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Annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest

Poster Contest Rules and Guidelines

Sponsorship and Judging

The 27th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and The Environmental Resources Network, Inc. (TERN). The theme changes yearly, though the contest is an ongoing educational effort to help children and teachers gain awareness of Georgia’s native plants and animals. Artists as well as wildlife and plant professionals judge the contest entries based on artistic interpretation, originality, visual impact and contest theme.

  • The contest is open to individual students (no group drawings) in kindergarten through 5th grades.
  • Homeschool groups, public schools and private schools are encouraged to participate.
  • Schools/groups may enter one poster from any or all divisions:

Division 1: Kindergarten

Division 2: First and Second Grades

Division 3: Third and Fourth Grades

Division 4: Fifth Grade

  • Each school/group may enter no more than at total of four posters to the state level contest (one per division).
Size and Format
  1. Outside dimensions cannot exceed 17" x 22" (vertically or horizontally).
  2. Collages and other three-dimensional artwork are not suitable for this contest.
  3. Posters should be submitted on white tagboard or on white art paper (no matting).
  4. DO NOT FOLD. Submit art flat in a package or roll into a mailing tube.
  5. If you want the students’ entries returned, you MUST include exact postage (stamps only - no
    metered tapes) and mailing label or the entries will not be returned.
Contest Rules
  1. While following the Poster Contest Rules and Guidelines, instruct your students to create their own artwork based on this year's theme, and arrange for a local competition at your school.
  2. Each entry should depict at least one native nongame plant and/or animal of Georgia.  Please include the Artwork Description information on the Poster Contest Entry Form. This demonstrates to the judges the student researched their subject.
  3. First-, second- and third-place winners should be chosen at the local level (refer to Contest Awards section).
  4. All participating students can receive place award ribbons and a Give Wildlife a Chance certificate (refer to Contest Awards section).
  5. Only ONE school-wide winner from each division can be chosen to compete in the state-level contest at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia (refer to Eligibility section). State-level entries are normally the artwork of the first-place school winners.
  6. All contest entries must adhere to the contest theme: Every Species Matters!
  7. Avoid focusing on game species (those legally hunted or fished). Examples include whitetail deer, wild turkey, gray squirrel, bear, bobcat, Canada geese, mourning dove, bobwhite quail, alligator, and largemouth bass.  For a full list of game species, see the 2016-2017 Hunting Seasons and Fishing Regulations as well as the Migratory Bird Seasons. While these animals are important, this competition emphasizes Georgia's nongame animals and native plants.  
Entry Form
  1. Attach a copy of the 27th Annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest entry form to the back of each poster with tape.
  2. Please DO NOT use glue or staples.
  3. Send poster contest entries to: 

Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 S. Milledge Ave.
Athens, GA 30605
P: (706) 542-6156; F: (706) 542-3826

ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, April 14, 2017.

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