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Wisconsin State Park System 2018 state park sticker design contest

2018 Winning Design

Winning design by Carly Rishel
Cedarburg High School

Wisconsin state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers are designed by high school students chosen in a statewide contest. The design contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is open to all high school age students attending public, private or parochial schools in Wisconsin.

2018 sticker contest winners

The winning 2018 admission sticker was designed by Carly Rishel, a senior at Cedarburg High School. The winning design will be printed on state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers and will be displayed on more than 265,000 vehicles.

Thank you to all students who submitted artwork!


Second Place
by Grace Wroblewski
Cedarburg High School
Night owl
Third Place
by Megan Miller
Waupun Area High School
Deer jumping
Honorable Mention
by Nick Marshall
Antigo High School
Loon
Honorable Mention
by Alexa Rademacher
James Madison Memorial HS
Wood violets
Honorable Mention
by Marissa Hestad
Rice Lake High School
Deer and bear
Honorable Mention
by Michaela Carey
Slinger High School
Red fox
Honorable Mention
by Alexis Jimenez
Preble High School
Sea caves
Honorable Mention
by Kristi Hohensee
Antigo High School
Lighthouse
Honorable Mention
by Emily Bewalda
Cedarburg High School
Fireflies at campsite
2018 Sticker Design contest rules

Contest Rules

Submission materials:

Eligibility

Entrants must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 or equivalent, attending public, private or parochial schools in Wisconsin during the 2016-2017 school year. Children of Department of Natural Resources employees or judges are not eligible.

Contest deadline

Entries must be received by the Bureau of Parks and Recreation, PO Box 7921, Madison WI 53707, no later than 5 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2017.

Subject matter

The design must be the artist’s original creation and shall not be copied or duplicated from previously published art, including photographs, clip art or electronic graphic images. Photographs or photo manipulations will not be accepted.

Technical requirements

Color

  • The design is limited to four colors maximum.
  • Black and white, if used, each count as a color.
  • All colors must be flat and solid, with no shading, blending or halftones.
  • There can be no colorless areas.

Shape and size

  • The design must fill the shape provided on the design template [PDF].
  • No other shape or size may be used.

Lettering

  • The wording which must appear on the sticker is provided on the design template [PDF].
  • The typeface must be Arial bold 36 and cannot be altered, stretched, etc.
  • The artist may arrange the lettering in any way.
  • All wording must be used.
  • No other wording, including the artist's signature, may appear on the design.

Suitability for reproduction

The Department of Natural Resources reserves the right to alter the design if necessary. This includes redrawing, resetting type and changing colors.

Failure to comply with contest rules

Any entry that fails to comply with any of the requirements of the contest shall be disqualified and will not be considered by the judging panel.

Judging of the contest

A panel appointed by the director of the Bureau of Parks and Recreation will serve without compensation to judge the entries. The judges will be selected to provide a representative cross-section of individuals with expertise in design and/or an interest in parks and forests. Judging of the contest will take place with winners to be announced in a news release in and on the DNR website.

Submission procedures

Submission procedures

Entries may be submitted in one of the two following ways:

  1. Entries may be mounted on an 8-by-10-inch white matte or poster board and covered by clear acetate (or plastic wrap which is secured by tape on the backside) for protection. Do not laminate the design. The entry form [PDF] must be securely attached to the back. Each entry submitted in this way must be securely wrapped and mailed or hand delivered to:

    Sticker Design Contest
    DNR/Bureau of Parks & Recreation
    101 S Webster Street, PO Box 7921
    Madison WI 53707-7921

  2. Entries may be sent electronically via email. Scan the completed entry form [PDF] as a pdf. You may email this entry form file along with the design file (accepted formats are .pdf, .ai and .eps) to DNRWisconsinParks@wisconsin.gov.

Each contestant must verify that he or she meets all eligibility requirements and enclose the completed and signed entry form with a parent's or guardian's and teacher's (if applicable) signature. All designs submitted will become the sole property of the Department of Natural Resources. The department will not insure any entry it receives nor assume liability for any damage, loss or theft of any entry. Each student may submit only one entry. Entries will not be returned.

Tips for a winning design

Tips for a winning entry

Based on the results of previous contests, here are some tips and suggestions that you may find useful.

  • Read the rules! Each year we get entries that fail to comply with rules and must be rejected.
  • Remember, the winning design will be reduced to 2.5 x 2.5 inches. Fine detail disappears when the design is reduced.
  • Remember, shading, blending and halftones are not permitted.
  • The design should be appropriate for Wisconsin and Wisconsin State Parks. Many designs are rejected because they feature snow-capped mountains or plants or animals not native to Wisconsin.
  • If you choose to realistically portray an animal, flower, tree, etc., make sure it is accurate. Consult a good field guide. This should not discourage you from doing stylized compositions.
  • Take a look at the park stickers of the last several years. The department probably will not choose something that was featured in the recent past.
Past winners

Most of these designs were done by high school students and chosen through the annual design contest.

  2018
2018 park sticker
2017
2017 park sticker
2016
2016 park sticker
2015
2015 park sticker
2014
2014 park sticker
2013
2013 park sticker
2012
2012 park sticker
2011
2011 park sticker
2010
2010 park sticker
2009
2009 park sticker
2008
2008 park sticker
2007
2007 park sticker
2006
2006 park sticker
2005
2005 park sticker
2004
2004 park sticker
2003
2003 park sticker
2002
2002 park sticker
Last revised: Tuesday May 23 2017