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Through a project known as “Photo Camp,” the National Geographic Society sends its world-class photographers into some of the most troubled areas of the world, from South Sudan to the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, with the mission of teaching young people aged 13 to 25—2,500 in all since 2003—how to express themselves through photography. The students, whose work is now on display at the National Geographic Museum, aren’t yet the equals of their teachers, but their work is impressive nonetheless. Not surprisingly, many of the students’ images echo established Nat Geo tropes, including ethnographic, natural, and humanitarian themes. Some, like an image of a hanging row of multicolored brushes, are elegant in their simplicity; others, like the photograph that zeroes in on a mother’s hand cradling her baby’s foot or the one that focuses on the hands of a boat captain steering his vessel, make sophisticated use of cropping techniques. These younger perspectives add some brightness to the traditional National Geographic methods. The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the National Geographic Museum, 1600 M St. NW. $7–$11. (202) 857-7700. nationalgeographic.com.