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Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, winner, Junior category, Jess Poyner (NSW) aged 17. Image: Jess Poyner
© Jess Poyner

Ages: 8-12 years (older children can check out our Nature Photography for Teens workshop)

Want to be a nature photographer or simply snap some great pics on your next family bushwalk? These school holidays learn tricks of the trade and practice looking at the world with an artistic eye in this children's photography workshop.

Using your point and shoot device (camera, smartphone or tablet), participants will be guided through fun photography challenges that spark creativity. Experiment taking photographs of mini-beasts, museum specimens, and treasures from the garden.

Gain inspiration from a visit to the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world through stunning images by professional, emerging and junior photographers.

One of Sydney's best kids' activities these school holidays, this hands-on workshop will inspire children to explore, focus, capture and share moments in time that have the power to stir emotion and conservation of the wonderful world around us.

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  • Bring a point and shoot device such as a camera, smartphone or tablet, a hat for venturing outside, water bottle and snack.
  • Bookings essential. Limited capacity of 16 children per workshop to allow for individual attention and feedback.
  • Please refer to the AM's refund policy here.

Who is your workshop host?

Thomas Covell has been hooked on nature all his life, from the tiniest of animals to towering trees. As a nature photographer, ecologist, and passionate conservationist he loves showing people how to capture natures best angle.

What if I don’t have a camera?

The Museum has a limited number of iPads participants can borrow for use during onsite workshops. Please let us know on the Eventbrite booking form if you require one.

What's included in the workshop pack?

Resources include Australian Geographic Magazine #158 featuring photographs from the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition, kaleidoscope mirrors, macro-lens for smartphones, lens cloth, peacock feather, mineral specimen and a Photography Challenge Card that participants will be guided through.

Is the workshop technical?

No. Since the range of cameras participants will be using varies from ipads to digital SLR cameras, the workshop will focus on creative techniques and thinking. If children bring along a digital SLR camera that they are not familiar with, we will advise using auto setting during the workshop. However there will be opportunities during the workshop to ask our host technical questions. Participants will be provided with a cheat sheet for setting up digital cameras.

What happens during the workshop?

After being inspired by the incredible photographs of the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition, children will be guided through creative photography challenges where they explore using light, colour, angles, composition and framing. There will be a short break before review and reflection where participants are invited to select and speak to their favourite photograph from the workshop. Participants will receive constructive feedback from our workshop host.

Do adults stay for the workshop?

No. Adults drop children off and sign them in and out before departing. If your child has access requirements where a carer or support worker attending would benefit your child, please let us know in the booking form. Due to COVID-19, venues have reduced capacities.

Is prior photography experience needed?

No experience is necessary as children will be introduced to the creative processes of framing, composition, lighting and colour in these workshops for beginners.

Exhibition partners

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 is produced by the South Australian Museum and presented in partnership with the Australian Museum.

The South Australian Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of Dr Stuart Miller AM, founder and patron of ANZANG, and his sister Mrs Alison Huber in memory of their parents, Dr Robert and Mrs Clarice Miller, both late of Waikerie, South Australia.

Principal Sponsor

Threatened Species Category Sponsor

Exhibition Partner

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As of 3 January 2021, we require all staff and visitors aged 12 and over to wear a fitted face mask while inside the AM. Please bring your own mask when you visit.

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