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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENGAGES WITH YOUNG CREATORS AT 2016 VIDCON CONVENTION

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 17:09

Bertie Gregory, Host of Nat Geo WILD’s First Digital Series wild_life, to Present Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, at Booth #1801 in Hall B

National Geographic Video Filming Popular Snapchat Quiz Series With Host Angeli Gabriel, Encouraging Fans to Join Shoots                                                                

(WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 23, 2016) In an effort to get consumers closer to adventure than ever before, National Geographic is bringing its world-class storytelling backed by 128 years of science, adventure and exploration to the 2016 VidCon Convention in Anaheim, California. Attendees at the annual gathering of online video fans, creators and industry leaders will have the opportunity to connect with the iconic yellow border during the three-day convention at various presentations and events. For more information, visit video.nationalgeographic.com or follow @NatGeo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

Join Bertie Gregory (@BertieGPhoto), the host of Nat Geo WILD’s first-ever digital series wild_life, as he shares his experiences in his presentation “Filming Alongside Bears, Wolves and Sea Lions: Behind the Scenes of wild_life by Nat Geo’s Bertie Gregory” (1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 24, and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25) at the booth located at 1801 in Hall B. wild_life with Bertie Gregory premieres Wednesday, Aug. 3, on YouTube and NationalGeographic.com.

On Thursday, June 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on the grassy knoll at the Anaheim Convention Center, fans can take part in the popular Snapchat Quiz series with host Angeli Gabriel (@angeligabriel). In a unique opportunity, during those two hours, National Geographic will be encouraging VidCon attendees to participate in shoots, some of which will air on National Geographic’s Snapchat channel on Saturday, June 25, at 10 a.m. EDT, with the rest airing in late summer.

In an effort to collaborate with influential digital stars on YouTube, Snapchat and Vine, National Geographic Video is also in preproduction for the first hosted in-the-field series with several leading content creators. “National Geographic is known for advancing science and exploration with experts in the field. We are advancing that tried and true formula by creating a community of digitally native explorers,” said James Williams (@burningtoast), director of digital video for National Geographic, whose VidCon panel, Building a Successful Snapchat Channel, will take place Thursday, June 23, at 12:30 p.m. PDT in Room 304 AB. “Whether they study wild animals, wild places, conservation efforts or people and culture, we want to give creators a chance to advance their research and expertise with a National Geographic spin and to teach digitally native generations.” The series will be formally announced later this summer.

About wild_life:

Join 22-year-old wildlife filmmaker, photographer and National Geographic Young Explorer Bertie Gregory (@BertieGPhoto) as he journeys to the west coast of Vancouver Island in search of the elusive coastal wolves, a species that inhabits one of the last places on the planet where a wild forest meets a wild ocean. Originally from South West England, Gregory has been obsessed with nature and photography since childhood when he would sneak off to take photos of his local wildlife with his father’s camera. With talent and work ethic well beyond his years, Bertie is making waves in the photography community and working as photo assistant to his mentor and renowned National Geographic photographer Steve Winter. Over the course of 16 episodes, Gregory finds that tracking down these wolves proves to be harder than expected … but he’s not giving up. Along the way, he finds himself face to face with some of the most charismatic species that live along this pristine coastline. From humpback whales to bald eagles to Steller sea lions, each episode features Gregory’s encounters with these epic animals. His journeys through the local landscape alongside its diverse animals provide a unique perspective on this coastal paradise. The camera is always rolling. It’s raw. It’s real. It’s intimate. And it’s available only online. For a sneak peek of the series, click here.

About Snapchat Quiz:

Trivia presented like never before. In National Geographic’s first-ever hosted Snapchat series, short multiple-choice quizzes provide a great opportunity to impress your friends with interesting facts. Host Angeli Gabriel presents questions ranging from science and exploration to the oddities of culture and history. After four possible solutions, she’ll give you the right answer with an entertaining explanation. As an anthropologist and filmmaker, Gabriel couples her passion for learning about the world with her production expertise to write and host accessible and shareable videos for National Geographic.

National Geographic Partners:

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Media Contacts:

Molly Mulrain for Nat Geo WILD, 202-912-6745, molly.mulrain@natgeo.com

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan for National Geographic Video, 202-775-6717,

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Call for Entries Is Announced for 3rd Annual National Geographic Travel World Legacy Awards

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 20:48

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2016)—The World Legacy Awards Call for Entries was announced today. Applications are being accepted now through Aug. 20, 2016, at nationalgeographic.com/worldlegacyawards. Celebrating National Geographic’s mission of inspiring people to care about the planet, the World Legacy Awards honor today’s leading sustainable tourism destinations, organizations and businesses, and share their stories with travelers around the world. Any travel and tourism company, organization or destination—ranging from airlines to hotels, from cities to countries, and from luxury tour operators to adventure travel outfitters—is eligible to apply for the awards in one of the five categories.

The World Legacy Awards are a groundbreaking collaboration between two giants in the world of travel: National Geographic and ITB Berlin. The awards are unprecedented in their international visibility and promotion, reaching National Geographic’s global audience of more than 700 million people worldwide each month through its media platforms, products and events. ITB Berlin is the largest travel gathering on the planet, attended annually by nearly 200,000 delegates and, for the third year, will host the 2017 awards ceremony.

In addition to being recognized at ITB Berlin during the March 2017 awards ceremony, winners and finalists of the World Legacy Awards will be featured in National Geographic Traveler magazine and across other National Geographic global media platforms.

“For many companies, campaigning for sustainable tourism has become an indispensable part of their work”, said Dr. Christian Goeke, CEO of Messe Berlin. “By presenting the World Legacy Awards, together with National Geographic, we wish to underline how important social responsibility and protecting nature and wildlife are in today’s tourism industry. As the world’s leading travel trade show, we are proud to help raise awareness for sustainable tourism and to draw attention with these awards to the impressive work of hotels, destinations and travel.”

“One day there will be no need for awards that recognize sustainable tourism best practices. Care for local people and the planet will become part of the everyday fabric for how travel businesses operate and destinations thrive. Until then, the World Legacy Awards are shining a light on the travel leaders of today who are transforming tourism in positive ways to help protect cultural and natural heritage for future generations,” said Costas Christ, National Geographic Traveler Editor at Large and Chairman of the World Legacy Awards.

Applications are being accepted in five categories:

  • Earth Changers Recognizing cutting-edge leadership in environmentally friendly business practices and green technology, from renewable energy and water conservation to zero-waste systems and carbon-emission reduction.
  • Sense of PlaceRecognizing excellence in enhancing sense of place and authenticity, including using vernacular architecture and design, and support for the protection of historical monuments, archaeological sites, cultural events, indigenous heritage and artistic traditions.
  • Conserving the Natural World Recognizing outstanding support for the preservation of nature, restoring natural habitat and protecting rare and endangered species, whether on land or in the oceans.
  • Engaging CommunitiesRecognizing direct and tangible economic and social benefits that improve local livelihoods, including training and capacity building, fair wages and benefits, community development, health care and education.
  • Destination LeadershipRecognizing destination leadership, including cities, provinces, states, countries and regions that are demonstrating environmental best practices, protection of cultural and natural heritage, benefits to local communities and educating travelers on the principles of sustainability.

Finalists will be announced by National Geographic in December 2016, and the winners will be announced in March 2017 at ITB Berlin during a special awards ceremony and also participate in related events.

For more information about the World Legacy Awards and how to apply, visit nationalgeographic.com/worldlegacyawards.

The exclusive destination sponsor for the 2017 World Legacy Awards is Botswana Tourism. Botswana is best known for its rich cultural heritage and contrasting ecosystems of the white sands of the Kalahari Desert and the lush Okavango Delta and offers an authentic wildlife and cultural African experience. The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit working to ensure the environment and communities it visits remain vibrant for generations to come, returns for year three, continuing to support the mission of the World Legacy Awards. Also returning for a third year of sponsorship is Adventure World, a company that has championed responsible tourism for more than 35 years and is proud to support an awards program that aims to make the world a better place.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society.

For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention
ITB Berlin 2017 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 8 to 12 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the trade show the ITB Berlin Convention, the world’s largest tourism convention, will be held from Wednesday, 8 to Saturday, 11 March 2017. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com. ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2016 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 187 countries exhibited their products and services to 180,000 visitors, who included 120,000 trade visitors.
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Halfway round the world for a solo

Booker High Wycombe - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 13:47
We had a visitor from Hong Kong recently, Chris Hale, who came for a course. Despite the weather, he got enough flying in to go solo on his second week. Well done Chris!
A little apprehensive beforehand......
.....and afterwards a big grin!
Categories: Gliding

Booker Common Fete

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 19:15
Today we nipped across to the other side of the M40 to take part in the Booker Common fete, at the invitation of the organisers. It was yet another overcast day but there were lots of people out enjoying themselves and we sold some trial lessons to local residents.

Plenty of interestThere was a bit of rain towards the end of the afternoon which required a bit of inventiveness to keep the Cabriolet Junior dry.

Not sure this mod would get past EASAMany thanks to George and Sam for helping with the set up, and to Chris, Hedda, Robert T, William and Bob S for helping with the day.
Categories: Gliding

National Geographic, Facebook and its Oculus team, and Felix & Paul Studios Shoot White House’s First 360 Virtual Reality Video

National GeographicNewsFeed - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 23:36

2016 marks the centennial of America’s national parks. To celebrate, this weekend National Geographic, Facebook and its Oculus team, and Felix & Paul Studios, will shoot the White House’s first 360 virtual reality video experience and capture President Obama visiting Yosemite National Park.

 

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National Geographic Magazine, July 2016

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 22:39

A full PDF is available here.

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Meave Leakey and Nainoa Thompson to Receive Hubbard Medal, National Geographic’s Highest Honor

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 13:48

On Thursday, June 16, an extraordinary group of individuals will be honored by the National Geographic Society at the 2016 Explorer Awards, presented by Rolex.

Meave Leakey and Nainoa Thompson will receive the National Geographic Society’s oldest and most prestigious honor, the Hubbard Medal, for their outstanding contributions to scientific research, exploration and conservation. Leakey, a paleoanthropologist best known for her nearly 50 years of pioneering research in Kenya’s Turkana Basin, redefined our understanding of humankind’s early ancestors as well as the roots of bipedalism. A master in the traditional Polynesian art of non-instrument navigating known as “wayfinding,” Thompson revived the ancient practice while advocating for ocean conservation and a sustainable future for our planet.

Lee Berger will accept the Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year award in recognition of his paradigm-shifting discovery of Homo naledi, a new species of human relative uncovered deep in a South African cave. Mountaineer Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, who was named National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year last February, will be recognized for her courageous efforts to help her fellow Nepalis after the devastating April 2015 earthquake in her country.

“Our honorees are true leaders in research, conservation and exploration,” said Gary E. Knell, president and chief executive officer of the National Geographic Society. “They are amazing individuals who have surprised us, inspired us and given us hope. We salute their efforts, and we are privileged to share their stories and experiences with our global audiences.”

THE HUBBARD MEDAL

Named for the National Geographic Society’s first president, Gardiner Greene Hubbard, the Hubbard Medal is given in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in exploration, discovery and research. In 1906, Robert E. Peary was the first to receive the Hubbard Medal for his exploration of the Arctic. This year’s recipients, Meave Leakey and Nainoa Thompson, will join the ranks of distinguished honorees, including Charles Lindbergh, John Glenn and Jane Goodall, among others.

Meave Leakey

Born in London in 1942, Leakey developed an interest in wildlife as a child. After obtaining degrees in zoology and marine zoology from the University of North Wales, she traveled to Kenya to work for Dr. Louis Leakey at his primate research center near Nairobi. At the same time, she was pursuing her Ph.D. in zoology, which she finished in 1968.

In 1969, Richard Leakey, whom she would later marry, invited her to join a field expedition on the eastern shores of Kenya’s Lake Turkana to investigate the newly discovered paleontological site of Koobi Fora. That same year, she began working at the National Museums of Kenya (NMK), where she served as head of the paleontology division from 1982 to 2001.

In 1989, Meave Leakey became coordinator of the NMK’s field research in the Turkana Basin. During her tenure there, her team made a number of unprecedented discoveries. In 1994, they uncovered remains of some of the earliest known hominins representing a new species, Australopithecus anamensis. The fossils, dating back more than 4 million years, also provided evidence that bipedalism — the ability to walk upright — had evolved half a million years before previously thought.

On a National Geographic-sponsored expedition in 1999, her team uncovered a 3.5-million-year-old skull and partial jaw belonging to a new genus and species of early hominin that Leakey and her colleagues named Kenyanthropus platyops. Announced in the journal Nature, this groundbreaking discovery significantly impacted contemporary views on human ancestry.

Leakey and her daughter Louise, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, continue to oversee research in the Turkana Basin, making annual expeditions there to recover and study important hominin and faunal remains. Leakey is currently director of field research at the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI); a research professor at Stony Brook University’s Department of Anthropology and TBI; and a research affiliate at NMK. She is also a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and an African Academy of Sciences fellow

Nainoa Thompson

Charles Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, is an expert in the ancient Pacific Island tradition of wayfinding, a non-instrument method of navigating on long ocean voyages using the stars, swells and natural elements as guides. The first native Hawaiian to practice wayfinding since the 14th century, he studied under Micronesian master navigator Pius Mau Piailug of Satawal, Yap. In the 1970s, Thompson was part of an important movement among young Hawaiians committed to restoring cultural pride. He has since dedicated his life to teaching wayfinding to future generations, developing a method that combines the tenets of ancient Pacific navigation with modern science, fostering a renewed interest in Hawaiian heritage.

Nearly 40 years ago, Thompson made history when he navigated Hōkūleʻa, a traditional double-hulled voyaging canoe, 2,500 nautical miles from Hawaiʻi to Tahiti relying entirely on the art of Polynesian wayfinding. Today, Hōkūleʻa is on a three-year, 60,000-nautical-mile expedition around the world. The sail, known as the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, aims to encourage the global community to live sustainably by drawing upon the wisdom and teachings of ancient Polynesian culture. Upon its completion, the voyage will stop in 100 ports, 27 nations and 12 UNESCO Marine World Heritage sites. Along the way, Hōkūleʻa and her crew have met with a number of global peace and marine conservation leaders, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle.

Thompson is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi, where he received a bachelor’s degree in ocean science. A member of the Ocean Elders, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in Exploration; the Unsung Hero of Compassion, presented by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on behalf of the organization Wisdom in Action; and the Native Hawaiian Education Association’s Manomano Ka ‘Ike (Depth and Breadth of Knowledge) Educator of the Year Award.

ROLEX NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER OF THE YEAR

The Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year award is bestowed on an inspiring individual whose actions, achievements and spirit personify leadership in exploration and reflect Rolex and the Society’s commitment to pursuing scientific breakthroughs and sharing them with the world. This year’s recipient, paleoanthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger, led the expeditions that discovered and recovered fossils of a new species of human relative, Homo naledi. Berger is a research professor in the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Homo naledi discovery, the single largest fossil hominin find on the continent of Africa to date, not only sheds new light on the origins and diversity of our genus but may alter existing assumptions about human behavior. The announcement of the discovery garnered international media attention, including front-page coverage in more than 40 newspapers around the world. Berger was later named one of the world’s most influential people by TIME magazine.

From the outset of the initial Homo naledi expedition, Berger insisted on an open and accessible research process, recruiting younger scientists via Facebook and publishing his findings in an open-access journal.

Terry Garcia, chief science and exploration officer for the National Geographic Society, and Mounia Mechbal, vice president of communications, Rolex USA, will present Berger with his award at the evening ceremony.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE ADVENTURER OF THE YEAR

The National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year is selected from a group of innovative adventurers whose extraordinary achievements in exploration, conservation, humanitarianism and adventure sports distinguished them over the past year. Mountaineer Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita was chosen as the 2016 winner by the public. Considered one of the best women climbers in Nepal, Pasang Lhamu played a crucial and ongoing role in relief efforts after last year’s devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal. Using her social network, she raised money to buy and distribute supplies and mobilized local porters to reach remote villages. When not guiding clients up the highest peaks in the Himalaya and Andes, Pasang Lhamu, the first female mountaineering instructor in her country, is an advocate for girls education in disadvantaged Nepali communities.

The National Geographic Explorer Awards celebration is the culmination of this year’s National Geographic Explorers Week, an annual event at which National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, Fellows, Emerging Explorers, grantees and others affiliated with the National Geographic Society highlight findings from their research and fieldwork. Each year during Explorers Week, the Society presents its new class of Emerging Explorers, the next generation of scientists, innovators and storytellers pushing the boundaries of discovery, adventure and global problem-solving.

 

About the National Geographic Society

 The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Editor’s Note: For photos of the award recipients and Thursday evening’s event, visit http://bit.ly/2016_Explorer_Awards.

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Billy Cañellas on the Future of Porto Montenegro

Super Yachts Carters - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 16:24
Billy Cañellas on the Future of Porto Montenegro Montenegro’s natural beauty isn’t anything new; however, the region’s UNESCO protected fjords, rolling hills and stunning waters are the new chosen cruising grounds of the superyacht community, and at the heart of this is Porto Montenegro.

With the return of the MYBA Pop Up Superyacht Show, we speak to Billy Cañellas - PMYC General Manager - to get an insight into the new investments, new developments and the new edition of the charter and brokerage show.

How has new investment helped further development?
“The move to acquire Porto Montenegro marina and nautical village was in alignment with ICD’s strategy to add high quality international assets in fast growing markets to its substantial portfolio. This transaction marks ICD’s first investment in Montenegro and the yacht marina sector, both of which are expected to experience strong growth in coming years, that’s why we believe that the events such as MYBA can only grow in Montenegro.”

What is the main draw of the 2nd MYBA Pop Up Show?
“There are two main attractions here, the show, and then there’s Porto Montenegro itself. It’s a perfect excuse for brokers to visit the location since the industry is really growing here.

It’s a chance to see the marina and the cruising grounds, there are a lot of fun trips during the show around Boka Bay which are the fjords here. The show itself, like any show, is a platform for brokers.

It’s a sales and charter show, the attraction is to come and showcase yachts to be chartered in the area. It’s also a great opportunity to network with colleagues. We have a lot of events during the show with seminars surrounding key topics of the region, speaking about taxation and regulation for charter.

I would say, this is why MYBA have decided to put on this show on this side of the world. It was the brokers that demanded it, there’s a lot of superyacht chartering in this area and a lot of the big Central Agencies have a lot of business here. It makes a lot of sense to have an opportunity to showcase the yachts where they’re going to operate instead of taking them across the water elsewhere to then bring them back.”

How is the yacht display expanding and changing?
“The first year exceeded our expectations, of both MYBA and Porto Montenegro. To have 29 yachts for a newborn show is something amazing. The feedback was very positive last year, so we’re ready for the show to grow.

We’re seeing a lot more interest than last year, in the meantime we have proven that the show is a reality with a successful first edition and we’re building on top of that. We’re expecting the number of yachts to increase [...] We’re going full gear after the success of last year.”

Why is Porto Montenegro is one of the year's top destinations?
“We have the duty free fuel, which is around 45% cheaper than Croatia, Italy, Greece or France. There are also no taxes on charters, that’s a big thing when it comes down to superyachts. We are out of the EU, geolocated in Europe but out of the EU, and the cruising grounds themselves, like our UNESCO protected Fjords, are amazing.”

Billy Cañellas on new investments and the next edition of the MYBA Pop Up Superyacht Show Billy Cañellas on the Future of Porto Montenegro
Categories: Charters

Guide to Morocco windsurfing holidays

Windsurfing - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:40

Morocco is one of the world’s top windsurf destinations. Hippies began travelling to the country’s windswept beaches in the 1960s. They started taking their surfboards with them to take on the Atlantic rollers, and then windsurfers got in on the action too. These days Morocco windsurfing holidays are more popular than...

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Environmentalists from Peru and Tanzania Win 2016 National Geographic/Buffett Award for Leadership in Conservation

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 19:45

Conservationist Victor Zambrano, who has dedicated his life to the restoration of natural forests in the Madre de Dios region of Peru’s southeastern Amazon, is the 2016 winner of the National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Latin American Conservation. Makala Jasper, chief executive officer of the Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative, a Tanzanian nonprofit committed to improving the well-being of rural communities as well as the forests upon which they rely, is this year’s recipient of the National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in African Conservation.

Zambrano and Jasper will receive their $25,000 awards at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 16, during National Geographic’s annual Explorers Week, when National Geographic explorers, grantees and others affiliated with the Society gather to share findings from their research and fieldwork and take part in panel discussions.

Established through a gift from The Howard G. Buffett Foundation in 2002 to celebrate and recognize unsung conservation heroes working in the field, the National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Conservation is given each year to two outstanding conservationists, one in Latin America and one in Africa. The award acknowledges the winners’ remarkable work and lifetime contributions that further the understanding and practice of conservation in their countries.

“It is an honor to participate with National Geographic in recognizing the achievements of these two remarkable visionaries who are making such a positive difference to conservation in their countries. Both are inspirational mentors and role models in their communities,” said Howard G. Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of The Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

“This year’s awardees exemplify the spirit of the National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Conservation,” said Gary E. Knell, president and chief executive officer of the National Geographic Society. “They are powerful examples of how dedicated and passionate individuals can improve the world for all living things.”

Born in Madre de Dios, Zambrano learned the customs of the local people at an early age. After leaving for high school in Lima and a subsequent 24-year military career, Zambrano retired and returned to his birthplace, settling along the Tambopata River in a region scientists consider to be the global epicenter of biodiversity. Sadly, he found the area under significant pressure from illegal gold mining, construction of the Amazon’s first transcontinental highway, oil and gas exploration, illegal timber harvesting and human migration.

Upon his return in 1987, Zambrano located his family’s land and began the arduous process of reforesting it, singlehandedly planting more than 19,000 trees, and over 120 species of them, in a 34-hectare area. In 2013, after many years of work, Zambrano legally obtained the land and gained long-term protection for it. Today, the area is known as the K’erenda Homet Private Conservation Concession, in honor of his youngest daughter.

Over the years, Zambrano established, advised and trained a number of local organizations, including the Agrarian Federation of Madre de Dios, a group of 5,000 families practicing sound agricultural processes. Zambrano is also recognized as the creator of the first agroforestry initiatives in the region as well as the Indigenous and Peasant Forestry Coordination of Peru. In 2014, in recognition of his efforts, Zambrano received the prestigious Carlos Ponce Conservation Award in Peru.

In addition, Zambrano championed creation of the Alliance to Protect the Tambopata National Reserve, bringing together indigenous people, environmental organizations and agrarian associations to protect the Madre de Dios region from the severe habitat destruction and biodiversity loss caused by gold mining. His efforts contributed to a significant reduction of gold mining, improving the overall well-being of the local communities while drawing the national government’s attention to the perils of illegal gold mining.

Jasper, a skilled forester and dedicated conservationist, pioneered community-based forest management in southeastern Tanzania through the work of the Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative (MCDI). Founded in 2004, MCDI currently supports more than 55,000 men, women and children in 35 communities, empowering local people to take control of and sustainably manage their forests while providing economic benefits and improving livelihoods.

Among its many accomplishments, MCDI helped its 35 involved communities to secure user rights to 350,000 hectares of forest. On average, the communities have set aside 32 percent of their forestland for sustainable management. MCDI also led the first-ever commercial timber harvest of a community-managed natural forest in Tanzania, resulting in a more than 100-fold increase in local earnings per cubic meter. In addition, MCDI received the first — and to date only — Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for a community-managed natural forest in Africa, enabling the supported communities to earn more than US$315,000 in FSC-certified timber sales.

Communities use their sustainable timber profits to meet their development needs. Some examples include:

  • Building schools and supporting facilities, including a house for a primary school teacher;
  • Constructing a solar-powered local marketplace and a midwife’s house;
  • Subsidizing nearly 200 local expectant mothers to ensure they receive proper health care;
  • Purchasing school uniforms for more than 300 primary school students; and
  • Providing health insurance to more than 200 elders so that they have free access to medical care.

In recognition of his long-term commitment to community-centered conservation in Tanzania, Jasper recently received the Whitley Fund for Nature 2016 Whitley Award, donated by the World Wildlife Fund-United Kingdom, at a ceremony at The Royal Geographical Society in London.

National Geographic Society/Buffett Award recipients are chosen from nominations submitted to the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration, which screens the nominations through a peer-review process.

“This year’s awardees are recognized for their outstanding leadership and the vital role they play in managing and protecting the natural resources in their regions. They are exemplary conservation advocates who often battle difficult odds with courage and commitment,” said Peter Raven, chairman of the National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration.

Howard G. Buffett is chairman and chief executive officer of The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which focuses on humanitarian and conservation issues. A farmer, businessman and widely published author and photographer, Buffett is a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates and serves as a UN Goodwill Ambassador Against Hunger on behalf of the World Food Programme. He has traveled to more than 130 countries, documenting the challenges of preserving biodiversity while providing adequate resources to meet the needs of a growing global population. He has been recognized globally for his commitment to food security, conservation and journalistic freedom. He has written eight books on conservation, wildlife and the human condition.

 

About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Editor’s Note: Images of Victor Zambrano and Makala Jasper are available at http://bit.ly/buffett_award.

Categories: National Geographic

Discover the Mediterranean on Charter Yacht Manifiq

Super Yachts Carters - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 16:23
Discover the Mediterranean on Charter Yacht Manifiq Launched in 2010, Manifiq was introduced to the water by Italian yacht builder Mondomarine with Imperial Yachts overseeing her build process from start to finish. From the drawing board to her career on the water, and after her €0.5m refit last winter, we take a look at the renewed charter appeal of Manifiq.

Manifiq has new features and a fresh new feel on board following her refit, including a brand-new 8 person Jacuzzi, a wide selection of new water toys, new interior furniture and a state-of-the-art 88” curved TV in the on board cinema.

Her modern, sleek and elegant profile by Cor D. Rover is a remarkable site from the shore, and encapsulates an unforgettable experience on board. Stepping on the passerelle, the immediate exterior spaces - renewed with fresh furnishings - present lounging and meeting spaces on the main deck, al fresco dining on the upper and relaxing on the sundeck with bar, barbeque and the biggest Jacuzzi available on the market today.

The beach club, a spacious area dedicated to bringing those on board closer to the water, offers a folding swim platform, as well as toys to skate across the wake or dive underneath. A 6 metre tender is stored with waterskis, tows, snorkelling gear, diving equipment, seabobs, kayaks, fishing equipment and mountain bikes for short breaks on land.

Luca Dini took inspiration from contemporary Italian style when approaching the interior, ultimately bringing a clean, art-deco design to life with contrasting woods, materials and marbles throughout. Her on board cinema is just one example of the luxury design elements on board for relaxation and entertainment, while her accommodation welcomes 10 guests in 5 cabins.

Manifiq is available for charter with Imperial Yachts across the French Riviera, Corsica and Sardinia, with the Balearics opening up in the near future. She also boasts a fully trained crew as well as every element of luxury a modern charter guest could possibly want. Click here for more information.

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A busy couple of days

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 20:08
Yesterday we hosted a visit from the Samuel Rhodes School in Islington, a school for children with special needs. 10 of their year 11 pupils (age 16) came along to see what gliding is like. All of them had a go and did extremely well - one student even did the landing (with prompts of course). They all went away with big smiles on their faces.

Today the weather just couldn't make up its mind, there were threatening showers to the south which never quite reached us, but there were spits of rain the entire day. We did our best with what was on offer. John H and cadet Filip set the record with a flight of nearly an hour. Nik Von Merveldt started the day very gloomy over his lack of progress but after a check flight and a couple of K21 solos he converted to the Pegasus and was delighted with its handling. Just shows what a bit of concentrated practice will achieve.

The grin says it all
Categories: Gliding

Porto Montenegro MYBA Pop Up Show Set to Return

Super Yachts Carters - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 16:20
Porto Montenegro MYBA Pop Up Show Set to Return Porto Montenegro is a destination steeped in beauty, attracting the world’s finest superyachts to her naturally breath-taking cruising grounds. Now, the yachting community is preparing to return after dates for the second MYBA Pop Up Superyacht Show were announced.

The scope of Porto Montenegro is expanding due to new investments, new interests and a growing global focus. Now, the dates for the brokerage display have been announced and the global charter and sales community is preparing attend the show from the 2nd to the 4th of September.

Fiona Maureso, President of MYBA, commented, “With the show timed at the end of the season this is an excellent opportunity for brokers to inspect charter and brokerage yachts in a relaxed yet professional setting, and to discover a destination that is becoming ever more popular with owners and charterers”

“The MYBA Pop-up Show instantly became the most popular superyacht show in the Adriatic upon its launch in 2015, going far beyond our expectations. We are now looking forward to growing the event yet further in 2016”, commented Billy Cañellas, Marina Business Development Manager of Porto Montenegro.

James Graham-Cloete, Chair of the MYBA Charter Shows Panel, added “The 2015 MYBA Pop-Up Superyacht Show proved to be an incredible success with a great number of yachts and attendees. Early indications of interest suggest that 2016 will be even more successful and we are very pleased to continue our support for this wonderful show and destination.”

Superyachts.com will be taking a much closer look into the show over the next few days, the expanding world of Porto Montenegro and what brokers can look forward to on arrival.

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Categories: Charters

Discover Charter Life On Board Superyacht Mogambo

Super Yachts Carters - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 16:15
Discover Charter Life On Board Superyacht Mogambo In 2012, Nobiskrug launched Mogambo, a superyacht which leaves a first impression most don’t forget. In line with our summer charter insights, we take a look at a yacht which was custom-built to entertain and adventure across the waters of the Mediterranean.

Mogambo, a name which originates from the African continent meaning ‘The Great’, was designed inside and out by Reymond Langton Design and has received a number of awards because of the challenger style she adopts.

Her powerful and rugged exterior design cuts an impressive figure above the water, and hosts a world of design and luxury elements on board to create the best in terms of lifestyle.

The exterior spaces around the deck present opportunities to relax in the sun, dine with friends and dip into the Jacuzzi, with ample space for entertaining while in the dock. Her huge garage provides the opportunity to make the most of both tenders, and legion of toys, while the beach club brings you closer to the sea in complete privacy.

Her interior style takes the African inspiration further, and creates an atmosphere of unbridled luxury through warm tones, dark woods with a modern edge, resulting in sophistication with enough space throughout to breathe and relax in comfort. The main deck keeps with the notion of continuous space and offers an enviable saloon with internal dining room moving forward.

The owners suite is another large and open area, which sits above four private guest cabins below. The layout, naval architecture and style are all immaculate, and while this is hugely important from a technical point of view, the end result is true freedom with every conceivable need taken care of on board.

Mogambo is currently on the charter market and can be found cruising the crystalline waters of the West Mediterranean this Summer, click here for more information.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS ANNOUNCES KEY APPOINTMENTS FOR GLOBAL OPERATIONS

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 16:09

WASHINGTON, DC (June 8, 2016) — In a move to bolster its global operations, National Geographic Partners has announced several key appointments for executives in North and Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The announcement builds on National Geographic’s commitment to expand its global reach across all areas of its brand, including its publishing, broadcasting, travel and licensing businesses.

“National Geographic reaches more than 670 million people across the globe each month through our media platforms and consumer products,” said Ward Platt, Chief Operating Officer for National Geographic Partners. “Our challenge is to keep growing that number in a manner that reflects the strength and value of our brand.”

“As we reviewed our current footprint, we felt it was important to build a strong foundation in our regional markets, so that we could approach the marketplace in a more integrated, consolidated way. These appointments will provide us talent on the ground to help us accomplish that goal.”

Lorenzo Orozco has been named General Manager & Senior Vice President for National Geographic Partners, Latin America. Orozco joined FOX International Channels as General Manager, Mexico and doubled revenues in less than four years. He also created an important new digital business, Fox+ Broadband, which provides premium movies and series to viewers via the Internet in Latin America. Orozco will continue to be based in Mexico City and will be responsible for building revenue for National Geographic Partners businesses in Latin America, including Channels, Publishing, Digital and Travel. Orozco will report to Edgar Spielmann, Chief Operating Officer for Fox Networks Group Latin America, in addition to reporting into Platt at National Geographic Partners.

Con Apostolopoulos has been named General Manager & Vice President for National Geographic Partners, Asia Pacific and Middle East. He will manage the National Geographic Partners business in the region, including Publishing, Digital, Kids, Travel and Licensing. Apostolopoulos was previously Vice President of Partnerships for FOX Networks Group Asia Pacific, where he has led regional and global partnership deals across multiple networks with Emirates, Hyundai, Prudential, Honda and more. Apostolopoulos will report to Rohit D’Silva, Executive Vice President, Commercial for Asia for FNG Asia Pacific and Middle East, in addition to reporting into Platt. He will continue to be based in Hong Kong.

Deborah Armstrong, currently Executive Vice President at Fox Networks Group, will add oversight of the National Geographic Partners business in Europe/Africa to her portfolio of responsibilities. Armstrong joined National Geographic Channel in Asia in 1998, and was instrumental in the growth of the channel business in Asia and Europe across various functions including advertising sales, marketing and communications. Armstrong will remain based in London.

Whit Higgins was previously Vice President, Business Development and Global Programming for National Geographic Channels International and has now been promoted to Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development for National Geographic Partners. Higgins was the General Manager for Fox International Channels Finland for four years and launched the FOX FTA channel and National Geographic Channel Finland in the market. Prior to Finland, Higgins was Vice President, Channel Development at FIC Europe – launching new channels in a number of European markets, and a Director in the programming department for National Geographic Channel (US). Higgins will lead a team to support all areas of National Geographic Partners in optimizing the existing business and identifying and developing new business opportunities. Higgins will be based in Washington, DC.

Carlyn Staudt, previously Senior Vice President for National Geographic’s International Channel group, has moved into a new role as Senior Vice President, Content Partnerships for National Geographic Partners. Staudt will be responsible for managing National Geographic Partners’ relationship with Fox Home Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Film & Television Distribution. In addition, she will manage Cinema Ventures, National Geographic’s large-format film business, and digital content syndication opportunities. Staudt will be based in Washington, DC.

 

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS WITH iP2ENTERTAINMENT TO CREATE INDOOR, INTERACTIVE EXPLORATION CENTERS WORLDWIDE

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 13:56

WASHINGTON (June 8, 2016)—National Geographic has signed with iP2Entertainment to develop a series of indoor, interactive exploration centers worldwide, drawing on National Geographic’s award-winning content. Each National Geographic-branded family entertainment center will offer a unique opportunity to play and explore through themed attractions, interactive demonstrations and hands-on workshops in a fun and immersive environment that ignites kids’ curiosity about the world. Content and attractions will be geared toward families with school-aged children, ages 5 to 12.

National Geographic and iP2 have teamed with K11 to develop its first location in Shenyang, China. The branded center will occupy a space of 4,013 square meters in the Shenyang K11 Art Mall, a “Museum Retail” concept that aims to be the world’s largest cultural and art experience center. The first location is slated to open in summer 2017.

A second branded exploration center is also in development in China on the island of Hengqin. Additional locations will be announced at a later date.

“The National Geographic-branded entertainment centers that we’re developing will provide parents and their children with a fun and interactive way to learn about animals, science and exploration by engaging with our award-winning content,” said Andy Reif, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products, Licensing & Global Experiences for National Geographic Partners. “We’re excited to partner with iP2Entertainment, who is a proven leader in this space and truly excels in creating fun experiences for families that they will want to revisit again and again.”

“The National Geographic branded entertainment center at the K11 Mall represents an exciting time in next generational retail development,” said iP2 Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Roger Houben. “Not only can we give back to the community with an incredibly innovative and educational-based attraction, we can also help drive and shape what it means to create engaging retail destinations where visitors want to shop, congregate and, of course, have fun.”

“We can’t wait for families to adventure alongside some of National Geographic’s ultimate explorers as they interact with animals, travel to the farthest reaches of outer space, go to the bottom of the ocean and the top of Everest without ever leaving the mall,” said Joshua Wexler, the Chief Executive of Fun of iP2XE, the design firm responsible for the concept. “We will also give guests the tools they need to capture their own stunning images and breathtaking video as they explore, learn and travel the globe, to ensure that it’s an experience they will never forget.”

The Shenyang location represents National Geographic’s first foray into the world of branded entertainment centers.

“We are creating a state of art place where international brands can come together to deliver an ultimate consumer experience, the cooperation with National Geographic and iP2 entertainment is a good start,” said Adrian Cheng, Founder of K11 Art Foundation and K11.

Each location will combine the best elements from theme parks, museums, gaming and role-playing into a truly innovative experience.

To become an ultimate explorer, children will travel the globe and take on a series of gripping assignments for National Geographic. Each assignment is an amazing adventure through an extreme environment, from the top of the rainforest canopy, to arid deserts, through frozen polar regions and deep oceans, and even to outer space. During their explorations, children will interact with animals, solve puzzles and overcome physical challenges, all of which will be documented in their digital Explorer’s Journal.

For more than 128 years, National Geographic has inspired adventurers of all ages to explore the world through its award-winning magazines, books and digital content. National Geographic first began offering live event experiences in 1888 when it launched its lecture series, now known as National Geographic Live. Today, National Geographic Live produces public programs in 15 North American venues and 11 international venues. National Geographic is also one of the leading organizers of large-scale, traveling exhibitions, which have been seen by more than 20 million visitors in venues all over the world since launching in 2009. Additionally, National Geographic’s branded theater program offers national and international museums the chance to create expanded digital cinema programs in their existing facilities, by providing access to National Geographic’s library of award-winning films, marketing and promotional support and education materials. The family entertainment centers serve as National Geographic’s next step in providing entertainment experiences that will connect families worldwide to the brand.

A portion of the proceeds from the National Geographic-branded entertainment centers will support the National Geographic Society’s nonprofit work in conservation, exploration, research and education.

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About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, location-based entertainment, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com and find us on FacebookTwitterInstagram,Google+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About iP2Entertainment

iP2 Entertainment (“iP2”, or the “Company”) is a diversified international family entertainment and media company building Out of Home entertainment experiences based on some of the most iconic brands in the world. The Company’s mission is to immerse families into the worlds of the brands and characters they know and love through innovative, memorable, and compelling experiences designed to entertain as well as educate through play and fun. Visit www.ip2entertainment.com for more information.

About K11

The First Museum Retail in the world. A revolutionary museum retail concept and a hybrid model of art and commerce founded by Mr. Adrian Cheng in 2008, K11 is the world’s first original brand to pioneer the blend of three essential elements of Art・People・Nature. K11 will develop this innovative concept with 16 more projects in 8 cities across China by 2019, including Beijing, Shenyang, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Ningbo providing a total gross floor area of over 1.4 million SQM. K11 has created a perfect cultural interpretation through the concept of museum retail, to inspire the consumers’ devotion to the brand, and to bring the public with infinite surprises through their shopping experience.

Categories: National Geographic

First Solo

Booker High Wycombe - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 17:07
Well done Luca who soloed in KCZ on Sunday!
Categories: Gliding

Summer is back

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 06/05/2016 - 22:47
After a week of the most unseasonable weather imaginable the sun returned today. It didn't produce a x-country day but there was plenty of local soaring, training and trial flights. Steve did a lot of instruction in the Falke, including sending Paul Clarke solo - congratulations Paul.

Paul setting off on his own for the first time

Categories: Gliding

Klippeneck 2016 Round up

Booker High Wycombe - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 11:06
The Klippeneck 2016 Expedition is sadly over but it is fair to say that everyone involved had a great time and enjoyed some superb flying in a wonderful location and with the local Klippeneck Gliding Club being the most accommodating hosts. They let us use their facilities as if they were ours, let us get on and do what we wanted to do with the minimum of fuss and oversight whilst providing a tug and hangar space as needed. We are very lucky to have found such a location and club.

The last couple of days were good flying days again with the club gliders being used to go cross country and gain badge claims where relevant. Paul F completed his Silver duration and distance in 319 and Zeljko completed his Silver height (but only by getting below airfield height at one point to then recover and get to 7,000ft - don't forget the airfield is 3,000ft asl) - well done guys..

The last day culminated with Graham S organising a formation flight of his Petrel, the Duo Discus and the K21. This proved a challenge akin to a juggler keeping plates spinning as there was only one tug and following a shower having gone through leaving dead air with no scope to soar. One pass was achieved as basically the gliders were down to circuit height before they all got together.

A good mix of gliders at the launch point
319 with Paul F on his Silver attempt
Tuttlingen with Lake Konstanz in the background
Important packing
Ahh - leave that behind, no space for it!An unlikely trio!

Categories: Gliding

National Geographic Photo Camp to Mentor Apsáalooke Youth in Montana

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 15:28

WASHINGTON (June 2, 2016)—A group of Apsáalooke (Crow Indian) youth in Montana will learn to tell their stories through photography and writing during National Geographic Photo Camp (NGPC) Montana, June 8-12. The camp, to be held at Little Big Horn Community College on the Crow Native American Reservation in Montana, is a partnership between the National Geographic Society and the Crow Tribe. The goal of this project is to introduce Apsáalooke (Crow Indian) youth to the power of photography through visual storytelling. The 20 participants, ages 13-19, will be mentored by National Geographic Photographer David Guttenfelder, National Geographic Creative Photographer Jonathan Kingston, National Geographic Creative Editor Stacy Gold, National Geographic Photography Producer Jeanne Modderman and National Geographic Digital Associate Photo Editor Mallory Benedict. National Geographic Photo Camp staff Jim Webb and Jenny Stratton, as well as Crow anthropologist Aaron Brien will also serve as mentors for the students.

The five-day workshop, conducted in partnership with the Crow Tribe, will explore a disappearing element of Apsáalooke culture: the clan system. The reliance on the clan system is diminishing  due to mainstream western culture and technology overwhelming indigenous belief systems. The objective of the National Geographic Photo Camp is to teach Apsáalooke youth about the roles and responsibilities of the clan system through photography. The students’ final multimedia presentation will be shown on Sunday, June 12, at 12:00 p.m. at Little Big Horn College.

“National Geographic believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We have found that Photo Camp inspires a new generation of storytellers as well as the members of the community who view their work, ” said Kaitlin Yarnall, National Geographic Society’s Deputy Director of the Centers of Excellence. “We hope Photo Camp Montana will provide the Apsáalooke youth with a creative outlet to share their unique perspectives and an opportunity to engage with National Geographic in new ways.”

Since 2003, National Geographic Photo Camp has provided programs for more than 1,500 young people in 70 locations. Olympus Imaging America Inc. has supplied cameras for the Photo Camp.

For more information on recent Photo Camps in Ukraine, South Sudan and Jordan, visit:

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/30/the-story-of-losing-a-homeland-through-the-eyes-of-those-living-it/ ,

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/12/peace-building-with-cameras-in-south-sudan/,

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/21/life-through-the-lens-of-syrias-uprooted-teens/.

About the National Geographic Society

National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

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