Teen Multimedia Competition

The National Law Enforcement Museum is committed to expanding and enriching the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. By sharing their own unique creative piece, students can support this mission and share new insights on ways of strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and community.

This competition is in partnership with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) who shares the Museum’s commitment to supporting student leaders and promoting education, equality, excellence, and opportunity.

All submissions must be received no later than 5 pm Sunday, April 8, 2018.

For a full list of rules and requirements, please read below.

Terms and Conditions


Students ages 13 through 19, currently enrolled in public, private, charter, or home schools in Washington, DC; Virginia, or Maryland are eligible to participate.


Building Bridges: What Can We Do to Improve the Relationship Between Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve?

Criteria for Participation:

  • Students will be judged on the multimedia art submitted as well as their presentation of the work to judges.
  • A short presentation introducing the work is mandatory.
  • Presentations may be no longer than ten minutes.
  • Presentations must address how the submitted work connects to the proposed theme in an original, thoughtful, insightful, and engaging way.

Mandatory Contest Dates

  • All submissions must be received by 5 pm Sunday, April 8, 2018.
  • Submissions will be reviewed between Monday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 11.
  • Submissions that do not meet the required criteria can be resubmitted by 5 pm on Wednesday, April 18.
  • The competition will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018. Time, date, and location to be determined.


Students may choose from three mediums (written word, visual and performance art, and digital) to offer compelling responses to the theme.

Written Word

  • Essay
  • Poem
  • Play
  • Short Story

Visual and Performing Art

  • Painting
  • Dance
  • Music (instrumental, voice and music)
  • Drama (Short play, script, or skits; solo or multiple actors)


  • Photography (Digital photography)
  • Digital Art (graphic design, illustration, motion graphics, etc.)
  • Video (documentary, educational, informational)
  • Websites (HTML5, JavaScript)

Note: All submissions that do not have a time factor (written materials, websites, etc.) must be presented and/or performed in accordance with the competition guidelines.

Judging Criteria

These criteria relate to the presentation of the work to judges as well as the performance of the work, if applicable.


  • Accuracy and originality of facts and evidence presented
  • Adequacy and persuasiveness of presentation relative to the assigned topic and medium
  • Use of appropriate range and quantity of sources
  • Submissions must adhere to the contest theme and should not include derogatory representations of the community or law enforcement.
  • Material presented in a poetic or abstract manner should be thought-provoking and inspire reflection.


  • Clarity and memorability of key points
  • Clear connections between concepts and representational content
  • Separation of facts from opinions and consideration of multiple viewpoints


  • Orderliness and clear presentation of ideas
  • Purposefulness and clear identification of topics to be addressed
  • Smoothness of flow


  • Engagement and vigor (holding audience’s attention)
  • Spontaneity (sparing use of notes)


  • Eye contact with entire audience and facial expressiveness
  • Fluency (avoid pauses or filler words like “Uh”, “like”, or “okay”)
  • Hand and arm gestures, body movement, with no fidgeting
  • Voice control (pitch, loudness, speed, clear enunciation)
  • Technical fluency of media presented

Consideration by the Judges:

Insight: What new thing did I learn about the topic covered?

  • Strengths: What were the 2-3 best things about this presentation?
  • Weaknesses: What were the 2-3 things most in need of improvement?

Prizes Awarded

  • First Place, The Written Word: $500 & Certificate
  • First Place, Visual and Performance Art: $500 & Certificate
  • First Place, Digital: $500 & Certificate
  • Noteworthy Contribution, The Written Word: $250 & Certificate
  • Noteworthy Contribution, Visual and Performance Art: $250 & Certificate
  • Noteworthy Contribution, Digital: $250 & Certificate
  • All winners become honorary members of the Teen Leadership Council · All participants receive certificates and mementos from NLEM and GAO


All submissions can be delivered directly or by mail to:
901 E Street, NW, Suite 100
Washington D.C. 20004-2025

Email submissions should be sent to: education@nleomf.org or use this form.

Email submissions larger than 5 MB must be mailed on a flash drive, delivered in person, or sent via cloud-based services (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive)

Questions about the competition can be directed to:

Timothy Brown, Director of Education
Phone: 202.737.7860
Email: tbrown@nleomf.org

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