See how we’re giving young people the skills, tools and platforms they need to shine a light on the global issues affecting their futures.
See how we’re fostering creativity, developing skills, and supporting the livelihoods of young people across Africa through the power of visual imaging.
There are young people across the world with a story to tell, a desire to create change and make the future brighter for us all, and we’re working to support them any way we can.
Since its launch back in 2015, our Young People Programme has been equipping students with the skills, tools and platforms they need to share their stories with the world – covering important topics like gender equality, animal protection and climate action.
Continue scrolling down to learn more about the Young People Programme and discover how their creativity is leading to real change.
If you want to transform tomorrow and enact real change as a visual storyteller, what do you need? Scroll down to discover some of the Canon products that students learn to use through our Young People Programme.
From focusing, frame rate and shutter speed, to ISO, long exposure and white balance, students in the Young People Programme learn about and discover how to get the most out of our cameras so they can go out and get the most out of their stories.
Often the difference between a good image or scene and a great one will come down to lighting. With a flash, students learn how to gain more control over a scene and their subjects, regardless of the weather or ambient lighting conditions.
One of the keys to great visual storytelling is being prepared. Tripods, memory cards and spare batteries are all accessories students in the Young People Programme become familiar with so they understand what they need to capture their ideas with confidence.
Whether it’s for isolating action from far away, fitting in wide landscapes and street environments, or capturing incredible macro detail, teaching students how to use our range of lenses gives them more creative flexibility with their storytelling.
Click on any of the icons to learn more about the Young People Programme and how far its students have come over the past seven years.
The number of people the Young People Programme has directly reached since it started back in 2015.
The number of countries the Young People Programme has been to across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
In the UK, 400 students attended the Live The Story project, which focused on highlighting the issue and negative impact of single-use plastics.
Each programme uses the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework and reference for students to shape their projects
Since 2016, we have worked with over 50 different charity partners to help us deliver and expand the programme.
In 2019, Neville Ngomane became the first Young People Programme Alumni to go on to win the Young Environmental Photographer of the Year award.
Explore some of the amazing people, projects and pictures that have come out of the Young People Programme since 2015.
The BruxELLES photography project was born in 2017 as part of our Young People Programme. This initiative helps young people develop their photography skills and uses the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to address a variety of global issues. Image produced by the participants. © Plan International Belgium, Natanael
Image produced by the participants from The BruxELLES photography project. © Plan International Belgium, Manuela
Using the skills they'd learnt on the course, the students set themselves the task of capturing an image that would show that sport should recognise no gender boundaries. Every day, thousands of women around the world fight to win a position in the sporting world – while many succeed, they often have to overcome huge challenges on the way. Every time this motorcycling champion puts on her helmet, it's with the knowledge that she's not only breaking stereotypes, but paving the way for others to follow in her tracks. Captured by Mario, Spanish Canon Young People Programme.
Our Young People Programme has been working with Mike Kendrick, wildlife conservationist and founder of the Wild Shots Outreach (WSO) NPO in South Africa, to support UN efforts to drive their 2030 Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). This photo, entitled Kicking Up Dust, was captured by student Ricky Tibane in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Ricky Tibane, YPP and Wild Shots Outreach student, proudly showing off his wildebeest photograph. Photo credit: Mike Kendrick
“Kids play in the alleys during summer. If someone’s pouring water [from above] or if wires are too low, kids could be electrocuted and die.” Fatima el Mosleh explains this image from her home in the Ein El-Helweh refugee camp, Lebanon, 2019. Photo credit: Fatima el Mosleh.
Kgaugelo Neville Ngomane captured this powerful image of rhino dehorning, saying "I want to make a difference. I hope this picture will make a lot of people see what we have to do to save our rhinos and it will bring hope with the picture that people will support anti-poaching." Kgaugelo Neville Ngomane, programme participant & CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019 ©Wild Shots Outreach.
"This photo says a lot about feeling sorry/pity for the rhinos, as you can see her kneeling and looking down. In a normal way of living there’d be no need to dehorn them if there were no poachers. Because there are poachers, rhinos have to lose their horn in order to be safe from being killed." Photo credit: Rifumo Mathebula.