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

The AACPDM LifeShots Photo Gallery has returned for its 9th year! The deadline to submit is Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

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. 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 75th 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 76th Annual Meeting to be September 21-24, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada 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




The 2021 LifeShots Photo Contest & Gallery is generously supported by the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University.

Important Dates

  • January 31, 2021
    Abstract Submission Deadline
  • March 30, 2021
    Abstract Notification Sent Out
  • May 6, 2021
    Virtual Announcement Sent Out
  • June 2021
    Online Registration Opens
  • July 12, 2021
  • Speaker Timeline/Tasks Sent Out
  • August 10, 2021
  • Speaker Reminder/Timeline/Tasks Sent Out
  • October 6-9, 2021
    75th Annual Meeting