Do you want the world to be able to see the impact your project is making on your community?   That’s exactly what can happen if you enter our first ever Senior Corps Photo Contest.

We’re excited to kick off Senior Corps Week by introducing the Senior Corps photo contest specifically for Senior Corps projects.   We want you to submit your best action photos of Senior Corps volunteers engaged in impactful service.  Twelve (12) finalists will be selected and these photos will be included in a national Senior Corps calendar that can be downloaded online.

Please review the official rules below to learn more details about:

  • Submission Period:  May 6, 2013 through August 6, 2013
  • Submit photos 
  • Eligibility
  • How to Participate
  • Judging Process
  • Winning Entries Notified by September 30, 2013
  • Terms and Conditions; Consent


The theme of the 2013 Senior Corps photo contest is “Senior Corps:  Making a Difference for Generations,” which communicates the value and impact of Senior Corps to America’s communities.  It demonstrates that Senior Corps programs provide a three-fold return on the federal investment -- for the recipients of service, the older adults who  serve, and the community at-large. 

Contest photos may be posted on the CNCS website and/or used in future public service advertising for Senior Corps, including brochures, calendar, exhibits, displayed on websites, and other collateral uses.

Here’s just a sample of how you might think about how Senior Corps Makes a Difference for Generations:

  • Provides tutors and mentors for young children;
  • Provides peer support for frail, older adults who want to remain

independent in their homes;

  • Provides volunteers for on the ground support during disasters;
  • Provides advocates for residents of nursing homes and other similar care facilities;
  • Provides free tax preparation support for low income citizens;
  • Provides caring older adults for children with physical challenges and other special needs; and
  • Provides volunteers who help increase the capacity of non-profits in their communities.

Official Rules:

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) wants to use your photos to help educate the general public about the range of opportunities and the impact that Senior Corps programs have on communities.   We’re asking that you submit compelling photos that illustrate Senior Corps impact through the theme:  “Senior Corps: Making a Difference for Generations.” We're looking for creative photos that demonstrate how Senior Corps volunteers make a difference in communities through one and/or several of our strategic focus areas:

  • Disaster Services
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families

Through these focus areas you can demonstrate how Senior Corps meets community needs by:

  • Expanding economic opportunity for those who serve
  • Making our communities safer, stronger, and healthier
  • Improving the lives of vulnerable Americans
  • To build the next generation of nonprofit leaders 

Think about your program’s focus and then feature a photograph about how your focus helps “Make a Difference for Generations.”  To be considered, your photo must contain your program specific Senior Corps branding or branding that bears the generic Senior Corps logo.   

Consider showing the following in your photo.  These are examples only:

  • Volunteers in service assignments at schools
  • Volunteers in their roles supporting independent living activities
  • Volunteers in their roles supporting veterans
  • Volunteers supporting benefits outreach efforts

What You Win:

Twelve (12) photos will be selected as finalists in this competition.  These photos will then be made into a Senior Corps calendar that can be downloaded from the website

Who Can Participate?

This contest is only open to current Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP programs.

Evaluation Criteria:

Photos will be judged by the following criteria:

  1. Overall Impact demonstrated (education, support for veterans, etc.)
  2. Composition or Technical Quality (no fuzzy photos)
  3. Inclusion of the Senior Corps program specific logo and/or the generic Senior Corps logo
  4. Creativity in expression of how Senior Corps Makes  a Difference for Generations

Judging Process:

Judges will base their selection of photo entrants on the criteria listed above.  After submission, a panel of judges consisting of Corporation for National and Community Service staff will review the photo submissions and select the submissions that will move forward to the final determination.  Photos that pass this general screening process will be available for public viewing.  Please note that it may take up to 72 hours after submission for a photo to appear online for public viewing.

CNCS reserves the right to disqualify and remove any entry which is deemed, in the judging panel's discretion, inappropriate, offensive, defamatory, or demeaning to the reputation of CNCS, Senior Corps, or any other party's reputation or goodwill.


Winners will be notified by September 30, 2013 via e-mail and/or phone and shall be required to complete an affidavit or declaration of eligibility/liability release and, except where prohibited, a publicity release and such other documents as may be required by CNCS to protect its right to use the winning entries.

Respect for Existing Copyright:

You must be the original author of everything in your photo or have written permission to use copyright protected material.

Consent from Subjects in Your Photo:

Winning participants must declare that they have written consent from people featured or identifiable in their photo. Please Note: consent requirements may vary from state to state and each participant is responsible for complying with state consent requirements.


Submissions and Deadlines:

Submissions will be accepted from May 6, 2013 through 5:00 p.m. EDT August 6, 2013.  Submissions should be posted on along with the name of the program and

a description of service being performed. To be eligible for consideration, entries must be posted on  no later than 5:00 PM EDT, August 6, 2013.

Photo submissions should capture the impact that Senior Corps makes on communities. Consider how the image will help inspire and engage other older Americans in service and educate them about Senior Corps.  The photo should be action oriented and creative. All entries must include the Senior Corps program specific logo and or the generic Senior Corps logo.  Photos should also include a tag line that tells the story behind the photo.

  • By submitting a photo, entrant warrants that he/she is the sole author and copyright owner of the photo or has permission (via license or otherwise) to use or incorporate those photo elements authored or owned by third parties.
  • Photos must include the Senior Corps program specific logo and/or the Senior Corps logo on signage, clothing, etc.
  • Photos may not have been entered into any other contest or won any other award.
  • Use of images and other works in the public domain may be incorporated into entries. However, materials that infringe on the rights of any third party may not be used unless consent has been obtained.
  • Photos must not contain brand names or trademarks except those related to Senior Corps or national service programs.
  • Photos must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, or defamatory.
  • Photos must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Photos must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state.

Submission of a photo constitutes the entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Photo Contest (Contest) submission period begins on May 6, 2013 and ends at 5:00 pm EDT on August 6, 2013. The contest is sponsored and conducted by CNCS, an agency of the Federal government. CNCS is headquartered at 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20525.

By submitting a photo to this contest, each participant automatically confers on CNCS an irrevocable, nonexclusive and unrestricted license to use the photo for purposes consistent with Senior Corps or the CNCS national service mission. This includes the right to copy, reproduce, display, or distribute the photo, and to make derivative works based upon the photo or a substantial portion of it without attribution or prior permission. Other than the authority to CNCS, as set out in this paragraph, entrants retain ownership rights of their photos.

General Terms and Conditions:

By participating, entrants agree that CNCS is not responsible or liable for, and shall be released and held harmless from: (i) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (ii) any condition caused by events beyond the control of CNCS that may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (iii) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest; (iv) any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with or resulting from participation in the Contest, including claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. CNCS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend, or suspend the Contest should (in its sole discretion) computer virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Contest. In such cases, judges will select the winners from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by CNCS. CNCS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it determines to be tampering with the submission process or the operation of the Contest or CNCS website.


Winning participants must declare that they have written consent from people featured or identifiable in their photo. All finalists will need to present written consent declaration forms and a submission form to CNCS upon notification that they have been selected as finalists.