Picture Your World

About Picture Your World:

Since 2002, Green Spaces Alliance has introduced thousands of children to photography and the wonders of nature through the Picture Your World Youth Photography Program. Starting in September and ending in April, Green Spaces’ program instructor, a professional photographer, and a naturalist lead workshops that teach students the basics of photography and build their appreciation for the natural world. The workshops take place at beautiful outdoor sites throughout the San Antonio area, such as Government Canyon, Medina River Natural Area, Warbler Woods, and Friedrich Wilderness Park. Weekend workshops are held monthly on a Sunday afternoon and are open to all area youth ages 8-18. Green Spaces provides digital cameras to students who wish to borrow one, or participants may bring their own. Picture Your World provides a unique opportunity for youth to engage with nature, hone their observational skills and explore aspects of science and art while creating a visual memory of their day.

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The workshop taught me many things about photography and how it’s important to be outdoors because you discover new and interesting things.
Alex L. 5th grader

In addition to the weekend workshop programming, Picture Your World provides photography lessons and nature education outreach in our elementary program. Currently our Elementary Program services the fifth grade classes of two schools: Franklin Elementary (SAISD) and Henry B. Gonzalez (Edgewood ISD). Each year these elementary schools receive two opportunities, one in the fall and one in the spring to explore and photograph two different natural areas thus creating a broad and rich outdoor education experience.

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When the kids are out on the trails or in the meadow or even just around the Visitor Center looking for subjects, angles and objects they are ENGAGED. Curious, excited, attentive…they are actually hunting for stuff EVERYwhere they go. They’re looking around and discovering. THEY drive the adventure. As I see it, PYW is a natural wellspring for young people’s energy and curiosity, and let’s face it…it’s pretty fun too!
John H. Koepke Peace Officer/Interpreter/Volunteers, Government Canyon State Natural Area

In May, the program culminates with a nature photography competition. The competition is open to all area youth and applicants can submit up to three images per entry. Three local artists jury the competition and cash prizes are awarded in two age categories: 8-12 and 13-18. Applicants can submit up to three images and Green Spaces Alliance exhibits the winning and honorable mention photographs and honors participating students at an annual photo exhibit and awards ceremony. Entrants and winners in this and past competitions include those from the SAISD and Edgewood ISD Picture Your World Elementary Program along with photographers from others school districts, private institutions and homeschool students throughout Bexar County.

The images of our Texas wildlife and flora enthusiastically captured by our Picture Your World participants illustrate why Green Spaces Alliance is dedicated to conserving our natural environment and engaging a diverse community in the enjoyment of the outdoors.

The Green Spaces Alliance Picture Your World Program is proud to partner with: