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Keep Wildlife Wild 2019 poster design contest

Poster Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Keep Wildlife Wild 1st annual poster contest. You can view the poster contest winners for 2019. Our 2nd annual poster contest will start in the fall of 2019 for 4th – 6th graders. Watch this page for details.

Participate in our 1st annual Keep Wildlife Wild poster contest! The poster design contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is open to all students in 4-6th grade attending public, private parochial or home schools in Wisconsin. Refer to information on the Keep Wildlife Wild webpage to help with representing the Keep Wildlife Wild topic.

The poster design contest begins on January 2, 2019, and the deadline for submitting all poster designs is midnight on February 22, 2019.

2019 Keep Wildlife Wild poster contest announcement [PDF]


2019 Contest Rules

Contest Rules

All submissions must include an entry form [PDF].

Entries may be submitted in one of two ways:

  1. Send in via regular mail. The completed contest entry form [PDF] must be included with the design file.
  2. Save design file electronically (PDF, PNG or JPG) and scan the completed contest entry form [PDF]. Attach both the design file and the contest entry form [PDF] to an email and send to: KeepWildlifeWild@wisconsin.gov

Eligibility

Entrants must be enrolled in grades 4 through 6 or equivalent, attending public, private parochial or home schools in Wisconsin during the 2018-2019 school year.

Contest deadline

Entries must be received by the Bureau of Wildlife Management, PO Box 7921, Madison WI 53707, no later than midnight, Friday February 22, 2019.

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.

The poster design must contain the words "Keep Wildlife Wild 2019" and follow the theme of the Keep Wildlife Wild tagline: "A young wild animal's best chance for survival is with its mother!". Refer to information on the Keep Wildlife Wild webpage to help with representing the Keep Wildlife Wild topic.

Additional resources for teaching students how to Keep Wildlife Wild can be found in a lesson plan and powerpoint, located under the “Educational Materials” tab on the right column at our Keep Wildlife Wild webpage. Resources include a 30-minute powerpoint with script starting on page 12, an in-class interactive activity starting on page 27 (featuring multiple dilemma situations related to baby wild animals that young students may experience in real life) and a number of worksheets starting on page 78, including a crossword puzzle, word search, and maze.

Technical Requirements

Shape and Size

  • The poster design must fit an 8.5”x 11” sheet of paper.
  • All posters must be two-dimensional and be constructed using standard art tools (ex: ink, pencil, paint, marker, crayon, etc.).

Lettering

  • The phrase “Keep Wildlife Wild 2019” must appear somewhere on the design.
  • The artist's signature is not allowed 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

The judging panel will consist of members of the Keep Wildlife Wild team, and will serve without compensation to judge the entries. Judging of the contest will take place with winners to be announced in a news release on the DNR website.

Submission procedures

Note: Do not fold or roll your poster when submitting. We recommend mailing with a piece of cardboard for protection and to maintain structure. Do not attach your poster to the cardboard.

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

  1. Entries may be sent via regular mail. Do not laminate the design. The entry form [PDF] must be included with the design. Each entry submitted this way must be mailed or hand delivered to:
    Bureau of Wildlife Management attn: Mandy Kamps
    PO Box 7921
    Madison WI 53707
  2. Entries may be sent electronically via email. Scan the completed entry form [PDF] as a PDF. You may email this entry form [PDF] file along with the design file (accepted formats are PDF, PNG, and JPG) to KeepWildlifeWild@wisconsin.gov.

Each contestant must verify that he or she meets all eligibility requirements and enclose the completed and signed entry form [PDF] 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 entry tab

Here are some tips and suggestions that you may find useful:

  • Read the rules! Make sure your entry complies with contest rules.
  • Remember, the winning design will be copied and reproduced, so be mindful of designs close to page edges and be careful with fine details.
  • The design should be appropriate for Wisconsin native wildlife. If you choose to portray an animal, make sure it is accurate. Consult a good field guide. This should not discourage you from doing stylized compositions.
  • Refer to information on the Keep Wildlife Wild webpage to help with representing the Keep Wildlife Wild topic.
  • Additional resources for teaching students how to Keep Wildlife Wild can be found in a lesson plan and powerpoint, located under the “Educational Materials” tab on the right column at our Keep Wildlife Wild webpage. Resources include a 30-minute powerpoint with script starting on page 12, an in-class interactive activity starting on page 27 (featuring multiple dilemma situations related to baby wild animals that young students may experience in real life) and a number of worksheets starting on page 78, including a crossword puzzle, word search, and maze.
Last revised: Wednesday April 03 2019