Yearbook Photography & Design Contests

Jostens is proud to showcase the winning entries in our yearbook photography and design contests. Click below to view the work of our 2010 winners and find some inspiration as you begin work on your school's next yearbook.

Jostens Photography & Design Contests

2011 Jostens Photo Contest - U.S.

More than 6,000 entries were received and 114 photographs were selected as award winners. Thousands of unique and talented student photographers from across the country submitted amazing photography.

Judges for this year's Photo Contest were:
Sam Effinger, yearbook adviser and photography instructor, Casady School, Oklahoma City, OK, and contributing editor of the Jostens Get the Picture photojournalism curriculum.
Steve Herder,, an accomplished professional photographer and operates Herder Photography in Minneapolis.
Dale Schwalm, yearbook adviser and photography instructor, Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School, Omaha, NE, and contributing editor of the Jostens Get the Picture photojournalism curriculum.

The winning designs will be featured in the 2012 Gotcha Covered Look Book. Check out the 2011 winning photographs below:

Jostens United States Photo Contest Call for Entries 2012 (PDF)

2011 Jostens Photo Contest - Canada

Congratulations to the following students for their winning entries in our 2011 Photo Contest!

Judges for this year’s Photo Contest were:

Ian McCausland, professional commercial and editorial photographer and owner of Ian McCausland Photography in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Anny Borys, professional photographer and owner of Anna Borys Photography in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Grand Prize & First Place Winners

Jostens Canada Photo Contest Call for Entries 2012 (PDF)

Jostens Canada Official Rules and Regulations (PDF)

Jostens Desktop Design Contest (Co-sponsored by Jostens and Adobe)

Judges carefully studied the hundreds of entries in the 2011 Yearbook Design Contest before recognizing 16 middle and high school students for their creativity. The contest, in its seventh year, is jointly sponsored by Jostens and Adobe. Each participant submitted a complete yearbook spread designed using Adobe InDesign software.

The winning entries displayed an awareness of accepted design standards while effectively presenting visual and verbal content in a creative, reader-friendly way. The winning designs will be featured in the fall issue of Jostens Adviser & Staff magazine and the 2012 Gotcha Covered Look Book.

The entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • The design is reader-friendly, shows an awareness of accepted yearbook design standards and effectively presents visual and verbal content to the reader.
  • The design employs a creative and contemporary graphic style that is appropriate for the content and appealing to a school audience.
  • The design is an original creation and does not include content that is plagiarized or violates copyright law.

The contest was judged by a team of three current and former high school yearbook advisers:

  • Travis Feil, yearbook adviser, Sterling High School [KS]
  • Brenda Field, yearbook adviser, Glenbrook South High School [IL]
  • Wayna Polk, yearbook consultant and retired adviser from Abilene High School [TX]

View 2011 Winning Designs

Jostens Online Design Contest (YearTech® Online)

Judges carefully studied the approximately 2,500 entries in the 2010 YearTech® Online Yearbook Design Contest before recognizing 19 middle school and high school students for their creativity.

With an increasing number of staffs creating yearbook pages using Jostens YearTech®  Online, a contest was launched to recognize outstanding spreads created online. In its second year, 2,500 entries were submitted, a significant increase from the 1,600 entries submitted in the contest’s inaugural year.

The winning entries displayed an awareness of accepted design standards while effectively presenting visual and verbal content in a creative, reader-friendly way.

The winning designs will be featured in the fall issue of Jostens Adviser & Staff magazine and the 2011 Gotcha Covered Look Book.

View Winning Designs

Contest judges

The contest was judged by a team of three current high school yearbook advisers who students use Jostens YearTech Online to create their yearbooks:

  • Christine Brandell, Highland High School, Gilbert, AZ
  • John Dent, Dos Pueblos High School, Goleta, CA
  • KaTrina Wentzel, Mounds Park Academy, St. Paul, MN