Information for 2020/2021 Reflections 



We are pleased to announce that this year the PTA Reflections art competition is going to happen! It will be mostly virtual, and details are being presented to the local PTAs with the start of the school year, so there's more to come. For now, you can get your student artist brainstorming...this year's theme is:
Reflections Theme

More details to come on the deadline for submissions, entry guidelines and more. 

FAQs
Q. How do I enter?
A. Official entry forms will be available soon.

Q. What are the rules for each category?
A. Details about each category are below, there is a link to the full PDF of the rules as well for printing and review if needed. 

Visual Arts: Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to: architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer generated images and graphics, crafts, drawing, fashion - clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24x30 inches. Framed entries are not accepted. Include one digital image of artwork with your submission. 3D artwork submissions must contain 3 digital images of artwork at different angles. Image(s) are used for artwork identification, judging and exhibition purposes. Visual Arts Rules

Dance Choreography: Solo and ensemble works of all dance styles are accepted. Entrant must be the choreographer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4. Submit CD/DVD/USB Drive in 9X12 inch envelope with Student Entry Form in page protector taped to envelope.

Film Production: Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. Use of PowerPoint is prohibited. Entrant must be the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and producer. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4. Submit CD/DVD or USB Drive in 9X12 inch envelope with Student Entry Form in page protector taped to envelope. Film Rules

Literature: Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play and play script, narrative, and short story. Entrants may write in their primary language as long as an interpretive English translation is also attached. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed. Accepted formats: Single-sided print on 8 ½x11” paper and pdf file in a 9X12 envelope or page protector. Literature Rules

Music Composition: All music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. Entrant must be the composer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Audio file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, ACC, FLAC. Notation (score/tablature) in PDF format is only required for middle school. Submit CD/DVD/USB Drive in 9X12 inch envelope with Student Entry Form in page protector taped to envelope. Notation should be single-sided print on 8 ½ X 11 paper. Music Rules

Photography: Photo must be a single print/digital image. 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. Print image dimensions must be no smaller than 3x5 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches. Accepted print formats: Mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11x14 inches. Framed prints are not accepted. Digital image dimensions must be at least 640x960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, GIF, PNG. Photography Rules

Special Artist: Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities. See Official Rules for details.


Q. What happens if my child wins at the local level in Hampstead? 
A: They will have their entry presented at the NH State Competition for scoring in March. The date is March 10, 2021. 

Q. What happens if my child's entry places at the state competition? Do they win anything?
A: They will have their entry sent to the national level. They will also earn a spot at the NH State Convention the following year to be recognized during the luncheon in November. 

Q. What happens if my child wins at national level? What do they receive? 
A: Of the national-level submissions, over 200 student Reflections participants will receive the following awards from National PTA:
  • Merit Award: Bronze Medal; Certificate of Merit; Work featured in the traveling exhibition 
  • Award of Excellence: $200 Young Artist Scholarship; Silver Medal; Certificate of Excellence; Work featured in the traveling exhibition
  • Outstanding Interpretation Award: An expense-paid trip for awardee and chaperone to showcase work on stage at the National PTA Awards and Reflections Celebration; $800 Young Artist Scholarship; Gold Medal; Certificate of Outstanding Interpretation; Work featured in the traveling exhibition; $200 Prize for Local PTA Unit
https://www.pta.org/home/programs/reflections/awards