Show Us Your Generation: A Photo Contest for Teenagers

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Show Us Your Generation: A Photo Contest for Teenagers

The New York Times is looking for the next generation of talented photographers and sponsoring the ‘Show Us Your Generation: A Photo Contest for Teenagers’. The competition is open for anyone from anywhere in the world who are at least 13 to 19 years old at the time of entry.

In this contest they invite teenagers to take photographs that depict some aspect of teenage life that you think may be misunderstood, ignored or largely unknown, and, in a short artist’s statement, tell them why.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Teenagers from anywhere in the world.
  • Anyone 13 to 19 years old,

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link:


  • Any teenager anywhere in the world can participate. For this contest, we do not allow students to work in teams.
  • Each student can send in one submission, and each submission can include up to three photos, plus a short artist’s statement (350 words) about the work.
  • If you send in more than one image, they can be a related series, or they can each stand alone.
  • Your artist’s statement must include them all; however, as you respond to our prompt (“Tell them about your images and how they depict some aspect of teenage life that you think may be misunderstood, ignored or largely unknown by adults and/or the media. How might your images help give a more interesting, nuanced, complete or real view of your generation than typically portrayed?”).
  • They are equally interested in your statement and your images, and in the ways, they work together, as their rubric
  • You do not have to be an experienced photographer to participate in this contest since technical excellence is just a part of how they will judge your work. They are chiefly concerned with the ideas and insights you offer about teenagers today.
  • Photographs can be made on any kind of camera, although if you are using a cell phone camera do not use filter effects.
  • Keep digital manipulation and post-processing to a minimum in general. (That is, you may use editing software for minor corrections such as one might make in a darkroom — cropping, adjusting brightness, balancing colors, etc. — but do not alter the reality of the photo in any way.)
  • Submissions should be in jpeg files between one and five megabytes.
  • The children and stepchildren of New York Times employees, or teenagers who live in the same household as a Times employee, are not eligible to enter this contest.


The winning work will be included in their Learning section that will come out in early November

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is October 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

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