Nature Exposed Photography is pleased to present Youth Lens: High School Photography Contest for 2018. We are seeking quality photographs from student photographers enrolled in high schools in the Flagstaff area for this program. The deadline to submit is March 27, 2018.

Flagstaff-area high school students are encouraged to submit their photographic work to be juried by Tony Freeman of Nature Exposed Photography, Tom Alexander of Tom Alexander Photography and Matt Beaty of The Framing Department at Hidden Light.

Shelbie Smithson

Any subject matter is accepted and permitted, as long as it is suitable for all ages.

All accepted photography will be printed by Nature Exposed (approx. 8”x10”) and displayed in Nature Exposed offices at 19 West Birch Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona. The opening reception will be held during First Friday ArtWalk on May 4, 2018, 6-9 p.m., and the exhibition will remain open through July 2018.


If your photograph is selected for acceptance in the exhibition, it will be printed by Nature Exposed (approx. 8”x10”) for display. You will get to take home the print at the end of the exhibition.

All photography displayed in the exhibition will be entered for consideration of three individual prizes:

  • Grand Prize: metal print and $100
  • First Place: $50
  • Second Place: $25
  • All photos selected for the exhibition will receive a $10 gift card to a local restaurant or movie theater.

Winners will also be announced in a press release, and featured in the First Friday Artwalk map for May, June, and July 2018.

Guidelines for Submission

All photography must be original work done by an individual who is enrolled in 9-12 grades at the time of submission. Photography must be submitted with title, at 300 dpi resolution, and with a price if for sale (or NFS if not for sale.) All artwork sales go directly to the photographer. Content matter that is deemed unsuitable for an all-ages crowd will not be considered. ONE image entry per student.

The deadline to submit is March 27, 2018. Artists will be notified of the status of their entry by April 13, 2018.

Exhibited artwork should be picked up by students at Freeman Law (Nature Exposed) offices at the conclusion of the exhibition. Any photographs not retrieved by students within the timeline set by Freeman Law will be returned to the students’ teachers.

Lydia Miller

About Tony Freeman

Tony Freeman founded Nature Exposed Photography. His incredible encounters with wildlife and the beautiful scenery in Western Canada and Alaska has resulted in a passion for capturing unique glimpses of nature all over the globe. From the beaches in Mexico, to the wildflowers in the desert, the geography of southern Utah, the bears in Alaska and the lions in Tanzania, nature is exposed.

How to Apply

Click on the button below to submit your application online. Only online submissions will be accepted. If you have questions, please contact John Tannous by email or by phone at (928) 779-2300.

Submission Form