Wildlife photography: Detail from one of this year’s Youth Camera Action entries. The exhibit opens tonight at the Bermuda Society of Arts from 5:30pm. *Photo by Holly Tomlinson
Wildlife photography: Detail from one of this year’s Youth Camera Action entries. The exhibit opens tonight at the Bermuda Society of Arts from 5:30pm. *Photo by Holly Tomlinson

FRIDAY, JUNE 15: This year’s Youth, Camera, Action exhibition is to include stop motion films created by young people that tackle social issues such as poverty, subsidized housing and graffiti.

Organized by the Bermuda National Gallery, the exhibition features the films and photography of some 151 graduating YCA Introductory and Intermediate students aged between 11 and 14 years. Their work will be shown at the Bermuda Society of Arts at City Hall starting tonight.

Education and communications officer for the Bermuda National Gallery, Dany Pen said: “The BNG encourage students who enter the programme to use art as inspiration for their photo taking sessions. Upon graduating from the programme, students leave with a set of photography skills that allows them to inspire themselves, their family and the community.”

The Bermuda National Gallery is currently offering a Youth Camera Action summer programme for eight weeks.

The programme includes all costs including instruction, equipment rental, photographic paper and field trip locations.

The programme is open to all middle school students aged 11 to 14. All skills levels are encouraged to participate and all cameras and supplies are provided thanks to sponsorship and support from Catlin End-to-End and BTC. Space is limited to 16 students per week. Applications for the programme can be found at www.bermudanationalgallery.com/art-camps

The opening takes place tonight from 5:30pm to 8pm. The exhibition runs until July 4, 2012.

Students learn the basic principles of composition and photography, including how to use a digital camera, as well as the manual mode. Self-reflection is encouraged so that participants individualize and relate their own creativity, imagination and ideas to given topics. Each session allows participants to interact with various environments, observe daily life through an unconventional lens and gain practical skills, such as: Technical photography and editing skills (i.e aperture; shutter speed, exposure etc); Angling, framing, and other artistic approaches; Knowledge of photographic history and various artists; Self-confidence, self-esteem and self-definition as a “Photographer”.