Municipal Youth Council Photography & Community Service Project Contests

In 2017, the Florida League of Cities is sponsoring two Youth Council contests:

1) A photography contest in which we encourage youth council members to take a picture of an aspect of your city that you love. 

2) A contest showcasing a youth council community service or volunteer project for a specific, single, citywide effort to successfully address a local need.

Winners will be announced in June 2017. There will be three awards presented (first through third place) for each contest. Click here to download the contest flyer for application rules and additional details. 

Photography Contest Overview
Take a picture of something that tells the story of why you love your city. Take some time to consider why your city is special – what elements do you love the most? Be creative.  By participating in a youth council, you are uniquely positioned to see your city in a special light. You have become more aware of its amenities, natural beauty and aspects that make it special. 

Each council can submit up to three photos each. All submissions must be digital photos and participants may edit their pictures minimally, e.g. cropping, but you cannot use filters other than for sharpening or noise reduction. Digital images should have a long dimension (horizontal or vertical) of at least 2,000 pixels and be saved as a 300 ppi jpeg (around 7” or larger). Please do not watermark, digitally sign or digitally date stamp the image.

Judges will be comprised of professional photographers who will be looking for impact, focus and relevance to the theme of why you love your city – among other things. Each photo should also be accompanied by a brief statement (no more than 100 words) about why your photo depicts why you love your city. The submitted photo should be the applicant’s original work and not previously published in any format prior to its submission to this Florida League of Cities competition.

All photos and statements should be emailed to Sharon Berrian at sberrian@flcities.com and Gail Dennard at gdennard@flcities.com. The deadline for entries is Monday, May 15, 2017.

Community Service Project Contest Overview

The community service or volunteer project contest is to showcase a youth council project for a specific, single, citywide effort to successfully address a local need. In 500 words or less, describe your youth council project in detail and show how it was:

  • Timely – Why was the project needed?
  • Innovative – Is it a new youth council program or an older program presented in a new and exciting way?
  • Effective – How did the program positively affect your city residents, pull citizens together, have a positive impact?
  • Successful – Who benefited? Did it meet your objectives? How? Will the project positively impact your city/citizens in the future? How?Cost Effective – How much did it cost/save?
  • Adaptable – Can it be done or adapted for use by other youth councils?

Feel free to provide up to five pages of supportive materials (e.g. photos depicting scenes from the project, newspaper articles, letters of commendation, etc.)

Each youth council can submit up to two projects.All entries should be emailed to Sharon Berrian at sberrian@flcities.com and Gail Dennard at gdennard@flcities.com. The deadline for entries is Monday, May 15, 2017.

Municipal Youth Council Video Competition (2012-2016)
The League previously held an annual Municipal Youth Council Video Competition, which was designed as a way for Florida’s youth councils to showcase their ideas, creativity and commitment to their community. Each year youth councils were asked to create a 30-second or 60-second video (public service announcement, or PSA) on a different topic.

The winning videos from the 2016 competition are available for viewing below. Click here to view a list of winners and the winning videos from previous competitions.