# 242 Getting Past Selfies: Interview with Kirsten Elstner
Teens take pictures all day long. Teens take selfies all day long. How can teens get past selfies? Today we talk to a very interesting human being who is a national geographic explorer. She mentors teens and young adults teaching them how to tell their stories through photos. We discuss how we can meet our teens through selfies and take them deeper to explore the story they really want to tell.
KIRSTEN ELSTNER is a distinguished National Geographic Explorer and the visionary founder of National Geographic Photo Camp, an initiative that has empowered young photographers across the globe for two decades. With a career spanning over 30 years in the field of photography, Kirsten has been a trailblazer in using visual storytelling as a tool for social impact. Under her leadership, Photo Camp has expanded to more than 35 countries, mentoring thousands of teens and young adults in the art of photography and narrative. Her work has been instrumental in giving a voice to underrepresented communities, allowing them to share their unique perspectives through compelling images and stories. Kirsten’s accolades include numerous awards and her work has been featured in prominent publications. As she looks to the future, Kirsten remains committed to fostering the next generation of storytellers, amplifying voices that need to be heard.
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