“Engaging young people in nature and conservation through photography”
Wild Shots Educational Outreach Programme engages young people from disadvantaged communities in wildlife, wild places and conservation through photography. The aim is to prioritise children attending government schools bordering the Kruger Park. The course is practical in nature and the students use donated second-hand digital SLR cameras, culminating with a day in a game reserve, putting their new found skills to use.
Despite living within a few kilometers of Kruger, most of these young learners have never visited a wilderness area before, or seen wildlife at first-hand. Student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and a touring exhibition of their work has been launched. Wild Shots Educational Outreach teaches new skills, providing a “focus” and introduction to the natural world and helps raise the aspirations of these learners – the conservationists of tomorrow.
Wild Shots Educational Outreach students learn about photography, about wildlife and conservation and they also acquire transferable skills. The course boosts self-esteem and confidence. Students actively develop their skills and see their images printed and displayed for all to admire. Their passion for conservation is nurtured and they are able to express this through photography.
The parent organisation, Wild Shots, is South Africa’s premier wildlife photography conference. Founded in 2012, its aim is to explore the power of nature imagery, and how it promotes greater awareness of Africa’s wild places and wildlife – and the threats they face.
Images taken by Wild Shots Educational Outreach Students:
Feedback from the Wild Shots Educational Outreach students & schools:
“I now want to be a conservationist.” – Tapello Mahlakoane (17) NP Mathebela High School
“I feel so special to be learning about nature and photography.” – Loveness Molobela (16) Phendulani High School
“Thank you Wild Shots for taking our learners to the next level and inspiring them.” – Lorraine Kubayi, Principal, Phendulani High School, Acornhoek.
Wild Shots Educational Outreach Director
Cell: +27 (0) 722813157