Conservation Poster and Photo Contests


NACD Close Up Conservation Photo Contest Winner 2013

National Conservation Poster, Speaking, and Photo Contests

The National Association of Conservation Districsts (NACD) and the NACD Auxiliary annually partner to host the National Poster Contest and the Photo Contest.

Contests provide an excellent opportunity for students to enjoy healthy competition while learning about conservation.

Each area has a local district that sponsors the area contests. Not all districts sponsor Poster, Photo, and Speaking Contests.  Please check over all the contests and details. You’ll need to contact your local conservation district for entry information on each of the contests. Depending on your local area conservation district, the deadlines and entry requiremnts may vary.

2015 Poster Contest

2015 NACD Conservation Poster Contest

The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides K-12 grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art.

The contest is open to public, private or home school students. Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. Individuals and teachers with questions regarding district contests should contact their local district. 

<– * Here’s the link for the Wisconsin  NACD County Offices. *

The top posters in each district for each age category will go on to the state competition, and could even go on to the national competition and win cash prizes!

The posters can use any 2-dimensional media and must be between 8.5″ x 11″ and 22″ x 28″ in size.  “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators” must be somewhere on your poster.  Have fun creating!


2015 Poster Contest Theme: Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators
Poster Categories by grade:          K-1         2-3         4-6         7-9         10-12
The contest is open to public, private or home school students.
Local districts or states may have different categories or rules for their contest.
Rules and Resources for 2015 Conservation Poster Contest
List of rules. |PDF|
List of resources. |PDF|
What Makes a Good Poster? | PDF |
National Visual Arts Standards
Logo in jpeg or tif/gif – Local Heroes Your Hardworking Pollinators

Vernon County residents, please contact  Sarah McDowell at  by or before December 1, 2014 if you have any interest in this fun conservation Poster Contest opportunity.  The posters will be due to the Vernon County Land & Water Conservation Department office on Friday, January 23rd  and the state competition is the first week of March.  2015 Poster Contest Entry Form
* UPDATE 10/02/14 —  In addition to the Poster and Photo contests, in Vernon County, there is an option for 5th-12th grade students to participate in a Conservation Speaking Contest.
Vernon County Conservation Speaking Contest
2015 Vernon Speaking Contest Guildlines
Entry Form

2014 Conservation Photo Contest Winner Youth (Lake County SWCD)

2013 Conservation Photo Contest Winner Youth, Indiana


Photo Contest




A picture can be worth even more than a thousand words. Good photographs can lend a helping hand to numerous projects: they strengthen publicity for a fund-raiser, make a newsletter more appealing and reveal the beauty of wetlands to children. The Photo Contest recognizes effective use of photography.

This contest is open to any amateur photographer of any age. Enter up to 5 total photos per person in the following four categories: Conservation Practices, Close Up Conservation, Conservation in Action, and Ag/Conservation Across America.  All photos must be taken within your district.

The top three in each age category will receive a prize and will move onto the National Competition.

Vernon County Residents: Vernon County Land & Water Conservation is offering the Conservation Photo Contest this year.  This is a great way to get your students outside so they can catch a snapshot of the beauty of nature and farming that is all around us!  All photos are due by November 1, 2014. All photos must be taken in Vernon County, WI so we can showcase conservation in our area of the state. Contact Sarah McDowell <> for the forms and details for Vernon County.
2014 Vernon Co. Photo Contets Entry Form
2014 NACD Photo Contest Details

Conservation Photo Winner 2015 1st Place, Youth, Illinois

2013 Conservation Photo Winner, Youth, Illinois


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