National Geographic and Olympus Partner with Boys & Girls Clubs on Photo...

National Geographic and Olympus Partner with Boys & Girls Clubs on Photo Camps


Center Valley, PA—Youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia gained a unique perspective of their city with the help of photography during National Geographic Photo Camp Philadelphia. Held last month at Drexel University, camp participants had the opportunity to tell the stories of the city’s neighborhoods from their own points of view, using photojournalism. Cameras were provided by Olympus Imaging America.

During the four-day workshop, National Geographic photographer Lynn Johnson, National Geographic magazine photo editor Todd James, Olympus Visionary photographer Jay Kinghorn and National Geographic Photo Camp coordinator Piper Watson mentored the students as they explored Philadelphia from behind the lens of a camera. The students were briefed on photographic vision, equipment and technique, and instructors led them through the process of creating a story through photography and writing.

“We hope Photo Camp Philadelphia will provide these kids with a unique lens on the world,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s executive vice president, Mission Programs. “This is in line with National Geographic’s mission to inspire people to care about the planet, and we are pleased to participate in this endeavor.”

National Geographic Photo Camp has provided programs for more than 1,000 young people in over 55 locations since 2003. Photo Camps have been held this year in the Channel Islands of California and Smith Island, Maryland.