TCJ Student Photo Contest

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Entries now due April 12!


TCJ Student is pleased to announce the TCJ Student Photo Contest. Tribal college students are encouraged to submit up to two high-resolution photographs in four photo categories that depict students in the following settings: Laboratory, Environment, Community, and Classroom. All images will be posted at when they are submitted, allowing visitors to view contest entries. Images will eventually also be posted to a Flickr account and will be available as rights-free images for public use and consumption. The top photography submissions may be featured by various federal departments and agencies, and disseminated online and/or in printed materials. Top entries may also appear on and in the printed edition of Tribal College Journal. The contest offers TCU students an opportunity to share their creative photography with a mass audience and to win cash prizes and/or gifts.


Students entering the contest must be enrolled at a tribal college or university. Each student may submit up to two photographs per category (eight photos total). All photographs must be a high resolution (300 minimum dpi) jpg or TIFF file with minimum dimensions of 5″ x 7″. Each photograph must include a caption that provides basic information of the photo’s context and subjects.

All photos submitted will become part of the public domain.

Students must complete an entry form and submit signed model release forms for individuals featured in the photographs they submit. Photographs and the accompanying entry forms should be sent via email to: or via the online submission form below. The deadline for all submissions has been extended to April 12, 2019; winners will be announced in May 2019. TCJ reserves the right to extend the deadlines if necessary in order to receive an adequate number of quality photos.


Laboratory—Photos should feature TCU students and/or faculty at work in a laboratory setting. For example, subjects may be examining specimens through a microscope, conducting chemistry experiments, dissecting specimens, building electronics or robotics, or performing other lab experiments.

Environment—Photos may feature TCU students and/or faculty at work outdoors in the field. For example, subjects may be cruising timber, collecting water or soil samples, launching rockets, handling specimens, fighting wildfires, caring for animals, or gardening.

Community—Photos may feature TCU students and/or faculty in a community, governmental, or family setting. For example, subjects may include parents with children, elders, community feasts, powwows, tribal councils, or other community gatherings.

Classroom—Photos may feature TCU students and/or faculty in a classroom setting, or at an internship/apprenticeship site such as nursing students at a healthcare facility. Subjects could be involved in group discussions, mentorship and advising, or traditional classroom lectures.


The TCJ Student selection committee will choose one winning photograph in each category. Winners will be awarded a $200 gift card.

All winning submissions and honorable mentions will be featured at TCJ Student will send out an international press release announcing the names of the winning photographers.


Individuals and corporations are encouraged to make a tax deductible donation to the 2018 TCJ Student Photo Contest.

Checks or money orders should be made out to:

Tribal College Journal
PO Box 720
Mancos, CO  81328

Tax ID# 84 063 0326

Tribal College Journal is the quarterly publication of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, a nonprofit 501 (C)(3) organization. All contributions are tax deductible in accordance with the law.

All donations to the TCJ 2018 Photo Contest will be used exclusively for student prizes. In the event donations exceed this year’s prize pool, money will be carried over to next year’s prize pool. Donors will be acknowledged on the website.

Corporate Sponsorships

Sponsorships help us produce the contest, which in turn helps foster tribal college student photography and creativity. Sponsors will receive recognition on and Tribal College Journal. Contact us for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits.


  • Model release form (Must be printed, filled out, then scanned and submitted for each individual in the photo.)



(Or complete the downloadable PDF entry form, print it, and submit it to along with the signed model release form(s).)