Through the Future Voices of New Mexico project, a collaboration of The Lensic and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, middle and high school students throughout New Mexico learn photography skills and how to direct, shoot, and edit short films.
Left photo: Connie Schaekel, Lensic director of community relations, congratulates a student winner during the April 2015 awards ceremony. Right photo: A group of students stands outside The Lensic prior to the awards ceremony.
October 2015 kicked off the ninth year of Future Voices of New Mexico. Throughout the school year, students worked inside and outside of classrooms with teachers, professional filmmakers, and photographers to create three-minute films or shoot documentary and artistic still photographs. Students were then invited to submit their best work for the annual Future Voices of Mexico film and photo contest. Submissions were reviewed by a panel of film and photography professionals from across the country
In the 2015-2016 school year, we received 96 film entries and 192 photography entries. These creations came from students at 13 New Mexico high schools representing Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Espanola, Pojoaque, Taos, and Los Lunas.
On May 5, 2016, The Lensic will welcome some 600 excited students for the annual award ceremony. The first-, second- and third-place films and photos in each category will be screened for the audience of students and film and photo professionals. Winners in each category will also be presented with cash awards.
Future Voices of New Mexico is made possible through a partnership involving The Lensic and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. For more information, and to view the work of Future Voices award winners visit FutureVoicesofNewMexico.org.