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2017 Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest Guidelines

Thank you for participating in the 31st annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest. We look forward to seeing your entries.

Who is eligible to participate?

Second through twelfth grade public, independent, charter, parochial, and homeschooled students in New York City and the East and West of Hudson Watersheds are eligible to participate each year. View the NYC Water Story Map to learn more about the NYC water supply system.

What do I need to know about entering the contest?

  • All entries must relate to New York’s water resources. To view a list of topics, visit 2017 Art & Poetry Contest Themes.
  • All entries must be submitted using the online Entry Form. When submitting for a large group, please email us at
  • On the front of each entry, please include student:
    • First name
    • School
    • Grade
    • Borough/watershed
  • Art entries can be paintings, drawings, photographs, dioramas, models, dance videos, music performances, public service announcements, or animations, for example.
  • Students may work in small groups or individually. Please submit an Entry Form for each student, whether they worked individually or in a group.
  • Be sure to review the Entry Form ahead of time to see the information that is needed for each student entry. The accuracy of this information is very important since it will be used to notify you and to acknowledge student and school participation.
  • All entries become the property of DEP.

How can I submit my entry online?

  • Be sure that you have all of the following information ready when you go to submit your Entry Form:
    • Correct spelling of the student’s name and grade
    • School/organization name, address, and borough or East/West-of-Hudson Watershed
    • Teacher name, email address, and phone number (either school or personal)
    • Principal name and email address
    • Title of entry and file attachment of entry
  • For some entries you may need to provide additional information:
    • NYC Department of Education School Code (NYC Public Schools only)
    • Names of other student(s) if the entry was completed by a group of students
  • Art and poetry files must be less than 10mb. Click here for help compressing a file.
  • Art entry files (photos, digital art, videos, etc.) in a jpg, pdf, avi, wmv, or mov format will be accepted. We suggest submitting a photo or scan of drawings, paintings, and 3D works.
  • Poetry entry files in a doc, txt, rtf, or pdf format will be accepted.
  • For each entry form you submit, be sure to carefully review your email confirmation for accuracy.

How and when will the submissions be accepted?

Entries will be accepted from January 12-March 8, 2017.

How will the entries be judged?

  • Entries will be judged based on creativity in interpreting one or more of the contest themes, accuracy of information, originality and skill.
  • An impartial panel of judges will review the entries and select art and poetry winners from each category (grades 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12). Please notify us about your student participants with special needs.

Who wins?

Teachers and principals will be notified by mid-April if any students from their school have been selected as winners or “Water Champions.” All students will be recognized for their work.


Contact with questions and inquiries. Thank you so much for your participation.

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