Photography competition calls for images of hope, courage, and leadership among young men from low-income communities

WASHINGTON, DC; April 1, 2014 – Colors of Life has announced that the 2014 Seventh Edition of the Colors of Life International Photo Contest will support the activities of Life Pieces To Masterpieces (LPTM/Life Pieces), an arts-based mentoring program serving African American youth in Washington, DC’s most underserved communities. The contest, titled “Young Men with Big Dreams,” will seek entries from photographers around the world highlighting courage, strength, leadership, kindness and the value that education has for boys and young men living in low income communities worldwide.

Colors of Life is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that embraces the idea that by combining art with philanthropic activities, the quality of life and conditions of the less-fortunate can be improved. Through the International Photo Contest, held annually, Colors of Life has provided support and attention for institutions and organizations that share its goals.

Entries in the 2014 contest will be accepted from April 1 to June 30, 2014. Three winners and two honorable mentions will be selected, with 1st Prize receiving US$ 1,000 plus a Contest catalog.

The contest’s focus on positive images of young men from low-income communities stems from LPTM’s work giving African American males in Washington, DC the tools, knowledge, and skills to navigate through challenging circumstances.

Founded in 1996, Life Pieces To Masterpieces uses artistic expression to develop character, unlock potential, and prepare African American boys and young men ages 3 to 25 to transform their lives and community. The LPTM Human Development system teaches Apprentices to use their thoughts, their words, and their actions to determine their destiny and to change challenges into possibilities.

Life Pieces To Masterpieces serves youth in DC’s Wards 7 and 8, where 33% of African American boys graduate from high school. For the past seven years, 100% of LPTM Apprentices have graduated from high school and gone on to college or post-secondary training.

LPTM can be contacted by email at, or by phone at (202) 399-7703. More information can be found at For more information on the Colors of Life Photo Contest, visit