Prague High School Photography Workshop

At once ancient and modern, Prague provides a unique and inspiring backdrop to explore the creative and technical aspects of photography. From Bohemian kings to Communist rule and revolution, this city has a story to tell. Learn how to seize that narrative through images during hands-on classes led by our instructors and a NationalGeographic photographer. Then hit the streets to experience the grandeur, grit, and enchantment of a place that has captured the hearts of artists, musicians, and writers for centuries.

July 14 – July 25, 2019
Airfare is not included. We have arranged a round-trip group flight between New York and Prague.

Trip Highlights

  • Document the interplay between medieval and modern on the streets of Prague, and head out on nighttime photo shoots to photograph the city under different light.
  • Develop your artistic vision and camera skills with the help of a National Geographic photographer.
  • Capture the mystical forests and timeless towns of Bohemia during photo assignments.
  • Learn photo-editing techniques, and feature your best work in a pop-up gallery show.


Our base in captivating Prague is just outside the bustle of the city center, a short walk to the medieval architecture of Old Town and the museums of New Town.Spend time in our classroom, learning how to develop your eye and improve your technical skills, then take to the streets in small groups, practicing what you’ve learned on photo shoots. Document the city’s visual feast of Gothic, baroque, art nouveau, and cubist architecture.

Climb up to Prague Castle at the “golden hour” to photograph the city’s iconic skyline, punctuated by a multitude of Gothic spires, and ride a boat down the winding Vltava River to catch the city from a different vantage point. At Letná Park, perched on a hill- top overlooking Prague, frame skateboarders in action against the panorama of a red- roofed cityscape. Seek out unique and wonderful modern structures intermingled with age-old buildings, and capture symbols of the palpable creative energy that pervades this Bohemian capital.

Escape to the wooded hills and storied villages of South Bohemia for three days. Stay in a 14th-century hunting estate and work on your landscape photography while hiking through the Šumava forest and exploring pristine rivers. Capture the faces of village neighbors and step back in time on a shoot in the labyrinthine medieval city of Český Krumlov.

In the evenings, review the day’s images, work on editing your photos for the final gallery show, and attend talks led by our National Geographic photographer, who will share their professional experiences and insights. Then head out to photograph the city at night. Document street life against the dazzling lights of Wenceslas Square, or train your lens on the illuminated arches of the Charles Bridge as they cast reflections on the river below.

Throughout the workshop, prepare for a gallery opening that features large-print photos of the group’s best work. Help organize and curate the exhibit, and share your images on the final night.

Our photo workshops are for students in grades 9-12. Students learn important photography lessons in the classroom and apply them in some of the world’s most photogenic places. Then, together with their fellow travelers, they work to organize, curate, and install a pop-up gallery show featuring each student’s original images. Students shoot alongside a team of highly-qualified photography instructors—college graduates with extensive experience in the field, who love working with students. A National Geographic photographer also joins the entire program, inspiring students with their work, and helping students build their own skills. Photo Workshops generally have 25-30 participants, and the student-to-photo-instructor ratio is usually between six and eight to one and never more than nine to one.
We stay in dormitory-style accommodations in Prague and in a small hotel in South Bohemia. Classrooms are equipped with digital projectors so we can share and critique our work.

Meet Our Expert

Rena Effendi, Photographer and Artist

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, National Geographic photographer Rena Effendi grew up in the USSR – witnessing her country’s rough path to independence, one marred by war, political instability and economic collapse. These experiences inspired Rena to focus her lens on issues of conflict, social justice, and the impact of the oil industry on people and the environment. She has photographed throughout Europe, and has taught previous workshops in Prague. Rena received National Geographic's "All Roads" photography award and her stories for National Geographic magazine include documenting the art of hay-making in Transylvania, the impact of Mahatma Gandhi in India, and the legacy of Akhenaten, Egyptian pharaoh and the first monotheist in history. She has traveled throughout India, and covered the abiding impact of Mahatma Gandhi in modern-day India for the July 2015 cover issue of National Geographic magazine. Her work has received World Press Photo awards, has been published in The New Yorker, Newsweek, TIME, VOGUE, Marie Claire, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. Rena will join for the entire workshop.

Sample Daily Schedule

This sample daily schedule will give you a sense of a typical day on our Photography Workshop. Our schedule will also remain flexible throughout the program so that we can take advantage of photographic opportunities as they arise.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM — Breakfast: Eat breakfast together with your group at our accommodations.

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM — Photo Review and Selection: Trip Leaders and the National Geographic photographer work with each student to select the best photos from the previous day’s shoot.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM — Group Critique: Trip Leaders and the National Geographic photographer lead a group critique and discussion of each student’s top images.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM — Lunch and Free Time: Eat lunch together as a group and then take some time to relax before heading out on your afternoon assignments.

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM — Assignment Work in the Field: Break into smaller teams shooting in and around Prague. Capture the magic of the medieval architecture of Old Town, practice your street photography with locals and tourists alike, and catch a different view of the city from a paddle boat on the Vltava River.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Dinner and Evening Meeting: Eat dinner together as a group and gather for a group meeting to discuss the day’s highs and lows and learn about the next day’s activities.

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM — Evening Activity: Head out on the town together for an evening show or attend a talk by your National Geographic photographer.