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Poster Contest

The annual NACD and NACD Auxiliary Poster Contest provides students from kindergarten through 12th grade the chance to have their art displayed as part of a national conservation outreach initiative. Each year, the winning posters reflect NACD’s annual Stewardship theme, and highlight the work of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies to protect and enhance natural resources. The contest starts at the district level; winners advance to the state level, and then to the national level, where they receive recognition at NACD’s annual meeting.

The poster contest is open to public, private, and home-schooled students. The top three posters in each category of the national contest will receive monetary prizes. First place winners will receive $200; second place winners will receive $150; and third place winners will receive $100. The NACD Auxiliary, through their quilt project proceeds and the Albert I. Pierce Foundation, sponsor prizes at the national level.

If you have any questions, contact NACD at

Local and State Entry All entries at the local and state level contest must be submitted with this Local to State Form by the due dates set by your local conservation district. To find contact information for your local conservation district, click here. All poster submissions must by sponsored by your local conservation district.

National Entry Posters for the national contest will only be accepted from state poster contest organizers. The 2017 Poster Contest submission deadline has passed – winners were announced at the 2018 NACD Annual Meeting and are available here. 2018 Poster Contest submissions must be received by December 1, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact NACD by email at stewardship@nacdnet.orgOnly use one method of submission – mail or email – per poster and be sure to include both this entry form and the State to National form.

  • If you wish to send your state’s winning posters by mail, please use this following address: NACD National Poster Contest, 509 Capitol Court NE Washington, DC 20002

Tips for shipping: Choose the most inexpensive shipping method; add delivery confirmation and track your shipment; package the poster between two pieces of cardboard; and give at least a half of an inch of space between the posters and packaging.

  • If you wish to submit your state’s winning posters by email, follow these instructions: Name the JPEG file for each poster you are submitting electronically in the following format: State_GradeLevel_LastName of winner. Send the files with the appropriate forms to

Click here to download the “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home” logo from NACD’s Flickr page.

Click here to view and download a PowerPoint presentation detailing the 2018 poster contest rules and information.

Additional Resources:

Certificate of Participation Template |PDF|

Judging Score Card Template |DOC|

Promotional Flyer |PDF|

Resource List |PDF|

Poster Contest Brochure |PDF|

Click here to download the “Healthy Soils are Full of Life” logo from NACD’s Flickr page. To learn more about NACD’s 2017 Stewardship theme and to access “Healthy Soils are Full of Life” education and stewardship materials, click here.

Click here to view and download a PowerPoint presentation detailing the 2017 poster contest rules and information.

Additional Resources:

Certificate of Participation Template |PDF|

Judging Score Card Template |DOC|

Promotional Flyer |PDF|

Resource List |PDF|

2017 1st Place Posters

Grade 10-12: Cody Mason Hodge, Tenn.


Grade 7-9: Cassie Wang, N.J.

Grade 4-6: Xinyi Zhang, N.J.

Grade 2-3: Rhett Forkner, Mo.

Grade K-1: Kooper Bean, Iowa

2017 Poster Contest Winners: Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!

2016 Poster Contest Winners: We All Need Trees

2015 Poster Contest Winners: Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators

2014 Poster Contest Winners: Dig Deeper

2013 Poster Contest Winners: Where Does Your Water Shed?

2012 Poster Contest Winners: Soil to Spoon

2011 Poster Contest Winners: Forests for People, More Than You Can Imagine!

2010 Poster Contest Winners: Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats

Photo Contest

Excellent photography can communicate volumes. To recognize individuals who use this tool effectively and creatively, NACD and NACD Auxiliary joined forces to host an annual Photo Contest. The contest is open to all amateur photographers who reside in the U.S. or its territories. Contestants are allowed to enter as many as five photos each year that each fit into one of the following four categories: Conservation Practices, Close-up Conservation, Conservation in Action, or Agriculture and Conservation Across America. Click here to view examples for each of the categories.

Photos are judged on technical merit and composition. On technical merit, photos will be judged on whether they are well-framed, properly exposed, and sharp/clear. On composition, the photos will be judged on imagination and creativity. One winner will be selected for each category and age division (adults are 19 and older as of December 1, 2018.) Each first place winner at the national level will receive a $100 cash prize. Second place winners will receive $50. These cash awards are made possible by the NACD Auxiliary’s quilt project proceeds and the Albert I. Pierce Foundation. Honorable mention award winners will also be selected for each category, but will not receive a monetary award.

The 2018 Photo Contest is currently accepting submissions – winners of the 2017 contest were announced at NACD’s 2018 Annual Meeting and are available here. If you have any questions, please contact NACD

Compete and submit this entry form and photo release for each photo you would like to enter into the contest, along with the photos you are submitting, by email to Photos must be in a JPEG or TIFF file format. If you are submitting a photo in which a subject or model’s face is recognizable, you must also complete and attach this subject and model release with your photo/s. All emailed photo files must be named by category, age division, last name, state, and photo number. If you are submitting only one photo in a category, your photo number is “1.” Additional photos in the same category should be numbered consecutively. Name the photo file for each entry as follows:

  • Conservation Practices
    • Adult: CP-A- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#
    • Youth: CP-Y- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#
  • Conservation in Action
    • Adult: CIA-A- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#
    • Youth: CIA-Y- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#
  • Close Up Conservation
    • Adult: CUC-A- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#
    • Youth: CUC-Y- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#
  • Ag/Conservation Across America
    • Adult: ACAA-A- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#
    • Youth: ACAA-Y- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#

For example, John Smith, a 16-year-old from Texas, wishes to submit three photos, one in the Close Up Conservation category and two in Conservation in Action. His file names would read as follows:

  • CUC-Y-Smith-J-TX-1
  • CIA-Y-Smith-J-TX-1
  • CIA-Y-Smith-J-TX-2

  • Minor digital enhancements for cropping, red-eye removal, filters and corrective functions are permitted; however, an image judged to be significantly altered may be disqualified. Contestants are not permitted to place borders, frames or backgrounds around their images or to place watermarks, dates, signatures or copyright images onto photos.
  • Previously published photos are not eligible for the NACD Photo Contest.
  • All entries become the property of NACD. As such, NACD reserves the non-exclusive right to use submittals in official publications and for promotional purposes. The photographer retains rights and use to their photo.

2017 1st Place Photos

Close Up Conservation – Adult: Sandra Warren, Miss.

Close Up Conservation – Youth: Eva Lee, Wis.

Ag/Conservation Across America – Adult: Jennifer Rikard, Miss.

Ag/Conservation Across America – Youth: Moira Carroll, Del.

Conservation Practices – Adult: Troy Bishopp, N.Y.

Conservation Practices – Youth: Rithanya Saravanan

Conservation In Action – Adult: Caitlin Stewart, Ind.

Conservation in Action – Youth: Allison Melvin, Ind.

2016 Photo Contest Winners

2015 Photo Contest Winners

2014 Photo Contest Winners

2013 Photo Contest Winners

2012 Photo Contest Winners

2011 Photo Contest Winners

2010 Photo Contest Winners

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