Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ office is now accepting submissions for the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, and the deadline for submissions is Monday, April 22 at 5 p.m.

This annual competition is open to all high school students who reside or attend school in the 43rd Congressional District and offers young people an opportunity to showcase their artistic talent and compete to have their submission displayed in the United States Capitol for a full year.

Works in any medium including photography, water colors, collage, painting, mixed media, pen and ink as well as computer-generated art.

Winners receive prizes and recognition. Third place receives $250, and the work will be exhibited for one year in the Congresswoman’s Los Angeles district office; second place earns $400, and the work will be exhibited for one year in Water’s Washington, D.C. office; and first place receives $650, and the work will be on view for a year in the U.S. Capitol building. Southwest Airlines will provide two tickets to the nation’s capital for the unveiling ceremony in June.

A multi-ethnic panel of professional artists will judge the works submitted, and on May 2, an exhibit of all entries will be held at the Hawthorne Memorial Center in the Venus Room, 3901 W. El Segundo Blvd., Hawthorne at 6 p.m.

Entries may be dropped off or mailed to Congressman Waters’ Los Angeles Office, located at 10124 S. Broadway Suite 1, Los Angeles, CA 90003. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The competition is open to high school students only. However, exceptions may be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus.

Students will be required to adhere to the rules of the competition and will need to submit all artwork with a corresponding student release form. The form and all guidelines regarding the competition can be found on Congresswoman Waters’ website, www.waters.house.gov under “how can I help you.” For more information, please call (323) 757-8900.