IRMI to Welcome Guests at a Presentation of Selected Photographs Made by Participants of National Geographic Photocamp Ukraine
For about a week 20 young people – IDPs from Crimea and Donbas that have moved to live in other cities of Ukraine – have been practicing in telling the stories of IDPs through photography and writing during National Geographic Photocamp Ukraine. The participants were mentored by National Geographic contributing photographers.
Project participants, ages 17-30, centered on current challenges of IDPs, the people that fled their homes and had to start new lives. The six-day workshop trained the amateurs to document the reality of their lives as people displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. The workshop combined classroom sessions and shootings on locations.
The Photocamp became possible thanks to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative project, International Institute for Regional Media and Information (Kharkiv, Ukraine) and Vision Workshops (USA).
The organizers hope that the Photocamp will not only provide its participants with creative outlet for sharing their experiences and add to their skills in photography, but also help them tell the stories of IDPs to the whole of Ukraine. Best photographs will be selected to be part of a mobile photo exhibition that is to take part in 8 cities of Ukraine this autumn.
It is for a reason that the multimedia presentation of selected works of Photocamp participants is to be held in Kharkiv, the city where Photocamp has been based. For the protagonists of the photo-stories live namely in Kharkiv. The first people to judge the works of the young people are going to be Kharkiv volunteers, experts, opinion leaders and the media.
The multimedia presentation is to take place on 10 July at 4 p.m. at the premises of Yermilov Centre (Kharkiv, 4, Svobody Square).
OleksiySoldatenko, ProgramsDirector, IRMI-Ukraine
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