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Writing Prompts: Digital Photos for Writing
each spring, we now host a photo contest and a writing-about-photos contest!

They say a picture is worth ten-thousand words. In this digital age, students so easily can capture images digitally. Photos make fantastic writing prompts, but rather than cut up your National Geographics for your writers to pen stories about, encourage your students to take and print digital photos that their fellows students can write about.

At WritingFix, we really like the idea of students becoming photographers for the purpose of improving a writer's workshop. We like it so much that we are now sponsoring two annual contests for students and their teachers. Both contests are based on original photos that would encourage a writer to begin a story or poem and take it through the writing process.

Two Ways to Participate in this Growing On-line Resource

Our Annual Digital Photo Contest

We started this contest back in 2009. Students and their teachers are challenged to capture digital images (candid or posed) that would encourage another student to write a poem or story about the picture.

Original photos are posted at our Digital Photography Contest Posting Page. Each May, we will select one elementary winner, one middle school winner, one high school winner, and one teacher winner. Winning photos become part of this page at WritingFix; past winners can be seen below.

Our winning student photographers will have their photos posted on this page where--literally--tens of thousands of teachers and students visit this page annually for writing inspiration.

Enter early! Enter more than one student's photo! Enter your own photos.

Our Writing-about-Digital-Photos Contest

This contest will return for the 2012-2013 school year. Any 3rd-12th grade students may participate by studying one of the first four digital photos posted below, then writing an original story or poem based on one of those photos.

To the right of each photo prompt below is a link to a posting page where teachers can submit their students' stories and poems. Each May, we will select the three best new stories or poems submitted about each photo, and those pieces of writing will be published on this page at our WritingFix website.

At this page--literally--tens of thousands of teachers and students visit annually for writing inspiration.

Enter early! Enter more than one student's writing sample, but limit the submissions to one per student please.


This is a writer's notebook-friendly page of prompts! If you celebrated 2010-11's "Year of the Writer's Notebook" with us, here's a popular idea we explored that year that teaches your writers to use their notebooks in active and interesting ways: INSPIRE THEM WITH PHOTOGRAPHS (like the ones found below).

Better yet, host a "bring-for-extra-credit-a-digital-photo-to-class" week or month, using the rules of our contest below; we think you'll be surprised how many of your kids can operate and print from digital cameras. You might end up with a huge pile of future photo writing prompts that can be spread out on desks for students with empty notebook pages.

Below, you can find the winning photographs from our past contests. It's never too early to start snapping and saving pictures for next spring's contest. If you have a digital photo that you (or your students) believe would inspire students worldwide to write original stories about the picture, you can post your students' photos at our Photos to Inspire Writing Interest Group at the ning. We'll be in touch with you, if you indicate that you're posting a photo for our upcoming springtime contest.

Share Original Photos that Might Inspire Writing

We now feature a group at our Writing Lesson of the Month Ning where anyone can post digital photos. Click here to become a member of that group so you can see the photos posted by users.

Celebrating our Fifth Year:
Digital Photo Contest



Click here to open/print last year's photo contest flyer!

Need More Photos?
Our Annual Digital Photo Contest...Rules and Resources:
  • Click here to view 2013 contest announcement.
  • Only one photo entry per student please.
  • All photos must be original digital photos that can be posted digitally at the contest’s posting page. Students who enter their photos independently must share with us the name of their teacher who encouraged them to enter the contest.
  • Photos that show human faces must be accompanied by a signed release form from its human subjects, which will give the NNWP permission to publish the image at this webpage. Photos of minors must have the signature of parent or legal guardian. Release forms should be faxed the same day the photo is submitted at the posting page.
  • Content of the photos must be appropriate for student writers of all ages.
  • Contest deadline: May 14
  • Three winners will be chosen and posted at the WritingFix website.
  • Teachers, e-mail questions about this contest to the contest coordinator at this address: charrison@washoeschools.net
  • Fax signed release forms to this number at UNR: 775-784-4758

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2012's Contest-Winning Digital Images
Student Writing inspired by these Digital Images
Our 2012 High School-Submission Winner:
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Student Photographer: Mirna ___, 10th grader
This photo was entered by Mirna's teacher: Mrs. Tovar
Enter our Writing-about-Photos Contest
by May 15, 2013

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing. Final drafts about the photo at left can be entered in 2013's Writing-about-Photo-Prompts Contest.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Mirna's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Our 2012 Middle School-Submission Winner:
(click on image to see it in larger form)

Student Photographer: Nina ___, 8th grader
This photo was entered by Nina's teacher: Mrs. Butler
Enter our Writing-about-Photos Contest
by May 15, 2013

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing. Final drafts about the photo at left can be entered in 2013's Writing-about-Photo-Prompts Contest.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Nin'a photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Our 2012 Elementary-Submission Winner:
(click on image to see it in larger form)

Student Photographer: Paige ___, 4th grader
This photo was entered by Paige's teacher: Mrs. Bettler
Enter our Writing-about-Photos Contest
by May 15, 2013

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing. Final drafts about the photo at left can be entered in 2013's Writing-about-Photo-Prompts Contest.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Paige's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Our 2012 Teacher-Submission Winner:
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Teacher Photographer: Denise Vetromile
Enter our Writing-about-Photos Contest
by May 15, 2013

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing. Final drafts about the photo at left can be entered in 2013's Writing-about-Photo-Prompts Contest.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Denise's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Past Years' Contest-Winning Digital Images
Student Writing inspired by these Digital Images
Our 2011 High School Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)

Student Photographer: Jennifer Acevedo
This photo was entered by Jennifer's teacher: Mrs. Soto
Enter our Writing-about-Photos Contest
by May 14, 2012

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing. Final drafts about the photo at left can be entered in 2012's Writing-about-Photo-Prompts Contest.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Jennifer's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Our 2011 Middle School Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)

Student Photographer: Kayley Shaby
This photo was entered by Kayley's teacher: Mrs. Butler
Enter our Writing-about-Photos Contest
by May 14, 2012

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing. Final drafts about the photo at left can be entered in 2012's Writing-about-Photo-Prompts Contest.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Kayley's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Our 2011 Elementary Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)

Student Photographer: Nathan Bowser
This photo was entered by Nathan's teacher: Mrs. Garrity
Enter our Writing-about-Photos Contest
by May 14, 2012

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing. Final drafts about the photo at left can be entered in 2012's Writing-about-Photo-Prompts Contest.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Nathan's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Our 2011 Teacher Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)

Teacher Photographer: Jennifer Benoit


Enter our Writing-about-Photos Contest
by May 14, 2012

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing. Final drafts about the photo at left can be entered in 2012's Writing-about-Photo-Prompts Contest.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Mrs. Benoit's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Past Year's Contest-Winning Digital Images
Student Writing inspired by these Digital Images
Our 2010 High School Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)

Student Photographer: Crystal Ji
This photo was entered by Crystal's teacher: Mrs. Vaughn
Have student-inspired stories or poems?

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing at our site-sponsored Ning. Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Crystal's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

Below are some favorite pieces of student writing this photograph inspired:

Our 2010 Middle School Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)


Student Photographer: Nicole Gallant
This photo was entered by Nicole's teacher: Mrs. Baiden
Have student-inspired stories or poems?

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing at our site-sponsored Ning. Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Nicole's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

Below are some favorite pieces of student writing this photograph inspired:

Our 2010 Elementary Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)


Student Photographer: Jacob Sammons
This photo was entered by Jacob's teacher: Mrs. Arroyo
Have student-inspired stories or poems?

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing at our site-sponsored Ning. Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Jacob's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

Below are some favorite pieces of student writing this photograph inspired:

Our 2010 Teacher Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)


Teacher Photographer: Amie Newberry
Have student-inspired stories or poems?

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing at our site-sponsored Ning. Click here to post final drafts of your students' portfolio pieces inspired by Mrs. Newberry's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

Below are some favorite pieces of student writing this photograph inspired:

Our 2009 High School Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)


Student Photographer: Caitlyn Smith
This photo was entered by Caitlyn's teacher: Mr. Coyan


Have student-inspired stories or poems?

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing at our site-sponsored Ning. Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Caitlyn's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

Below are some favorite pieces of student writing this photograph inspired:

Our 2009 Middle School Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)


Student Photographer: Trae Jones
This photo was entered by Trae's teacher: Ms. McDowell
Have student-inspired stories or poems?

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing at our site-sponsored Ning. Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Trae's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

Below are some favorite pieces of student writing this photograph inspired:

Our 2009 Elementary Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)


Student Photographer: Austin Miller
This photo was entered by Austin's teacher: Mrs. Thorsen
Have student-inspired stories or poems?

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing at our site-sponsored Ning. Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Austin's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

Below are some favorite pieces of student writing this photograph inspired:

Our 2009 Teacher Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)


Teacher Photographer: Christina Rhodes


Have student-inspired stories or poems?

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing and enter them in an annual contest. Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Mrs. Rhodes' photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

Below are some favorite pieces of student writing this photograph inspired:

 

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