Smithsonian Gallery Announces Teen Portrait Competition

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery has announced its first annual Teen Portrait Competition. Teens from between the ages of 13 and 17 are encouraged to enter portraits to the juried competition in the medium of photography.

Two photos will be chosen for the grand prize of being displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in 2013. 20 further photos will be featured in an online exhibition.

Local students were involved in designing the competition, being involved in the process of planning, creating and marketing the contest.

Ella Hanson, a freshman in high school, was one of those students, who said that she enjoyed “working in a team to make the best possible outcome and learning from others’ viewpoints.”

Rebecca Kasemeyer, director of education for the National Portrait Gallery, said:

“Our main goal for this project is that it be ‘for teens, by teens.

“We want the competition to be available to all teens.”

The theme for entries is “identity” in an attempt to introduce teenagers to the concept of representing identity through portraiture.

The competition accepts online submissions of photographic portraits and the finalists will be chosen by the Teen Design Team, which includes a National Portrait Gallery curator and a professional photographer.

Two winners will be chosen: one in the 13- to 15-year-old category and one in the 16- to 17-year-old category. The winners will be displayed in the museum in spring 2013, outside the Outwin Boochever Competition exhibition.

20 honorable mentions will feature on the Portrait Gallery’s blog.

Additional prizes will include a compact system camera for the two first-place winners and gift cards for the honorable mentions.

Entrants have until April 1 to register their applications.