Poster Contest

The Sioux County Soil & Water Conservation District sponsors a poster contest for K-12 students each year. Posters must reflect each year's theme.  The 2023 contest theme is “One Water" which must be included on the front side of each poster submitted.  Please don't use any other phrase.  Posters must be made on regular poster paper.  The size of the poster can range from 8.5” x 11” up to 22” x 28” only. Mediums including paint, crayon, colored pencils, charcoal, stickers, magic markers, or whatever inspires the students can be used. No three-dimensional effects are allowed.  All posters must be created by an individual student, rather than a team of students.  Entry must be contestant's original creation and may not be traced from photographs or other artists' published work.  Student handwriting and coloring will score better than those designed, drawn, and colored by adult assistance.

Posters are judged based on the following criteria: 50% for conservation message, 30% for visual effectiveness, 10% for originality, and 10% for universal appeal.
The contest is divided into the following 5 divisions:
Division 1 - Grades K and 1
Division 2 - Grades 2 and 3
Division 3 - Grades 4 through 6
Division 4 - Grades 7 through 9
Division 5 - Grades 10 through 12
DEADLINE: The deadline to submit poster entries to the district is Friday, March 31, 2023.  Please make sure the posters remain FLAT. Please label the back of every poster with the student’s name, school, grade, and teacher.  


Over all County Winners in every Division will receive 1st Prize - $40; 2nd Prize - $35; 3rd Prize - $30; 4th Prize - $25; & 5th Prize - $20

From each school grade participating, we will award 1st Prize - $15; 2nd Prize - $10

Sioux SWCD will submit the 1st place winner in each division to the regional contest.  The Regional Director will choose the winner in each division and submit for state consideration.  45 state winners will receive a cash award.  5 first place state winners will receive a $50 cash award.  The remaining 40 winners will receive a $35 cash award.  The 5 state winners will be on display at the Annual Conference for Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners held in September, and will then be sent to the natonal poster contest for consideration for a national award and on display at the NACD Annual Meeting in February.