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National Portrait Gallery Launches Contest for Teens

Teens ages 13-17 have the chance to see their portraits displayed in the gallery



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    Local teens can enter for a chance to display their own original photography at the National Portrait Gallery. The Smithsonian is now accepting submissions for its first Teen Portrait Competition.

    The theme for entries is “identity.” Photographs will be judged by a panel of teens, a National Portrait Gallery curator and a professional photographer.

    “Over the summer, we hosted a teen workshop about identity and self-portraiture and it was a really powerful experience not only for the portrait gallery but for the teens as well,” said Rebecca Kasemeyer, director of education for the National Portrait Gallery. “We started thinking it would be a really great opportunity to reach out to teens to host a virtual, online portrait competition.”

    The competition calls for original portrait photography taken by teens ages 13-17. The competition is divided into two categories: age 13-15 and age 16-17.

    Two lucky grand prize winners, one from each cateogory, will have their photographs framed and displayed at the gallery in 2013. They'll also each receive a compact system camera. Twenty others will receive honorable mention prizes of a $50 giftcard to, a photo book publishing company, and have their images exhibited online.

    Teens have until April 1 to submit photographs online at

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