Water Conservation Poster Contest

2021 Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest

Theme: The Power of Water

We are excited to announce our 2021 Water Conservation Poster Contest! Each year the City of Durham’s Department of Water Management celebrates National Drinking Water Week (May 2 - 8, 2021), by sponsoring a water conservation poster contest. This contest brings attention to the importance of water as a resource through art created by our Durham youth in kindergarten through eighth grade.

We invite students to use their artistic talents to celebrate drinking water and promote water conservation and efficiency. The contest is designed to encourage our local young artists to express their own ideas in relation to the chosen theme.

  • This year’s theme is “The Power of Water”. Please keep in mind that we would like artistic representations of the importance or power of water in our daily lives, community, and/or our planet, NOT artistic representations of hydroelectric power.
  • New this year! In order to allow for more flexibility as our community adapts to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, submissions will be accepted via direct mail or electronically through our online form. We also require that all submissions be 8.5 x 11 inches to help keep the competition equitable. All poster entries must be submitted according to the guidelines (PDF) no later than March 26, 2021.
  • Posters will be judged in three divisions: Kindergarten–2nd; 3rd–5th; and 6th–8th grades. Local winners will receive special recognition from the City’s Department of Water Management and City Council at a ceremony during Drinking Water Week (May 2nd - 8th). Winning entries will also be displayed at City Hall on our social media platforms as well as the City’s website. 
  • The top three posters in each division will represent Durham in the statewide competition sponsored by the North Carolina section of the American Water Works Association/Water Environment Association.

2020 Winners

Congratulations to our all of our 2020 participants. The top posters from each grade division are featured below.
Division: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

1st Place, Nathaniel Ray, Montessori Community School


2nd Place, Becca Herbert-Reader, Montessori Community School


3rd Place, Gabriella Centonze, Creekside Elementary School

Division: 3rd - 5th Grades

1st Place, Emilyn Doan, Durham Academy


2nd Place, Owen Herbert-Reader, Montessori Community School


3rd Place, Cordelia Mullin, George Watts Elementary

Division: 6th - 8th Grades

1st Place, Zachary Hanspal, Voyager Academy


2nd Place, Lily Soderberg, Triangle Day School


3rd Place, Emma Wilcox, Voyager Academy