IMAgEN8 is a registered charity whose purpose is to foster sustainable connections with New Zealand’s natural environment in our diverse communities through education, photography, and technology. They conduct nature photography workshops on school grounds and nature reserves that connect students with nature, enhance their wellbeing, build skills, and foster environmental stewardship through creative expression. Students’ work is published in books and a digital magazine, Compassionate Nature. Their Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award program enables students to capture compelling stories about Nature. They also create educational content for tamariki to learn and be inspired. IMAgN8 focuses on fostering mental wellbeing, skill development and kaitiakitanga through nature photography. With a focus on participants at the heart of the charity, their academic and practical upskilling courses, participation in photography skills and opportunities to connect with their environment are perfectly in line with achieving your Award. Their new ‘Borrow a camera, tell a story’ program enables students to capture compelling stories about Nature. IMaGN8 also offer Wellbeing workshops and create educational content for tamariki to learn and be inspired.
IMAgEN8 is an Accredited Activity Provider that gives you the opportunity to develop your photography skills within the Skills section of the Award. This unique opportunity is also an activity you can participate in for your Kākāriki Pathway journey. They conduct nature photography workshops that connect you with Nature, enhance your hauora/wellbeing, build your skills and be a steward or kaitiakitanga of the environment through your creativity. You will get the chance to have your work published in books and a digital magazine, Compassionate Nature, and create a compelling portfolio that showcases your talents.
Their Award program enables you to capture compelling stories about nature, without the price tag of all the gear. Connect with your environment and diverse communities through education, photography and technology. IMAgEN8 will loan a Canon 3000d dSLR camera, provide photography mentors, organise educational sessions, run workshops and help publish your work in their magazine, book and other national media like Toitoi and Excio.
Gain comprehensive photography skills that will be an asset and could develop into a passion with IMaGN8, while deepening your connection with nature and conservation.