Fostering and Rewarding Creativity

I love hearing stories of libraries fostering and rewarding creativity within their communities. One easy way to do that is to have contests for photography, video, and other media. Last year, mpow’s teen librarian and I planned a photography contest and invited teens to submit their best work with the hopes of making it an annual event. The contest turned out even better than we imagined and I was amazed with some of the entries we had. We had over 40 entries and we picked a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner in addition to a few honorable mentions. We rewarded the winners with gift cards to Best Buy and uploaded all the entries to the Library’s Flickr photostream. We printed out the photographs and displayed them prominently in the Library and even ordered a poster from QOOP to make the collection of photographs a permanent piece of artwork on our walls.

This week we’re getting set to pick the winners for our 2nd Annual Teen Photo Contest and it’s going to be tough. We have some really strong contenders. Check them out!

If you’re thinking of doing something like this for your community, maybe our entry form (pdf) will help you get started. If you want to know more about our experience, just drop me a line and I’ll be glad to help out!

So what’s your favorite from this year’s photos?

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