Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Contest – Dec. 17th Deadline

Sign Up!

Submissions for the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will begin on September 15, 2014. To get
started, visit our SIGN UP PAGE. Be sure that you have your school zip code handy so that we can get
you the guidelines and deadline for your Local Program.


The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates technical skill, personal voice or vision, and
originality. After you have created your work, uploaded it to your Scholastic Awards Account! Click HERE
to see examples of works from past National Medalists.

Wendy’s award winning entry on page one!

Stamp it and Send It!

After uploading your work, print your submission forms, have a parent/guardian and an educator sign
them, and then mail them to your Local Program. Mailing instructions can be found on the submission
form or on your LOCAL PROGRAM’S WEBPAGE.

Category Descriptions

For a full list of category descriptions, click HERE.

Judging Criteria

Originality Work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges
notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.

Technical Skill Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice,
and show skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative.

Personal Vision or Voice Work with an authentic and unique point of view and style.

Blind Judging

The Scholastic Awards are adjudicated without knowledge of the artists/writers identity. Please make sure
that your submission does not contain any personal information.

Freedom of Expression

Young artists and writers are free to explore any and all topics. There are no pre-defined prompts and no
work is ever disqualified from the Scholastic Awards because of the nature of its content.

National PTA Reflections Art Contest

The arts—and the National PTA Reflections program—support student success and serve as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. Celebrate arts learning in your school community with Reflections.

National PTA Reflections welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

The world would be a better place if… is the theme for the 2014-2015 school year.

PTA Reflections Program info

Photography Rules

Entries due to Lab 32 by Dec. 12th

Johns Hopkins Photography Competition

A juried exhibition of mixed media art by MCPS high school students.
Submit any original 2-D art (painting, drawing, mixed media, etc.) based on the theme “Out of the Ordinary” for the jurors. Selected works will be displayed at Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus.
We will also host a Montgomery County high school student photography exhibition. Submit any original photograph based on this year’s theme. The selected pieces will be displayed at Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus.

Submission deadline for all entries: Friday, January 9, 2015 by 5:00pm Show Reception: January 29, 2015, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Size requirement photography: 8” x 10” photograph in an 11” x 14” mat • Artist must be a MCPS high school student. • Up to two artists may collaborate on a single piece. • Submissions must be made by your art teacher. • Works must be labeled on the back. Labels will be provided.

Work must be suitable for display in a public artspace. The owners of the building (and their representatives) have final say as to whether work is appropriate for display in the building.

100+ Creative Photography Ideas: Techniques, Compositions, Mixed Media Approaches

brestbrest photographyStudents taking high school photography often search the internet looking for tips, ideas and inspiration. This article contains well over 100 creative techniques and mixed media approaches that Fine Art / Photography students may wish to use within their work. It showcases student and artist examples along with brief descriptions of the techniques that have been used. Approaches relate specifically to mixed media photography techniques, technical / trick photography ideas and interesting, fun or unique compositional strategies.
shadow photography ideas

High-Speed Photos of Recipe Ingredients Captured in Mid-Air

High Speed Photos of Recipes by Nora Luther

“Recipes” is a high-speed photo series by German designer Nora Luther that features photographic visualizations of recipes in which the various ingredients are captured in mid-air.

Laughing Squid Link

Capturing Ideas: The Surreal Photography of Erik Johansson


“To me photography is a way to collect material to realize the ideas in my mind. I get inspired by things around me in my daily life and all kinds of things I see. Although one photo can consist hundreds of layers I always want it to look like it could have been captured. Every new project is a new challenge and my goal is to realize it as realistic as possible.”

As he points out, “I don’t capture moments, I capture ideas.”

Link to Article with Pictures plus a behind the scenes look at his process

The Ultimate Glossary of Photographic Terms

rule of thirds

equivalent exposures



I was traveling in search of people who have decided to escape from social life and live all alone in the wilderness, far away from any villages, towns or other people. The majority of my trips were done in Russia.

How Dronestagram is changing aerial photography

Capungaero's winning image in Dronestagram's recent photo competition, taken in Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia

Like Instagram? Love Bernhard Edmaier’s photography? Then try Dronestagram, a great photo-sharing site that celebrates its first anniversary this month. Drone photography, which places remote-controlled cameras onto small unmanned aircraft, has been used by paparazzi photographers for some time now. However landscape, fine-art, nature and documentary photographers are starting to buy radio controlled quadcopters with dedicated cameras to extend their reach.


Around the world in 80 diets

Photojournalist Peter Menzel and writer Faith D’Aluisio have satiated our curiosity in a new way, breaking down what individuals from all over the world eat in one day. In “What I Eat: Around The World In 80 Diets,” Menzel and D’Aluisio document a stunning array of individuals’ daily sustenance. The subjects of ‘What I Eat’ run the gamut from a coal miner and a call center operator to a sumo wrestler.

What I eat – link to article and pictures