We All Live in a Watershed Poster Contest Sponsored by NY State DEC

Poster Contest Theme

What you do at your home and in your community affects everyone downstream of you. This poster contest is meant to encourage students to learn about their role in the watershed they live in and how to conserve and protect our water resources, now and for future generations.

All Middle School students (Grades 6-8) in New York State public and private schools are eligible to enter the poster contest. One student per poster. Deadline for receipt of posters is Friday, January 10, 2020.

Poster Requirements

Posters must clearly convey the theme "We All Live in a Watershed". You may use any type of media, including watercolor, pen and ink, crayon, chalk, and markers. The poster must be 8½ " x 11", landscape layout on a white background. Posters must contain original hand-drawn artwork - no computer generated posters or graphics. Copyrighted characters (such as Dory, Sponge Bob, Ariel, etc.) and clip art will not be accepted. Keep in mind that posters will be on public display and should be easy to see or read. Winning posters will be compiled for distribution as part of a 2021 calendar.

Prizes and Awards

  • Each participant receives a Certificate of Recognition (PDF).
  • The top 14 posters will be included in a 2021 calendar which will be distributed throughout New York State.
  • The 14 winning students will receive their framed poster and an invitation to a local NYWEA chapter's event.


DEC and NYWEA staff will review all posters and pick the top 30 entries. NYWEA membership and DEC staff will vote for the 14 winning posters. Judging will be based on the following criteria:

  • Clear and correct message conveyed by text and artwork
  • Creativity, originality, and artistic quality
  • Visual clarity

Visit DEC's We All Live in a Watershed Poster Contest webpage for additional rules and how to enter the contest.


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