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Photography Challenge - College/University

What Makes Your Team Shine?

VEX teams come from many countries and cultures, and no two teams are exactly alike. For this challenge, take a photo that shows us what makes your team special. Do you and your teammates share another hobby? Is there a common interest that brought you together? What do you do as a team to stand out from the crowd? This is your chance to share that uniqueness with the world!

Visit this link for a printable summary of this challenge.


Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX U Robotics Competition VEX AI Competition - University


After the initial phase of judging has taken place, five (5) finalists will be selected. Community voting will then open up to help select the final winner from those finalists.

One (1) Winner: $200 VEX Robotics gift certificate

Four (4) Finalists: $100 VEX Robotics gift certificate

Finalists and winners will be selected at each of the following grade levels, for a total of four (4) prize packages:

  • Elementary School

  • Middle School

  • High School

  • University


Teams must be part of a registered VEX Robotics team for the current season.

  • This page is for College / University entries only - if you are any other program or grade level, please refer to the Online Challenge listings to find the correct page for your program and grade level.

  • Only one entry per team is permitted. However, each team in a multi-team school or club program may submit one entry. For example, teams 123A and 123B could each submit an entry, but team 123A could not submit two entries. Entries must vary in content and presentation to be considered separate entries. 

  • Entries submitted in previous years’ Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.

By uploading a submission to an REC Foundation Online Challenge, you agree to follow the Submission Guidelines and certify that you understand the Intellectual Property Rights held by you and the REC Foundation regarding your submission. Please review the Submission Guidelines and Intellectual Property Rights information at this link before uploading your submission.


Challenge Details

Show us what makes your team unique. Your photo should tell the judges a story about your team and what makes you different from the rest. Different teams will focus on different aspects of the VEX Robotics experience to accomplish this goal.

Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:

  • Consider the technical aspects of your photo, including lighting and composition

  • Your photo should be at least 1000 pixels wide if it’s horizontal, or 1000 pixels tall if it’s vertical

  • Give your submission a title that supports the content of the photo, and include it in the text PDF and file names

  • Only one photo can be submitted per team, so work together to choose your best shot!

  • Your submission must include a short statement in English that describes your team and photo to the judges, plus a title page that provides the photo title, student names, team number, and team location

Minimum Requirements

A submission must meet these minimum requirements in order to be judged.

  1. Photo and descriptive text are created and produced solely by student team members.

  2. Format: 

    • One JPG image file (up to 20MB) with a minimum long dimension of 1000 pixels.

    • One PDF file (up to 20MB) that includes a brief description of the image and team, along with the title page described below.

  3. Title Page:  Each entry must include a title page that includes:

    • Title of submission

    • Names of students who participated (using first names only is acceptable)

    • Team number 

    • Location of team

  4. Content must be appropriate for all ages.

  5. Photo must be un-manipulated and real; do not digitally enhance images beyond basic color balance and sharpness; do not digitally add or remove anything.

Upload Instructions

Note: Beginning with the 2023-24 season, challenge entries must be uploaded by the primary contact for a registered team. This individual should ensure that the submission meets all requirements and criteria before uploading.

  1. Click the green Submit an Entry button on the right side of the screen.

  2. Fill out the submission form and add an optional description of the entry to the Short Description field.

  3. Ensure you are entering the correct team number and letter, with no spaces.

  4. Click Save.

  5. Click the blue Files /Images button in the upper right of the screen.

  6. Drag/drop your JPG and PDF files into the Upload a File box, then refresh if needed to view file details below the Upload a File box.

  7. Edit the Display Name and file information to include your entry title and your team number; for example, "Photo Challenge image, team 007x" and “Photo Challenge text, team 007x.”

  8. Click on Save to record your edits.

Judging Information

  • Up to 5 points for a photo that tells a compelling story and meets the theme of the challenge.

  • Up to 5 points for technical quality and effective use of lighting and composition. 

  • Up to 5 points for high-quality and readable writing, including spelling, grammar, and sentence structure.

  • Up to 5 points for descriptive text and entry title that both support the image and mood of the photo, and add to the story told by the photo.

  • Up to 5 points for a submission that uses a photo and text to portray the team in a unique or unusual way that is exciting and/or interesting.

Deadline Information

Current time:
Tue, May 21, 2024 6:28 AM CDT


Wed, Nov 1, 2023 12:00 AM CDT


Wed, Jan 31, 2024 4:00 PM CST

Voting Ends:

Mon, Mar 11, 2024 2:00 PM CDT