PTA National Reflections Contest

2019-2020 Reflections contest theme: "Look Within"



Our school competes in 3 grade divisions: PreK – 2nd Grade, 3rd – 5th Grade, 6th – 8th Grade, and a Special Artist Division (for special needs students who choose to not to enter by grade division). All first place winners of each category and division will advance on to the County (District). A first place win in the County advances to the Northern Virginia competition. From there it goes to State and then National competitions.  A celebration will be held in Spring 2020, after which reflection entries will be returned to students.


What is PTA Reflections?

Reflections is an arts program sponsored by the national PTA to give positive recognition to artistic efforts. Camelot ES students may enter one original work in one or more of the following categories: Visual arts (painting, drawing, collage, etc.), photography, music composition, literature, dance choreography, film production, plus a special artist category for students with special needs.    


Artworks interpret a different theme each year.  The PTA Reflections Theme for the 2019-2020 school year is “Look Within.”  Entries will be judged on interpretation of theme, creativity, and technique in each category.  Winners may go on to county, district, state and national competitions for awards.    

To Enter

BEFORE students begin creating their entry, please review the Reflections Student Entry Form, and rules/guidelines for each artist category of submission.  


VA PTA Dance Choreography Rules

VA PTA Film Production Rules

VA PTA Literature Rules

VA PTA Music Composition Rules

VA PTA Photography Rules

VA PTA Visual Arts Rules

VA PTA Special Artist Rules


See Entry Form Checklist for guidance on filling out the form.

Parent/Teacher Involvement

Entries are to be the creative work and interpretation of the student only.  Generic questions can be provided to engage students to interpret the theme -- What does “Look Within" mean to you? When you look within yourself, what are you passionate about? What drives you or inspires you? When you look within your community, what do you see?  How can your creative work reflect what you see/think when you look within?


You are not to interpret the theme for them, but you can encourage them to think about how their creative work, title of work, and artist statement reflects the theme.  You can also review entry forms to ensure they are complete.  

Submitting Work

Submissions and completed student entry forms are due in the main office by Tuesday, October 15, 2019.  A box is set up in the main office at Camelot ES for students to drop off their work. Every entry must have it’s own completed entry form.  Students can enter as many categories as they like, as long as each entry has its own separate entry form, completely filled out. One entry per division per category per student. (Click here for details on filling out the entry form.)  Entries must be the work of one student only; joint entries are not allowed.

Prior Year Results

Camelot ES 2018-2019 Reflections Contest Results

Fairfax County 2018-19-reflections-winners

NOVA's US Winners 2018-19

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Tivel, our Reflections Chairperson. 



This year's theme is Look Within, and your artist can submit an entry across many categories including: dance, film, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.
Judges will select a student in each category and age group to continue on to our District Competition.

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