Annual Student Art Contest


The Drought is Back and We Need Your Help!

The Water Replenishment District needs your creativity to spread the word on the importance of water conservation in the 2022 Student Art Contest.

If you are a K-6 grade student from the WRD service area, you have a chance to win prizes and have your artwork published in our 2022 Water Awareness Calendar! We will be accepting submissions until November 7, 2021 at 11:59PM. Submit your artwork today!

Please see a step by step list of how to participate in the Contest Rules section below and check out the Student Art Contest Flyer and Parental Approval Form. (En español aquí)


How-To Video On How to Participate

Watch this 2-minute video to learn about our contest rules and how to participate!




WRD Water Awareness Calendar

The "Blue Planet" we call home is named for the vast amount of water that covers it. Yet, of all this plentiful liquid, only a fraction is usable as fresh water by humans for drinking, growing, washing, and cooking. In an urban region with 4 million residents and only 14 inches of average annual rainfall, it's a continual challenge to meet the water demands of southern Los Angeles County. The WRD Water Awareness Calendar helps educate people about the importance of water and the role they can play in water conservation every day by changing their habits at home and at school.

Every year we receive hundreds of submissions and pick 23 winners including 1 grand prize winner. The winners have their artwork published in the calendar and the grand prize winner has their artwork on the cover of the calendar. Winners also receive certificates of recognition, printed copies of the calendar and other fun prizes! All participants will receive a certificate of participation.




Read the full contest rules here for a step-by-step list of how to participate.



Step 1 - Check your Eligibility

To enter you must be in K-6th grade and reside, or go to school, in the WRD service area. Please see a list of the cities we serve below or visit our website for more info.

Step 2 – Create Your Artwork

We are in a drought this year, that means it’s difficult for nature to provide the environment and us humans with enough water to live, grow, and stay healthy. That’s why it’s so important that we understand where our water comes from and practice saving water every day. To help us spread the word on water conservation, please choose from the three topics below for your artwork.

Contest Topic Options:

  1. Groundwater: The Treasure Beneath Our Feet
  2. Water Nerds are Water Heroes
  3. There’s Life in Every Drop!


To Win, Your Artwork Must:

  1. Demonstrate the importance of groundwater and/or water conservation.
  2. Be submitted on 8 1/2" x 11" paper in horizontal orientation by November 7, 2021 at 11:59pm 
  3. Include parental consent: Mail-in entries must include a signed Parental Approval Form (En español aquí). Online entries can use the webform for consent instead.

Don’t get disqualified!

  • Artwork must be original: no computer-made or copyrighted materials such as superhero characters.
  • If you submit online, keep your original artwork! You will need to send it in by December 2, 2021 if you are selected as a finalist.
  • One entry per student only.

Get inspired!

  • Check out last year’s calendar here.
  • Or see all the winning artwork from previous years below.
  • For lessons on groundwater and water conservation, check out our Eco Kids online activities!


Step 3 – Submit Your Artwork and Parental Consent

The deadline for students to enter their artwork is Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 11:59PM. You can submit your artwork and parental approval by mail or online.

To Submit by Mail:

  • Send original artwork and signed parental approval form (PAF) to:
    • Attn: Jenn Swart
      Water Replenishment District
      4040 Paramount Blvd.,
      Lakewood, CA 90712

Submit Online:

  • Click the button below and complete the webform.
  • Upload a clear photo of your artwork and provide parental consent.


Step 4 – The Judging Panel Selects Finalists

The judging panel goes through the hundreds of submissions that we receive each year and looks for how well the topic was addressed with creativity, thoughtfulness, and composition. Selected finalists will be contacted at the end of November.

Selected finalists who submitted their entries using the online form will be required to send their original artwork to WRD by December 2, 2021 to qualify for their prize. So keep your artwork original artwork until then!


Step 5 – Winners Announced and Published in the 2022 Water Awareness Calendar

In early January 2022, twenty-three winners of the contest will be announced, and their artwork will appear in the 2022 Water Awareness Calendar. The Grand Prize Winner will have their artwork published on the cover of the calendar, which serves as the theme for our Annual Groundwater Festival.

Prizes: The 23 winners each will have their artwork published in the 2022 Water Awareness Calendar and receive an Amazon Fire Tablet, a certificate of recognition, a Water Nerd patch, and other school supply goodies.






Get informed before you start your artwork by completing these online worksheets.

There is so much to learn about water and you've come to the right place to get started on your water journey! Click on any of the activities below so that you can brush up on your Water Nerd knowledge before starting your artwork.

How Many Gallons of Water?

How Much Water Do I Use at Home?

How Does Water Travel the Earth?

Do Plants Get Hungry?

Water Nerd Word Scramble



2021 Water Awareness Calendar
See our winners from last year for inspiration!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Student Art Contest! 

The full calendar can be seen here: WRD Calendar 2021 - Digital.pdf

Topics for 2021:
#1 Groundwater: The Treasure Beneath Our Feet
#2 Water Nerds are Water Heroes
#3 Saving Water Saves the Planet


2020 Water Awareness Calendar
Winners from our 2020 Water Awareness Calendar

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 WRD Student Art Contest!

Winning artwork was selected by a panel of judges who were looking for thoughtful creativity for this year's topics which included: Groundwater, the Treasure Beneath Our Feet; Water Nerds are Water Heroes; and Save Water, Every Drop Counts.

Winners have their artwork published in our annual Water Awareness Calendar and received recognition at presentations made at their schools. 

Thank you to all the students, teachers, and parents who participated in this year’s contest! 



2019 Water Awareness Calendar
Winners from our 2019 Water Awareness Calendar

 Congratulations to our past winners! 










Contest Sponsors
Thank you to our generous sponsors who support the Annual Student Art Contest!

We would like to thank our Student Art Contest sponsors for helping support the contest with prizes and materials for the participants of this contest.

  • CCE Consulting Group
  • Dakota Communications
  • Leal-Trejo, Attorneys at Law