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Friends of Photography Conservation Society in collaboration with Qangwa Community Trust conducted a photography (camera practical) and storytelling training workshop for members of Qangwa community from the 9th December to the 13th December 2023 in Qangwa village, located 120km west of Nokaneng village in the Okavango District.
The beneficiaries of the project included 10 out-of school youth, four escort guides, one board member of Qangwa Community Trust and one member of Village Development Committee (VDC).
Friends of Photography Conservation Society is a photo-led organisation that imparts photography skills to children and out of school youth, to share their perspective within their communities and across the globe sharing stories that enable relevant knowledge, sharing of everything nature and wildlife.
The society aims to inspire a new generation of wildlife and conservation photographers and promote environmental and cultural conservation action through education, hence the the training.
In an interview, Friends of Photography Conservation Society Founder Edwin Morolong said that they envision a generation that will influence sustainable natural resources management through photography. He noted that through the programme the participants would be able to explore their passion, engage authentically and sustainably, build lasting relationships and inspire change.
“Photography is not just about taking pictures, it is about making a difference to go beyond photos and educate many people, while promoting a culture of conservation action in every space we find ourselves,” he said.
Morolong noted that photography is a powerful tool in preserving the environment, which they aim to replace environmental indifferences with a new culture of stewardship and passion for a beautiful planet.
“Our goal is that all programme participants will continue to share and use their new found knowledge on conservation, creating a sustainable cycle of conservation between nature and people,” he said.
According to Morolong, they chose to work with community trusts to help empower their communities especially the youth with something unique that might be of interest to them.
“We are so happy to report that the participants appreciated the training, they were eager to learn and experience photography, the training also made the participants appreciate the beauty of their area as we took game drives to some of the landmarks around Qangwa,” he said.
He also appreciated Leopard Rock Films, Feline Trust, Career Dreams Centre, Island Safaris Santuary, Xhauxwatubi Community Trust and Qangwa for playing an instrumental role in their quest to reach out to part of their target market.
Meanwhile, Morolong said that due to the limited resources their project has so far benefited Phuduhudu, Qangwa and Tsau villages but their aim is to roll it out to other villages.