The process, art and technique of capturing images with an analog or digital camera

Examples include but are not limited to: Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital

or  analog  photographs,  photograms,  other  experimental  photography,  etc.


  1. No more than six (6) photographs can be submitted or one (1) collage of work.
  2. The photographs and/or  mounting  boards  must  be  no  larger  than  20×16  inches  and

mounted on white, black, or gray color boards.

  1. The contestant is  required  to  make  a  minimum  three  (3)  minute  oral  presentation,

explaining the methods or techniques used in developing the project.

  1. The National Office will provide display tables.
  2. All photos must be the contestants’ original work. Contestants entering unoriginal work will

be disqualified.

  1. Composite images and photomontages are permitted, however, each element of the composite image/photomontage must be the student’s original photograph. Digital composites are allowed.

NOTE:   The  deadline  for  submission  of  national  registration  documents  is  May 15, 2020. No materials or copies will be accepted after that time or at the National Competition.

Contestants will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Choice of Medium (15)
  • Cleanness (15)
  • Composition (20)
  • Effective use of Light (35)
  • Viewer Involvement (15)

* A portion reprinted with permission from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers**