The 2021 In Focus Contest is now open for submissions!

To promote awareness of vision problems individuals in developing countries may face on a daily basis. 

PURPOSE

To encourage youth to express their creativity, individuality, and talents on a global level!

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PROMPTS

"Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but by what your mind can imagine." -Ellison Onizuka

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"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but not vision."

-Helen Keller

"What we see depends mainly on what we look for." -John Lubbock

RULES
  • Choosing ONE of the three prompts listed above as a guideline, participants must create a submission (writing and/or art) that revolves around vision.

  • Due date for all submissions will be November 20th, 2021, and anyone from ages 10-18 can enter.

  • Only original, unpublished work can be accepted.

  • The contest will be split into two categories:

- Writing: Prose/Poetry
- Visual Arts: Photography/Artwork
  • However, submissions including rants, essays, comics can all be submitted – as long as it’s appropriate, non-offensive and able to be published in an anthology!

  • Every individual may submit up to two pieces, however, there may only be one submission in either the Writing category and one submission in the Visual Arts category.

  • It is highly encouraged that you do not just answer the prompts in directly in an essay format. Incorporate the prompt into your work, whether it is a photo, a short story, or a song. Use creativity to showcase yourself!

WHO CAN ENTER?
  • Anyone between ages 10 - 18 can enter in their respective age category.

  • Entries in each category will be split among two groups:

    • ​Group 1: ages 10-14

    • Group 2: ages 15-18

  • First Place winners from each group and category will receive a $100 prize, totalling to 4 winners overall.

WHAT CAN BE SUBMITTED?
  • Artwork: 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches preferred. Original work must be submitted.

  • Digital Artwork: 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches preferred. No images from Google Images. High resolution – minimum of 300 dpi is required for 8 inches by 10 inches or 2400 pixels by 3000 pixels.

  • Photography: High resolution – minimum of 300 dpi is required for 8 inches by 10 inches or 2400 pixels by 3000 pixels.

  • Writing: Maximum of 1000 words, typed, in PDF format.

  • For All Visual Arts: You have the opportunity to include an optional 100-word rationale. 

AFTER SUBMISSION
  • All submissions will be accepted and free (as long as they are from youth under 18).

  • Once the submission deadline passes, a panel will judge entries keeping age in mind.

  • All selected individuals may be published in an anthology.

JUDGING PROCESS
  • All pieces will be sent to an esteemed panel of judges in their respective category ​​

    • Judges specializing in art will judge art submissions, and judges specializing in literature/poetry will judge written submissions, both keeping age in mind