Announcing: GEN’s Instagram Contest, #GENgirlsare

Enter the GEN Instagram Contest and you could win $100


As you may have heard, the Girls Empowerment Network offices are relocating to a new bigger space to accommodate our growing staff and programs! With all the new walls we’ll have available to us, we want to fill the space with amazing inspiring images of girls and young women and we need your help. So we’re hosting an Instagram photo contest!

How to enter:

1) Follow @girlsempowermentnetwork on Instagram.

2) Take a picture a young woman living the GEN mission.

3) Upload it to Instagram with and use #gengirlsare with a word describing the picture, for example #gengirslare courageous or #gengirlsare smart or #gengirlsare fearless.

4) Tag @girlsempowermentnetwork in the image.

5) All submissions must be received by September 30th via Instagram. 10 finalists will be chosen for display in our office. They will also be included at a gallery at our 2015 We Are Girls Conference at Austin High on 11/14 where the girls who attend the event will vote on the winner to receive the $100 Visa gift card.

Other important rules:

  • Per Instagram’s regulations, only people over 13 are eligible to enter. If you are under 18, you must have your parent’s permission to participate in the contest.

  • If your image is selected as a top 10 finalist, and anyone visible in the image is under the age of 18, we must be able to obtain a signed permission form and media release from their parent or legal guardian before the image can be shown at the We Are Girls gallery on November 14, 2015. Failure to supply such documentation will disqualify participation as a finalist.

  • Top 10 finalists will be selected by GEN staff. The winner of the $100 Visa gift card will come from that group, by popular vote at the November 14, 2015 We Are Girls Conference.

  • Only images which contain the hashtag #gengirlsare, a word describing the picture (ie “courageous”), and tagging @girlsempowermentnetwork will be considered valid submissions.

  • Submissions must be received by September 30th, 2015 at 11:59pm CST.

  • By entering the contest, you agree to the printed use of your photo in GEN’s offices and at the 2015 We Are Girls Conference and any other relevant marketing materials.

  • By entering the contest, you agree to supply GEN with the original image used to post on Instagram so that a high quality print can be created.

  • You do not have to be present at the 2015 We Are Girls Conference to win the $100 Visa gift card but you will need to make arrangements with GEN staff to pick the card up from our offices sometime after the event or have it mailed to your address.

  • We are looking for exciting, action-filled images which embody GEN’s mission to guide and support girls to make wise decisions as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood. Any images which contain any offensive or off mission content will be disqualified.

  • If you have any questions, contact Ami Kane, Development Director, ami(at)

Vanessa Wright