2021 Student Photo Contest Official Rules

2021 CAPCA Ag Student Photo Contest Official Rules


  • Entrant must be a middle or high school student under eighteen (18) years of age, must be an amateur photographer (one who does not regularly receive income from photography), and must be a current California Ag Student. 

Important Dates: 

Submission Deadline – December 1, 2021 

Winner Announcements via email – January 2022. 

Winning Photos Published – February 2022 in the CAPCA Adviser magazine, on the CAPCA website, and throughout CAPCA Social Media platforms. 


Each entrant may enter as many photos as they would like but is eligible to win only one (1) prize. 

Four winner(s) will be chosen. Each winning student will win one $250 gift card for classroom funds to the Ag teacher of their choice, along with the following: 

  • One Grand Prize winner $100 gift card 
  • One First Place winner $75 gift card 
  • One Second Place winner $50 gift card 
  • One third place winner $50 gift card 
  • Honorable Mentions - The committee will make decisions about Honorable Mentions based on content submitted and may choose 2-3 winners. Honorable Mention winners will receive CAPCA SWAG and may be featured in the February issue of the Adviser or future issues. 


Judging will be held by committee/panel review in December. All decisions are final. CAPCA reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does not conform to stated contest rules. 

Rules & Submission Specifications: 

  • Photo(s) must fall under one or both of the following categories: Pests or Ag Around the Classroom. 
  • All photos must be original work taken by the entrant. No third party may own or control any materials the photo contains, and the photo must not infringe upon the trademark, copyright, moral rights, intellectual rights, or rights of privacy of any entity or person. 
  • The photo must be in its original state and cannot be altered in any way, including but not limited to removing, adding, reversing, or distorting subjects within the frame. 
  • The prize must be collected by the winning student(s) and Ag Teacher(s) and is non-transferable. 
  • Entrants must submit photo(s) in digital format with a resolution of 6 megapixels or greater, and in .jpg format only. 
  • Photos on which a date stamp, photographer’s name, or watermark is visible will be disqualified. 
  • Photos may not contain any product placement or promotional material (e.g. company logo). 
  • Entrants must submit photo credit information, title of photo, and caption/description for each photo submitted. 
  • Photo subject matter must be related to California Agriculture/Horticulture Industry operations and taken in 2020 or 2021. 
  • A completed entry form must accompany all photo submissions. 
  • Images not meeting the contest submission specifications will be ineligible for prize selection.  However, they may be selected to be viewable on an online gallery on the CAPCA website. 

Notification of Winners: 

Winners will be notified via the e-mail address provided during entry. If no response is received after three business days, a new winner will be selected and the previous winner will forfeit all rights to the prize. 

Photo Usage Agreement: 

By entering the contest, entrants agree that any photo(s) submitted can be used by CAPCA for public relations, advertising, marketing, and/or promotional purposes, across all CAPCA platforms (website, social media, print, etc.).