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Photo Competition

Now that you have decided to participate in this competition, please read the information contained on this page to prepare adequately. You will also find a link at the bottom of the page for tutorials on taking great pictures. Good luck!

Prizes & Other Perks

1st Prize

A 10-Week Photography Course

in New York, USA


2nd Prize

HDSLR Camera + Laptop


3rd Prize

DSLR Camera

Why Share A Smile?

This contest is run in furtherance of the objectives of Child Spark Initiative, focussing on the positive impact of a smile on the face of a child. It is a celebration of the triumph of the human spirit over challenges and tribulations.


The competition collects photographs taken through the eyes of young people between the ages of 13 and 24 years.


The core concept is "hope" - how a child smiles through or in oblivion of difficult circumstances.


The competition will be empowering teenagers and young people in the art and science of photography.

What We Are Looking For
  • Simply - the smile of a child!

  • Context is very important in any work of art. We want you to tell a story with the picture you are taking.

  • The bold picture of a smiling face is powerful and so is the picture of a child on a hospital bed smiling in spite of the life-support machine. The loud smile of children at play on a plain Savannah field under the golden rays of a setting sun can also be breathtaking but what is most important is that the picture speaks to you as well.

  • Don't forget to take advantage of the tutorials on taking photographs.

Rules & Regulations
  1. This competition is open to young people between the ages of 13 and 24 years; older people may compete but preferences will be given to this target group

  2. Contest is open to young people currently residing in all the countries of Africa, the Caribbean Islands, the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia

  3. Each participant may submit up to five entries only on digital format; we do not accept analog or print; you can also upload through Facebook and Instagram

  4. All submissions must be completed together with contest form

  5. All entries must be delivered in JPEG format file and no less than 1500 pixel x 2100 pixel, portrait or landscape, with at least 300bit resolution.

  6. Submitted entries must have the title, date, year, location, name of photographer and caption.

  7. All cost incurred during this participation shall be borne by participant

  8. All submissions are non-returnable and shall remain the sole property of Child Spark Initiative, Inc; Child Spark Initiative, Inc. reserves all rights to reproduce, publicize or to exhibit the submissions in any form of media or medium whether locally or internationally without any prior notification or payment made to participants. Credit and acknowledgement will be given accordingly.

  9. Image submitted must not be published by any media or medium prior to this.

  10. All entries must be participants' original works. Usage of third party/parties creative works are prohibited. Such entries will be automatically disqualified.

  11. With the entry submission, the participants hereby agree to indemnify Child Spark Initiative, Inc. from any and all legal claims or otherwise.

  12. Participants must ensure that they secure the permission of the children and their parents before photographs are taken. Please download the release form at the bottom of the page and ensure all children and parents sign off on them.

  13. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: subject matter, composition, creativity and technique.

  14. Minor photo touch-up is allowed i.e. adjustment of brightness of color and softening or sharpening of the image.

  15. Contest starts on May 14, 2015. All entries must be submitted by August 14, 2015 through the website or through the Facebook page at

  16. Judges decision is final and any form of correspondences shall not be entertained.

  17. This contest is open to all except the staff of Child Spark Initiative, Inc. and Teewai-Gold Media LLC.

  18. Winner shall be notified via email, Child Spark Initiative, Inc. website and Facebook page by August 15, 2015.

  19. Prizes will be shipped to winners no later than September 3oth, 2015.

  20. The Winner of the Star Prize will be responsible for visa fees, travel and accommodation in New York City. 


Learn a few tips on how to take

great pictures to increase your 

chances of winning this competition.

Find useful tips HERE


Ensure you obtain releases from the 

children or others you are

photographing for this competition.

Download a Release Form HERE

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