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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 2023 YoungArts application opens June 7, 2022.


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 2023 competition are listed in the downloadable PDF.

Hear from Winners and Guest Artists

Michelle Dunn Marsh, National Selection Panelist

Phillip Toledano & Corinne May Botz (1995 Photography & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), 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)