National Geographic Photo Camp – Ocean for Life

Our National Geographic Photo Camp – Ocean for Life program has begun! In partnership with NOAA, 30 students from Lebanon, Pakistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Bahrain,  and all over North America have come together to learn about one another through ocean science, documenting their experience with the help of our NGPC Media Team.  One of our female students from Qatar, Noura alJurdi, has already begun blogging about her experience HERE.

Some students, having traveled over 22 hours to attend, settled easily into the beautiful environment in Santa Barbara. National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/Photo by Basmah Al-Mesad

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/Photo by Tomas Fuentes-Afflick

The Ocean for Life program itself is a partnership among the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, The GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program, SCUBAnauts International and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Our National Geographic Photo Camp team is running the Youth Media portion of the project.

With lectures covering a variety of issues in ocean conservation and marine sciences, the students take time to document the experience. National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/Photo by Erica Knox

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/Photo by Hala Zahr

The themes of Ocean for Life are: a sense of place, interconnectedness and ocean conservation and stewardship. Students will explore the ocean and coastal areas in NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Close to the California mainland, the sanctuary encompasses the ocean environment surrounding Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara Islands, and protects a rich diversity of marine life.  Using photography and video to capture the essence of their surroundings, the students will help to create media projects that will become a tool to help Ocean for Life participants share what they have learned and promote ocean conservation and cultural understanding among their classmates, friends, families and communities back home.

Exploring the Marine Sanctuary not only takes place on shore, but in the water as well. Students practice water safety before heading out to the ocean. National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/Photo by Erica Knox

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/Photo by Basmah Al-Mesad

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/Photo by Nasser Marzook

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/Photo by Hala Zahr

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/Photo by Erica Knox

National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011/Photo by Tomas Fuentes-Afflick

To continue reading about this program, click HERE.

2 Responses to “National Geographic Photo Camp – Ocean for Life”

  1. Great photos taken by the students!

  2. Great photographs taken by the students!