Contest Overview

The Jostens Photo Contest is a premier student photography competition with the best prizes. Enter and you could win up to $1000 and more! See PRIZES & JUDGING menu for details.


Upload photos any time between 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, March 1, 2020 (“Entry Period”). A team of industry professionals will judge all photo submissions to select the winners of the Jostens Photo Contest. Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions will be announced in April.

To be eligible for the contest, entrants must be a legal resident of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, or a legal resident of the provinces or territories of Canada (excluding Quebec) AND a current middle school, junior high school or high school student. All entrants must also be 13 years of age or older.

Each individual photo will need its own model release form signed by all individuals who are personally and substantially identifiable in the photo (including crowds, landscapes and illustrations). Photos submitted without a completed model release will not be accepted in the competition.

Release Forms must be signed by all recognizable people.

To be eligible for the photo contest, each photo requires a model release form, including landscape photos and illustrations. Each photo will need a model release form signed by anyone who is personally and substantially identifiable within the photo (including crowds and large groups). For any photo that does not include an identifiable person (landscape & illustration), please submit a release form with the top section filled out.

U.S. Model Release 

Canada Model Release 

Download your Model Release forms here, print out in as many multiple copies as needed, have everyone from the photo sign, then upload with your photo submission.

Please use the same file name for both your photo and the release form*. 




*Release forms can be uploaded in any format - pdf, jpg, png etc



ACADEMICS & Community Service






Photo Illustration & Manipulation




Sports: Athletes in Action


Sports: Sidelines & School Spirit


Student Life & Traditions


Yearbookers in Action


Middle School & Junior High

  • Academics & Community Service - Show students learning, in or out of the classroom.

  • Graduation - Capture the emotion, color and vibrancy of graduation day. Photos can be from the 2018 graduation as long as the photographer is or was enrolled in high school for the 2018–2019 school year.

  • Landscape - Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.

  • Photo Illustration & Manipulation - Photos in this category can be posed or electronically enhanced to illustrate a topic or idea. Examples of electronic enhancement include using filters, altering colors, adding/removing objects or people or combining photos.

  • Portrait - Portrait photography or portraiture is photography of a person or group of people that captures the personality of a subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses.

  • Sports: Athletes in Action - Wherever they are, we’re looking for athletes in action.

  • Sports: Sidelines & School Spirit - Show moments that capture school pride in all its forms.

  • Student Life & Traditions - Capture student life in a way that showcases school culture and tradition.

  • Yearbookers in Action - Go behind the scenes and capture the making of the yearbook. Photos of staff selling yearbooks, engaging in team building activities, and traveling to workshops, in addition to working in the classroom, are all welcomed.

  • Middle School & Junior High Category - Entries on any school-related topic. Must be taken and entered by a middle school or junior high student (Grades 6-8).

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the United States who are age 13 or older and who are middle school, junior high or high school students as of the date of entry. Starts 10/1/19; ends 3/1/20(11:59 CST). See RULES menu for further details.

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