High school and college students holding a citizenship of any countries are encouraged to apply.

Winner Notification

The 2018 application is open from January 1, 2018 - November 15, 2018. The winner will be notified by email on December 5, 2018.

Image Requirements

Artwork must be submitted as a digital file in JPG, GIF, PNG (PSD, BMP. RAW, or TIF files are not accepted).

How to Apply

It should meet one of the categories and submit via Submittable page with $5 per entry after June. Any submissions before June will have $5 entry fee waived. All contestants are automatically considered for the scholarship program.



PYAA is all about expressing and celebrating progressive values. There are many avenues to explore but PYAA focuses on the following:
Gender Rights: we are looking for work that highlights or gives insight to gender inequality. Inequalities can be expressed along economic, political, cultural and personal dynamics.
LGBTQ: there is nothing more fundamental to preserving freedom and equality than protecting individuals' identities. At PYAA, we believe this identity includes one's sexual identity.
Equal Rights: we believe the way forward is to build a society where one's family background or racial/ethnic identity is not a hindrance to participation in society. PYAA looks for work that celebrates our differences as well as work that explores the problems of racism and discrimination.
Sustainability: protecting the environment is but a step towards our ultimate goal of creating a happy and healthy society and world. PYAA is looking for work that highlights problems and solutions to building a sustainable world.
Personal Progression: it all starts with getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. We believe art is the greatest tool for helping us get to this place. Breaking out of our comfort zone is something we all need and we celebrate individuals who can help us become our better selves.


Category Description: Art that is made on a two-dimensional surface.

Examples (including but not limited to): Pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, crayon, scratchboard, marker, etc.

Special Instructions: Drawing made from published photographs are not accepted.

Submissions: You can upload one image for each Drawing.

Mixed Media

Category Description: Art made using more than one medium.

Examples (including but not limited to): Collage, assemblage, cut paper, fabric, fiber-based art, etc.

Special Instructions: Mixed media of just painting and drawing should be submitted to the painting or drawing category. Mixed media work meant to be viewed from multiple angles should be submitted to the Sculpture category.

Submissions: You can upload four images for each Mixed Media submission.


Examples (including but not limited to) : Oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, encaustic, fresco, spray paint, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any flat surface.

Special Instructions: Drawing made from published photographs are not accepted.

Submissions: You can upload one image for each Painting submission.


Category Description: Images captured by any type of camera.

Special Instructions: Submitting multiple similar images conveying the same theme is not recommended. The best photograph from a series should be selected for submission.

Submissions: Students may enter up to 10 individual photo submissions.


Example (including but not limited to): clay, metal, wood, found material etc.

Special Instructions: For sculptural pieces, multiple photos from different angles may be submitted.