As separate entities working in collaboration, Jostens and Photog Fest have created the premier student photography competition and exhibition, complete with comprehensive resources, activities and prizes. Our mission is to provide emerging student photographers with the resources, rewards and recognition they deserve.

What It Is:

The Jostens Photo Contest and Photog Fest are two separate but complimentary contest experiences for student photographers. The Jostens Photo Contest is a competition for middle school and high school students in which you can submit your best photos in a wide variety of categories for a chance to win prizes totaling over $10,000 and a chance to become an Official Selection for Photog Fest.

Grand Prize Winner

  • $1,000 cash* and a CANON DSLR Camera (ARV: $750). Presented by Jostens.


Each category as outlined on the homepage of the contest website will award 1st-5th place plus honorable mentions.

  • 1st place - $500 cash* and photography accessories (ARV: $90)

  • 2nd - 5th place - Photography accessories (ARV: $60)

*Awarded in the form of a check.

Photog Fest includes:

  • An Exhibition of all Official Selections at a Chelsea Art Gallery In New York City

  • Guided Photo Walks and Photo Scavenger Hunts

  • Industry Insider Panels and Workshops

  • Networking Events

  • And the Teen Indie Awards Show, where the 2019 Photographer of the Year and a full-ride college scholarship recipient, chosen from the Official Selections, are announced.

Best Overall Photographer

The winner of the Photographer Of The Year Award will receive a scholarship to Minneapolis College of Art and Design for 4 years valued at $70,000. The winner will be announced at the 2019 Teen Indie Awards at the Historic Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York City. Presented by Photog Fest.

Official Selections

Photog Fest Official Selections, Jostens Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner, Category Prize Winners, Category Finalists and Honorable Mentions will be exhibited at The Caelum Gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Chelsea is known as the artistic center of the city with over 200 galleries.

  • Date TBA - Time TBA
    (526 W 26th St #315, New York, NY 10001)

How It Works:

Submit your photos to the Jostens Photo Contest (Submissions Open on November 1st/Final Deadline is March 1st) via this "link (". A team of industry professionals selected by Jostens will judge all photo submissions to select winners for the Jostens Photo Contest. A team of industry professionals selected by PhotogFest will choose from Jostens Photo Contest entries to determine Official Selections for Photog Fest. Winners of the Jostens Photo Contest and Photog Fest Official Selections will both be announced on April 24th.

All Official Selections will be exhibited in a private Chelsea Art Gallery in New York City during the 2019 All American High School Film Festival. The action-packed weekend experience will also include: Guided Photo Walks and Photo Scavenger Hunts, Industry Insider Panels and Workshops, and a variety of Networking Events. Finally, we'll announce the winner of the Photographer of the Year Award at the Teen Indie Awards Show.

* Jostens and Crave Art operate as separate entities with separate contests, as outlined above. Jostens manages the Jostens Photo Contest. Crave Art manages the Official Selections and the college scholarship. All selections and prizes associated with each entity’s contests are managed solely by that specific entity.

Judging Criteria 

What are the judges looking for?

The photo should tell a story or make the viewer curious about the events surrounding the moment of the photo

Winning photos are free of problems with exposure, sharpness or noise.

Judges will be stopped by powerful images. Look for pictures with good actions, reactions and emotions, interesting lighting, peak action, unusual and different situations and storytelling moments.

Photos that are only slightly different from previous winners won't be chosen.

Sending multiple copies of the same image or similar images is not a successful technique. Send us your single best image of a subject. Crop your photo for maximum impact before submitting.