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Poster Contest



2019 Poster Contest Rules

Theme: "Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper"

State Contest
The WV Association of Conservation District Poster Contest is modeled after the NACD Poster Contest. WVACD rules may vary slightly, so please review them carefully. For more information about the contest please visit: http://www.nacdnet.org/general-resources/stewardship-and-education-materials/contests/

WVACD Eligibility
The WV Association of Conservation Districts Poster Contest is open to kindergarten through twelfth grade students.

District winners in each category are eligible to complete in the state contest.
One poster from each district may be entered in each of the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.

The state selects a poster for entering in each of the grade divisions and submits it to NACD. The state does not have to enter a poster for every grade level.

Each entry must have the entry form filled out, signed by guardian or parent and attached to the back of the poster. Failure to do this will result in disqualification.

WVACD Contest Theme
The WV Association of Conservation Districts Poster Contest theme coincides with the NACD theme.

WVACD Contest Rules
The contest rules were created so as not to limit or revise the current rules of local and state conservation poster contests:

  • Any media may be used, including paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers, paper, or other materials.
  • Only digital posters (photographs or scanned copies of the hand drawn posters in a JPEG format) will be accepted at the national level. Photographs must be clear and well framed.
  • Poster size for all entries must be 14" x 22" (half sheet)
  • The 2019 Stewardship theme “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper” must be included on the front side of each poster submission.
  • A completed entry form must be attached to the back of the poster. The form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian. Each entry for the national contest must be submitted to NACD with an entry form (see below) to be eligible for judging.
  • Posters should be packaged so they remain flat when sent for judging.
  • Each entry must have been evaluated at each conservation district's most recent competition prior to the state evaluation.
  • 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 works.
  • Although younger students will most likely receive help in planning from parents or teachers, WVACD and NACD encourage each student to do their own work. Note: Entries with student handwriting and coloring will score better than those designed, drawn, and colored by adult assistance.
  • Posters must be judged at the district and state level to be eligible to compete in National level. Individual posters cannot be sent for national judging by individuals. They must follow their state's contest rules and deadlines.
  • Only official state poster contest sponsors can submit entries for the national contest.
  • Entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2019 and emailed to stewardship@nacdnet.org.
  • Contact your local conservation district office for the deadline of their contest.
  • Each entry must have the Entry form filled out and signed by guardian or parent to be judged:

Local to State Entry Form as an Adobe PDF.

National Entry Form as an Adobe PDF.

WVACD Poster Evaluations
Poster Contest entries are reviewed by judges. The posters are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Conservation message (50 percent)
  • Visual effectiveness (30 percent)
  • Originality (10 percent) and
  • Universal appeal (10 percent).

WVACD Prizes
The 1st place winner in each category will receive $50 and be recognized at the annual West Virginia Conservation Awards Conference in October.


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