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EYE SEE workshop

“EYE SEE” is UNICEF child photography workshop supported by Sony. The aim of the EYE SEE project is to help children develop the ability to express their feelings through the lens, and broadcasting their discovery to the world. It started in Pakistan in 2006, EYE SEE workshops have held in 12 countries by 2013 with various theme and background stories of each region.
Sony provides equipment essential to workshops, such as digital still cameras and personal computers, and funding for operation cost. Moreover, Sony introduces the children’s photographs on its website and at photo exhibitions, conveying the children’s photographic insights to a wide audience to learn about global issues and to find a new perspective of the world through children’s eye sees.
Year Venue Theme of the Workshop
2013 Australia Supporting the needs of indigenous children in Australia See details
2013 Argentina Empowering vulnerable children and adolescents in Argentina See details
2013 Serbia For the social inclusion of Roma children See details
2012 Tunisia To empower marginalized youth & adolescents in Tunisia post revolution See details
2011 Japan (Tohoku) Reconstruction from great earthquake,the light of hope in the eyes of children See details
2011 Mali Rights – based life skills training to empower marginalized youth & adolescents in Mali See details
2009 South Africa Dealing with climate change & investing in agriculture for food security See details
2009 Madagascar After the cyclone: resilience and recovery See details
2007 Liberia Children of a new society, in a nation engaged in reconstruction See details
2007 Rwanda A country recovering from civil war and now in the process of modernizing See details
2006 Pakistan Reconstruction from great earthquake, messages from children See details

Providing tools to help children participate in the society

  • Digital Camere Memory Stick Laptop PC

Sony provides tools for EYE SEE. Digital camera, "Memory Stick," and laptop PC are helping children to take a first step to ward social participation.


Around 10 to 20 children participate in each workshop. On the first day of the workshop, which lasts several days, the participating children receive a classroom lesson on the basics of operating a camera and shooting pictures and hold discussions to select their photographic theme.

For the following days, the children go out on a field trip to the location selected by themselves and engage in several shooting sessions. Their activities extend beyond merely taking pictures to interviewing the people they shoot.

On the last day, the children return to a classroom session, in which they write a caption for each photograph to describe what was going through their minds when taking the picture and what is the message they would like to convey and exchange ideas about each other working. Moreover, competition is held to select the best shot of the workshop class. These activities provide the children with an opportunity to engage in brisk communications as they discuss their pictures.

As described above, this workshop program is not merely intended to help children hone their photography skills. We hope that this photographic experience will motivate children to develop various skills vital for their future, the ability to observe the world around them and the sensitivity to reflect on what is on the minds of people shooting photos and their subjects, understand messages from Mother Nature and convey their own thoughts and feelings through pictures they take. That is a critical objective of this program.

After each workshop, the participating children’s photos are featured in photo exhibitions around the globe as valuable media that provide a glimpse into the circumstances of their country and convey their own messages.

Before shooting, discuss in groups the photographic themes to be conveyed.

Next, the children are taught the basics of camera operation

The workshop goes out in the field and starts shooting a variety of subjects.

While taking pictures, the children report on the people who kindly agree to serve as subjects.

Show each other photos taken, and exchange ideas with other members. Make your thoughts on photos as clear as possible by writing captions for them.

The children's voices are heard through photos at the exhibition and on the website.

Photography on this page top is from EYE SEE workshop in Mali, one of participated children was communicating with subject by showing her photograph. © UNICEF / Giacomo Pirozzi

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