The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica has launched a new program to educate youths about the art and science of photography.
The initiative is part of the National Photography Program, sponsored by Sony Electronics. The program includes the ImageMakers National Photography Contest, which has been held for over 50 years at Boys & Girls Clubs, and the photography category of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Digital Arts Festivals.
Sony is also providing photography equipment for Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica members to use during the program. The package includes several Sony point-and-shoot cameras, Sony interchangeable lens cameras and Sony VAIO computers, as well as a stipend to help offset printing and other photography-related costs, club officials said.
The program seeks to engage youth to explore and build their skills in photography, digital arts and self-expression.
“We are pleased to offer a photography program at our club and know our club members will benefit greatly from the education and opportunities made possible through the National Photography Program and partnership with Sony Electronics,” said Aaron Young, club CEO and president. “We are grateful to Sony Electronics for their support in providing access to programs and tools in the area of photography to engage all young people in the arts.”
The ImageMakers National Photography Contest invites youth ages 6-18 to capture photographs in four different categories: culture and tradition, surroundings, portraits and photo with essay or poem. Club youth complete projects that compete in regional Boys & Girls Clubs of America art shows. Regional winners then go on to compete for national recognition and additional education opportunities.