February 26, 2018 / Photography

Walsworth’s 2018 Photo Contest now underway

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

This year’s Walsworth Photo Contest begins on Monday morning. For the next month, yearbook photographers across the country will have their chance to win one of 10 $100 Visa gift cards (and bragging rights, of course).

The 2018 Photo Contest will run from Feb. 26 through Friday, March 30. Photographers will compete in 10 categories, with $100 Visa gift cards being awarded to the winners in each one.

Entries into this year’s contest can be uploaded at our 2018 Photo Contest page.

There are two new categories this year – Sports Reaction and Yearbook Life. This year’s categories are the following:

  • Academics – Show us learning in progress.
  • Club or Organization/Community Service – Clubs and organizations allow groups to shape each individual as well as the community. Show us how.
  • Feature/Portrait – Reveal who a person is by showing what they are feeling or a bit of their personality using the face and emotion as the focus.
  • Junior High/Middle School – We’re looking for the best junior high/middle school photo of any genre. Photo must be taken by a junior high or middle school student.
  • Photo Illustration – Show us a photo that has been modified, manipulated or otherwise features special effects that were created to tell a story.
  • School Spirit – We want to see the meaning of school pride displayed on the sidelines, in the stands, at practice – by anyone not competing in an athletic event.
  • Sports Action – Capture athletes in action and the spirit of competition.
  • (New!) Sports Reaction – Focus on the fans. Nervous, happy, sad. Show us the moment your fans react to something happening during a sporting event.
  • Student Life – We want to see who students really are – who that person is, what they do and why.
  • (New!) Yearbook Life – Show us yearbookers in action. Staffers doing the everyday duties of yearbook life and also inside the classroom — interviews in progress, photographers taking pictures, reporters covering events, advisers teaching and even what’s happening on deadline days!

One winner and Honorable Mentions will be chosen in each category. Any student who is chosen a winner or Honorable Mention in more than one category will also be the recipient of a Portfolio award.

All entries will be judged by a committee, based on the basic rules of photography, overall quality and creativity/originality.

Winners in this year’s contest will be notified by May 1.

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is the Marketing Automation Supervisor for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth for the past 15+ years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.