Photography

Photography portfolios demonstrate a mastery of the ability to take risks, develop an idea through a series of images, showcase a range of experimentation, and clearly articulate visual and conceptual ideas.

Photography winner photographing during YoungArts LA | Photography winner exhibiting work during National YoungArts Week

Are you a photographer who is 15–18 years old or in grades 10–12?

The 2022 application is open June 22-October 15, 2021.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must be able to answer ”Yes“ to these statements:

  • I am either a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident/green card recipient, or I can demonstrate that I am legally able to receive taxable income in the United States.  
  • I am in grades 10–12 or 15–18 years of age on December 1 of the year I am applying. 
  • If I’m selected as a Finalist, this would be my first time attending National YoungArts Week.

Application Requirements

The requirements for the 2022 competition are listed in the downloadable PDF.

Ask a question – artist to artist

Want to know more about the YoungArts community and pursuing a career in the arts? Complete the following form and you’ll get insight from a previous YoungArts award winner about YoungArts programs, pursuing a career in the arts, the benefits of applying and your artistic discipline. You will receive a response via email.

For questions about the application process, requirements and eligibility, please check out our FAQs or email [email protected].

Hear from Winners and Guest Artists

Michelle Dunn Marsh, National Selection Panelist

Phillip Toledano & Corinne May Botz (1995 Photography), Guest Artists

View select works from winners here.

Headshot of Alyvia Luong (2021 Photography)

Getting to experience a week surrounded by individuals who shared my interests and creative passion was something I’ve never experienced before. I am so inspired to pursue art for the rest of my life.”

— Alyvia Luong (2021 Photography)