Any type of camera can be used, but the use of filter effects is highly discouraged.

Photography is an art that has been around for a long, long time. In modern day, photography is still something that excites creative minds daily. The Lens Blog, which is sponsored by the New York Times, is introducing a new program called ‘My Hometown’ that will hopefully attract many of these creative minds from all over the nation.

Until May 1st, teenagers from every corner of the U.S. will be challenged to take pictures of just about anything; documentary images, landscapes, schools, parks, and more. Anything to illustrate what goes on in their daily lives in their part of the country.

“The project was inspired by our belief in the power of photography as an educational tool, and by a desire to help young people communicate the way they see their lives and their communities,” said James Estrin, Lens Blog co-editor.

The main goal of the Lens Blog is to get a complete look at the life of every teenager in America as of 2013. That means getting a peek of every different economic, regional, and cultural prospective.

The event has only a few rules; the photographers should be between the ages of 14 and 18. The program, class, or organization interested in getting involved should send in an email describing what their group is like and why they think their submissions would be important. Once this description is submitted, it’s important to use proper captions so that the photos can be organized correctly.

There should be no more than four images submitted per student. Advisors and teachers are allowed to help the students edit and upload their work. Images must be submitted between March 20th and May 1st.

If you are interested in the program and would like some more details, you can visit the Lens Blog itself at http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/20/my-hometown-teenagers-document-america/.