Recently, No Kid Hungry and WeAreTeachers challenged teens to document childhood hunger in the US through their own original essays and photographs.

The response was powerful. Students in grades 7–12 across the country wrote stories, conducted interviews, and took photographs to share this important issue—the more than 16 million kids in the United States who live in households that struggle to put food on the table.

A selection committee composed of teachers, and staff members from No Kid Hungry and WeAreTeachers carefully reviewed each entry and hand-selected the winners. Three grand-prize winners (one in each category) will each receive a $500 gift card and a $200 prize for his or her school. Runners-up will each receive a $200 gift card and a $100 donation to his or her school. Congratulations to all our winners and their schools!


7th–8th GRADE:

GRAND PRIZE: Landry Worsham
Entry: “No Kid Hungry”

Kate Coleman
Entry: “Why We Care”

Maddie-Grace Sailors
Entry: “There Are Solutions”

Jenna Davies
Entry: “Are You Hungry?”

9th–10th GRADE:

GRAND PRIZE: Hailey Steele
Entry: “Hunger’s Hardships”

Jade Dudley
Entry: “Hunger Takeover”

Faith Gravley
Entry: “No Room For Hunger”

Michael Voss
Entry: “S.N.A.P.-ping Out of Hunger”

11th–12th GRADE:

GRAND PRIZE: Eimhear Davis
Entry: “Turning the Tide on Childhood Hunger”

Lauren Nicolopoulos
Entry: “Are You Aware of Childhood Hunger?”

Brittany Avery
Entry: “The Reality of Hunger”

Tyler Mosby
Entry: “Crumbs”

Giveaway Prize Packages:

Grand Prize: (3 total)
One winner will be chosen in each of three grade ranges. (7–8, 9–10, 11–12). Each grand-prize winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card and a $200 donation to his or her school.

Second Prize: (9 total)
Three essays of merit will be chosen from each grade range 7–8, 9–10, 11–12. Each winner will each receive a $200 Visa gift card and a $100 donation to his or her school. MEET THE WINNERS!

Meet the Winners!

Prize detail copy Contest ends: Nov 3, 2015
Winners announced: Dec 15, 2015
See official rules here.

  • Prize Package(s)
  • Rules
Official Rules for the Generation No Kid Hungry Photo Essay Contest
  1. Eligibility: The Contest is open to US residents who are (a) at least thirteen (13) years old, (b) currently enrolled in an accredited public or private K-12 school or are being home-schooled in the United State. A student’s parent or guardian or teacher who is (a) at least eighteen (18) years old, (b) currently employed full-time as an educator by an accredited public or private K-12 school in the United States must apply on behalf of eligible students.

    Employees of Share Our Strength (“Sponsor”) or MDR Professional Services (“Administrator”), as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.
  2. Entry Period: The Contest begins at 12:00 AM ET on September 11, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on November 3, 2015.
  3. How to Enter:
    • Create and Submit Your Entry: Visit during the Entry Period, and follow the instructions to submit your Entry. All form fields should be answered completely.
    • Content Requirements: Please make sure your Entry does not: (i) violate anyone else’s rights, including their copyrights, trademark rights, or rights of privacy or publicity; (ii) prominently feature any trademarks or logos; (iii) prominently feature any person other than yourself, unless you can provide Sponsor written permission from that person or his/her parent or legal guardian; (iv) portray Sponsor in a negative light; or (v) contain any content that is otherwise inappropriate, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. Download the media release form: English/Spanish
    • Representations and Warranties: By entering, you represent and warrant that: (i) you accept these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions regarding the Contest; (ii) your Entry doesn't violate any third party’s rights; and (iii) to the extent the Entry features individuals other than yourself, you have written permission from each individual (or his/her parent or legal guardian) to grant the rights to Sponsor described in the “Sponsor’s Rights to Entries” section below, and can make written copies of such permissions available to Sponsor upon request.
  4. Sponsor’s Rights to Entries: You do not transfer ownership of your Entry by entering the Contest. However, by entering, you: (a) grant Sponsor, its agents, licensees, and assigns an irrevocable, perpetual (non-exclusive) right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use your Entry as-is or as-edited (with or without using your name) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from you or any other party; (b) forever waive any rights of copyrights, trademark rights, privacy rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude Sponsor’s use of your Entry, or require any further permission for Sponsor to use the Entry; and (c) agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against Sponsor on the grounds that any use of the Entry, or any derivative works, infringes any of your rights as creator of the Entry, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights, and moral rights.
  5. Winner Selection Process: Between October 27th and December 9th, 2015, a panel of judges will evaluate all entries according to the following Judging Criteria: (a) originality and creativity; (b) overall quality of entry; and (c) alignment and relevancy with the theme of the contest. Prizes will be awarded based on the judges’ scores. The odds of winning depend on the number and quality of entries. Potential winners will be contacted on or about December 15, 2015. There is a limit of one prize per student.
  6. Potential Winner Requirements: In order to win a prize, a potential winner may be required to provide Sponsor with the following documents within five (5) business days: (a) an affidavit of eligibility and release; (b) a release signed by each individual that is featured in the Entry (or his/her parent or legal guardian); and (c) a release assigning and transferring all rights, title, and interest in the Entry to Sponsor. If a potential winner fails to return these documents on time, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place based on the judging criteria. Only up to three (3) alternate potential winners may be contacted.
  7. Prize(s): 12 student prizes, totaling $4,800 in value will be awarded to the top four entrants in each of three grade range categories (grade ranges include 7-8th, 9-10th, 11-12th). One teacher prize will be awarded to the teacher of the first place student merit winner, as listed in the completed Entry.
    • Three (3) Grand-prize Winners: The winner in each of category will receive a $500 scholarship for use toward academic endeavors, and a $200 donation to his or her school (home-school winner donations will be made to a local school or library of winner’s choice). Scholarships will be made out via Visa gift cards to the parents or guardians of the winning students.
    • Nine (9) Runner-up Finalists: Three runners-up in each category will receive a $200 scholarship for use toward academic endeavors, and a $100 donation to his or her school (home-school runner-up finalist donations will be made to a local school or library of student’s choice). Scholarships will be made out via Visa gift cards to the parents or guardians of the winning students.
    • For all Prizes: Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. A winner may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.
  8. General Conditions: In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest; or (b) award the prizes according to the criteria set forth above from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.
  9. Release and Limitations of Liability: By participating in the Contest, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Administrator, their respective parents or guardians, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the "Released Parties") from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You further agree that in any cause of action, the Released Parties' liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney's fees. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.
  10. Privacy and Publicity Any information you provide when you enter the Contest will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes your consent to Sponsor’s use of your entry, name, likeness, voice, opinions, biographical information, and state of residence for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.
  11. Disputes: Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Insert State. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Connecticut, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of Connecticut or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Insert State.
  12. Sponsor and Administrator The Contest is sponsored by Share Our Strength, 1030 15th Street, NW Suite 1100W Washington, DC 20005, and is administered by the WeAreTeachers division of MDR Professional Services, 6 Armstrong Road, Suite 301 Shelton, CT 06484.
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