February 27, 2020

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2020 Photo Contest

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020

The CaliforniaStreaming Photography Contest invites all K-12 California teachers to submit student photographs that fit the annual theme: PHENOMENA.

Each entry should be accompanied by a brief essay, a poem, or expanded caption that will be judged and give context to the photograph.

Writing should help connect the image to the theme -- take time to inspire the judges with words that support your photo. First and foremost, this is a photography contest. So while the writing is important, each photo entry should stand on its own. Writing should connect the image to the theme.

Winning photographs will be used in a collectable CaliforniaStreaming art poster and many submitted photographs will be integrated into CaliforniaStreaming’s image collection to be shared with other California students and teachers.

        It is suggested that teachers follow the process below:
  • Become familiar with the written information that is required in the Submission Process. Incomplete applications may be disqualified from the contest. Note: Although this is a photography contest, students should take care in composing a written description for his/her photograph as it will be judged with the photo. This description should address the three required questions defined in the Submission Process. The writing element may be described as an enhanced caption and judges will consider the quality of the responses as well as the age of the student. Responses from the youngest learners, K-2, may be transcribed by a teacher.


  • Photographs that are submitted must conform to the theme, "PHENOMENA."
  • Student photographers must be currently enrolled in K-12 education in California.
  • Photographs (and any editing) must be the original work of the individual receiving credit.
  • An entry can be edited to include multiple photographs, but all photographs included must be the original work of the individual receiving created. 
  • Text and other graphical elements added to a photograph must be the original work of the individual receiving credit. Please keep in mind that this is a photography contest, so text and graphical elements should not detract from the photograph.
  • Photographs must be selected and submitted by the student’s teacher who verifies by submission that the work is ORIGINAL, not copies of published photographs or photographs taken by non-eligible individuals.

  • Each teacher may submit one photograph per student.
  • Each teacher may select and submit up to a maximum of ten photographs from ten students.
  • Each photograph must be submitted as a separate entry.
  • Teachers have a category for which they may submit photographs they have taken.
  • Each teacher may submit one photograph in the teacher category.
  • Each submission form should be complete. Incomplete entry forms may be disqualified.
  • Photographs must have been taken within the last twelve (12) months. Students who have graduated or are no longer enrolled in a K-12 education program may not participate in this contest.
  • Photographs must meet the submission deadline.
  • Photographs that are submitted give CaliforniaStreaming the right for use in print and digital materials and to share within the CaliforniaStreaming delivery system.

  •  Photographs must be in .jpg format at the highest quality.
  • Identifying information should NOT be included in the naming of the file. (No student, teacher or school names, please.)


At least six students and up to two teacher photographs will be selected as winners. Winning photographs will be integrated for use in a CaliforniaStreaming collectible art poster and within CaliforniaStreaming.org image collection. Each winning student and teacher photographer will receive a digital video camera.

CaliforniaStreaming Photo Contest
California County Educational Technology Consortium