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Youth Contest

Youth Contest

 

As part of our April 2022 National Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign, we are asking youth throughout Ohio to join us in raising awareness of the importance of child abuse and neglect prevention. Youth are invited to develop powerful and creative artistic expressions that demonstrate this theme and show that anyone can “Be a Hero in the Eyes of a Child.” We are looking for bold, innovative and exciting pieces to help educate the public about child abuse and neglect prevention and inspire them to action! These creative pieces will be used throughout the year to raise awareness. Participants are encouraged to learn more about the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF) at www.octf.ohio.gov.

ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS YOUTH CONTEST

This April, the OCTF is excited to launch its #EverydayOhioHeroes campaign. This statewide awareness campaign encourages individuals to reflect on the impact that child abuse and neglect have on Ohio’s children and to communicate that we all have a role to play in preventing child abuse and neglect. This campaign speaks to the heart by relaying a simple message: “It’s the little moments that have the biggest impact.” In those little, everyday moments, we can “Be a Hero in the Eyes of a Child – one simple act of encouragement at a time.”

By recognizing the role that #EverydayOhioHeroes play in the lives of children, we are celebrating the superpowers inherent within local individuals, organizations and communities. This April, #EverydayOhioHeroes are being called upon to “Mentor. Donate. Empower. And help prevent child abuse and neglect in your community.”

The artistic expressions created through this contest will be used to encourage individuals, organizations and communities to be #EverydayOhioHeroes, making a difference all year round – one simple act of encouragement at a time. 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

The contest is open to all Ohio students in grades 5 through 12 in public, private, community and charter schools and career-tech centers, as well as Ohio youth engaged in after-school programming and nonprofit youth groups.

FORMAT

Ohio youth are encouraged to create and submit artistic expressions that fall within three (3) categories:

• Creative Writing

• Photography

• Visual Arts

All artistic expressions must be original in concept, design and execution and must not contain any profanity, nudity or violence. The entry must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous or libelous. Nor should the entry contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or that promotes discrimination based on age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. The entry must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations of the state of Ohio.

If submitting original photography, the submission must be accompanied with written consent of all photographed participants appearing in the photo, including written consent by a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of any minor photographed participant.

Submissions will be accepted via email to octf@octf.ohio.gov .

The OCTF is not liable for any cost incurred to develop the entry or to submit the entry for this contest. 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by 3:00 p.m. EST on February 4, 2022.

CONTEST GUIDELINES

Please use the following information to guide you when making your submission.

Participation constitutes the entrant’s or entrants’ full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of the following official rules. The Everyday Ohio Heroes Artistic Expressions Contest submission period commences on December 9, 2021 and ends February 4, 2022. The contest is sponsored and conducted by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund.

ELIGIBILITY

This contest is open to all students in grades 5 through 12 in public, private, community and charter schools and career-tech centers, as well as Ohio youth engaged in after-school programming and nonprofit youth groups.  

Each submission must be submitted on behalf of an eligible Ohio youth by their school or community organization. Entries must include a completed Ohio Children’s Trust Fund #EverydayOhioHeroes Campaign Contest Submission Form (Attachment A) that is signed by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the youth if the youth is under age 18, as well as by a representative for the school, after-school program or nonprofit organization, such as a teacher, adviser or principal.

OCTF employees and board members’ immediate family members are ineligible to participate in the contest. "Immediate family members" means children, step-children, siblings and step-siblings.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

All entrants must follow the “How to Participate” guidelines, below, for their chosen artistic expression. Only new artistic expressions inspired by the current year’s theme may be submitted.

Each entry must be the original work of one student only and must not contain profanity. Each entry must contain a title, and all entries must include an artist statement. The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The statement must include at least 10 words and not exceed 100 words.

Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified. Use of PowerPoint templates is prohibited. The entry must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous or libelous. Nor should the entry contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or that promotes discrimination based on age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. The entry must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations of the state of Ohio.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

For the Everyday Ohio Heroes Artistic Expressions Contest, eligible Ohio students in grades 5 through 12, as well as youth engaged in after-school programming and nonprofit youth groups, should create an original and unique artistic expression in one of the approved formats that brings awareness to the issue of child abuse and neglect and that reminds all Ohioans they can play a role in preventing youth from being abused or neglected.

  • Creative Writing: Accepted forms of original fiction and nonfiction include the following: prose, poetry, reflective essay, play script, narrative and short story. Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and must be typed. Accepted formats: Word document or PDF file.
  • Photography: Submissions must be original single print/digital images. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer and may use a variety of digital editing techniques, including but not limited to multiple exposure, negative sandwich and photogram. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Digital submissions must be at least 640x960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, GIF, PNG.
  • Visual Arts: Original works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collages, computer-generated images and graphics, drawing, mixed media, and paintings. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Submissions should contain no more than three (3) digital images of the artwork at different angles, if necessary. Digital submissions must be at least 640x960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, GIF, PNG.

We are looking for innovative artistic expressions that creatively raise awareness. Each participating student should think of creative approaches to depict the impact of #EverydayOhioHeroes they know, as well as bring awareness to child abuse and neglect prevention. The more memorable and impactful the entry, the better.

HOW TO ENTER

Entrants must submit the digital file(s) of their entry and completed and signed entry forms to their school or community organization. Entries will be accepted only from the school or community organization affiliated with the entrant, on behalf of the entrant. Entrants must follow requirements and instructions specific to each arts category. For additional information, please email octf@octf.ohio.gov.

Submissions will be accepted from December 9, 2021, through February 4, 2022, via email to octf@octf.ohio.gov with the subject “Artistic Expressions Art Contest.”

JUDGING PROCESS

After submission, entries will be reviewed to ensure they meet the criteria specified above. A panel of judges selected by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund will evaluate works that meet the eligibility criteria for originality, creativity and how well they express an artistic vision to portray the theme. The OCTF reserves the right to disqualify and remove any entry that is deemed, in the judging panel's discretion, inappropriate, offensive, defamatory or demeaning to the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the local school district or any other party's reputation or goodwill. Judges' decisions are final, and under no condition may parents or students contact a judge to dispute the status/score of any entry.

PRIZES

The judging panel will award three (3) winners from the eligible entries. These winners will receive awards of $1,000 for 1st place, $750 for 2nd place and $500 for 3rd place each for their school, career-tech center, after-school program or nonprofit organization.

Each of the winning youth and their schools, career-tech centers or affiliated nonprofit organizations will be notified (via email) by the Ohio Children's Trust Fund. The Trust Fund will then work with each winning entity on the procurement/invoicing process through which the OCTF will send each winning school or organization their award.

Winning entries and creators will be recognized throughout the state of Ohio.

OWNERSHIP AND LICENSE

Ownership of any submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry into this program constitutes the entrant’s irrevocable permission and consent that the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund and affiliates may display, copy, reproduce, enhance, print, sublicense, publish, distribute and create derivative works for Ohio Children Trust Fund purposes, including posting images to social media profiles and web pages. The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund is not responsible for lost or damaged entries. Submission of entry into the Everyday Ohio Heroes Artistic Expressions Contest constitutes acceptance of all rules and conditions.

QUESTIONS

Please email any questions to octf@octf.ohio.gov .

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By participating, entrants agree that the OCTF and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is not responsible or liable for, and shall be released and held harmless from: (i) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (ii) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the OCTF and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services that may cause the contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (iii) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the contest; (iv) any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with or resulting from participation in the contest, including claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. The OCTF reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend, or suspend the contest should (in its sole discretion) computer virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the contest. In such case, judges will select the winners from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by the OCTF. The OCTF reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it determines to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the contest.