Color Maryland Green Contest

About the Contest

Color Maryland Green Art and Poetry Contest Poster Art 2016

COLOR MARYLAND GREEN is an art and poetry contest hosted by the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Environment (MDE) designed to inspire stewardship and outdoor learning.

Subject matter should demonstrate the student’s appreciation of our natural world, including but not limited to our air, water, land, fish and wildlife.

Entries may be submitted individually or in bundles through the classroom. Entries will be judged in each of the following categories by each of the following age groups:

CATEGORIES

  • Drawing/Painting
  • Digital Illustration
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Poetry
 

AGE GROUPS

  • Kindergarten – 3rd grade
  • 4th grade – 6th grade
  • 7th grade – 9th grade
  • 10th grade – 12th grade
 

RULES

General

  • Only Maryland students grades K-12 may enter.
  • A student may only enter once.
  • All entries must be original works. No photocopies.
  • All entries must be labeled with the student’s name, school, grade and city on the back AND must have a completed entry form affixed to the back.
  • Submissions from children of DNR or MDE employees are not eligible for prizes.
  • DNR and MDE reserve the right to disqualify any submission that is deemed to include inappropriate or commercial content, including but not limited to: profanity; violence; adult content; copyright infringement; solicitation; product, organization or political endorsements; etc.
  • Submissions become property of the state of Maryland. Through submission of poetry or artwork, contestants and their legal guardians grant non-exclusive reproduction and publication rights to the works submitted, which will not be returned.
  • Works not submitted in accordance with these rules, or with incomplete or illegible writing will not be accepted.


Drawing/Painting

  • Must be on unlined paper.
  • Acceptable media include paint, pencil, markers, ink, crayon, chalk or pastel (fixed), collage, etc.
  • Must be mailed flat or rolled in a tube.
  • Must not be matted, mounted, laminated, framed or folded.


Poetry

  • Must be submitted in English on 8.5” x 11” paper.
  • Must be no longer than 32 lines.
  • May be hand-written or typed.


Digital Illustration

  • May include any artwork made on the computer.
  • Must be at least 8”x10” and may not exceed 11”x17” in size.
  • Must be printed.
  • Must be mailed flat or rolled in a tube.
  • Must not be matted, mounted, laminated, framed or folded.


Photography

  • Must be at least 8”x10” and may not exceed 11”x17” in size.
  • Must be printed on photo paper.
  • Must be mailed flat or rolled in a tube.
  • Must not be matted, mounted, laminated, framed or folded.


Video

  • Must be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes long.
  • Must be submitted on DVDs or flash drives.
 

Deadline:  All entries must be postmarked by March 4, 2016.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
c/o Color Maryland Green Contest
580 Taylor Avenue, D4
Annapolis, MD 21401
Winners will be announced on or before Earth Day, April 22.
 

Prizes

A 2016 Maryland Park Passport will be awarded to the best overall entry by age group in each of the drawing/painting, digital illustration, photography and poetry categories. One overall video will be selected. Semi-finalists will also be acknowledged.
 

Contact

For more information or to request instructional materials, contact Lauren Dorrill at lauren.dorrill@maryland.gov or (443) 848-7660.and/or natural resources. 

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