2020 COMPETITION DETAILS! (see below for 2019 winners)
Who Can Enter?
This competition is open any rising K-12 grade students.
- Posters must highlight a plant or animal listed as endangered or critically endangered on the IUCN Red List (http://www.iucnredlist.org/search). You can use the filter to the left of the webpage to help narrow down your results.
- For example, we usually hear all elephants are endangered but only Asian Elephants are listed as such by the IUCN Red List. African elephants are listed as Vulnerable and would not qualify for this contest.
- Also, if you would like to choose tiger as your species, please refrain from white tigers as they are a genetic mutation and not a specific species.
- Participants must design an 8½” x 11” poster containing a picture and a message about one endangered species. Keep the message creative and concise (see examples below). Please include the name of the species on the front of the poster and do not put the child’s name on the front.
- The poster may be designed on any kind of paper (this includes card stock) and in any medium including collage, free-hand drawing, paint, charcoal or pencil. Chalk, charcoal, and pastel must be protected to prevent smearing and smudging.
- Photography, 3D designs, and computer-generated images or text are excluded unless your participant draws/writes on the computer using a graphics, pen, or digital art tablet. Everything must be written and drawn by the participant. Entries on canvas, glass, wood, or anything other than paper will not be accepted.
- Only the original poster can be submitted into the competition, no photocopies. Once we get the poster, it cannot be returned so please take a picture or copy of it to keep for yourself.
- Parents or teachers may assist young children with writing down the message on their poster, but the message must be the child’s own thoughts.
Complete an entry form and attach it to the back of the original artwork with a paperclip. We prefer artwork to be packed and wrapped flat to alleviate wrinkles and keep artwork looking its best.
Please read the poster contest rules carefully, as only posters that meet the contest rules will be considered.
Send your posters and entry form to the following address:
Endangered Species Awareness Poster Competition
NC Zoo Education Division
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205
Posters must be postmarked on or before December 2, 2019. Winners will be notified by email in January 2020.
The posters will be grouped in one of the following four grade categories:
- Division 1 – Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
- Division 2 – 3rd – 5th Grade
- Division 3 – 6th – 8th Grade
- Division 4 – 9th – 12th Grade
Posters will be judged by a committee of zoo staff and based on the criteria listed below.
- Awareness and empowerment
- Creativity and originality
One winner will be chosen in each division. The winners will have their artwork turned into postcards and given to visitors as a way to promote awareness.
Prizes include: A pack of postcards of their winning artwork, a family membership to the zoo for a year, a swag bag with some North Carolina Zoo goodies, and a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork painted by one of our animal ambassadors.