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New York Recycles! Poster Contest Rules

Rules for the 2020 Contest

photo of 2009 poster contest winnersWe are once again inviting all kindergarten through 12th grade students in New York State public and private schools and youth organizations to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the environment by participating in the 18th 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 showcased in the 2021 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! Please call (518) 402-8706 if you have any questions.

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 2020 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!
  • Reduce Your Single Use
  • Cookin' Up Good Compost!
  • BYOBag--Bring Your Own Bag

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 received no later than May 29, 2020. Please note that all artwork submitted becomes the property of the NYSDEC, is retained and may be reproduced. Posters will not be returned.

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.

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 attached, must be mailed and received by May 29, 2020 to:

NYSDEC
Attn: NY Recycles! Poster Contest
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-7253

Electronic Submission Instructions:

Posters are preferred to be received by mail but posters can also be submitted electronically.
Posters along with completed Release Forms can be submitted electronically to recycling@dec.ny.gov; please note in the subject line "2020 New York Recycles Poster Contest."

The following high-quality digital file formats will be accepted: JPEG, PNG, PDF. Resolution should be 300 dpi. Please hold on to your original poster until June 10th in case your poster is selected and we find we need you to re-submit a higher-quality version that can be used to produce the calendar. If you have any questions about suitable formats, please contact us at recycling@dec.ny.gov.

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

Usually we limit each participating school/youth group to submit up to fifteen (15) posters. However, with schools closed and students and teachers working from home we are encouraging students, with parental permission, to submit posters on their own. For 2020, there will not be a limit on the number of posters accepted from each school or youth organization. However, only one poster from each student can be accepted for the contest.

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:

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 winner will receive the honor of having their artwork replicated in the 2021 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:

  • 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. Posters will not be returned.

Important Dates For The Contest Are

Now through May 29, 2020
- Students create their posters.

No later than May 29, 2020
- Posters are mailed to the address above for state judging.

Week of June 1, 2020
- DEC conducts State judging.

No later than June 10, 2020
- DEC notifies winners through their school or youth organization, and gives further instruction as to student recognition.

November 2020
- 2021 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 call NYSDEC at (518) 402-8706.


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