Through Your Lens Photo & Essay Contest: Show the World What YOU See at School

August 18, 2009 | Written By:


When you walk into a school, what do you see?

The truth is, it depends on what school you’re walking into. In some schools, you may see peeling paint or a broken window. In others, you may see a well-maintained classroom flooded with natural light. In some schools, you’ll see broken water fountains; in others, bright mosaics and murals.

In nearly every school, you’ll see things that make you proud and things you want to change.

Now, we’re asking you to help us show Congress – and the world – what our school buildings really look like.

HSC is pleased to launch the Through Your Lens photo and essay contest today with our partners at Critical Exposure and the 21st Century School Fund. From Aug 18 – Sept 14, you can submit photos and stories to highlight what’s great and what’s troubling about your school building.

Your photos and stories will help inform a national debate as Congress considers legislation for school building repair, modernization and construction.

Photos and stories will be shown at a special exhibition in Washington, DC (currently planned in the US Capitol Building) and many more entries will be published in a Through Your Lens book and in an online gallery. Five student winners will also receive a Vado pocket video camcorder from Creative Labs.

Please take a moment to show the world what you see at school every day.

Learn more and enter today at

Want to help spread the word about this effort? Click here for a badge to put on your website and tools to help get the word out!


photo courtesy of Critical Exposure


photo courtesy of National Trust for Historic Preservation

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