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Photo Contest
California Through My Eyes

How do you envision California? LegiSchool wants you to step behind the camera lens and show us!  Capture an image that represents California to you. The photo can be of a person, place or thing – the sky is the limit! The grand-prize winner will receive $150 and four runners-up will receive $100 each. Submit your photo using Instagram (#LegiSchool) and qualify for the Best Instagram Photo prize. Postmark Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2015.

All high school students in California are eligible. Limit one entry per student. All entries (including Instagram entries) must include photo, 150-word essay, the entry form and permission form:

Entry Guidelines
Entry Form
Permission Form

If your photo has other students in it, they must sign this photo release form:
Photo Release Form

2014 LegiSchool Photo Contest Winners
2013 LegiSchool Photo Contest Winners
2012 LegiSchool Photo Contest Winners
2011 LegiSchool Photo Contest Winners
2010 LegiSchool Photo Contest Winners
Past Contest Winners


Teacher of the Year
The LegiSchool Project is pleased to announce our second annual Teacher of the Year award, established to celebrate educators in California for promoting civic learning. We are looking for teachers who are committed to civic education in the classroom and beyond, inspiring students to be active and engaged in their communities. Any full-time classroom teacher in grades K-12 in California is eligible for the award. One selected winner will receive a commemorative plaque and recognition from the State Legislature. Teachers may be nominated or they may nominate themselves. Application deadline has passed.

Nomination Packet

2013-14 Winner


Essay Contest
Climate Change

According to some scientists, the earth’s average temperature has risen by almost 1.5 degrees in the last 100 years. Though the change may seem small, many argue that increasing temperatures have led to rising sea levels, more extreme weather patterns, risk to some species of wildlife and more. Some citizens have asked the government to adopt more sustainable practices that reduce our carbon footprint and make communities more green. Others citizens voice concerns that government actions will do more harm than good, stifling the economy and raising the prices of gas and electricity. What do you think? Ten winning essayists will be invited to spend a day at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 and discuss their viewpoint with policymakers. All entries must contain a cover page (please see sample below). Postmark deadline has passed.

Entry Guidelines

Sample Cover Page

Teaching Resource


Visual Arts Contest
Editorial Cartoons

A single image can convey a powerful message. That is why editorial cartoons are often used to explore complex subjects. Cartoonists use symbols, metaphors, caricatures and more to explain public opinion on current issues. In this contest, LegiSchool and KQED's The Lowdown invite you to express your opinion by creating an original editorial cartoon. Cash prizes awarded to winners and runners up. Postmark deadline has passed. Check out our entries at

Entry Guidelines

Entry Form

Teaching Resource






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