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 take a glimpse of Utila through the eyes of our youngest generation! "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 schools participating in the Environmental Education Program, were invited to take part in a photography competition! 24 cameras were kindly donated (to be 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 both in September 2016 and 2017; to not only showcase their hard work, but to celebrate the continued success of the new collaborative education program. During this program, various topics were covered to encourage the kids to fall in love with and be proud of their island.
Each year, the best 30 photos are chosen by third party judges, printed and displayed for the entire community to see. The best 12 are made into a annual Eyes of Utila calendar!
The first place photographer receives a grand prize (in the past a digital camera and a scuba dive course). Runners up and featured photographers receive various other prizes which are generously donated by local dive shops, businesses and restaurants.
This project will continue this year (2018) and hopefully for many years to come!
!If you can donate any old cameras to help us grow the Eyes of Utila project! They would be much appreciated and put to great use! Contact us at - firstname.lastname@example.org