IMC3 COMPETITIONS

HIGH SCHOOL

Select ONE competition below, and down click the arrow to read the guidelines. All competitions should be completed individually.
Portrait Photography

Objective: Development and submission of two (2) professional quality photos in the style of senior portraits

Assignment: Participants will shoot, edit and submit two (2) professional quality photos of a model of their choice. Photos should be taken in the style of senior/graduation portraits, but the specifics of your shoot are up to you. Both photos should be noticeably unique, including at least one change of setting or background.

Recommended Materials: Digital camera or smartphone, preferred photo editing software or mobile apps

Judging Criteria: Submitted photos will be judged on creativity, interpretation of theme and shooting/editing technique. 

Submission Instructions: 

  1. Save both photos as a JPEG using the following file structure: 

portraitphoto_yourname_school.jpg

Example: portraitphoto_johnsmith_pchs.jpg 

2. Visit imc3.me/submit-files/ 

3. Click “High School.”

4. Drag and drop your photos into the provided Dropbox link.

Final submissions must be uploaded correctly by noon (CST) on Friday, April 16.

Email Nic Noland ([email protected]) for questions about the assignment during competition time or to verify that you’ve correctly uploaded your submissions. 

Good luck!

Commercial Photography

Objective: Development and submission of two (2) commercial-quality photographs to help promote or sell a real world product or brand

Assignment: Participants will photograph a branded product of their choice and submit two (2) edited photos of that product geared toward helping sell it to potential customers. 

Examples of branded products: Nike shoes, Lay’s potato chips, Coca-Cola, etc.

Recommended Materials: Digital camera or smartphone, preferred photo editing software or mobile apps

Judging Criteria: Submitted photos will be judged on their creativity, commercial quality, and overall representation of the participant’s selected product or brand. 

Submission Instructions: 

  1. Save both photos as a JPEG using the following file structure: 

commphoto_yourname_school.jpg

Example: commphoto_johnsmith_pchs.jpg

2. Visit imc3.me/submit-files/ 

3. Click “High School.”

4. Drag and drop your photos into the provided Dropbox link.

Final submissions must be uploaded by noon (CST) on Friday, April 16.

Email Nic Noland ([email protected]) for questions about the assignment during competition time or to verify that you’ve correctly uploaded your submissions.  

Good luck!

Graphic Design

Objective: Development and design of a unique brand logo for a fictional company, Blue384 Tours

Assignment: 

Named for the 384 miles of Great Smoky Mountains spanning across the U.S. Blue384 Tours offers guided hiking tours out of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This company prides itself on its knowledge of nature in the area. Founded in 1935, they value safety, sustainability, and adventure.

Judging Criteria: The logo should display creativity, representation of the brand, and visual appeal.

Recommended Materials: Participants may use any design software of their choice. 

Submission:

1. Export the file as a PDF with the name “graphic_yourname_school.pdf” 

                Example: graphic_johnsmith_pchs.pdf

2. Follow this link: https://imc3.me/submit-files/ 

3. Click “High School.”

4. Drag and drop your files into the provided Dropbox link. 

Final submissions must be uploaded correctly by noon (CST) on Friday, April 16.

Email Nic Noland ([email protected]) for questions about the assignment during competition time or to verify you’ve correctly uploaded your submissions. 

Good luck!

Sales Pitch

Objective Participants will submit a 1 minute recorded video sales pitch for Lazarus, the “Back from the Dead Bed”

Assignment: Participants will submit a one-minute recorded video of their sales pitch for Lazarus, the “Back from the Dead Bed.” This is the only mattress that also serves as an alarm; the mattress shakes to awaken you. See the images below for product information.

final lazarus 4×9 card

Judging Criteria: Submissions will be judged on persuasive ability, audience engagement, and understanding of the product. Video should be no longer than one minute.

Recommended Materials: Phone or computer with a camera, or any way of recording audio and video

Submission: 

1. Export the file as a .MOV file with the name “sales_yourname_school.mov” 

                Example: sales_johnsmith_pchs.mov

2. Follow this link: imc3.me/submit-files/.

3. Click “High School.”

4. Drag and drop your files into the provided Dropbox link. 

Final submissions must be uploaded correctly by noon (CST) on Friday, April 16.

Email Nic Noland ([email protected]) for questions about the assignment during competition time or to verify you’ve correctly uploaded your submissions. 

Good luck!

Podcast

Assignment: Participants will submit a one-minute podcast on a topic of the participant’s choosing. Possible inspiration:  

  • A news story about your school or community 
  • What moment in history all students should learn about? 
  • Show both sides of a debate of an issue that’s important to you. 
  • Explain something that kids understand but grown-ups do not. 

Judging Criteria: Submissions will be judged on creativity, storytelling ability, and length.

Recommended Materials: Any audio recording software (smartphone or laptop audio)

Submission:

1.Export the file as an .MP4 file with the name “podcast_yourname_school.mp4” 

                Example: podcast_johnsmith_pchs.mp4

2. Follow this link: imc3.me/submit-files/.

3. Click “High School.”

4. Drag and drop your files into the provided Dropbox link. 

Final submissions must be uploaded correctly by noon (CST) on Friday, April 16.

Email Nic Noland ([email protected]) for questions about the assignment during competition time or to verify you’ve correctly uploaded your submissions. 

Good luck!