American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) LifeShots

The 2022 LifeShots Photo Contest submission process is now open! This will be the tenth year the AACPDM will have a gallery at the Annual Meeting to showcase photos submitted by you. The 2022 LifeShots Photo Contest is supported by the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University.

The Academy has created a photo contest to feature a one-of-a-kind gallery that will inspire all viewers to overcome their many challenges.

The deadline to submit your entry is Thursday, September 1, 2022. We look forward to your creative submissions!

What We're Looking For...

Photos of individuals affected by cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities in the midst of doing what they enjoy or completing a basic task or celebrating a major accomplishment. The photos can contain family members and care providers but we must have a photo release for each person in the photo.

Then, include a title that is unique to the ability being highlighted in the photo. The title/phrase will be mounted next to the photo.

The Academy will select the top photos for display at the AACPDM 76th Annual Meeting. The top three winners will be announced upon the conclusion of the meeting.


Grand Prize

The 1st place winner will receive a professionally mounted enlargement of their submitted photo, free basic conference registration to the 77th Annual Meeting, September 10-13, 2023 in Chicago, IL and a $500 Amazon gift card!

 All photographers will be recognized on the photos displayed.



Contest Application Check List

  • Completed LifeShots Photo Application
  • Maximum quality original electronic photo file (Electronic copy of the photo(s) in a RAW or maximum quality JPEG format, 300 dpi or larger with an image size no less than 2400 pixels can be delivered via email, flash drive, or CD/DVD)
  • Photo Release Form for each individual in photo


Send completed application, release forms and photo files to meetings@aacpdm.org

The 2022 LifeShots Photo Contest & Gallery is generously supported by the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University.

Important Dates

December 1, 2021
Abstract Submissions Open

January 31, 2022
Abstract Submission Deadline

April 20, 2022
Abstract Notifications Sent Out

May 25 2022
Preliminary Program Available and Registration Open

June 16, 2022
Presentation and Poster Tasks and Information Sent Out

August 15, 2022
Early Bird Registration Deadline

August 21, 2022
Hotel Registration Deadline

September 1, 2022
Online Registration Deadline

September 7, 2022
Speaker Handout and Poster Upload Deadline

September 21-24, 2022
76th Annual Meeting