Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

Promote Arbor Day with Your Artwork

2021 Arbor Day poster
Photo by Dave Marshall

Each year the public is invited to submit photography and/or artwork to be considered for the State Arbor Day Poster. It is a long time tradition and posters have become collectors' items for many.

DEC prints 100,000 posters for distribution to the 3,500 NYS schools, the NYS Fair and other venues. The winning artist is honored at the annual state Arbor Day celebration in Albany.

The 2021 contest closed on 12/31/2020.

Arbor Day Artwork Poster Contest Rules:

  • Photographs must be taken in New York State, and artwork must be of a NYS location.
  • Photos or digital scans of artwork must be submitted electronically and the quality must be at least 300 dpi at 8"x10".
  • Model consent forms are required for any distinguishable persons.
  • There is a limit of 5 submissions per artist/photographer.

To submit your photography and/or artwork you must:

  • Complete the artist information form (PDF). You may complete one form for multiple submissions, but note the location for each photo or piece of artwork.
  • Complete a model consent form (PDF) for any distinguishable persons in the photo.
  • Submit artist information form, high resolution digital file, and model consent form (if applicable) via email to by 12/31/2020.