Want to see your family on the cover of the next Sonlight catalog?

Grab your camera and celebrate your homeschool year!

Did you know? At Sonlight, we only feature real photos and stories from our customers on our website, in our catalog, and in our marketing materials. So grab your camera and show us your homeschool year!

From #sonlightboxday to #sonlightstack and everything in between—we want to see your #sonlightstories.

Annual Photo Contest is Happening Now!

Share your Sonlight memories for a chance to be on the cover of next year's catalog! Show us how Sonlight shows up in your day-to-day life as you love learning with your kids.

Capture these moments of your everyday homeschool by May 31 for a chance to be on the cover of next year's catalog and for a chance to win a $500 Sonlight gift card!  

Winners for this year's photo contest will be announced in early June.

Entry Deadline = May 31, 2022

Annual Photo Contest is Coming Soon!

While the 2021 photos have been selected, we invite you to submit your favorite Sonlight moments all year long. Stay tuned for the next Annual Photo Contest, coming May 2022.

Previous Photo Contest Winners

How It Works

Submit a photo of your family reading, learning, experimenting, and connecting using Sonlight for your chance to be on the cover of an upcoming Sonlight catalog. Here’s how to submit your photos for consideration:

  1. Take a quality photo of your family learning with Sonlight.
  2. Write a compelling story about your experience with Sonlight.
  3. Submit your photo here or simply share on your favorite social media platform with hashtags #sonlightstories#sonlightstack#sonlightboxday or #sonlightgrad. Be sure to tag us (@sonlightcurriculum and @sonlight)!

Inspiration

We are looking for photos of all types. Don't forget to include your story—what makes learning with Sonlight so special.

  1. Flat lays or beauty shots featuring Sonlight products

  2. Photos of your homeschool
    The people and the paraphernalia (science kits, hands-on kits, language arts workbooks, the Instructor's Guide, all the books, etc.)

  3. Photos and stories of your family in both landscape and portrait (horizontal and vertical) orientation.
  4. Sonlight Box Day (#sonlightboxday) is the happy day that your postal carrier or FedEx driver shows up with your curriculum order. Capitalize on that enthusiasm by making a big deal of your Box Day. After all, it's the start of a fresh school year.

  5. #sonlightshelfie Show us how you organize all those books!

  6. Share your #sonlightstack Celebrate completing a homeschool year with Sonlight. Stack them up and share all the books you have completed.

  7. Celebrate your Sonlight graduate! (#sonlightgrad) Whether your student is wrapping up their first year homeschooling, or you have a high school student finishing their last year of Sonlight—we want to see those graduation pictures!

  8. Photos of your favorite subjects We are always looking for photos that showcase your favorite subjects. From math, to science, spelling, and everything in between.

Inspiration

We are looking for photos of all types. Don't forget to include your story—what makes learning with Sonlight so special.

Flat Lay Example

Flat lays or beauty shots featuring Sonlight products

Photos of your homeschool—the people and the paraphernalia (science kits, hands-on kits, language arts workbooks, the Instructor's Guide, all the books, etc.)

Photos and stories of your family in both landscape and portrait (horizontal and vertical) orientation.

Sonlight Box Day (#sonlightboxday) is the happy day that your postal carrier or FedEx driver shows up with your curriculum order. Capitalize on that enthusiasm by making a big deal of your Box Day. After all, it's the start of a fresh school year.

#sonlightshelfie Show us how you organize all those books!

Share your #sonlightstack Celebrate completing a homeschool year with Sonlight. Stack them up and share all the books you have completed.

Celebrate your Sonlight graduate! (#sonlightgrad) Whether your student is wrapping up their first year homeschooling, or you have a high school student finishing their last year of Sonlight—we want to see those graduation pictures!

Photos of your favorite subjects We are always looking for photos that showcase your favorite subjects. From math, to science, spelling, and everything in between.

Need more inspiration?

Download this handy guide for some ideas of photos we're looking for.

Sonlight has been a Godsend to our family. Sonlight has taken all that doubt away. I approach each day with confidence that I am giving my children everything they need to succeed. Thank you for making my homeschool journey possible.

Emily M of Noblesville, IN

Sonlight helps us build our family culture of connectedness.

Molly Z of Omaha, NE

A feast of rich literature and well-thought-out lesson plans for us to pick up and guide our children through are a couple of the reasons why we have chosen Sonlight as the backbone of our homeschool life.

Jolie G of Austin, TX

We love Sonlight! Sonlight has made our homeschool journey a joy. As a first generation homeschooler, Sonlight has given us the confidence, tools, and support for a well-rounded, rich education for each of our children.

Mandy A of Broken Arrow, MI

Submit a Photo

Method #1:

Post your photo(s) and testimonial on your favorite social media platform and we'll contact you if we’d like to use your photo. Be sure to include hashtags #sonlightstories, #sonlightstack, #sonlightboxday or #sonlightgrad. And be sure to tag us (@sonlightcurriculum and @sonlight).

Method #2:

Submit a photo and a story or testimonial about Sonlight on our website (here). The ultimate Sonlight prize, of course, comes when your family loves learning together. But an additional reward is in store for the family who can capture that experience and win the Annual Photo Contest!

The photos and captions you submit may appear in our catalog, on our website, or in other promotional material Sonlight may choose to create. Published photos will be accompanied by captions we write based on the information you provide us.

Submit as many photos as you like. If you submit multiple photos, you may repeat your comments if necessary, but don't leave those fields blank!

See more past cover winners!

Winners of the 2021 Sonlight Photo Contest

Winners of the 2021 Sonlight Photo Contest

Congratulations to the three winners of Sonlight's 2021 Photo Contest Winners!

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Winners of the 2020 Sonlight Catalog Cover Contest

Winners of the 2020 Sonlight Catalog Cover Contest

Thank you to all of the families who shared #sonlightstories for the 2020 catalog cover contest! And congratulations to the three winners featured below!

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Winners of the 2019 Sonlight Catalog Cover Contest

Winners of the 2019 Sonlight Catalog Cover Contest

See the three winning photos from the hundreds of images submitted in the 2019 Sonlight catalog contest. Thank you for sharing your #sonlightstories.

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Sonlight's 2018 Photo Contest Winners

Sonlight's 2018 Photo Contest Winners

Thank you for sharing your #sonlightstories and beautiful photos of homeschooling. Congrats to three lucky winners in the 2018 Sonlight Photo Contest!

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Top Photos from Sonlight's 2018 Catalog Cover Contest

Top Photos from Sonlight's 2018 Catalog Cover Contest

Congratulations to 2018 Sonlight catalog cover contest winners: C family of Carlsbad, CA; M family of Siguatepeque, Honduras; S family of South Asia.

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Sonlight 2017 Catalog Cover Competition Winners

Sonlight 2017 Catalog Cover Competition Winners

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You. Your Pictures. Today.

You. Your Pictures. Today.

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Did you vote for the winning 2013 Catalog cover photo?

Did you vote for the winning 2013 Catalog cover photo?

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Save 20%, Pick a Picture, and Enjoy Your Weekend

Save 20%, Pick a Picture, and Enjoy Your Weekend

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Graduation Photo Op

Graduation Photo Op

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Shine a light on your Sonlight family

Submit your family's Sonlight journey for a chance to be showcased in the Sonlight Spotlight series. Complete this quick form sharing your unique homeschool story and more about your experience with Sonlight to get started!

A Few Tips

Here are a few tips to increase your chances of making it on a Sonlight catalog cover:

  • The catalog cover is in portrait (vertical) mode, but sometimes we have cropped a landscape (horizontal) photo to make it fit. Submit all the good photos you have!
  • Catalog cover photos are well focused, with a range of lights and darks. Photos of just a couple people work better than photos of large groups.
  • There are a few topics that are always underrepresented: older students (say, 13 years or older); moms with their children; dads enjoying Sonlight with their children; parents using their Instructor's Guide; single parents who are teaching their children; photos that show international flavor; emotionally grabbing moments that happen in the midst of discovering something new; Science experiments; Language Arts work. If you have a photo of one of these—send it along!
  • Specificity rules for captions:
    • This is not specific: "Sonlight is great! We love it so much and it's perfect for us!"
    • This is more specific: "With Sonlight, my reluctant reader fell in love with stories and picked up a book for the first time on his own."
    • This is not specific: "This photo shows us as a museum with Civil War uniforms."
    • This is more specific: "Sonlight makes learning come alive. When we visited a Civil War Museum, my kids knew the context and reasons for the war from studying History / Bible / Literature E. They remembered the biographies they read and connect them to what they saw in the museum."

  • Feel free to describe what is happening in the picture, but also share the "big picture" of how Sonlight fits into your overall homeschool experience.