Photo Book Project for Junior High School Students

Nikon started the project in 2011 (in the year ending March 2012) to provides opportunities for junior high school students in the disaster-stricken areas to experience photography.
Students actively work for about one year to create their photo book with assistance from teachers. Nikon assists them by donating digital cameras and prints the students' work into photo books as the finale to the one-year activity. Nikon also arranges photography classes and supports exhibitions held in schools if requested.
Nikon hopes that participating students will share their feelings with others through the creative process, including taking pictures, choosing their favorites and conveying their feelings through the photos with comments. Nikon also hopes that the project will encourage the students to tap into their own individual strength for the sake of reconstruction.
In the year ending March 2016, 42 schools and one organization in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures participated in the project, and a total of 2,432 students created their own photo books.

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Activities in the Year Ending March 2017

The Schools Invited to Participate in the Photo Book Project for Junior High School Students in the Fiscal Year Ending March 2017 Have Been Decided

In the fiscal year ending March 2017, the project will be rolled out across 42 junior high schools and one educational board in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. Each school will work on creating their own photo book over the course of one year.
(This article was written in May 2016.)

Activities in the Year Ending March 2016

Supporting School Cultural Festival Photo Exhibitions for Students

Nikon gave A3-size photo prints to 35 junior high schools that requested printing services for their photo exhibitions. In each school, students instilled unique personalities to the photo prints by attaching a title or a comment and exhibited them at school cultural festivals.

Photography Classes for Junior High School Students

In the year ending March 2106, Nikon offered three types of photography class, a basic class, an advanced class and an SLR camera class, so that students could expand the range of expression in their work. We provided one of those classes for each school as requested. The SLR camera class was a newly open in this fiscal year for schools which continued participating in the project. Students in the SLR camera class eagerly created their works, taking advantage of SLR cameras.

Students learned about the basis of photography and how to use a camera in the basic class.
Students practiced focusing in a basic class.
Outdoor practical work (in the SLR camera class)

Past Activities

Activities in the Year Ending March 2015

Presenting Photo Books to 41 Schools and One Educational Board

During April 2014 to March 2015, the project was rolled out across 41 junior high schools and one educational board; 15 schools in Iwate Prefecture, 20 schools in Miyagi Prefecture, and six schools and one educational board (Iwaki City Board of Education) in Fukushima Prefectures. Total of 2,579 photo books were presented to all students who participated in the project.

Providing A3-Size Photo Prints for School Cultural Festivals

Photo exhibition at Kamaishi Toni Junior High School in Iwate

Nikon gave A3-size photo prints to 26 junior high schools that requested printing services for their photo exhibitions. Each school instilled a unique personality to the photo prints by attaching a title or a comment and exhibited them at school cultural festivals. Those photos expressed the students' feelings to their parents and other exhibition attendees.
(This article was written in November 2014.)

Photography Classes for Students

From April to July in 2014, Nikon provided a photography class for the 26 junior high schools that so requested. In this fiscal year, we offered a basic class and an advanced class so that students could expand the range of expression in their work. Classes were conducted to meet the request of each school. Students in the advanced class enjoyed a practical shooting lesson that included learning about composition and exposure compensation.
(This article was written in August 2014.)

Students learned about the basis of photography and how to use a camera in the basic class.
Students practiced focusing in a basic class.
Students had a practical shooting lesson after learning how to compose pictures.

Activities in the Year Ending March 2014

Presenting Photo Books to 42 Schools and One Educational Board

Students seeing their photo books in Kamaishi Toni Junior High School

During April 2013 to March 2014, the project was rolled out across 42 junior high schools and one educational board; 15 schools in Iwate Prefecture, 19 schools in Miyagi Prefecture, and eight schools and one educational board (Iwaki City Board of Education) in Fukushima Prefectures. Total of 2,850 photo books were presented to all students who participated in the project.

Providing A3-Size Photo Prints for School Cultural Festivals

Twenty four project-participating schools requested Nikon's support for their photo exhibitions. Nikon provided printing service and A3-size photo prints were exhibited at school cultural festivals. Parents and other local people visited the exhibitions to see the students' work.
Each school made unique contributions to its photo exhibition. For example, some pictures showed students' workplace experiences while others were displayed with students' handwritten titles and comments.
(This article was written in November 2013.)

Kuji Osanai Junior High School in Iwate
Fudai Junior High School in Iwate
Otsuchi Junior High School in Iwate

Exhibitions of Photo Book Project for Junior High School Students Held in Kamaishi and Morioka

Nikon held two photo exhibitions in Iwate Prefecture, one at Sea Plaza Kamaishi in Kamaishi and one at Plaza Odette in Morioka, to showcase photo books completed in the year ending March 2013.
At the exhibition held at in Sendai in the previous year, there were requests to hold exhibitions in other prefectures. In addition, there were voices from participating schools asking for an opportunity to see the works of other schools. The exhibitions in Iwate Prefecture reflected those requests.
Some visitors commented that they were encouraged by the students' works. We received numerous feedbacks from visitors.
(This article was written in August 2013.)

Exhibition at Sea Plaza Kamaishi
Visitors intently looking at the photo books.
Exhibition at Plaza Odette

Photography Classes for Students

Nikon provided a photography class for the project-participating junior high schools to teach the students how to use digital cameras. The classes were held at 25 junior high schools from late April to mid-July.
Members of the Digital Camera Volunteer Association served as instructors once again as they did in the previous fiscal year.
The students will work on their photos for the compilation of a photo book during summer vacation as well as during school life.
(This article was written in July 2013.)

A member of the Digital Camera Volunteer Association serves as instructor.
Students experience "focusing" by taking pictures of classmates.
Students put into practice what they have learned.

In the Year Ending March 2013

Presenting Photo Books to 46 Schools and One Educational Board

Joint exhibition for reconstruction was held by three schools including Shichigou Junior High School at Nikon Plaza Sendai. Photo Books were presented to the student representative of Shichigou Junior High School.

During April 2012 to March 2013, the project was rolled out across 46 junior high schools and one educational board; 18 schools in Iwate Prefecture, 23 schools in Miyagi Prefecture, and five schools and one educational board (Iwaki City Board of Education) in Fukushima Prefectures. Total of 3,724 photo books were presented to all students who participated in the project.

Rikuzentakata Daiichi Junior High School
Kamaishi Toni Junior High School
Kuji Osanai Junior High School

Providing A3-Size Photo Prints for School Cultural Festivals

During the autumn cultural festival season, students at 38 project-participating junior high schools hosted photo exhibitions.
Nikon provided A3-size photo prints to schools that requested the printing service. Titles and comments by the students were attached to many of the exhibited photo prints. Some of them were displayed with a student's tanka. The exhibited photos displayed the students' feelings for their parents and other local people.
(This article was written in December 2012.)

Photo exhibition at the Rikuzentakata Yonezaki Junior High School Cultural Festival in Iwate
Photo exhibition at the Marumori Junior High School Cultural Festival in Miyagi
Photo exhibition at Oofunato Junior High School in Iwate. Each photo was exhibited with a student's tanka.

Photography Classes for Students

Nikon provided a photography class for students of the project-participating junior high schools. The class was held at 30 junior high schools. Instructors were members of the Digital Camera Volunteer Association, operated by former Nikon employees and others. After the first class was held in late June, the instructors toured the junior high schools and conducted the last class in November. Over the next few months, the students will work on their photos for the compilation of a photo book.
(This article was written in November 2012.)

Lecture by a former Nikon employee, a member of the Digital Camera Volunteer Association
Students took shots of classmates to learn proper camera handling.
Instructor advises students on practical shooting techniques.

In the Year Ending March 2012

Presenting Photo Books to Three Participating Junior High Schools

In March 2011, that was the month the Great East Japan Earth quake struck Japan, Nikon staged the Photo Book Project for Junior High School Students as one of in co-operation with the Recovery Assistance Media Team. The photo books were completed by mid-March in 2012 and presented to students at the three participating junior high schools in Iwate Prefecture: Kamaishi Toni Junior High School, Kamaishi East Junior High School and Ofunato Daiichi Junior High School.
(This article was written in March 2012.)

A Photo Exhibition during the Cultural Festival at Kamaishi Toni Junior High School

Nikon donated compact digital cameras to Kamaishi Toni Junior High School via the Recovery Assistance Media Team soon after the earthquake struck so that students could use them. They then hosted a photo exhibition at the cultural festival. Under the leadership of teacher Junichi Hirano, the students had taken shots in keeping with the following themes: "Signs of recovery"; "Devastation wrought by the earthquake"; and "Smiles". They added titles and captions to their pictures, displaying them alongside personal comments. Nikon then assisted them by printing their work for the display. The cultural festival itself took place in the school's gym, which doubled as a classroom after the disaster had struck. Many local people turned out at the festival.
(The exhibition was held in November 2011.)

Many local people visited the school festival
A work created by Mari Ueno, Kamaishi Toni Junior High School
A work created by Miki Ohtaki, Kamaishi Toni Junior High School