14th Annual Digital Arts Festivals & National ImageMakers Contest  
Creative Futures Start Here.


 Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is pleased to present the 14th annual national arts festivals and contests, sponsored by Sony Electronics.

Did you ever wonder what it takes to be an illustrator, music mogul, film maker, digital animator, graphic designer or video game creator? Well here’s your chance to start developing the skills needed for these and many other exciting careers.

This year, members can compete in up to eight different projects, based upon the festival category. This allows your members to show where their creative passion lies by entering any or all of the festival categories:

  • Graphic Design
  • Digital music making
  • Film making
  • Game Design
  • Image Makers Culture and Tradition
  • Image Makers Nature and Surroundings
  • Image Makers Portraits
  • Image Makers Who Am I Essay


5 Simple Steps to Digital Arts Festival Participation

Step 1: Register Online
Go to https://digitalarts.bgca.net and complete online Festival registration. You must provide a valid e-mail address for the person who will upload artwork for regional judging. Only registered Clubs can submit artwork to regional Festivals.

Step 2: Create Artwork
Clubs should conduct year-round arts programs that can include class instruction, demonstrations, field trips, guest artist and special events. Youth should dedicate time to plan and create specific digital media to enter into the contest.

Step 3: Hold a Local Exhibit
Hold the local event once you have a collection of youth photographs from your organization. The local event can be designed however you want, (e.g., an evening event where you invite local community photographers to serve as judges, an event in combination with another Club activity, etc.). Your local exhibit should focus on showcasing youth photographs to determine what projects to submit to the Regional Exhibit.

Step 4: Regional Judging
Once you determine the digital artwork from each category that represents your organization from the local exhibit, that artwork is then sent to your specific region’s Regional Host. Note: participation in all four categories is not required; however, you may only enter one piece per age group, per category from your organization. Following guidelines and dates provided on the timeline, upload artwork to the Festival website, https://digitalarts.bgca.net. Log-in credentials are created at the time of registration.

Step 5: National Judging
Regional winners are announced on www.bgca.net and the Festival website once they are chosen. Do not contact regional or national staff for results. Regional Festival winners automatically advance to national Festivals; Club staff does not need to take any action. National winners are also announced on www.bgca.net and www.myclubmylife.com once chosen.


For more information email the Digital Arts Festival staff at digitalarts@bgca.org.