by TCACCC   February 11, 2013

The Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs (TCACCC) is pleased to announce its youth photography project which begins on February 1, 2013 and runs through April 30, 2013.

The photo competition is a collaboration between the Camera Council and Capture Minnesota (hosted by Twin Cities Public Television).   Minnesota students between the age of 13 and 18 are eligible to participate. 

The contest will run for three months.  During each month there will be two challenges, one which focuses upon nature and the other a more general topic.   A list of the monthly general topics is provided here:

February 1st – 28th  Show Us Your World – family, friends, school, neighborhood, community

March 1st – 31st   Tell a Story – through the use of a single image

April 1st – 30th  “Wow, that’s cool!” – images that make you want to say “Wow, that’s cool!”

There will be two winners selected each month from each Challenge (one selected by popular vote and the other by the Camera Council judges) for a total of four winners each month. Each of the monthly winners will receive a $20 gift card from West Photo.

At the end of the competition, overall winners of the two categories will be selected (General Photography and Nature).  Certificates will be awarded for Honorable Mention; and, Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals, for third, second and first place – respectively.   A Grand Prize Winner will also be selected and will be presented a Canon EOS 60D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera and a 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Standard Zoom Lens (donated by West Photo).  

Beginning February 1st, youth photographers can set up a login and begin uploading their images to Capture Minnesota at the following website:

Submit your images under the “By Youth Photographers” category.   You must also select the challenge in which you are entering your image, either Nature or the Monthly General Challenge.   Additional instructions have been provided on the Camera Council’s website at:

Questions about the competition may be emailed to: 


This project was made possible through the collaborative and supportive involvement of various organizations, including:

Twin Cities Public Television (tpt),  which is hosting the Youth Photography Contest as part of Capture Minnesota – an online photo competition aimed at spotlighting the richness of all the things that make up our state, including our people, places, events and nature;

Digital Photography Bridge to Nature, an initiative of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which promotes an appreciation of nature through photography.  Digital Bridge has provided educational support to over a 1000 teachers statewide, and has  put cameras in the hands of their students.   Digital Bridge has been instrumental in helping to promote the TCACCC’s Youth Photography Contest; and

West Photo, who provided the prizes for the contest, including a digital SLR camera and zoom lens as a grand prize.