Tips & FAQ.



Fun, Fun, Fun!

The main objective of introducing photography and digital media into the classroom is fun, fun, fun. Digital photography can be used to enhance many projects you would normally be teaching in the classroom, increase confidence and generate discussion. Remember to let children lead the way, experience the environment around them and show their point of view.

Before you start!

Check the theme for the Photography Awards. Every year the awards will be guided by a specific theme in which we ask your students to respond. A good idea for this is to start a discussion in the classroom around the theme, share ideas and show the children some examples of photography that might fit the theme. To help you explore this further you can visit the ReCreate website.

Teaching the basics!

Whether you decide to use a camera, mobile phone or tablet spend some time showing the children how to hold the device safely. At this stage it may also be useful to explain some of the very basics of photography or what makes a good photograph. For example, hold the camera straight and be aware of your background and surroundings. To help you structure your class-time the INSPA team have prepared some lesson plans for you. You have to log into your school account to access these.

Let the children lead the way!

Children see the world in weird and wonderful ways, so let them lead the way and show us their point of view. Let them take lots and lots of photographs, have fun and interpret the theme in their own unique way.

Choosing the photographs!

While the school representative / teacher will be overseeing the submission process, it is important to include the children in the decision making when it comes to which image they would like to submit. This can become both a fun and educational process; looking back through all the children's photographs and hearing their point of view. Be encouraging and if they are struggling, give them a little helping hand.

Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020

You can take a look at the departments national, digital strategy for schools 2015-2020 here which aims to enhance teaching, learning and assessment. The publication of the Digital Strategy for Schools is the first step in an exciting and ambitious programme which will further embed technology and digital learning tools in primary and post-primary schools.

Entering INSPA is a very simple way for your school to further embed digital technology within your school and set yourself up in the right direction over the course of this plan.



How do I enter the NSPA?

The first thing you have to do is register your school on our website. If you have registered in previous years you do not need to register again. Once you do this, your schools details will be sent to your school. Once this is done you can then begin to upload your students entries on our website. Please read all the Rules of Entry before uploading your entries.

What is the Entry Period?

The deadline for entries is Midnight Tuesday 21st January 2020.

Who can enter?

Anyone who is studying at Primary level in the republic of Ireland can enter The National School Photography Awards.

Why won’t my photo upload?

Make sure your photograph meets the following entry requirements:

  1. JPG or JPEG file format

  2. A minimum accepted image resolution size of 300dpi

  3. Minimum file size of 1Mb and a maximum file size of 9Mb

    If a problem still persists please contact us so we can solve the problem and verify your entry.

How many photos may I submit?

One Photo per entrant is allowed. Therefore each school can submit one photo per student.

How does the judging process work?

The judging process is carried out by a panel of experts in the field. It consists of two rounds for each category (Juniors & Seniors). In round one, each judge will select entries in each category to include in their finalists list. In round two all finalists will be passed to the head judge to select the category winners and overall winner. All finalist and winning schools will be notified by email and all prizes and certificates will be posted directly to your school.

When will I know if I’ve been successful?

All schools who have entries that are successful in making it into the final will be notified by email by end of February 2020. Winners will be notified by email by the end of March 2020. All finalist and winning schools will be notified by email and all prizes and certificates will be posted directly to your school.

Do I have to complete a Parent Consent Form for every student who enters work from my school?

No. You only have to complete a Parent Consent Form for any person 18 years or younger who appears in an identifiable way, in a photograph you plan on entering into INSPA. The Parent Consent Form must be completed online via our website.

Do all photos have to be taken in school or during school time?

No. Not all photos have to be taken in the school. For example the project could be given as part of homework or a little project over the Christmas holidays. However INSPA would encourage the school / teachers involved to have a discussion with their class about the theme and help them develop their own ideas. May be show them examples of some photographs or how to take a photograph with a camera, iPad or phone etc. All photos must be uploaded via your school account and overseen by the teacher / school representative.