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Deadline Extended to May 22nd

So, you're thinking about submitting your DESIGN or PHOTOGRAPHY to CRI's Youth Media Contest and taking a shot at winning a $1000 grand prize?


Well, good for you.  Here are some things you might want to think about.

Contest Rules
You can read the contest rules here. The contest is open to middle school, high school and college students. Youth can work by themselves or in groups, as part of a class, club or after school program, or independently.

Specifications for Design & Photo Submissions

Design & photography submissions should relate to one or more of the themes of Courageous Rhode Island. The best projects will tackle important topics including developing media literacy, celebrating free speech, countering disinformation, and preventing division and radicalization.

Design & photo submissions can take the form of billboard designs, photo series, public service announcements or even social media posts. But whichever topic you choose to cover and format you use to communicate your message, your project should show off your effort in creativity as well as your perspective on how active listening, kindness and compassion can help us bridge the divides that are harming our communities. 

Check out these designs for inspiration for your audio project.

Judges & Criteria

Graphic design and photography will be reviewed by a panel of expert judges and evaluated against other submissions from students of the same level of education--so middle schoolers will be competing against other middles schoolers and so on. And these judges will not just look at technical achievement, but also the works' connections to the contest's themes, their clarity and originality. 

Artist Statements

And in addition to your creative project, you'll be asked to write a ~300 word artist statement in which you talk about the hard work you put into your writing. For example, you might answer the following questions:

  1. Why did you chose this topic?

  2. What creative decisions did you make?

  3. What impact do you hope to have?

Judges will also review these statements, looking for student who demonstrate real effort and are thoughtfully reflecting on how their project might do some good in their community. A video demonstrating how to write an artist statement can be found here

Submitting on Film Freeway

Submissions will be open until May 15th. The video below provides step-by-step instructions for submitting the projects on the contest's Film Freeway site. 



Contact the Contest Director at with any questions about the contest, guidelines, awards, or if you have any trouble submitting your project on Film Freeway.  

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