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Annual Student Art Contest

Winners Announced!
2023 Student Art Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 WRD Student Art Contest!

The winning artwork for the 2023 Water Awareness Calendar 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; There’s Life In Every Drop; and How Do You Conserve Water?

The 23 winners for our annual contest have their artwork published in our annual Water Awareness Calendar, receive prizes and schools supplies, as well as recognition in front of their peers through presentations made at their schools. 

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

 If you missed this year’s contest, fear not! We will open submissions for next year’s contest in the summer of 2023. Please check back for more information.

2023 Water Awareness Calendar

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Congratulations to our 23 winners!
View the full calendar by clicking the link below.

WRD 2023 Calendar_Digital (FINAL).pdf


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.

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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. 

Contest Rules 

**Please note: The 2023 Student Art Calendar Contest is now closed and not accepting submissions. Check back in the summer to see instructions for participating in next year's contest.


Read the full contest rules here, or watch the 2-minute video below for a step-by-step list of how to participate.


Step 1 - Check your Eligibility

To enter you must be in Pre-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!
  4. How Do You Conserve Water?


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 6, 2022 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.

Parental Approval Form.pdfEn español aquí.pdf

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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 November 30, 2022 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

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The deadline for students to enter their artwork is Sunday, November 6, 2022 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: Monica Sijder
    Water Replenishment District (ARC)
    4320 San Gabriel River Parkway
    Pico Rivera, CA 90660

To Submit Online:

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

To Submit by Email: 

  • Monica at
  • Include: 
    • Art Work 
    • Parental Approval Form


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 November 30, 2022 to qualify for their prize. So keep your artwork original artwork until then!


Step 5 – Winners Announced and Published in the 2023 Water Awareness Calendar

In early January 2023, twenty-three winners of the contest will be announced, and their artwork will appear in the 2023 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 2023 Water Awareness Calendar and receive an Amazon Fire Tablet, a certificate of recognition, a Water Nerd patch, and other school supply goodies.

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How to Participate Video





Submit Online:

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


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)





Student Art Contest Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors: CCE Consulting Group, Dakota Communications, Leal Trejo Attorneys at Law, and Tetra Tech. We couldn't host this contest every year without your support.

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