2022 Conservation Poster Contest

Healthy Soil, Healthy Life

Our healthy life above ground depends upon healthy soil below our feet! It is vital that we practice good soil conservation. Healthy soil feeds us, provides growing medium for plants, grasses and trees, filters pollution, provides habitat, cleans water and air, provides clothing and building material, medicine and many more ecosystem services!

Educate and inspire your community by supporting soil conservation with your own unique creation.  Entries due by June 30th, 2022.  This contest is open to all Loudoun County public, private and homeschooled students in grades K-12.

ENTRIES DUE JUNE 30th, 2022

We are excited to offer two different formats this year – Digital and Hand Drawn.


Digital Format contest rules- this category is only open to 7-12th graders. Two grade categories will be judged: 7-9 and 10-12.

Poster Size
Poster can be horizontal or vertical, measuring 8.5” x 11”.


Media

Any mixed media suitable for reproduction as a poster such as Canva, PicMonkey, Google Slides, Photoshop, InDesign, etc is allowed. Digital posters must be original art and shall not include any copyrighted, trademarked or branded marks, images or phrases besides the NACD 2022 themed logo, if desired.
  Please reach out to Loudoun Soil and Water at jennifer.venable@lswcd.org if you would like a copy of the theme image.


Submission Format

  • Digital design should be submitted as a 300 dpi JPEG or PNG. 
  • Every entry MUST include the theme “Healthy Soil, Healthy Life” in the image. 
  • All submissions must be created by an individual student – not a team of students.  Entry must be contestant’s original creation and may not be traced from photographs or other artists’ published works.
  • Each entry must be submitted with an entry form to be eligible for judging. The form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian.
  • Only the local contest sponsor (Loudoun SWCD) can submit entries to the state, and only the state sponsor (VASWCD) can submit for the national contest.

Hand Drawn format contest rules- this category is open to K-12th graders. Five grade categories will be judged. K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.

  • Posters can be any size and must be hand drawn.
  • Any media may be used, including paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers, paper, or other materials.
  • 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.
  • The 2022 theme “Healthy Soil, Healthy Life” must be included on the front side of each poster.
  • Each entry must be submitted with an entry form to be eligible for judging. The form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian. See below to download an entry form.
  • Although younger students will most likely receive help in planning from parents or teachers, we 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.)
  • Only the local contest sponsor (Loudoun SWCD) can submit entries to the state, and only the state sponsor (VASWCD) can submit for the national contest.

PRIZES! PRIZES! Local awards and recognition will be given for each grade category. Local winners in each category will be sent to the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation District’s state competition. State winners will be eligible for NACD’s National Poster Contest and prizes.

Please download an entry form here.

Please contact Jennifer Venable for any questions at jennifer.venable@lswcd.org.

CHECK OUT THE 2021 CONSERVATION POSTER WINNERS