All details about submissions guidelines and rules are found below. Once you understand the submission guidelines and have your file ready, to submit an entry click on a category icon on the side to fill out the entry form, pay and submit your file. Submissions that do not follow our submission guidelines are subject to disqualification. Students may enter as many categories as they would like once. Multiple submissions in the same category will be disqualified. Each entry will need to be submitted separately.
Submission Guidelines and Rules
All entry fees are only $4.50 and will help support the Nepal Orphanage. Entry fees will be paid online with the submission via PayPal. All participants (or their parents) must have a PayPal account as this is how prize money will be distributed. Students may submit different work in various categories each year but only one entry per category. More than one submission per student per category will not be accepted and disqualified. Entries should reflect and correspond to this year's theme: "Live in Wonder." DO NOT put participant's name on the artwork. There are no refunds on entry fees. Participants (or their parents) who live outside of the continental United States MUST have a PayPal account as this is how prize money will be distributed outside of the U.S.
Recognizable Images and/or Voices
ALL entries that contain recognizable face or voice must submit a Consent Form giving permission to use. (You should be automatically redirected to this form when you submit your entry. If that doesn't happen you can go to that form here to submit.)
Use of copyrighted material, including copyrighted cartoon characters or other such material, is not acceptable, and entries will be disqualified.
Use this formula when naming the file you are uploading to be judged. <ArtworkTitle>_Grade<K-12>.JPG (or appropriate file ending). Please make sure that your title is the same on the entry form and the digital file submitted.
Fine art entries can be in three different categories; Drawing, Painting, and Digital. Drawing entries include artwork done in: pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, pastel, oil pastel, marker, pen and ink, etc. Painting entries includes artwork done in: oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolor, mixed media, prints, collage. Digital entries include original artwork generated on a computer. Entries using realistic representations of a person must have consent to use their image and submit a Consent Form giving their permission to be a part of this entry (and parent's consent if under 18 years old). Entries using copyrighted material will not be accepted. All entries must be submitted as a JPG. File size must not exceed 1 MB.
Photography entries can be submitted in two different categories: Edited and Non-edited. If there has been any change made to the original image, ie. cropping, adjusting exposure, adding contrast, textures, filters, effects, etc. then the photograph needs to be entered into the edited category. A non-edited submission is a photograph that comes straight from the camera. Images should demonstrate the student's proper use of photographic techniques such as depth of field and exposure. The images may be created using various lenses, filters and light sources. Photographs with added graphics over the image, including lettering, are not accepted. Photographs may include public places, well-known products, trademarks or certain other copyrighted material as long as that copyrighted material is incidental to the subject matter of the piece and/or is a smaller element of a whole. The resulting work cannot try to establish an association between the student and the trademark/business/material, or influence the purchase/non-purchase of the trademarked good. Acceptable files are JPG. File size must not exceed 1 MB.
Literature entries may be a work of fiction or nonfiction. Prose, poetry and drama are all accepted. Whether an entry uses a variety of techniques or a simple approach, it will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme. Entries must not exceed 2,000 words and may be typed or handwritten. Illustrated entries, including "books," with pictures drawn by the student are acceptable; however, only literary content is judged. Collections of poems or short stories are NOT accepted. Entries are to reflect grade-appropriate grammar, punctuation and spelling. Acceptable files are JPG. File size must not exceed 1 MB. If you have multiple pages in your document we will need a JPG file for each page. Please mark the page number in the file name ex. Title_p1.JPG, Title_p2.JPG, etc. As our entry form only allows one uploaded file per entry please email multiple pages to youthfulexpressionsart [at] gmail [dot] com.
A film entry must be an original work of fiction or nonfiction relating to the current theme for Youthful Expressions. The student submitting the entry must be the director, screenwriter, and camera person. If a student chooses to use a computer, all storyboarding, editing, etc. must be done by the student. The student is not required to appear in the film but if the student chooses to, a camera tripod may be used. Entries may or may not include sound. Entries are judged primarily on how well the students uses film as an artistic tool to communicate his/her interpretation of the theme. Entries using people and/or sound must have consent to use their image and/or voice and submit a Consent Form giving their permission to be a part of this entry (and parent's consent if under 18 years old). Entries using copyrighted material will not be accepted. Production must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1 GB in file size. Accepted formats include: MP4, MOV. If you have any trouble uploading your file, after submitting an entry form please email the file to youthfulexpressionsart [at] gmail [dot] com.
A music composition entry may be for voice, instruments or a combination of voice(s) and instruments. Lyrics may or may not be included in vocal compositions. The composition is not to exceed 5 minutes and must relate to the current Youthful Expressions theme. The use of composition software is permitted. The recording submitted may capture performers in real-time or may make use of sound library-generated performance of a score composed in its entirety by the student participant. Use of notation software for the purpose of creating scores and printed parts is permitted. Whether the score is handwritten or computer-generated, appropriate instrumentation and voicing are required for the performance you are submitting. The entry may not include commercially pre-programed imported MIDI or other source files, or use of algorithmic composition software. Students are not to borrow from copyrighted material. Entries are judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme. Entries will include the the sheet music as well as the recording of the music except for grades K-2 and 3-5 who just need the recorded music; sheet music is optional for these grade levels. Submit sheet music as a PDF. Entries must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1 GB in file size. You may submit a video of the music. Accepted files include: MP3, MP4, MOV.
A dance choreography entry must be an original choreographed dance. The choreography must be the work of one student and must demonstrate creativity and interpretation of the current theme for Youthful Expressions. The choreographer may be the performer or one of the performers, but the choreographer does not have to perform in the entry. Entries using realistic representations of a person must have consent to use their image and submit a Consent Form giving their permission to be a part of this entry (and parent's consent if under 18 years old). Entries using copyrighted material will not be accepted. Use of copyrighted music in dance choreography is acceptable when the title, composer and performer of any music in the submission are cited on the entry form. Entries are to be uploaded and not to exceed 5 minutes in length or 1 GB in file size. Accepted formats are: MP4, MOV, WMV.