If you are between 13-18 years old and has the talent to write essays and poems, or has the creative talent to photographs, then you might want to join the Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) where young artists, authors and photographers from all over the world submit their entries in the Annual Sister Cities Showcase and Challenge.

The City Government of Cagayan de Oro and its sister city of Norfolk, Virginia, USA, are encouraging submissions to the contest.

Although the Young Artists Challenge is closed since Norfolk needed time to forward artwork entries to the Sisters Cities International (SCI) headquarters in Washington, the Young Authors Showcase and the Photography Challenge are still open until May 1, 2017. The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a $1,000 prize.

SCI seeks to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation one community at a time.

According to the contest brief, participants are encouraged to draw inspiration from their experience with sister cities, travel, exchange, and international friendship, as well their vision of where the future will lead. This year’s theme is: “We’re going places.

See the guidelines below.

Essay/Poetry – Entries are limited to one (1) per student and five (5) per classroom. Essays should not exceed 500 works and poetry should not exceed 200 words. Authors should be between 13-18 years old as of the application deadline. See Authors Guidelines below for more information.

Photography Challenge – Original photography should be submitted via Instagram. Multiple entries are allowed per student. Artists should be between 13-22 years old as of the application deadline. See photographer guidelines below for more information.

Download the flyer HERE.

For more information and to download detailed guidelines and entry forms, please visit its website HERE or send email to youth@sistercities.org.


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