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Frequently Asked Questions

Who qualifies to compete in the World Youth Alliance Photo Contest?
All young people from the ages of 15 to 30 qualify to enter the contest. People of all citizenships, countries of origin and professions are qualified to compete.

Do I need to be a professional photographer to participate?
No, you do not have to be a professional photographer. But if you are, you are welcome to participate, too.

What kind of photo should I submit?
This contest only accepts digital photos. Printed photos will not be accepted. You must submit your photo(s) electronically in high resolution mode.

What is WYA looking for in a winning photo?
We are looking for striking photos that effectively portray and answer one or more of the following questions:

  • What is the role of family in society?

  • What is the role of the family in educating and nurturing children?

  • What is the role of the family in creating healthy nations?

  • What role does the family have in fostering unconditional love, responsibility, dignity and care?

How do I enter the Photo contest?
Fill out this form on our website, upload your photo(s) and press the button Submit. The maximum number of photos you can submit is two and the minimum number of photos is one.

Do I need to be a professional writer to participate?
No, you do not have to be a professional writer. But if you are, you are welcome to participate, too.

What kind of poems should I submit?
Please only send your ORIGINAL poetry. Please do not send anyone else’s work. Copied or plagiarized poems will be disqualified. You must submit your poems electronically.

What is WYA looking for in a winning poem?
We are looking for inspiring and creative poems that effectively portray and answer one or more of the following questions:

  • What is the role of family in society?

  • What is the role of the family in educating and nurturing children?

  • What is the role of the family in creating healthy nations?

  • What role does the family have in fostering unconditional love, responsibility, dignity and care?


How do I enter the Photo & Poetry contest?
Fill out this form on our website, upload your poems and press the button Submit. The maximum number of poems you can submit is two and the minimum is one.

Does it cost anything to complete?
No, the contest is completely free to all participants.

What are the important contest dates?
Four important dates to note:

  • The submission deadline is May 12, 2013 at 5pm New York Time

  • The voting will start on May 13, 2013

  • The voting will end on May 24, 2013 at 5pm New York time

  • Winners will be announced on May 25, 2012.

How will winners be judged?
There are no judges to select winners. This is a Facebook-based contest and winners will be determined by the number of Facebook likes your photo receives. However, a team of three people at WYA headquarters will be responsible for selecting which photos meet our set of criteria from all submissions. Only submissions which meet our criteria will be posted for voting.

What are the criteria?
Your photo submission must address the theme “My Family Portrait.” It must also show answer the questions listed above. The content and originality of your photo or poem weighs more heavily in the evaluation than the formatting of your photo or poetry.

Are there any documents which I can access to understand the theme more clearly?
Yes. Check out WYA’s Declaration on the Family here. If you need additional information, feel free to further check out more of WYA’s declarations here.

Can I submit multiple photos?
You can submit a maximum of two photos. However, winning photos will be measured individually, not collectively.

How many photos will be posted on Facebook for voting?
All photos that meet the WYA Photo and Poetry Contest criteria will be posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 and links will be sent to individual photographers.

Are edits to photos acceptable?
Only minor changes such as cropping, resizing and color corrections are acceptable.

Is it possible to make changes after submission?
No, it is not possible to make changes after you have submitted your photo. Make sure you carefully choose and make any changes to your entry before pressing the Submit button.

What are the prizes?
Winner of the WYA MY Family Portrait PHOTO & POETRY Contest:

  • 100 USD cash prize

  • You will receive an invitation to attend a regional training event with a WYA office in your location (Nairobi, Brussels, Mexico, Manila, New York City or Beirut).

  • Extensive exposure of winner’s work in WYA’s Global Newsletter, WYA’s official website and WYA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

  • Photo displayed in WYA HQ


1st runner-up

  • 50 USD cash prize

  • Your work will be featured on WYA’s official website and WYA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


Winner of the WYA My Family Portrait POETRY Contest:

  • 100 USD cash prize

  • You will receive an invitation to attend a regional training event with a WYA office in your location (Nairobi, Brussels, Mexico, Manila, New York City or Beirut).

  • Extensive exposure of winner’s work in WYA’s Global Newsletter, WYA’s official website and WYA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

  • Poetry displayed in WYAHQ


1st runner-up

  • 50 USD cash prize

  • Your work will be featured on WYA’s official website and WYA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

What if my question is not answered?
Send us your question in an email to contest@wya.net.