Welcome to the Gordon Parks Museum/Center

The 12th Annual Gordon Parks Celebration will be held on October 22-24, 2015!

27th Annual Gordon Parks Photography Competition
sponsored by the Gordon Parks Museum/Center for Culture and Diversity.  Fort Scott Community College , 2108 S. Horton, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. www.gordonparkscenter.org/1-800-874-3722, ext. 5850


Note: This contest is open only to amateur photographers this year!

Work(s) Eligible: Photographs should have been taken within the last TWO years You may submit up to five photographs. No photo essays. Digitally altered photos will be disqualified.

THEME: The "Learning Tree" Years-the growing up years as depicted in Gordon Parks’ The Learning Tree novel. In the novel we saw the characters navigate their road through their teenage years, their transitional stages, their family influences, and their exploration of life. The theme is as broad as you want it to be. The only limitation is to capture a scene or a detail that shows someone’s life or your life; habits or behavior of the young. From any perspective!


•SUBMISSION: Photographs must be submitted online only at www.gordonparkscenter.org/photocontest.  (submission portal will open August 1) Photos must be JPEG in format with a file size of less than 3 MB. All entries will be confirmed via email. File names should match the name of the entry.

•CONTEST FEES/DEADLINE: Each photo entry is $10. Photographers may enter up to five photographs. The last day that photos and entry fees will be accepted for the competition is October 1, 2015.

•Awards: $500 IN PRIZE MONEY WILL BE AWARDED. $200 first place/$100 second place/$75 third place and five Honorable Mentions will receive $25 each in prize money.

•Judging: First round judging will be completed by October 30, 2015. 15-18 images will be selected for the Finalist's Exhibit. Photographers who are chosen as finalists will be required to submit a print(s) for the final judging. Finalists will be notified by e-mail. Winners will be named on November 30, 2015, which is the 103rd anniversary of Gordon Parks’ birthday.