Skip to content

News! National Archives & EPA Launch Student Contest

2011 November 1

Documerica-Inspired Student Multimedia Contest Document Your Environment” to run through January 6, 2012

Students ages 13 to 18 and college and graduate students are invited to create any type of graphic art, a short video, or a poem using a Documerica photo as a prompt. The grand prize for this contest will be $500, courtesy of the Foundation for the National Archives. Finalists and the grand prize winner will be announced in February 2012. Finalists may be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the National Archives and a traveling exhibit with the EPA.

“Document Your Environment” contest categories are:
Graphic Art
: This category covers any type of graphic art, including scans of paintings, photos, cartoons, photo mash-ups, etc. All entries must be sent as .jpgs, and high resolution (300 dpi) copies must be available.
Video: This category can include documentary-like videos and more artistic approaches to the contest. All entries must be less than two minutes in length. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube and entered into the contest with a link to the video.
Poetry: Any form of poetry is accepted in this category, but there is a 300 word limit to each entry. Poems must be submitted in either a PDF or Word doc format.

Contest judges include: former Documerica photographer and graphic artist Michael Philip Manheim; Cokie Roberts, author and news analyst for National Public Radio and ABC News; Sandra Alcosser, the first Poet Laureate of Montana and professor of poetry at San Diego State University. Of the nine finalists, one grand prize winner will be chosen by the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero.

The contest is hosted on, the federal government’s online challenge platform, and it will be open for entries from November 1, 2011 to January 6, 2012. View contest details online.

EPA Privacy and Security notice

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

One Response
  1. Mark permalink
    December 3, 2011

    These days with all of the access to tech and computers I imagine that the youth can really create some amazing creations for this contest really good! Excellent idea.

Comments are closed.