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2019 Contest

Enter and you could have your photo published, exhibited in a New York City art gallery and win up to $1000 and more!*

The Jostens Photo Contest is a unique collaboration with Photog Fest. Together, we've 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.


Upload photos any time between November 1, 2018 - March 1, 2019. Submit no later than March 1 (11:59 CST). A team of industry professionals will judge all photo submissions to select winners for the Jostens Photo Contest as well as the Official Selections for Photog Fest. Winners, Finalists, Honorable Mentions and Official Selections will be announced on April 24th.

To be eligible for the contest, each individual photo will need its own model release form signed by anyone who is personally and substantially identifiable in the photo, including landscape photos and illustrations. Photos submitted without a completed model release will not be accepted.

To create an account and enter the U.S. Contest, click here.

When uploading a photo, please use the following naming conventions: 19_FirstLastName_SchoolState_ShortDescription





To be eligible for the photo contest, each photo requires a release form, including landscape photos and illustrations. Please use the same file name for both your photo and the release form. For any photo that does not include an identifiable person, please submit a release form with the top section filled out.



ACADEMICS & Community Service






Photo Illustration & Manipulation



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Sports: Athletes in Action

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Sports: Sidelines & School Spirit

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Student Life & Traditions


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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 11/1/18; ends 3/1/19 (11:59 CST).

Sponsored by Jostens Inc. See official rules here.

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