Photo Contest Announced – Comfort and Connection

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting to everyone, including people with developmental disabilities and their families. We are discovering new and creative ways to find comfort and stay connected to friends and family, despite social distancing, limited recreational activities, and closed businesses, during this period of unknown.




We want to hear from you! If you are a person with a developmental disability, a family member, or you know someone with a developmental disability, tell us how you find comfort and stay connected. Your story could help others, and you could win!


How to submit


Email the following by noon on May 31, 2020 to

  • A brief story that shows how someone stays comforted and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, in 150 words or less.
  • A photo- show us the person featured in your story. Send in jpeg or png formats. Send “actual size” or “original size” resolution.
  • Full names of the people in the photo and the full name, address, phone number, and email of the person who submitted the photo.

winners receive


  • $200 – 1st Place
  • $175 – 2nd Place
  • $125 – 3rd Place
  • $100 – Fan Favorite

SHare widely!


Download the flyer and share with your friends, family and social networks.


Comfort and Connection Photo Contest



One entry per person, open to MD residents only, all submissions become the property of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council. By submitting a photo and caption, you are giving permission to the Council to share all information provided on our website, social media, and publications. Council staff and Council members cannot participate.

You will receive email confirmation within 3 days of submission. If you don’t receive confirmation, call us at 410-767-3670, ext/ 1. Please leave a message and we will return your call.