Nature and Wildlife Photography Mentorship For Teens

The Canid Project provides nature and wildlife photography mentorships and workshops to select 13-18 year olds who show promising talent and motivation.  Scholarships and full grants will be available through this program, allowing those who have not been able to participate in photography classes due to family income restrictions to take full advantage of our program.

Through the teen mentorship and workshop program we hope to provide teens the tools and skills needed to go further in their journey with nature and wildlife photography. 

Through our photo workshops students will be able to meet other like-minded teens and learn in a group environment.

 Through mentorships students are paired with a professional photographer who will help them to realize their goals in photography by way of a project.  Each student will leave the program with a body of work and a plan for further action.

We provide student cameras and accessories for the duration of the mentorship program when needed.  Scholarships and take-home discounted gear will also be available for students who qualify.

Through this program we hope to stimulate critical thinking, creativity, time management, focus, and self-confidence, while also creating a sense of appreciation and respect for all animal species and the natural world. These skills and lessons learned within the program will benefit these teens as they move into adulthood, and independence. 

The Mentorship Program

The mentorship program in Baton Rouge, LA is currently on a rolling basis. The program runs for 6 weeks with meetings once a week that last 2 hours, and fields trips when possible.  This format is subject to change based on instructor’s schedule.  The dates and times will be worked out with the applicant upon approval in the program.

*All instructors are background checked.  If you are a professional photographer and interested in being an instructor in your area for this program please email:

Program Director: AMY SHUTT 

Amy specializes in nature and wildlife photography with a focus on documentary and conservation photography.  She also leads wildlife photography classes and workshops throughout the the Americas, Canada and Africa. She is the Director of The Canid Project, a newly formed 501c3 non-profit that focuses on using photography and narrative as creative tools to educate on the world's wild canids.  She hopes to educate and inspire through all of her photographic endeavors. Amy's work has been published in books and magazines and her work has been awarded by the Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International competition.

Please see her work at

The Workshop Program

Upcoming Teen Workshops


Prince Edward Island Urban Red Fox Visual Storytelling Photo Workshop for Teens 2019

When: July 2-5, 2019

Where: Prince Edward Island, Canada

Join American photographers Amy ShuttAshleigh Scully and Canadian photographer Brittany Crossman of The Canid Project from July 2-5, 2019 for a canid-centric workshop photographing and learning about the Urban Red Foxes of Prince Edward Island, Canada.  This workshop is for teens aged 13 to 18 years old! See more: HERE

How Do I Apply? 

Student Sarah enjoys a day out photographing nature and wildlife

Student Sarah enjoys a day out photographing nature and wildlife

We are currently taking applications for the Mentorship Program in Baton Rouge, LA.  You may apply on a rolling basis.

  1. Fill out the form below

  2. Provide an essay of 500 to 2000 words explaining your interest and future goals in nature or wildlife photography and why you would like to be a part of the program.

  3. A most recent Income Tax Return from the applicant's household is required to determine eligibility

  4. Any photographs applicants may have to share can be submitted, but is not required.

  5. Email essay and Income Tax Return to: within 2 weeks of submitting the form below.

  • Applicants will be notified asap

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Applicant's Birthdate
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How You Can Help 


  • Older, but not ancient, DSLRS that work (Canon and Nikon preferably)

  • Lenses, especially 18-55 and 55-200 type kit lenses

  • SD and Compact Flash Cards

  • External Hardrives

  • Photo accessories

See our Amazon Wish List HERE

MONETARY DONATIONS: One-Time or become a Monthly Sponsor!

What does your donation support and help to provide?  

  • Professional photographers as mentors who provide encouragement and planning to help students develop a creative voice through their projects

  • Photo paper and ink for printing

  • SD cards and hard drives

  • Entry level cameras

  • Snacks and drinks for classroom time and field trip outings

  • Transportation costs

  • Entry fees for gardens and natural areas like state parks

  • Other photographic supplies and tools

Make a tax-deductible donation to our 501c3 non-profit: 


The opportunity for individuals or businesses to sponsor a student is available.  Please email Amy for more information!

Questions? Fill out the form below or email

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