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Keep Wildlife Wild 2021 poster design contest

Participate in our 3rd annual Keep Wildlife Wild poster contest! The poster design contest is open to all students in 4-6th grade attending public, private, parochial or home schools in Wisconsin. Refer to information on the Keep Wildlife Wild webpage to help with representing the Keep Wildlife Wild topic. If you have questions on the submission procedures contact KeepWildlifeWild@wisconsin.gov

The poster design contest starts on November 13, 2020 and the deadline for submitting all poster designs is 5PM on February 12, 2021.

2021 Keep Wildlife Wild poster contest announcement [PDF]


2021 Contest Rules

Contest Rules

 

All submissions must include an entry form [Word]. You must download this form to make it fillable.

New this year: Entries must be submitted electronically via email:

Scan your poster (no pictures of original) and save design file electronically (PDF, PNG or JPG). Scan the completed contest entry form. Attach both the design file and the contest entry form to an email and send to: KeepWildlifeWild@wisconsin.gov

Eligibility

Entrants must be enrolled in grades 4 through 6 or equivalent, attending public, private, parochial or home schools in Wisconsin during the 2020-2021 school year.

Contest deadline

Entries must be received by KeepWildlifeWild@wisconsin.gov no later than 5PM, Friday February 12, 2021.

Subject matter

The design must be appropriate to Wisconsin native wildlife. If you choose to portray an animal, it must be of a wild animal that is native to Wisconsin. Consult EEK! Critter Corner for a list of acceptable species (amphibians, birds, reptiles, mammals only). This should not discourage you from doing stylized compositions.

The design must be the artist’s original creation and shall not be copied or duplicated from previously published art, including photographs, clip art or electronic graphic images. Photographs or photo manipulations will not be accepted.

The poster design must contain the words "Keep Wildlife Wild 2021" and follow the theme of the Keep Wildlife Wild tagline: "A young wild animal's best chance for survival is with its mother!". Refer to information on the Keep Wildlife Wild webpage to help with representing the Keep Wildlife Wild topic.

Additional resources for teaching students how to Keep Wildlife Wild can be found in a lesson plan and powerpoint, located under the “Educational Materials” tab on the right column at our Keep Wildlife Wild webpage. Resources include a 30-minute powerpoint with script starting on page 12, an in-class interactive activity starting on page 27 (featuring multiple dilemma situations related to baby wild animals that young students may experience in real life) and a number of worksheets starting on page 78, including a crossword puzzle, word search, and maze.

Technical Requirements

Shape and Size

  • The poster design must fit an 8.5”x 11” sheet of paper.
  • All posters must be two-dimensional and be constructed using standard art tools (ex: ink, pencil, paint, marker, crayon, etc.).

Lettering

  • The phrase “Keep Wildlife Wild 2021” must appear somewhere on the design.
  • The artist's signature is not allowed on the design.

Suitability for reproduction

The Department of Natural Resources reserves the right to alter the design if necessary. This includes redrawing, resetting type and changing colors.

Failure to comply with contest rules

Any entry that fails to comply with any of the requirements of the contest shall be disqualified and will not be considered by the judging panel.

Judging of the contest

The judging panel will consist of members of the Keep Wildlife Wild team, and will serve without compensation to judge the entries. Judging of the contest will take place with winners to be announced in a news release on the DNR website.

Submission procedures

New this year: Entries must be submitted electronically via email.

Scan the poster (no pictures of original) and save design file electronically (PDF, PNG or JPG). Scan the completed contest entry form [Word]. You must download this form to make it fillable. Attach both the design file and the contest entry form to an email and send to: KeepWildlifeWild@wisconsin.gov 

If you have questions on the submission procedures contact KeepWildlifeWild@wisconsin.gov

Each contestant must verify that he or she meets all eligibility requirements and include the completed and signed entry form with a parent's or guardian's and teacher's (if applicable) signature. All designs submitted will become the sole property of the Department of Natural Resources. The department will not insure any entry it receives nor assume liability for any damage, loss or theft of any entry. Each student may submit only one entry. Entries will not be returned.

Tips for a winning entry

Here are some tips and suggestions that you may find useful:

  • Read the rules! Make sure your entry complies with contest rules.
  • Remember, the winning design will be copied and reproduced, so be mindful of designs close to page edges and be careful with fine details.
  • The design must be appropriate to Wisconsin native wildlife. If you choose to portray an animal, it must be of a wild animal that is native to Wisconsin. Consult EEK! Critter Corner for a list of acceptable species (amphibians, birds, reptiles, mammals only). This should not discourage you from doing stylized compositions.
  • Refer to information on the Keep Wildlife Wild webpage to help with representing the Keep Wildlife Wild topic.
  • Additional resources for teaching students how to Keep Wildlife Wild can be found in a lesson plan and powerpoint, located under the “Educational Materials” tab on the right column at our Keep Wildlife Wild webpage. Resources include a 30-minute powerpoint with script starting on page 12, an in-class interactive activity starting on page 27 (featuring multiple dilemma situations related to baby wild animals that young students may experience in real life) and a number of worksheets starting on page 78, including a crossword puzzle, word search, and maze.
  • Visit the 2020 Poster Contest Winners webpage for previous winning designs.
Last revised: Friday October 25 2019