dispatch: 04.06.2015 Jerash, Jordan

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Anwar Al Sayed, 15 years old, @ngphotocamp student: “I never thought that I would live in a tent, but that’s alright. I never thought that I would not hear my English teacher again, who I love so much in Syria, but that’s alright. I never thought I would not breathe the smells of Syrian fields in summer night, but that’s alright. But to whom it may concern, please…stop war and let me go back to my past life.” My heart goes out to all the Syrians displaced by this horrible war.

To see Anwar’s photography and more student photography from around the world, please follow @ngphotocamp on Instagram. Thanks to an amazing team: @mattmoyerphoto @brackjon @sepoulton @jmwender @projectamalousalam @kellylynnlunde #syria #refugees #syriankids #Jordan. For more information check out the National Geographic Photo Camp website.

-Amy

DISPATCH: 04.02.2015 Jerash, Jordan

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I photographed this Jordanian boy while street shooting with a group of Syrian refugee children that I am teaching this week at a Nat Geo photo camp in Jerash, Jordan. To see some of the amazing student photography check out @ngphotocamp #photocampjordan #PhotoCamp #ngphotocamp #studentphotography #studentphotos #syria #refugees #syrianrefugees #syriankids #empoweringthefuture @projectamalousalam @amytoensing @jmwender @brackjon @sepoulton. For more information check out the National Geographic Photo Camp website.

-Matt

Dispatch: 04.01.2015 Jerash, Jordan

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Project Amal ou Salam staff start our day with songs by Fairuz at the NG Photo Camp I am working on in Jordan this week. We are teaching Syrian refugee kids photography so they can use their own vision to document their lives. To see more student photography from around the world, please follow @ngphotocamp on Instagram. #PhotoCamp #ngphotocamp #studentphotography #studentphotos #syria #refugees #syrianrefugees #syriankids #empoweringthefuture @projectamalousalam @NatGeo

-Amy

Dispatch: 04.01.2015 Jerash, Jordan

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Having an amazing experience teaching photography to Syrian Refugee children in Jerash, Jordan. So inspiring….20 kids with cameras documenting their world. To see more student photography from around the world, please follow @ngphotocamp on Instagram. #photocampjordan #PhotoCamp #ngphotocamp #studentphotography #studentphotos #syria #refugees #syrianrefugees #syriankids #empoweringthefuture With a great team @amytoensing @brackjon @sepoulton @jmwender @kellylynnlunde @projectamalousalam

-Matt

DISPATCH: 3.30.2015 Jerash, Jordan

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In Jordan getting ready to teach for National Geographic Photo Camp. Very welcoming, beautiful people here!! Excited to work with @mattmoyerphoto @brackjon @sepoulton Please stay tuned for more and check out the student work @ngphotocamp

-Amy

DISPATCH: 1.14.2015 Washington, DC

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Catherine Simon Arona from South Sudan glides on ice for the first time in Washington D.C. today. Catherine was a student in a @ngphotocamp in Juba last fall and her work is included in a group exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. Student images from all 67 Photo Camps are on display including Haiti, Pakistan, New Orleans, Barbados, Baltimore, Chad, Ukraine and many more. The exhibition also includes a behind-the-scenes movie from the South Sudan camp featuring @mattmoyerphoto, @edkashi and @goldbergr. The exhibition is free and will be on display until May.

Check ngmuseum.org for details!

-Amy

Panel Discussion: Jan 13th @ Nat Geo in WDC // Photo Camp South Sudan

On January 13, Matt and Amy along with photographer Lynn Johnson will participate in a panel discussion with their students from NG Photo Camp South Sudan.

Where: Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic Society        17th and M Street, N.W.                                                                                     When: 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.

Matt and Amy traveled with National Geographic Photo Camp to South Sudan in September, to work with young South Sudanese in visual story telling. “The six-day workshop taught the students how to use photography to document the ways in which the South Sudanese are engaging in cross-tribal peace-building activities.” If you want more information click here!