo Camp - Chad

National Geographic Photo Camp – Chad

For the last two months, VisionWorkshops has had the unique opportunity of running another National Geographic Photo Camp series in a locale not often photographed. Through the generous support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID’s) Peace Through Development program, 60 youth from across the country of Chad came to the capital city — Read more…

Our Mentors - Alison Harbaugh

Our Mentors – Alison Harbaugh

In this new blog series, VisionWorkshops hopes to highlight our incredibly diverse and talented group of mentors. Acting as teachers, assistants and friends to our students, our mentors work across all our programs. We hope their experiences with our students and programs as told by them will add another chapter to the story that is — Read more…


A Lasting Impression

A Lasting Impression

Pine Ridge came with a preface. One that was relayed to me with great emotional depth as a place that was overwrought with “permanent grief” and the repercussions that come with that. What I found; however, were nine kids with a glimmer of hope in their eyes, and an unmatched excitement by having a camera — Read more…

Slow Down

Slow Down

Day three of our photography workshop with the kids from Pine Ridge, afforded us the opportunity to slow the pace and enjoy our surroundings. Rockin’ R Ranch were our hosts for morning trail riding and the students were tasked to photograph ‘action’ for our lesson. While many of the students were seasoned riders, and were — Read more…

A Change of Perspective

A Change of Perspective

Often times, when faced with a difficult situation, human nature is to fight, flight, or freeze. However, a shift in how we see things can turn an unsurmountable challenge into a positive, life-changing experience. The same applies to photography. Our view of the world through the viewfinder of a camera can change drastically depending on — Read more…