Interested in a fun, engaging, and worthwhile activity? Something that integrates visual arts, written communication skills, and faith? Then this Dordt College environmental studies sponsored photo contest might be just for you!

Stewardship is frequently understood as the wise use of resources. But use is not the central idea of stewardship and the non-human parts of creation should not be understood primarily as resources. The biblical image of stewardship has a much deeper sense of service and nurture; it involves helping all that God called "good" to flourish. All of creation brings glory to God and has value in his eyes. This understanding is fundamental to practicing true stewardship. Dordt College is inviting all high school students (grades 9-12) to more deeply explore the value of creation by participating in a photo contest. Students must submit a photo, and an essay describing their photo that they feel exemplifies the theme, “Becoming Native.”

Digital photo submissions will be accepted online by October 19. Submissions will be evaluated based on the quality of the photograph and on the students’ ability to explain how the photograph illustrates the reality of “Becoming Native.” By November 6, winners will be selected by a panel of judges, and a people's choice award will also be given. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st place-$500

2nd place-$250

People’s choice-$100

Read more about this year’s theme by reading an essay written by Dordt College Environmental Studies Professor Dr. Jeff Ploegstra.

Contact Info for Questions

Direct any questions regarding contest rules and regulations to Jeff Ploegstra or Helen Zeutenhorst:

Dr. Jeffery T. Ploegstra                                                     Helen Zeutenhorst
Assistant Professor of Biology                                          Photo Contest Secretary
Dordt College                                                                    Dordt College
498 4th Ave NE                                                                 498 4th Ave NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250                                                     Sioux Center, IA 51250