KDL Teen Fall Photo Challenge

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Grab your smartphones and cameras and get ready for our KDL Teen Photo Challenge. Compose your best snapshots of subjects that fall into three categories — light and shadow, landscape, and food and drink — and enter for a chance to win a $25 Meijer gift card. You may enter any or all three categories, starting October 10th.

See the Winners!


Light and Shadow

Play with light and color, focus and zoom, etc.


Show off the beauty of the natural world.

Food and Drink

Food and life are intertwined. Share what beauty both can make.

Photos may not contain human subjects. All photos must be taken on or after October 1, 2021.

Judges reserve the right to recategorize any submission if deemed necessary.


Start taking photos

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2021

Contest opens

Midnight on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021

Contest closes

11:59 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021

Judges review entries and choose photo challenge winners

Monday, Oct. 18

Public vote opens

1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
The link to the public vote becomes operational at 1 p.m. Oct. 19. All entries are combined into one pool for the public vote. To vote, log into your Submittable account. You may only vote once during the voting period.

Public vote closes

1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

Photo challenge winners and popular vote winners announced

Monday, Oct. 25, 2021
Winners announced on the KDL Blog.


  • Challenge is open to teens in grades 6-12 who are residents of Kent County, Michigan or attend a school in Kent County.
  • Participant may submit one photo per category.
  • Photos must be original works of participant. No logos/watermarks.
  • Online submissions only. No hard photos accepted.
  • JPG files only.
  • Kent District Library reserves the non-exclusive right to use submitted photos at our discretion. By entering the contest, you understand that your photo may be used to promote and publicize future library programs.
  • Photos may not contain human subjects.
  • We will have awards in all three categories and public voting. There will be two winners in each category and two winners of the public vote, for a total of up to eight winners.
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