National Geographic Photo Camp

Profile of VisionWorkshops Founder Kirsten Elstner

Profile of VisionWorkshops Founder Kirsten Elstner

What gave you the idea to start VisionWorkshops? Before I founded VisionWorkshops I was working as a photographer with The New York Times and the International Red Cross. I got the idea to put the camera in the hands of the youth who were the subject of our photographs so that they could tell the — Read more…

NGPC - Pakistan

NGPC – Pakistan

Our recent Pakistan Photo Camp  marks the second successful collaboration between NG Photo Camp and Internews, an organization whose mission of “empowering local media worldwide” is very well-aligned with our own. The camp set out to provide students with the opportunity to learn skills related to photography and storytelling to help them develop ways of — Read more…

NGPC - Bahamas

NGPC – Bahamas

In partnership with the US Embassy Nassau and The Bahamas National Drug Council, 20 students representing public and private schools on New Providence, Grand Bahama and Crooked Island were selected to participate in this Photo Camp based on the merit of their entries to the “Youth Against Drugs” Essay, Rap and Poetry contest.

Thank You Olympus!

For the past several years, we have been proudly sponsored by the kind folks at Olympus – putting quality cameras in the hands of young people all over the world and fueling the passion for photographic storytelling.  This year was no exception as our inventory was refreshed with Micro Four Thirds technology – Olympus’ easy-to-use — Read more…

All Roads Features NGPC Exhibition!!

All Roads Features NGPC Exhibition!!

EXCITING NEWS!!! Photo Camp Exhibition Featured at the All Roads Film Festival at National Geographic, Washington D.C. Outdoor Courtyard SEPTEMBER 17 – NOVEMBER 18 This photography exhibit features images from National Geographic Photo Camp, a program in which National Geographic photographers work with young people around the world to document their communities. Photos and writing — Read more…

NGPC Baltimore Final Show

NGPC Baltimore Final Show

NGPC Baltimore - Finding Home

NGPC Baltimore – Finding Home

Photo Camp Baltimore brought together refugee youth from Burma and Eritrea now residing in a suburb outside of Baltimore, to explore using photography, writing and audio recordings to tell their own stories of what its like to make a new home.  Every evening students brought home cameras and lessons learned at photo camp to capture — Read more…

Faces of Photo Camp - Baltimore

Faces of Photo Camp – Baltimore

A great way to get to know yourself and others is through making portraits.  National Geographic Photo Camp instructors utilize the process of portrait photography as an incredible tool through which students can look at themselves, each other, and the different people they encounter everyday.  Baltimore  students had the opportunity to take studio portraits of — Read more…

National Geographic Photo Camp - Baltimore

National Geographic Photo Camp – Baltimore

Tomorrow Night! NGPC Presents....

Tomorrow Night! NGPC Presents….

Photo Camp Overview - LIVE on NG!!

Photo Camp Overview – LIVE on NG!!

Our new National Geographic Photo Camp Overview video is now live on National Geographic’s website HERE!  Here you can also find videos of some of the amazing camps we’ve done over the years.  A special thank you to Jim Webb, Pierre Kattar, and the National Geographic staff that helped bring what we do to a — Read more…

Instructor Lynn Johnson - Working to Help Koraput Survivors

Instructor Lynn Johnson – Working to Help Koraput Survivors

One of our fabulous Photo Camp instructors – photographer Lynn Johnson is working on this amazing project, PLEASE READ!! Koraput Survivors Project The attacks came in the night—in Daringbarhi, Koraput, Kandhamal, India—men armed with guns, machetes, fire. First the pastors were targeted, then any Christians who refused to convert back to Hinduism. All fled for — Read more…

National Geographic Photo Camp - Haiti

National Geographic Photo Camp – Haiti

This one has been two years in the making… VisionWorkshops and our partners at National Geographic and Mercy Corps have been trying to make this Photo Camp happen since the devastation of the 2010 earthquake, and it finally came to fruition this year!  Led by National Geographic staffers Susan Poulton and Katel LeDu, and photographers — Read more…

Faces of Photo Camp - Doha

Faces of Photo Camp – Doha

  Portraits are such an integral part of story-telling.  Human beings are naturally drawn to portraits where they can regard another human through eye contact, or portraits that illustrate the environment in which a person lives.  Having our students make portraits of themselves, each other, and people they encounter in the environments they experience during — Read more…

Multimedia Monday!

Multimedia Monday!

It is indeed a multimedia world.  A multi-platform, multi-tasking, multi-cultural world.  VisionWorkshops and National Geographic Photo Camp are now frequently being asked by our partners to keep up with that trend and teach our students the tools for expressing their views and themselves  through these media rich outlets.  Given the amount of content that invades our — Read more…

Ocean For Life in Film Festival!!

Ocean For Life in Film Festival!!

Great News! The 2011 National Geographic Photo Camp – Ocean for Life youth media project titled “Sense of Place” will be featured during the 9th Annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival on March 8-11, 2012. Congratulations to Bashmah Al-Mesad (Kuwait), Tomas Fuentes-Afflick (California), Erica Haasen Knox (Illinois), Nasser Marzook (Qatar), Molly Struble (Arizona) and Hala — Read more…

NGPC Doha - Instructor Selects

NGPC Doha – Instructor Selects

National Geographic Photo Camp Doha instructor, Isabelle Carbonell, talks about two of her favorite photos here: I was trying to dig into what I jokingly call my “calling the elephant in the room an elephant” theme, being “Women” in a country which does not represent women on photo or film easily. I did a fashion show for — Read more…

NGPC Doha - Instructor Tyrone Turner's Faves!

NGPC Doha – Instructor Tyrone Turner’s Faves!

We were excited to have Photo Camp – Doha, Lead Instructor and National Geographic photographer Tyrone Turner on board as this was his first Photo Camp experience.  Below he shares his favorite images and critiques. National Geographic Photo Camp Doha / Photo by Khalid Al Ibrahim A strong moment, not only of the sunset and Doha in the — Read more…

On Assignment Workshops!

On Assignment Workshops!

Now adults can have the same Photo Camp experience!! VisionWorkshops is proud to endorse On Assignment Workshops!  This year, On Assignment was founded by National Geographic photographers, and NGPC instructors Matt Moyer and Amy Toensing, to share their passion for photography, travel and self-exploration. “Our cameras have taken us around the globe and allowed us — Read more…

Disappearing Islands Photo Camp Exhibit

Disappearing Islands Photo Camp Exhibit

On November 20th, National Geographic Photo Camp exhibited the work of 16 amazing young women from Photo Camp Smith Island 2011 – the first-ever all female Photo Camp, at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.  The opening reception was fantastic, with students, families, and Baltimoreans alike reflecting on the still imagery and multimedia presentation — Read more…

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!