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Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: (614) 486-9613
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Conservation Poster Contest

Our 2024 Poster Contest Is Open For Entries!


The Conservation Poster Contest is an annual event sponsored by Soil and Water Conservation Districts nationwide (View the National Conservation Poster Contest website). The purpose of the contest is to provide young people with an avenue to gain a better appreciation for our environment and share this caring sentiment through artwork.

  

2024 Poster Contest Theme: “May The Forest Be With You Always”

The 2024 Conservation Poster Contest theme is May the Forest Be With You Always.This theme underscores the critical interplay between soil and water conservation and the resilience of our forests. Forests play multifaceted roles in sustaining our planet, serving as sources of oxygen, carbon storage, and vibrant hubs of biodiversity. They function as steadfast protectors of soil and water resources, preventing erosion, purifying contaminants, and nurturing healthy watersheds. In today’s context, marked by environmental challenges, resilient forests are indispensable in fostering a sustainable world. The phrase “May the Forest Be with You, Always” signifies our commitment to responsible forest stewardship, emphasizing their enduring strength and adaptability.

The Franklin County Conservation Poster Contest is open to any student in grades K-12. The contest will run from January 16th through April 12th Classes and youth groups are asked to submit their top entries to Franklin SWCD by April 12, 2024. Posters will be judged by the Franklin Soil and Water staff. County winners will be recognized at an Awards Ceremony at Franklin Park Conservatory on Saturday, May 4th.

  
WHAT: Posters created by students that share an environmental message with the local community

WHEN: Contest begins on Tuesday, January 16th Contest ends on Friday, April 12th
Awards Celebration at Franklin Park Conservatory on Saturday, May 4th

WHO: Franklin County youth: school, scout groups, youth groups or homeschool students in grades K-12.

 THEME: The 2024 theme is “May the Forest Be With You Always.” This theme underscores the critical interplay between soil and water conservation and the resilience of our forests. Forests play multifaceted roles in sustaining our planet, serving as sources of oxygen, carbon storage, and vibrant hubs of biodiversity. They function as steadfast protectors of soil and water resources, preventing erosion, purifying contaminants, and nurturing healthy watersheds.


RULES
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  • Any type of 8 1/2” x 11” paper may be used, however, to further the conservation message you are encouraged to reuse paper that has been used on one side. Any form of coloring, writing, painting, drawing or collage may be used. No pictures of commercial origin are permitted.
    • Middle & High Students (Grades 7-12): In addition to the hand drawn competition, there will be a separate Digital Contest for those interested in creating an original poster, with original artwork, using a digital format/device. These posters will be judged using the same criteria outlined below.
    • New to 2024: Empowering All Voices & The Additional Assist Poster Contest: Introducing the NACD Braille Poster Contest, a new addition inspired by a creative 6th-grade student from Tuscola Conservation District, Michigan. This inclusive competition invites blind and low-vision students in grades K-12 to participate, promoting accessibility and a fair experience. Contestants may use braille as well as written lettering and art to create posters that champion natural resource conservation, ensuring equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their visual abilities.
    • The Additional Assist Poster Contest is open to all students who may benefit from additional assistance in completing their posters. This contest promotes accessibility and embraces diversity by providing a platform for students of varying abilities to express their creativity and advocate for natural resource conservation.
  • The theme: “May the Forest Be With You Always” must be included in the poster design. Please Note: In light of this year's theme, we will accept posters that include hand drawn Star Wars characters because they are original artwork. Due to concerns about copying, photoshopped images, etc., Digital Posters cannot contain these characters.
  • Include on the back of the poster: Student name, grade, school/group, and teacher's/leader’s name.
  • Posters may be submitted via mail, in person or Google Drive.
    • Mail/In-Person: Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District 1404 Goodale Boulevard, Suite 100 Columbus, OH 43212
    • Google Drive: During registration, indicate you would like to submit your posters electronically. A Google Drive link with instructions will be emailed to you. Student files should be saved with the following information: Student Name-Grade-School-Teacher Name.
  • Each teacher will select the top 1-2 posters per class/group to submit to the county-wide competition.
  • The posters will be judged according to the following categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 and 7-12 Digital
  • Posters will be judged on the following criteria:
     50% Conservation Message 30% Visual Effectiveness 10% Originality 10% Universal Appeal • Winning posters may be copied and used in Franklin Soil and Water promotional materials/press releases.

 AWARDS: County winners will receive certificates of recognition, prizes and an invitation to the Awards Ceremony at Franklin Park Conservatory. Winning posters may be displayed at county-wide events, municipal meetings and through electronic media displays.