Young Mother, Chad
Photograph by Mahamoud Ali Ahmat Bello
Each year National Geographic presents the All Roads Film Festival, featuring stories and talent from vibrant and diverse cultures. At the 2012 festival (September 27-30) there will also be a photography exhibition featuring these images from National Geographic Photo Camp, a program in which National Geographic photographers work with young people around the world to document their communities. The exhibition highlights work by youths from Haiti, Chad, and Baltimore, Maryland. Photo Camps provides cross-cultural learning experiences through photo workshops, opportunities for young adults from underserved communities (including at-risk and refugee teens), and mentorship for the next generation of photojournalists.
Photo Camp's 2010 program in Chad was held in partnership with the Academy for Educational Development and sponsored by the Peace Through Development program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The team of photographers, editors, and volunteers ran three seven-day workshops, each culminating in a public exhibition of the students' work. The goal was to encourage students, who came from four different regions of Chad, to learn about one another and to tell their own stories.
Photo Camp is sponsored by National Geographic Mission Programs in partnership with VisionWorkshops of Annapolis, Maryland. Cameras for Photo Camp are provided by Olympus Imaging America, Inc.
Photograph by Mahamat Ahmat Mahamat
"We are here to present to you various images of the traditional cultures of Chad in order to open our country up to the world. These images reflect what rural and city populations are experiencing today. We are the sons of nomadic herders. Our tradition has influenced us. We live in the Sahara, sons of the sun."—Photo Camp participant Mahamat Dady Allahi
Photograph by Hassan Ali Mahamat
"We came from different regions with different cultures, languages, beliefs, and spent one week together without having any problem. I am happy to see that. We shared and learned a lot from each other. I thought it could not be like that but we made it. It is those things you won't ever forget."—Photo Camp participant Amine Souleyman Tidjani
Student Self-Portrait, Chad
Photograph by Mainbe Djenonssem Gislaine
"Photographic language gives me more of everything to continue my fight to transform society and be the spokesperson for those who don't have a voice."-Photo Camp participant Mbaihornom Godivah
"We even created a community with other people who didn't know each other before. Photography allows us to learn a lot of things about the world."—Photo Camp participant Yacoub Youssouf
Student Self-Portrait, Baltimore
Photograph by Dim Lam Lun
In June 2012, Photo Camp photographers partnered with the Refugee Youth Project to work with a group of young refugees from Myanmar (Burma) who had settled in a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland. Through photographs and journal entries, they shared their stories, offering a glimpse of life as young refugees in an American town. Many of the participants reflected on life in their home country and expressed their hopes as they adjusted to the United States.
Children in Playground, Baltimore
Photograph by Daniel Thang
"I am new to speaking English. People laugh at me because I can't speak English. I thought I would be happy in the United States. I dreamed of buying a house and a car. I want to make money and take care of my mom. I'm too young to know if these things will come true. But I hope so."—Photo Camp participant Min Min Aye
Photograph by Thuam Khen Mung
"I miss the fruits like the mangos and the peaches. We had a lot of peach trees and mango trees. We could get mangos whenever we wanted; we would climb up and get them, but here we have to buy them. My father planted a garden here in America. He likes fresh vegetables more so he doesn't have to buy them from the supermarket."—Photo Camp participant Thaum Khen Meung
Evening Meal, Baltimore
Photograph by Vaza Paw
"In my country we didn't have as many things to make life easier, like electricity or computers. So it's better here, but I miss my grandmother. She is too old to travel here, so I hope I can go back and see her someday. When I was sick, she would sit with me, and when I would go out and play, she would watch over me and protect me. I was very close to her and I miss her."—Photo Camp participant Vaza Paw
Carnival Attire, Haiti
Photograph by Ernst Orisme
Eighteen Haitian students explored self-expression through photography as participants in a February 2012 Photo Camp. During the weeklong workshop, held in partnership with Mercy Corps, young people affected by Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake reflected on the theme “Celebrate and Change.” In images and words the students describe the things they celebrate about Haiti—and aspects they hope to change.
"We must come together to change our environment. I would like my country to prosper, not to suffer. We need health, food, and education so that our country can restore its identity."—Photo Camp participant Michale Monplaisir
Voodoo Artist Colony, Haiti
Photograph by Renel Junior Labousse
"I would like to celebrate the artisanal products of my country. In art we see beauty."—Photo Camp participant Vanessa Louissaint
Woman and Child, Haiti
Photograph by Marco Salem Berry Fils
"Misery, poverty—these are some factors that handicap our society. We have to fight them for a better life."—Photo Camp participant Vannessa Sainvil
Photograph by Marco Salem Berry Fils
"We have to celebrate creativity, art, and human potential."—Photo Camp participant Insky Pierre-Louis
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