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Encourage Your Student to Enter the 2024 K12 Photo Competition

Everyone views the world through their own lens—have your student show us theirs!

Does your K–12th grader love to take photos? Encourage them to submit their best snapshots, pictures, and photographs for a share of more than $20,000 in cash prizes!

Competition Details

  • Open to students in grades K–12 whether enrolled at K12-powered schools or any other school in the U.S.
  • All photo entries must be taken by the student during the contest entry period (May 28, 2024–August 26, 2024)
  • There is no limit to the number of photographs a student can enter.
  • AI-generated photos are not eligible.

Cash Prizes for Every Grade Level


1st place per grade


2nd place per grade


People’s Choice winner per grade

Entry Deadline

If your student is interested in participating, they should submit their photos by 5 PM (ET) on August 26, 2024. Parents or guardians must enter on behalf of students aged 13 or under.

Competition Timeline

Aug. 26

Photo submissions deadline

Aug. 27 - Sept. 27

Judging Period and People's Choice Voting

October 2024

Winners announced

Judging Criteria

Impact and Storytelling (50%)

Judges assess the photo’s ability to captivate and convey a story or emotion. Does it have a clear focal point? Does it evoke feelings or spark curiosity? A compelling photo that engages viewers and tells a story would score high in this category.

Creativity and Composition (25%)

Judges consider artistic elements, including composition, framing, and visual balance. Is the photo well-composed? Does it demonstrate creative use of angles, lines, and perspective?

Technical Proficiency (25%)

Judges evaluate technical aspects such as exposure, focus, and sharpness. Is the photo properly exposed? Are details clear and well-defined? A photograph demonstrating technical proficiency, characterized by good lighting and focus, would receive a high score in this category.

Get inspired by last year’s winners!

Please review the rules and regulations related to the K12 Photo competition. When registering you must agree to these terms and conditions.

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