Freedom4U Photography Contest - 2017


We have an annual Youth Photography Contest. It will be in Jan. of 2021.

You can see info below and outstanding winning pictures from past years.


Freedom4U is hosting a Youth Photography Contest for the purpose of identifying, developing and releasing the creative abilities of teens. 


Who may enter:
Eligible are students enrolled in any type of middle school or high school in the South Bay/Harbor Area. 



  • People - men, woman, children, groups of people, all ages welcome

  • Nature - the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.

  • Teen Life - anything that expresses the life of a teen

  • Reflection - Things that reflect

  • Find your voice - Capture what you are most passionate about

  • Sports - an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment


  • Photographs must have been shot by the entrant within the past 12 months.

  • We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos. 

  • Minor adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents, are acceptable for all categories. 

  • Do not submit downloaded, scanned or stolen images. If our judges see that a photographer has obviously altered his or her photo, they reserve the right to move the photo to Altered Images or to disqualify it.

  • For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and provide it to Freedom4U upon request.

  • A sample release is available here.

  • Photographs that have won any other contests or have been published in magazines and newspapers except online are not eligible. 

  • We define winning as having won a grand prize or 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place overall. 

  • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including copyright, are not eligible.



Subject matter in films must be 'appropriate for a school environment’ and be free of derogatory situations and stereotypes based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.


How to enter:

  • Please submit photographs via the orange "enter now" button found on this page.

  • We do not accept photographs submitted through the mail.

  • Submit no more than one photograph per category and five overall. 

  • We do not accept more than one contestant per e-mail address.

  • High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. 

  • Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible. 

  • Use the on-line entry form on our website. 

  • Complete a separate form for each photo submitted. 

  • Photographs must be in .JPG or .gif format. 

  • Files submitted may not be larger than 2,048k , 2Mb. 


By entering the contest, entrants grant Freedom4U  a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly, and all other standard purposes.  

Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible.  Freedom4U will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Entry deadline:
All entries must be received through the Freedom4U website by 5pm Pacific Standard Time on February 2, 2020.


Entry Fee:
$5 per person to enter contest. *Note: write the name of the filmmaker on Paypal form so we can match payment with film entry* Limit of 5 entries per person, with only 1 allowed in each category. Payment may be made by check to: Freedom4U, 336 Tejon Place, Palos Verdes Estates, CA. 90274 or to: 839 S. Beacon St. #1620, San Pedro, CA. 90731or online via this PayPal "donate" button below:


Your photograph(s) will be judged by our panel of judges. The images will be primarily judged on the overall beauty, power, creativity, skill, and originality of the images. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of Winners or Finalists. The judging will be ‘blind’, which means the photographer will remain anonymous throughout the judging process to ensure that each contestant is judged solely on his or her photograph. All judges will be appointed by Freedom4U. The Winners and Finalists will be determined by the judges and Freedom4U in accordance with the competition rules. Their decision is final on all matters relating to the competition. Freedom4U will not enter into any correspondence regarding the judging.


The students who score as winners will be notified and invited to the reception. Please do not attend unless invited. Winning photographs will be announced at a public screening at Paul’s Photo in Torrance, on Friday, Feb. 28th at 6pm.

Awards will be given to the top three category winners in each category.  The grand prize winner will be chosen from the winning finalists.


Category Winners:
The top three winners in each category will receive certificates, money and prizes. One or more honorable mention awards also may be awarded, but there will be no prizes for photographs awarded honorable mention.

Authorship and Plagiarism 

Submissions must be your original work and may not have been previously published.

The artwork may not contain any elements that include the trademarks, logos, copyrighted works, or intellectual property of third parties. The design may not include any intellectual property of third parties; this includes imagery from the internet 

You can only submit one photograph per category. If you create multiple accounts to submit more than one photograph in this category, you may be disqualified 



Call: 310-897-5043 or email

2020 Photo Contest Winners 

Category: Find Your Voice

Chloe Dowling, Jacqueline Islas, Jonathan Gonzalez, Christelle Beduya

Category: Nature

Kayla Mclay, McKinley Pieper, Chloe Dowling, Tony Vargas

Category: People

Alexis Andersen, Kayla Mclay, Ellie Pearson, Esmeralda Orduno

Category: Reflection

Tate Ballard, Chandra Joy, Stephen Higgins, Jena Rouser

Category: Sports

Christopher Perry, Jena Rouser, Mia Hernandez, Kayla Mclay

Category: Teen Life

Jacqueline Islas, Tate Ballard, Albert Aguilar, Chloe Dowling


Category: Best of Show

Albert Aguilar

2019 Photo Contest Winners 

Category: Boys & Girls Club 

Violet Lovely-Lopez, Ahbab Eldaw, Val Rodriguez, Jasmin Mena

Category: Find Your Voice

Marianne Schiappa, Caroline Turnbull, McKinley Pieper, Chloe Dowling 

Category: Nature

Julianna Panetta, Faith Vasquez, Aidan Eliasson, Jacquelyn meek

Category: People

Ella Petakv, Alejandro Barlow, Tamara Echeverria, Noah Rowe

Category: Reflection

Caroline Turnbull, Andrea Erosa, Chloe Dowling, Erin O’Connor 

Category: Sports

Jasmin Mena, Emily Collins, McKinley Pieper, Erin O’Connor


Category: Teen Life

Tamara Echeverria, Steve Francis Rosario, Miguel Rascon Jr, Sophie Walter         


Category: Best of Show

Chelsea Liu

2018 Photo Contest Winners

Redondo Union High School: Adam Fanco, Benjamin Cheng, Halle Bender, ​Isabella Reina, Jason Hernandez, 

Ryan Cartee, Tasneem Khan

Port of Los Angeles High School: Alejandra Barlow, Alysa Sandell, Arika Powell, Brenda Castaneda, Neftali Lopez

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School: Anthony Nuber, Joshua Kahen, Kyle Brundige

Palos Verdes High School : Domenico Ottolia, Emily Imbach, Lloyd Kao, ​McKinley Pieper, Sophie Walter

PVIS: Grant Libeau

Parras Middle School: Kiera Scarlet, Jackson Davy

Adams Middle School: ​Sophia Perez

2017 Photo Contest Winners

2016 Photo Contest Winners

2015 Photo Contest Winners

2014 Photo Contest Winners

2013 Photo Contest Winners

2012 Photo Contest Winners

2011 Photo Contest Winners


Call: 800-501-9801


South Bay Mailing Address: 

336 Tejon Place · Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274


Harbor Area Mailing Address:

839 S. Beacon St. #1620 · San Pedro, CA 90731


Freedom4U is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
providing educational resources to California youth.
Freedom4U is not affiliated with any political or religious groups.

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