Do you have a camera? Well, grab it and snap one, two or three shots of something cool and submit your pictures for the annual Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) Photography Contest. Homeschool children, ages seven through 19 years old, are encouraged to participate in this contest, which benefits the HSLDA Special Needs Children’s Fund.

To make it interesting and give students an opportunity for creativity, there are three categories, each with a different theme. Children, ages seven through 10 years old, will be on a hunt as they search for something that is “Vibrant”.

If you don’t search for the spectacular in the scenery around you, you may miss it. The world around us is full of little treasures that give our lives color and joy. Go on a treasure hunt and take pictures of what is vibrant in your life.” ~ HSLDA

Children, ages 11 to 14 years old, will focus on pictures that feature “Pairs”.

Something may be good on its own, but when paired with something similar or complementary, it will shine with a whole new luster. Suddenly, what was simply good becomes truly great. Imagine the possibilities! Think outside of the box and give us your best shot of something “paired.” ~ HSLDA

If you are 15 to 19 years old, your pictures will ask, “What’s This?”

Have you ever looked at a picture or an illustration and wondered what it was you were looking at? Perhaps the picture was taken close up or from an unusual angle that obscured at what you were looking. Try your hand at taking pictures that don’t fully reveal their subjects, but nonetheless possess a pleasing aesthetic quality. In your photo’s title, don’t forget to give us a hint about the subject.” ~ HSLDA

Contestants will be recognized as first, second and third places, and honorable mention in each category. Winners will also receive a cash prize. HSLDA will display the top 15-20 photographs in each category at its headquarters in Purcellville, Virginia.

Do you want to compete? If you have camera skill, that is great! If not, do not let that stop you. See what you can come up with when you put a camera in your hand. This is your opportunity to show your creativity and your perspective may be the winning photograph. See winning entries from previous years.

You do not have to be an HSLDA member to participate. An entry fee does apply as $10 per submitted photograph for HSLDA members and $15 per submitted photograph for non-HSLDA members. Submissions must be postmarked by Monday, August 1. Learn more about the contest.

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