Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.

Bruno Barbey

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this competition and to the HUNDREDS of individuals who voted! We had a great turnout! Congratulations to our winner, Jassim Al Hawaj!!

MKS HS Student Council

High School Photography Competition

Students are invited to submit photos according to the theme of the competition: What Makes Me Happy


Terms & Conditions: 

  • Participants must be high school students enrolled in Modern Knowledge Schools.
  • Participants must take the photo they submit. Submitting photos taken by others is not permitted.
  • Students are allowed to submit one entry per competition (ie. only one picture will be considered for the competition if student submits several)
  • Aside from simple color correction, the photo must be in its original state, including but not limited to removing, adding, reversing, or distorting subjects within the frame. 
  • Students can take pictures in either landscape or portrait mode. 
  • If a student submits any work that is not theirs, they will be disqualified and banned from participating in any future contests held by the school.
  • The school reserves the right to disqualify any entry deemed inappropriate. 
  • Prizes must be collected by winners, and they are non-transferable. 
  • Submissions must be submitted by the posted deadlines. 
  • Winners will be chosen based on community voting. MKS Staff, students, parents, and the general public will all be allowed to participate in the voting. The top submissions will be chosen by Student Council for voting by the public. 
  • By participating in this competition, students agree to their submissions being shared on the school’s social media.
  • Check back at the end of the month to vote for the winners!
Do you have what it takes to win?

Canon Photo Printer Giveaway!

Important Dates

November 9: Competition Opens

November 29: Photo Submissions DUE

December 1: PUBLIC Voting Begins on this web page!

December 6: Public voting closes

December 8: Winners Announced

Zain Jaafar

Photo Competition Organizer
Photography Competition

Judging Criteria


What are you communicating?

The theme of this competition is What makes me happy? While we have identified a theme, it is completely up to you what the style and subjects are for your photos. You should think about things that bring you joy and how you can represent those things in photography. Ask yourself, “Does my photo inspire someone else to feel the same joy I do?” 


Is this your own work?

While it is fine to be inspired by other artists, it is not okay to take their ideas and represent them as your own. Further, creating original, unique, and interesting photos is fun! Originality is one of our criteria, and your photo submission must be the product of your own talent, imagination, and skill. 


Don't just take a photo- make one!

No matter what kind of device you are using to take pictures or what your subject is, there are some basic skills you can use to take great photos! Think about composition, framing, light, focus, angle, the rule of thirds, etc.. Check out the videos linked below to learn more! 

Photography Competition

Awards & Accolades

You Could Win!

Canon Photo Printer

This handy photo printer slips into your pocket or handbag for printing on the go! Get instant prints wirelessly from your phone. This giveaway includes printing papers as well! Keep or share instant 2 x 3 Inch photos with this Canon wireless printer! 

Winning Photos Will Be:

  • Featured on the MKS website
  • Posted on MKS Social Media
  • Included in the 2021 yearbook
  • Displayed in the school (when we are back in person)

Tips for Better Shots!

Photography is something ANYONE can do with a little time, patience, and dedication. Whether you have an iPhone or a professional grade camera, you can create a great photo. Take a little time to learn tips and tricks from professional photographers so you can up your game! Check out the videos linked here or find more on youtube. You might even reach out to a few professional photographers for advice. The trick is to take a few little tips and practice them until you see yourself improve! Good luck!