I have the pleasure to be have been working with JA Europe for some years now.

This time it was for an event called “Why Europe Matters,” in which they involved JA Europe students from 9 European countries to participate in an innovation workshop to bring new ideas for the future of Europe. In this workshop they also engaged and worked with leaders from companies to help them better shape their ideas.

It is always a challenge to take pictures of dynamic events that have workshops. You need to be aware and alert of potential photo opportunities not to miss unique moments. Workshops involve a lot of interaction and movement that could go unnoticed if not prepared.

A girl speaks to the audience with a microphone during the Why Europe Matters 2018
One of the students presents her team to the audience at the beginning of the session
Students engaging in a dynamic massage activity during the Why Europe Matters 2018
To warm up, they do a dynamic activity at the beginning of the session
Overall view of the workshop room at Thon Hotel Brussels during the Why Europe Matters 2018
Overall view of the workshop room
Closeup of a student in a workshop activity during the Why Europe Matters 2018 for JA Europe
Students discussing at the beginning of the workshops

The workshop starts and the students form groups to discuss about their ideas.

A group of people sitting in a large room at Thon Hotel Brussels during the Why Europe Matters 2018
Tutors and mentors gather in another room to discuss what actions to take next
A student writing in a white paper board during the Why Europe Matters 2018 for JA Europe
A student using the whiteboard to note down some ideas
Students using post-its to arrange their ideas during the Why Europe Matters 2018 for JA Europe
Students using post-its to arrange their ideas
Students using post-its and a white paper board during the Why Europe Matters 2018 for JA Europe
One of the groups discussing and arranging their ideas

As the day goes on, students get better at shaping their ideas, with different sessions to continue improving.

Closeup of a woman while she smiles during the Why Europe Matters 2018 event for JA Europe
One of the mentors listens to the students during the workshop
A group of women discussing in a workshop during the Why Europe Matters 2018 for JA Europe
Some of the mentors sit down again to discuss further actions to take
Closeup of a student giving a presentation during the Why Europe Matters 2018 for JA Europe
A student giving a presentation at the end of the workshop
Closeup of a woman speaking to a group of students during the Why Europe Matters 2018 for JA Europe
One of the mentors gives advice to some students at the end of the workshop

Taking pictures for this event was a very insightful experience as I get to learn from what I hear and see. The students were highly motivated and it is encouraging and motivational to participate in such event.

These photos were taken in Brussels on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in a photography assignment for JA Europe in the Thon Hotel EU in Brussels.

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