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The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica Starts New Photography Program

Santa Monica Real Estate Company, Roque and Mark
By Lookout Staff

April 12, 2013 -- Santa Monica's youth will have be able to explore the world of photography through a new program at the Boys & Girls Club.

Through a partnership with Sony Electronics, Santa Monica youth who participate in the program will learn the ins-and-outs of digital photography by experimenting with digital cameras and photo editing software donated by the electronics giant.

“We are grateful to Sony Electronics for their support in providing access to programs and tools in the area of photography to engage all young people in the arts,” said Aaron Young, CEO and president of The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica.

The photography program is part of a national initiative by The Boys & Girls Club of America, with Sony, to help build photography skills and encourage self-expression in participants.

“Our Club members will benefit greatly from the education and opportunities made possible through the National Photography Program and partnership with Sony Electronics,” he said.

The members will also benefit from Sony's donation of several point-and-shoot cameras, some interchangeable lens cameras and Sony VAIO computers that can be used for photo processing.

Sony is also donating a stipend to offset printing and other photography-related costs.

In addtion to the equipment, Sony will sponsor two photography related festivals: ImageMakers National Photography Contest and the photography part of the Boys & Girls Club of America's Digital Arts Festival.

ImageMakers National Photography Contest, for youth six to 18 years old, asks for photographs in four different categories: culture and tradition, surroundings, portraits or photo with essay or poem.

“We are proud to partner with BGCA to expose youth to the arts through technology by providing access and training so they can explore creative outlets for personal development,” said Ed Wallace, vice president of community affairs at Sony Electronics.

“At Sony, we believe in fostering the idea that anything imaginable can be made real. Together with BGCA, we’re inspiring and empowering passionate, innovative future leaders and artists.”

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