Botswana Cameras for Conservation
Cameras for Conservation is an organisation based in Maun that promotes conservation through photography.
The organisation runs the Botswana Wildlife Photographer of the year, and Wildlife Artist and Short Documentary Maker of the year competitions. These competitions encourage residents to showcase the country’s natural beauty and give individual photographers exposure to develop their careers. The images from the competitions are displayed in exhibitions in Maun and Gabarone which promote conservation and are visited by local schools. In previous years, over 700 school children got to see images from all over Botswana from places that they would not easily access. The competition really showcases the beauty of Botswana to a wider and younger audience.
Cameras for Conservation run wildlife photography training courses for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and rural villages surrounding wildlife areas. The courses involve taking the students on trips and teaching them how to use cameras for wildlife photography. These trips are facilitated through partnerships with other organisations and kind donations of cameras and funds. After the courses, older participants who show initiative, promise, passion and commitment are awarded cameras that they can use to develop their careers as photographers or photographic safari guides.
In addition to promoting photographic guiding as a career path to high school students, Cameras for Conservation is commissioned by safari companies to run photographic guide training for their guides.
Thank you to the guests who donated cameras to this organisation, for your part in promoting the conservation of Botswana’s wildlife and wild spaces.
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