Photography and video production can be intimidating areas of expertise. Having the proper resources to help motivate you and keep you involved are important for success. Check out the following resources - for youths and adults - to help jumpstart your photography skills!

Youth- get involved on the web:

* Nat Geo Kids Get photo tips, share and rate your photos, and have the opportunity to get published in National Geographic Kids Magazine.

* Kids and Film – Submit your photos, enter to win free cameras and film, and watch for upcoming workshops.

* Flickr Search for a photo group just for youth (Youth Photographers, Teen Photographers). Share your photos and interact with other young photographers.

* You can also search the web for competitions that are specifically geared towards students, or have a youth category to them. (TIME currently has a competition running until 10/17 for young photographers.)

* Are you interested in learning more about video production? There are many DSLRs that also have video capabilities. Here  are some tips get you familiar with your camera and its cinematic features. Special shout out to two special students, Jamie and Jennifer, for sharing this link with us. They are in the process of learning how to use their camera equipment for video and trying their hands at editing. Good luck, ladies!

Adult photographers and artists-

Many of the programs that are available to children are in need of adult volunteers and donors to help keep the programs running. If you’re interested in being a part of one of these, the best thing to do is to find one that feels like the right fit for you, and contact them and ask what you can do to help.

Finding a local group or organization-

If you don’t already have a specific group in mind or want to be involved in something locally, the best thing to do is a web search. Many cities have arts and/or photography programs already in place. In Atlanta, The Community Arts Program (part of The Creative Project) is partnering with other organizations, such as One Love Generation  to mentor youth in the arts, and on the opposite side of the U.S., Youth in Focus in Seattle is a local program that also uses photography as a training tool for youth. See more resources for local programs below.

If you’re in a smaller city that doesn’t have a program running, there are still many options. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a great option, and is available in many locations throughout the world. You could also get involved in classes in school and after school programs, local newspapers and press clubs (many of them have High School photo competitions, awards, education grants, and other great resources), summer camps, local community or art centers, museums, art supply stores, workshops hosted by colleges for high school students, your state fair (many of them have youth photo and art competitions), or start a new program or your own.

More Resources-

(Arts education, associations, awards, etc.)

* Americans for the Arts and their art education ARTSblog

* National Art Education Association  

* Alliance for Young Artists and Writers/  The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

* National Scholastic Press Association

* Newspaper Association of America Foundation

* Quill and Scroll  

* Young Photographers Alliance (US)

* Young Photographers Alliance (UK)

* International Center of Photography Teen Academy

* Teen Photo

* Arts School Network (for adults)

* + Here’s a good article on 13 Lessons to Teach Your Child About Digital Photography

Local Programs

* Focus on Youth Portland, OR

* Charleston Kids With Cameras Charleston, SC

* Youth in Focus Seattle, WA

* The Community Arts Program Atlanta, GA

* One Love Generation Atlanta, GA

* Paterson Youth Photography Project Paterson, NJ

* The In-Sight Photography Project Brattleboro, VT

Have another resource or link that we didn’t list? Please share in the comments of this post and we will add it to the list for others to see.