Photography Contest: Education For All

High School Seniors Can Win $1000

To affirm our commitment to the artistic talents of our state's students, the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) and the F3 Student AwardsTM (F3) program are partners in "Education for All," an annual photography contest that provides five student education awards of $1000 each to high school seniors.

Each year, students from across the state are invited to submit photographs that illustrate the theme of Diversity. Collaboration. Achievement. In addition to their photographs, student artists submitted a short essay explaining how their work illustrated the contest theme.

The purpose of this contest is to promote student achievement and public education's commitment to the arts as part of a comprehensive curriculum, as well as to assist public school graduates with the increasing costs of higher education.


TOPIC: Diversity, Collaboration, Achievement.

What do the themes of Diversity, Collaboration, and Achievement in an educational setting look like to you? Find an image that illustrates these central themes and what they mean to today's students.

PRIZES: Each of the five winners of the CAAASA / F3 "Education for All" Photography Contest will receive a $1000 education award.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility for the award is reserved exclusively for seniors attending a public high school in California and planning to attend a community college or four-year university upon graduation.

DISCLAIMER: CAAASA and F3 do not assume responsibility for lost, late, misdirected, and illegible entries, all of which will be disqualified.



The five winners of the Education For All Contest will each be awarded a $1000 education award. Eligibility is reserved exclusively for high school seniors.

The student entrant must not include their name, address, school site, or school district in the photo submission.

The file name of each student's photo entry must be saved as their telephone number. This must be the same number as that listed on the application form.

In addition to submitting their photograph, student artists must include a statement of 200 words or less describing how their submission speaks to the messages of diversity, collaboration and/or achievement in an educational setting.
Statement must be submitted only as a Word document or as a pdf. Do not submit Google Docs, rtf, or other text formats.

F3 will forward entries to judges selected by CAAASA for assessment. Photo submissions will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit.

  • Photographs must be solely the work of the student entrant. Plagiarized photographs will be disqualified.
  • Artistic filters are not permitted.
  • Entrants must submit only one photograph.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.
  • CAAASA and F3 retain the perpetual rights to all submitted photographs. Photographs will not be returned.

Award winners will be notified in April, 2019. The likelihood of winning will depend upon the quality of all other entries as judged by the criteria stated above. Prizes are nontransferable. All prizes will be awarded. Competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes.

Photographs must be original, not in the public domain, factually accurate, and must not infringe or violate any law or the legal or equitable right of any person or entity, nor contain material that infringes or violates any personal property rights of others or that constitutes defamation, invasion of privacy, an infringement of the intellectual property rights of any third person, or is otherwise unlawful. By submitting an application packet, each student acknowledges his or her understanding of and compliance with these rules. CAAASA and F3 reserve the right to disqualify any entry deemed inappropriate for publication, at their discretion.

Within 10 days of the date specified in the notification, winners and, for students 17 years of age or younger, their parents/guardians, will be required to execute an affidavit of originality, eligibility, and compliance with rules, a release of liability, and a grant of publication rights, or the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner. Winners must provide a street address where CAAASA and F3 can mail the winners a publicity release, affidavit of eligibility, and, if applicable, a tax form.

All photographs and all rights to their publication become the property of CAAASA and F3, which may use, edit, and excerpt these entries for promotional or any other purpose, including placing them online without attribution or compensation, additional or otherwise. CAAASA and F3 reserve the right  to use award winners' names and other biographical data, including but not limited to, hometowns, schools and school districts of attendance, in any advertising or promotional materials relating to this competition without further notification, permission, or compensation to the winners, except where prohibited by law.


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