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New York Recycles! Poster Contest Rules

Rules for the 2019 Contest

photo of 2009 poster contest winnersWe are once again inviting all of New York State's public and private school children and youth organizations to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the environment by participating in the 17th Annual New York Recycles Poster Contest sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the New York Recycles Steering Committee. This poster contest helps us to achieve our goal of higher excellence in waste reduction, recycling, composting, and buying recycled products and packaging. The New York State winners receive the honor of having their artwork in the NY Recycles calendar, which will be distributed throughout the State.

We hope your school district or organization will participate in this worthwhile event and we look forward to working with you! If you have any questions, please call Kayla Montanye at (518) 402-8706.

Please read the poster requirements and judging criteria carefully. Only posters that meet the poster requirements and judging criteria will be considered.

Eligibility

All students in New York State public and private schools and youth organizations are welcome to participate. If a student's school or classroom is not participating, a student may still submit an individual entry.

Please note that any immediate family member of a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation employee will not be considered eligible for final awards on the State judging level.

Themes

The 2019 New York Recycles! Poster Contest will have the themes below. Participants should use our theme description webpage to help guide their posters.

  • New York Recycles!
  • Choose Reuse, Not Single Use
  • Worm Your Way into Composting
  • Recycle Right
  • Your Dream Green School

Students are encouraged to share their views on these themes. For more information and ideas for your poster, check out our website on waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and buying recycled products and packaging and our website on theme ideas for the poster contest. If you need help brainstorming, these are great resources!

Poster Requirements

Deadline:

Posters must be submitted to us no later than May 15, 2019. Please note that all artwork submitted becomes the property of the NYSDEC, is retained and may be reproduced.

Poster content:

  • All posters should be reflective of the contest themes listed above.
  • Posters created by students must be their own original artwork. Copyrighted characters (such as Superman) or copyrighted clip art will not be accepted.
  • Posters must be clearly legible.

Materials:

  • Any variety of media may be used (watercolor, pen and ink, crayon, chalk, markers, etc.) but bright colors are best for the calendar. Posters with colors that are not bright enough to be reproduced in printing cannot be selected.
  • Students are encouraged to incorporate recycled or recyclable materials into their creations. Note: If students are incorporating recyclables into their artwork, depth is restricted to half an inch.

Materials

Students may use a variety of media, such as watercolor, pen and ink, crayon, chalk, markers, etc. Brighter colors, however, reproduce better for the calendar and light pencil marks will not show up. Students are encouraged to incorporate recycled or recyclable materials into their creations. Keep in mind most posters will likely be on public display, and should be easy to see or read.
Note: If students are incorporating recyclables into their artwork, depth is restricted to half an inch.

Size & Layout

image of proper layout

Minimum: 8 ½" x 11"
Maximum: 18" x 24"
Landscape Layout only!!

Landscape reproduces better for the calendar.

Poster Submission:

Each poster must have the Release Form (PDF) (19 KB) securely fastened to the back of the poster. A poster not accompanied by a completed Release Form will not be eligible for further judging. The posters, with Release Forms, must be mailed or delivered by May 15, 2019 to:

NYSDEC
Attn: Kayla Montanye
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-7253

Judging Criteria

  1. The poster meets the poster requirements section listed above.
  2. The poster message is clearly conveyed by the text and artwork.
  3. The poster shows creativity, originality and artistic quality.
  4. The poster shows visual clarity and can be easily read.
  5. The Release Form is completed and attached to the back of the poster.

Judging Procedure

Each participating school/youth group is permitted to submit up to fifteen (15) posters. How your school/youth group decides on the fifteen (15) posters is up to you. Some schools/youth groups may wish to have a contest and choose the entries; others may just have the art teacher, principal or group leader choose.

For state judging, the posters will be grouped in one of the following five categories:

  • Kindergarten through 3rd Grade;
  • 4th through 6th Grade;
  • 7th through 9th Grade;
  • 10th through 12th Grade; and
  • Special Education

The three (3) best posters in each grade category will be judged based on the poster requirements section listed above and judging criteria section listed above. First, second and third place will be awarded in each grade category.

Awards:

School/Youth Organization Level

Each participant should receive a Certificate of Recognition (PDF) (153 KB) to acknowledge the effort. Please photocopy as many as you need.

State Winners

The first, second and third place winners in each grade category will receive a framed copy of their winning artwork and other prizes. In addition, each student will receive the honor of having their artwork replicated in the NY Recycles calendar, which will be distributed throughout the State. Posters from the final State judging may be on public display at the DEC's Albany office building and other locations.

Please Remember:

  • Up to fifteen (15) entries may be submitted by each school/youth organization.
  • Entries must meet the poster requirements specified above, and must have the Release Form (PDF) (19 KB) securely fastened to the back of the poster.
  • All artwork submitted becomes the property of the NYSDEC, and may be reproduced.

Important Dates For The Contest Are

Now through May 15, 2019
- Students create their posters.
- Schools/Youth Groups choose up to fifteen (15) posters to enter into the NY Recycles poster contest.

No later than May 15, 2019
- Schools/Youth Organization mail or deliver up to 15 entries to the address above for state judging.

Week of May 27, 2019
- DEC conducts State judging.

No later than June 7, 2019
- DEC notifies winners and their schools/youth organization, and gives further instruction as to student recognition.

November 2019
- 202 NY Recycles Calendar will be available.

If you have any questions on this poster contest or need additional information on waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and buying recycled, please contact Kayla Montanye, NYSDEC, at (518) 402-8706.


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