With visions of turkey and stuffing still fresh in our minds, the NG Photo Camp staff packed up at the end of November and headed for the warm blue waters of Eleuthera, Bahamas for another action-packed camp with an incredible group of Bahamian Peer Ambassadors. 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.
All incredibly bright and energetic, these students came to Eleuthera to explore the raw beauty of their country both on land and underwater, with the guidance of our staff and NG Photographer Raul Touzon and Photo Editor Todd James. Volunteer Teaching Assistants from BREEF (Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation) and our hosts at The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute aided this endeavor by providing a well-rounded residency experience that brings attention to our environmental impact and sustainability issues and solutions, relevant not only in the Bahamas but across the globe.
At the heart of this visual storytelling experience, the students were able to address some of their personal challenges and share with the residents of island what they felt was worthwhile to preserve about their country in a final presentation at the Tarpum Bay Arts and Cultural Center – it was standing-room only! Following that, a special early Junkanoo performance in our honor by some of the Tarpum Bay residents allowed the students to share something fun and unique about their culture with the staff!