Lynsey Addario's photopgraphy

Virtual Photo Contest/Exhibition

Virtual Photo Contest/Exhibition

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submissions: September 27th-October 16th 

Photos Displayed (On Campus & Instagram): October 23rd 30th
Campus/Instagram Voting: October 23rd-30th

Penn State Harrisburg Reads invites all students (the contest is open to all students not just first year students)

Submission Guidelines

Penn State Reads invites all first year students to participate in a photo contest in order to further engage with the themes of the 2017 Penn State 
Reads selection It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario.

To participate in the contest, submit a photograph that conveys an important message, story, or emotion of your home community or of ordinary life where you live. Explain the subject matter and any creative or artistic approaches used in the photograph.

Limit submissions to one photo and one essay per person. In addition, please add a caption description that briefly describes the basic details (who, what, when, and where) of the photo. Essays should be no longer than one page.

Submissions will be judged based on

  • connection to the Penn State Values ;
  • demonstration of an understanding of self-reflection, personal identity, and diversity; and
  • artistic style and creativity.

Photos can be submitted: September 27th-October 12th via the Photo Contest form

Image Quality and Content

Images should be high quality and at least 1,000 pixels wide by 700 pixels high, with a minimum resolution of 72 DPI. Using built-in filters and color adjustments is acceptable, but altering photos by adding or removing elements is prohibited. Submit photos only if they were taken by you. By submitting an image, you attest to your ownership of the image. You also agree that Penn State has the right and license to redistribute the image, royalty free, on its various communications platforms, including but not limited to Penn State Today, Penn State News, various official social media platforms, and the Penn State Reads website.

Contest Guidelines

Submitted photographs will be displayed both on campus in the Morrison Gallery and on the Penn State Reads Instagram from October 23-30. Voting will take place October 23-30.

The top three photos that receive the most Instagram and on-campus votes will  then be submitted for a last round of voting to a panel comprised of faculty, staff, and community partners. The Penn State Harrisburg Reads judge’s panel will make final selections and reserves the right to withhold any submission.

First Place: GoPro HER05 Bundle

Second Place Winner: $100.00 Gift Card to the Penn State Book Store

Third Place Winner: $50.00 Gift Card to the Penn State Bookstore

The winning photo will be featured on the Penn State Harrisburg Reads website and other Penn State Harrisburg media channels. Winners will be announced at the Penn State Reads Awards Ceremony on November 6th.

Submission deadline: October 16, 2017

For any questions or additional information please contact Perdeta L. Bush at 717-948-4393 or

Photo Credit: Lynsey Addario