The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica is introducing the National Photography Program, which teaches youth the art and science of photography.

The new program includes the ImageMakers National Photography Contest, which has been a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 50 years. It also seeks to engage youth to explore and build their skills in photography, digital arts and self-expression, officials with the club said.

The program is sponsored by Sony Electronics, which is providing photography equipment so youth in Santa Monica have access to high-quality tools to use during the program. The package includes several Sony point-and-shoot cameras, Sony interchangeable lens cameras and Sony VAIO computers, as well as a stipend to help offset printing and other photography-related costs.

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica serves about 8,000 youth through membership and community outreach.

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