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2016 Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest Guidelines

Thank you for participating in the 30th 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.

What do I need to know about entering the contest?

  • All entries must relate to New York’s water resources. A suggested list of topics is available by clicking on 2016 Art & Poetry Contest Themes.
  • All entries will be displayed in a digital slideshow during the celebration in May. Please have students include their Name, School and Borough/Watershed on the front side of each artwork or poetry entry.
  • Art entries can include images of paintings, photographs, dioramas, models, and videos of dance or music performances, public service announcements, and animation.
  • Students may work in small groups or individually. Please submit an entry form for each student whether they worked individually or in a group.
  • Use the Entry Form ahead of time to see what information is needed for each student entry. The accuracy of this information is very important since it will be used for all notifications and to acknowledge student and school participation.
  • To participate in the contest, teachers, parents, principals or other adults must use the Online Entry Form.
  • Art and poetry entries can only be submitted online.
  • All entries become the property of DEP.

How can I submit my entry online?

  • Be sure to have all of the required information ready when you go to submit your Entry Form online, including:
    • Student’s Name and Grade
    • School Name / Organization Name (for example: P.S. 001 Alfred E. Smith), School Address, and Borough or East/West-of-Hudson Watershed
    • Teacher’s Name, Email Address, and Phone Number (or School Phone Number)
    • Principal’s Name and Email Address
    • Title of Artwork or Poetry Entry
    • File Attachment of Artwork of Poetry Entry
  • For some entries you may need to provide additional information, including:
    • Department of Education School Code (For participating NYC Public Schools only)
    • Names of other student partners or group members (Only 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) 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.
  • You will receive an email confirmation for each entry form that you submit. Please review email confirmations carefully for accuracy.

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.

Entries will be displayed in various formats at the celebration in May.

Who wins?

Teachers and principals will be notified by mid-April if any student participants from their school have been selected as student winners. In addition, all student participants will be invited to attend the celebration in May where they will all be recognized for their hard work.

How and when will submissions be accepted?

Entries will be accepted from January 20 - March 4, 2016.


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

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