Champions for Health Photo Contest

What would your students do with $2,500? The Champions for Health photo contest gives students the power to make big changes at their school that support health. Through photo essays classrooms submit health and wellness project proposals designed for kids by kids.

Using the activities in the Champions for Health curriculum, students think critically about their communities’ features, such as walking trails or broken sidewalks, safe playgrounds or blighted lots, schoolyard gardens or fast food restaurants. Students then create projects that promote student wellness, such as through the purchase of new playground balls, pedometers, fruit and vegetable tastings, nutrition education, school wellness council projects and more.


Contest Begins: August 1, 2019

Deadline Extended to December 13, 2019

Winners Notified: January 2020

Youth Summit and Award Ceremony: March 2020

This year, we’re offering 24 prizes:

  • 18 Honorable Mention Awards ($100)
  • 5 First Place Awards ($1,000)
  • 1 Grand Prize ($2,500)

The contest is open to classrooms for grades three through eight and summer school programs in incorporated schools in Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. Also, in Missouri Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties may participate. Winning classrooms are expected to use funds for student led wellness projects in the school.

Instructions/Submit Photos

Lesson Plans to Organize Submissions


2019-2020 Winning Submissions

Classrooms will describe their wellness projects through photos and captions that answer the following questions:

  1. Our class goal/project:
  2. How much will your project cost?
  3. What problem will this project fix?
  4. How will this project help your school be healthy?
  5. Who can help? What adults do you need to speak with about your project?
  6. What barriers do you need to work through to achieve your goal?
  7. Why are you passionate about this project? Why is it important to you?

Classrooms can submit between one and four photos to answer each of the questions. Photos can include areas in the school that need improvements, student drawings or sketches of student ideas, the people who can help them succeed, photos of kids and community members their project will benefit. Classrooms are encouraged to be creative as long as the photos are not photo-shopped or digitally altered.