Picture yourself being eligible to win a $1,000 scholarship by simply posting a photo, illustration or other image to social media. That’s how easy it is to enter Picture Freedom, a national contest from Feb. 22 to 28 that calls on students 13 and older to celebrate the First Amendment and free speech in America.

The First Amendment and its five freedoms – speech, press, religion, assembly and petition – give us the right to be ourselves. Picture Freedom encourages you to tap into your individuality and creativity to make a visual statement about liberty.

All you have to do is post an original image – something you’ve photographed, drawn or designed – to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #PictureFreedom. Posts should be public, and if a post is shared on Facebook, the account also needs to allow “everybody” to follow it.

It’s that easy. We’ll compile all of the entries, and a panel of educators and First Amendment experts will pick the top 25 posts based on originality, creativity and clarity in conveying the theme of freedom.

Picture Freedom is supported by the American Society of News Editors, the Journalism Education Association, the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies at Middle Tennessee State University, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, and hundreds of teachers and journalists.

Click here to download the official rules. A guest column by Ken Paulson, president of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, and the contest’s media ads are available for publishing in print and online. Winners will be announced in April.


Building Awareness of the First Amendment

Are you willing to take the 1 for All First Amendment Challenge? We’re looking to honor innovative ways of teaching the First Amendment. The top 40 teachers or teacher groups will be awarded $1,000 for their efforts. The top 40 schools hosting school-wide events will receive plaques and be recognized as First Amendment Schools.

Students are encouraged to show support for their teachers and their school and highlight their own work in various ways:

  • Students whose teachers submit their First Amendment projects may have their work recognized on the 1 for All website, Facebook page and other social media.
  • All students can participate by using the hashtag #1forAllus for First Amendment projects on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr.

For ideas, activities and sample lesson plans, click here. Obtain an official entry form by clicking here. For more details, see “Official Contest Rules.”

The 1 for All First Amendment Challenge is funded by a generous grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and administered by the American Society of News Editors’ Youth Journalism Initiative. The Journalism Education Association has endorsed the 1 for All First Amendment Challenge.

1 for All is a national nonpartisan program designed to build understanding and support for First Amendment freedoms. 1 for All provides teaching materials to the nation’s schools, supports educational events on America’s campuses and reminds the public that the First Amendment serves everyone, regardless of faith, race, gender or political leanings. It is truly one amendment for all.