Vinalhaven Island Home, Maine

Photograph by Abby Campbell

In October 2008, a group of Maine high schoolers had the unique opportunity to document their communities of Vinalhaven and North Haven Islands under the direction of National Geographic contributing photographers Amy Toensing and Matt Moyer. For three days, the students explored their natural environment, photographing, editing, and designing a portrait of their experiences. This National Geographic Photo Camp was held in partnership with the Island Institute, an organization that supports the islands' communities and helps preserve the region's biodiversity.

Vinalhaven Island, pictured here, is known for its large lobstering fleet. Says student photographer Abby Campbell: "Being from a rural area and stepping onto grass every day when I leave my porch, I have a special opportunity tons of kids don’t have."