Teaming with National Geographic, Young Photographers in Puerto Rico to Document Recovery

In Puerto Rico, National Geographic Photo Camp will partner with Internews to bring together 20 aspiring photojournalists – college-age and recent graduates – for a week-long intensive photojournalism training, beginning October 21. The students come from communities around the island, including San Juan and rural areas along the coast and within the mountains.

With support from 21st Century Fox, the camp will focus on the strength of communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and photos and stories will be shared across the island and beyond, including at the camp’s host site, the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart University) in San Juan, on October 26, and at an anticipated 2019 National Geographic Photo Camp Exhibit at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

At National Geographic Photo Camp, young people from underserved communities, including at-risk and refugee teens, learn how to use photography to tell their own stories, explore the world around them, and develop deep connections with others.

World-class National Geographic photographers provide students with a personalized, immersive learning experience, inspiring the next generation of photojournalists. Then, through intimate presentations in their own communities and public exhibitions that reach millions of viewers, National Geographic Photo Camp showcases the students’ perspectives on issues that are important to all of us.

Since Hurricane Maria, Internews has worked in Puerto Rico to establish the InfoAsAid news site, a community-led reporting initiative accessed by more than 1.3 million people and now a critical source of locally-driven recovery news and information across the island. Read more.

Internews has partnered with the National Geographic Society on Photo Camps around the world since 2010, including in Crimea, Pakistan, South Sudan, and Myanmar.

About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. Through our grants and programs, we aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. More information.

About Internews

Internews empowers people worldwide with the trustworthy, high-quality news and information they need to make informed decisions, participate in their communities, and hold power to account.

For more than 35 years, in more than 100 countries, Internews has worked to build healthy media and information environments where they are most needed. We have proudly launched hundreds of sustainable organizations, bolstered the skills of thousands of media professionals, activists, and citizens, and helped our partners reach millions of people with quality, local information.

(Banner photo by Justin Auciello)