Grit & Beauty

Each year, adventurous students go out into Philadelphia and explore the grit and beauty that makes our city unique.  

Submit a work you have created that captures the combination of the grit and beauty of Philadelphia (emphasis on the combination of grit and beauty). Only one submission per student is permitted. Submissions consist of one work, and types of work that are acceptable include but are not limited to photographs, videos, images, gifs, pieces of writing and audio files.

We will award one grand prize of $500 and five runner-up prizes of $100. Prize winners and honorable mentions may be selected for a spring exhibit of student work in Paley Library.

The deadline to submit work for 2018-2019 has passed. Winners will be announced by February 13, 2019.

Questions? Email Dana Dawson at

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2018 Grit & Beauty Winners

2017 Grit & Beauty Winners

2016 Grit & Beauty Winners

2015 Grit & Beauty Winners

2014 Grit & Beauty Winners

Prize winning image by Lindsey Anne Thompson

Image: Stained Glass by Lindsey Anne Thompson, Grit & Beauty prize recipient, 2016