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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 K-6th grade and reside, or go to school, in the WRD service area of southern Los Angeles County. Please see a map of our service area and a list of the 43 cities we serve by visiting our website.

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Step 2 – Create Your Artwork

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 four 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?
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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 5, 2023 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.
WRD Student Art Contest 2024 (ENG-Web).pdfWRD Student Art Contest 2024 (SPAN-Web).pdf

Don’t get disqualified!

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  • 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, 2023 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!
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Step 3 – Submit Your Artwork and Parental Consent

The deadline for students to enter their artwork is Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 11:59PM. You can submit your artwork and parental approval by mail or online.

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To Submit Online:

  • Click the button below and complete the webform.
  • Upload a clear photo of your artwork and provide parental consent by clicking the checkbox in the form.
  • Keep your original artwork! If you are selected as a finalist, you'll need to send it in by Nov 30, 2023.

To Submit by Mail: 

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


Step 4 – The Judging Panel Selects Finalists & Winners

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 in the middle 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, 2023 to qualify for their prize. So keep your artwork original artwork until then!

Winning submissions that were submitted by mail will be notified in the middle of November too. Only finalists and winners will be contacted.


Step 5 – Winners Announced and Published in the 2024 Water Awareness Calendar

In early January 2024, twenty-three winners of the contest will be announced online, and their artwork will appear in the 2024 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 2024 Water Awareness Calendar and receive $75 Amazon Gift Card*, a certificate of achievement, a Water Nerd patch, and other school supply goodies.

*Prizes provided by sponsors

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