Adobe Youth International Photo Competition

adobeAdobe Youth Voices International Photo Competition – ROUND TWO

What we are looking for We are looking for a pair of photos: one that shows crisis or hardship, another that shows hope or opportunity. Each photo must also include a caption that tells about the image. We invite you to be as imaginative as you wish! The photos you see in our winners’ gallery for Round One are terrific, but do not feel that you need to mimic them. It’s not required, for example, that a photo include people (though that’s fine if it does). The image can be “manipulated” or a collage (though it’s fine if it is a straight shot). The goal is to produce two strong images that make a striking pair—that reflect a real contrast.

Who can participate This contest is open to all young people—anywhere in the world—between the ages of 12 and 19. Photos must be taken and submitted by the same person. (Teachers are welcome to help younger photographers transmit their work.)

Exhibition of winning photos The best photo pairs will be displayed on the Adobe Youth Voices gallery at and on the WKCD website. They will also become part of a traveling exhibit and a book, reaching an international audience of those who care about youth voice and expression and who believe in the power of youth as forces for social justice.

All submissions should illustrate the work of young people, ages 12 to 19. Submissions can be straight photographs, enhanced with photo editing software, or manipulated (like the photos above).

Photos should be submitted in a pair—one showing crisis, the other showing hope. Photos should be a minimum approximate size of 1.2MB when saved or shot as a maximum quality (300 dpi) JPEG file, or approximately 5MB in size when saved as a Photoshop (PSD) or Tiff (TIF) file—be sure to set the camera to the highest possible resolution setting. (Photos taken with a cell phone or at a low resolution may look okay on a computer screen but they are inadequate when printed.)

Photos must be accompanied by:

  1. Photographer’s name
  2. Photographer’s age
  3. Location (city, state, country)
  4. A brief description of each image, file name, or number (so we can distinguish
  5. which photo is which)
  6. Date image was shot or completed (month and year)
  7. Size of image (in MB)
  8. A title for each image
  9. A caption for each image (see below for more info)
  10. Signed waiver—scan and attach to e-mail (, fax to +1.401.245.6428, or mail to WKCD, PO Box 603252, Providence, Rhode Island 02906, USA

Deadlines and judging
The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2009. A panel of five judges will determine the winners. The panel’s decisions will be announced by November 30, 2009.

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