Eyes of Utila
Honduras has the reputation of being one of the most dangerous countries in Central America for tourists and the island of Utila is only seen as a paradise for divers and party-goers. In reality, Utila is so much more than that! It is a beautiful corner of the Caribbean with diverse wildlife and a vibrant community.
It is time to show the rest of the world what this island is really about through our youngest generation's eyes! "Eyes of Utila" is a project that gives children the chance to show off some of the hidden gems that they value most about their island and to encourage them to observe and appreciate the unique environment they live in. Children from all of the schools that participated in the Environmental Education Program took part in a photography competition where 24 cameras were donated (used on loan by the children that could not afford their own) so that they could explore and express themselves through creative images of they place they call home. A full exhibition was held on September 18th, 2016 to not only showcase their hard work, but to celebrate the 6 months of the newest education program where various topics were covered to encourage the kids to fall in love with and be proud of their island. The best 30 photos (chosen by third party judges) were printed and displayed for the entire community to see and the best 12 were made into a 2017 Eyes of Utila calendar! The first place photographer was given the best of the donated cameras, and other prizes were generously donated by local dive shops and restaurants and given to the other featured young photographers.
We have created a website showing the best few photos from ALL of these talented young minds with the hope that we can change the wider world's current perspective of this fantastic little island as just a place to dive and party to one of admiration for the diverse nature and community that it has to offer. This project will continue this year (2017) and hopefully for many years to come so we can continue to see Utila through tomorrow's leaders!