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The 13th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest Kicks Off October 1, 2023

Oct 1, 2023 8:30:00 AM

Contest Submissions Accepted through November 1st

Region 5 - Canyon Elementary
Region 2 - M. Izzo
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Region 3 - D. Trinh
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Region 1 - M. Aydin

October 1, 2023 – Miami, FL – Beginning October 1st, students, families, and schools across America are invited to participate in the 13th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest aimed at raising visibility to live drug-free by being creative. The contest, sponsored by the National Family Partnership (NFP) and co-sponsored by our longest standing partner, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be held in conjunction with National Red Ribbon Week, which takes place each year from October 23rd through 31st. The contest will award more than $20,000 to K-12 schools in cities across America.

The DEA has been a longtime co-sponsor of the National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest, which is now in its thirteenth year. Keeping communities Drug-Free is a mission both the DEA and NFP have been laser focused on sharing for many years. NFP hopes this fun and interactive photo contest will bring awareness about living Drug-Free to communities across the country.

The photo contest involves participants decorating the fronts of their homes (front door, mailbox, or fence), and/or school campuses with double-looped red ribbons while incorporating this year's Red Ribbon theme, “Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug-Free”. ™ Submitted by Danielle Helm, a Youth Service Coordinator from Russell County Middle School in Russell Springs, Kentucky. Participants enter the contest by taking a photo of their decorations (preferably with people in it!) and uploading it to the website. You must be 18 years old to enter, so parents (or for school entries, school staff or PTA members) must submit the photos.

NFP has been the leading organization in drug-free prevention for forty (40) years. NFP is committed to helping families and children reach their full potential and it is impossible to help without donations such as NIMCO. NIMCO is the only place families, children, and schools can purchase Red Ribbon Merchandise Theme material to support ongoing drug education in the schools.

Twenty winners will be selected from two entry categories: Home Entry or School Entry. The top five schools and top five home submissions that receive the most votes in five designated DEA regions across the country will win $1,000 for the school of their choice and an Apple iPad for personal use. Additionally, ten winners will be selected from the following categories: Most Creative, Most Ambitious Best Use of Family and Community, Best Use of Theme, and Most Educational. The winners of these categories will also win $1,000 for the school of their choice and an Apple iPad for personal use.

"The Red Ribbon Campaign is a massive community engagement process,” said Peggy Sapp, President of National Family Partnership and President and CEO of Informed Families. “It is how to decrease demand for drugs and increase awareness of health and safety.”

The contest begins October 1st at 9 a.m. E.S.T. and ends November 1st at 9 p.m. E.S.T. The voting period begins November 2nd and ends November 16th. The 2022 Red Ribbon Photo Contest Winners will be announced December 4th. Please visit for more information.


About the National Family Partnership

The National Family Partnership was established in 1980 and is a national leader in drug prevention, education, and advocacy. Its mission is to lead our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth. Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign. NFP created the campaign in response to the 1985 abduction and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. In addition to the Red Ribbon Campaign®, NFP sponsors the Lock Your Meds® Campaign to prevent prescription drug abuse. Learn more about Red Ribbon Week at and NFP at


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