Black Sea and Gate, Crimea
Photograph by Ilias, Ukraine
In June 2010, National Geographic Photo Camp headed to Crimea, a Vermont-sized peninsula that juts down from mainland Ukraine into the Black Sea. There, photographers Jay Dickman and Matt Moyer worked with 20 local students, mentoring them through the process of photographing, editing, and designing a portrait of the Crimean coastline. The students paid special attention to the region's natural environment, as well as their own connection to the water. The week resulted in the creation of a print exhibit that documented the students' experiences at the camp, which was held in partnership with Internews, an international media development organization currently working in Ukraine.
In this photograph taken by student Ilias, a gate appears to frame the Black Sea.
Girl Jumping, Balaklava
Photograph by Lera, Ukraine
A girl jumps off a wall into harbor waters in Balaklava.
Photograph by Elen, Ukraine
A lifeguard warns a young beachgoer in Simeiz. Photo Camp student Elen paid close attention while composing her photographs to tell a story about her surroundings.
Row Boat, Crimea
Photograph by Nurie, Ukraine
A man enjoys the sunset in a row boat on the Black Sea. Photo Camp students were able to get a different perspective and photograph the Crimean coastline from a boat ride on the Black Sea.
Photograph by Andry, Ukraine
Patterns created by dried fish positioned under a net
Balaklava Beach, Crimea
Photograph by Dilyara, Ukraine
Beachgoers enjoy the late afternoon sun in Balaklava.
Beach Scene, Crimea
Photograph by Lutfie, Ukraine
View of a beach scene from a seaside vendor
Photograph by Mavile, Ukraine
Red leaves backlit by sun
Street Vendor, Crimea
Photograph by Diana, Ukraine
A street vendor poses for a photograph by Photo Camp student Diana.
Photograph by Ann, Ukraine
Strawberries at an open-air market
Saxophone Player, Balaklava
Photograph by Alona, Ukraine
Girl and Scooter, Balaklava
Photograph by Elina, Ukraine
Young girl and red scooter
Flowers on a Window Sill
Photograph by Emma, Ukraine
Capturing light and shadow, Photo Camp student Emma composed a still life consisting of small potted plants behind a lace curtain on a window sill.
Photograph by Anton, Ukraine
A dog comes in close to check out a young photographer and his camera—and a picture is made. Students were encouraged to get low, get high, and move in close to their subjects while learning how to make photos from different angles.
Girl Smoking, Crimea
Photograph by Nastya, Ukraine
Photo Camp student Nastya captures a moment showing light and color as a young girl blows smoke into the air.
Photograph by Jenya, Ukraine
Among the assignments given throughout the week, taking portraits of local people was a challenge each student rose to. This portrait of a man resting in the shade near a beach provides a glimpse into the local people of Crimea.
Beach Portrait, Crimea
Photograph by Umer, Ukraine
A man poses with a young boy for one Photo Camp student at a beach in Balaklava. One assignment students were given involved making a photograph that showed relationshiops between people.
Photograph by Vova, Ukraine
Beachgoers enjoy a moment and a cool breeze as clouds pass over a hot summer sun in Simeiz.
Photograph by Memet, Ukraine
A white dog laying on the ground watches passersby in Balaklava.
Shadows and Raft
Photograph by Kate, Ukraine
Shadows of beachgoers stand tall against a yellow wall.
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