Nature photography in our reserves

Opportunities for students ages 9-18 to connect with local reserves, exploring their beauty and diversity through photography.


IMAgEN8 provides Canon 3000d digital SLR cameras for the participants, and our mentors teach them the technical and artistic aspects of photography. Students receive digital copies of their best pictures, and are published in the Orakei Nature Photography book and the Compassionate Nature digital magazine. There is no cost for the participants as this program has been funded by the Orakei Local Board and the Orakei Wildlink Network. 

The goal of our work with children and young adults is to nurture their love for Nature. The strength of this love and deepening of connections to our physical world improves their mental wellbeing, fosters increased awareness for the environment, builds compassion, and manifests as kaitiakitanga.

We believe that by forming deep connections and love for our natural environment, we are happier, more compassionate, conserve what we love, and live sustainably. This fuels our passion to work with diverse communities, ages, and schools, so we can contribute to fostering a more sustainable society and planet for us all.