Farmer, Jhadol, India
Photograph by Geeta Amravat
In January 2009, students from rural and urban areas in Rajasthan, a state in northwestern India, came together in Jhadol for a National Geographic Photo Camp presented in partnership with Sanjhi.
Guided by National Geographic contributing photographer Ed Kashi, the students spent four days photographing, writing, and discussing the importance of nature in their lives.
"We experience nature by its beauty," says Photo Camp participant Geeta Amravat, who took this photo. "For example, a mother takes care of her baby throughout its childhood. That's the way nature is taking care of us. We should take care of our nature."
Photograph by Arun Prajapat
Life starts and ends in the environment. We get a lot of things from our environment, like fruits, flowers, wood, air, medicines, etc. The medicines that we get from the environment make us healthy and keep us away from diseases. That's the reason the environment is very useful to us and without the environment life is not possible.—Photo Camp participant Arun Prajapat
Portrait of a Girl, India
Photograph by Geeta Amravat
A girl shyly covers her smile as her photo is taken.
Leaf on Water, India
Photograph by Tvisha Gor
Jhadol is a very very peaceful place, as living in cities we don't get a chance to experience this kind of environment we experience here. It is a very touching atmosphere. It's free of pollution, and the people are very eco-friendly. They use dry leaves as plates and bowls. They recycle a lot. There is a little bit of land pollution but less than if compared to city roads. I even love the greenery around Jhadol. It's breathtaking and wonderful.—Photo Camp participant Tvisha Gor
Photograph by Karan Singh Rathore
Our survival is linked with nature. Nature gives us everything that we need for living. There is no life possible on other planets as there's no environment there. Without the help of the environment we cannot do anything, and human beings are dependent on the atmosphere. Day, night, evening, and morning everything is controlled by the environment.—Photo Camp participant Karan Singh Rathore
Lotus Flower, India
Photograph by Dharmendra Nagda
My grandfather and father and my teacher, they all told me about nature, and how they are useful, and how it's important for us and how to conserve it.—Photo Camp participant Dharmendra Nagda
Mountains and Farm Fields, India
Photograph by Chirag Tak
We have a very deep relationship with the environment. With the help of the environment, we can survive on this Earth. Without nature, life is not possible. We are directly connected with nature. Whatever we get from the environment, we can use it to survive and live happily. Hence we can say that because of the environment, we are here.—Photo Camp participant Chirag Tak
Man Carrying Produce, India
Photograph by Ankita Jain
Nature is superb. Nature is life. It is cool and clean and I feel happy from it as it gives something that can only be felt by us, not touched or seen. It is pleasant. It is the giver of birth to us. Without it we can't even imagine our life on this beautiful Earth. Its greenery looks very good and pleasant to our heart. It touches the heart. Its greenery gives fresh air to breathe, food to eat, and some Ayurvedic medicines.—Photo Camp participant Ankita Jain
Boys Carrying Wood, India
Photograph by Monika Purohit
We have a deep relationship with our environment. If the environment is there, we are there. If there is no environment, we don't exist. To survive we need oxygen, which we get from plants. Whatever we need we get it from our environment. That is why we can say that we are strongly related to our environment. It will not be an exaggeration to say that if nature is destroyed we will also be destroyed.—Photo Camp participant Monika Purohit
Hindu Temple Bells, India
Photograph by Lakshya Sukhija
Bells hang from the ceiling inside a Hindu temple in Jhadol. Each worshipper plays his or her own combination upon entering.
Close Shave, India
Photograph by Jeewan Singh Ranawat
A barber mists a man’s face after a shave.
Pigeon Flying Near Building
Photograph by Ramesh Kharadi
Our relationship with nature is that from the time we are born, till the end, we have to live with nature because we get food and water from it.—Photo Camp participant Ramesh Kharadi
People Leaning Out of Bus Windows
Photograph by Naresh Paliwal
We have a very strong bond with our environment. We are a part of a life cycle. In our universe humans are supposed to be the most intelligent beings. Humans can give any form to the environment, as we have a lot of technical knowledge. Humans, if they want, can reduce pollution or increase it. Humans are related with everything whether it is the life cycle, the food cycle, or the atmosphere.—Photo Camp participant Naresh Paliwal