5. We are equally interested in your statement and your images, and in the ways they work together, as our rubric shows. You do not have to be an experienced photographer to participate in this contest since technical excellence is just a part of how we will judge your work. We are chiefly concerned with the ideas and insights you offer about teenagers today.
6. What you choose to depict can be negative, positive or neutral. It can be specific only to a very particular group or type of teenager (like your friends, or a team you’re on, or a club you’re in), or it can show something you’ve noticed about people your age in general. It can focus on an aspect of everyday life that you think deserves more notice or a different point of view, or it can depict something special, like a holiday or event. We just want you to show us your world, as you see it. The list of questions we pose in Part III of this lesson plan might help you think about the ideas that interest you most.
7. Keep in mind that the work you send in should be appropriate for a Times audience.
8. Photographs can be made on any kind of camera, although if you are using a cellphone camera please do not use filter effects. Please keep digital manipulation and postprocessing 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 please do not alter the reality of the photo in any way.)
9. Submissions should be in jpeg files between one and five megabytes.
10. Your work will be judged by professional photojournalists and photo editors as well as The Learning Network staff.
11. What is the “prize”? Having your work published on The Learning Network, and, potentially, in print in a Times special section.
12. Submissions must be from middle and high school students, ages 13 and up. Since internet privacy laws are changing in the U.S. and around the world, please stay tuned for exact details about age requirements in different countries.
13. 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.