CATEGORIES & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (click title for download)

Dance Choreography Solo and ensemble works of all dance styles are accepted. Entrant must be the choreographer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, MP4, MOV

Visual Arts Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to: architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer generated images and graphics, crafts, drawing, fashion clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24x30 inches with matting. Framed entries are not accepted. Include one digital image of artwork with your submission. 3D artwork submissions must contain 3 digital images of artwork at different angles. Image(s) are used for artwork identification, judging and exhibition purposes. Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, and PNG.​

​​Photography Photo must be a single print/digital image. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer and may use a variety of digital editing techniques including but not limited to, multiple exposure, negative sandwich and photogram. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Print image dimensions must be no smaller than 3x5 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches. Accepted print formats: Mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11x14 inches. Framed prints are not accepted. Digital image dimensions must be at least 640x960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, PNG.

Music Composition All music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. Entrant must be the composer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Audio recording must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1,000 MB (1,000 megabyte) in file size. Accepted audio file formats include: MP3 and WAV. For middle and high school divisions, notation (score/tablature) in PDF format or a written reflective statement that provides a musically technical explanation of how you wrote the music (100 words or less). Notation software may be used to create a score.

Film Production and Animation Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. Use of PowerPoint is prohibited. Entrant must be the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and producer. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1,000 MB (1,000 megabyte) in file size and be in MP4, MOV, or AVI format.

Literature Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play and play script, narrative, and short story. Entrants may write in their primary language as long as an interpretive English translation is also attached. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed. Accepted formats: Single-sided print on 8 1⁄2x11” paper, PDF file

Special Artist Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities. See Official Rules for details.

Students submit their projects to designated teachers or the media center by October 25, 2023. Winners go on to the Hillsborough County competition, where they may continue to the State or even National competition! Other prizes to be announced.​​

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Reflections is a nationwide program that encourages and celebrates outstanding achievement in young artists. Each year students are asked to reflect on a specific theme to inspire their project. The initiative also includes grants for local PTAs focused on enhancing arts education in their school and community.

Davidsen participates in all categories of Visual Arts, Dance Choreography, Music Composition, Film & Animation, Photography, and Literature. We encourage all students to explore and expand their creativity by participating in the annual Reflections contest. We ask parents to support their students efforts by encouraging them at home.

​Contact the Davidsen PTSA Reflections committee if you have other questions, or ask your arts teacher for more information