Water Conservation Poster Contest

2020 Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest

Theme: The Value of Water

2020 winners and their posters are highlighted below. Thanks to all our participating students and teachers, and congratulations winners! Check Back in September for information regarding our 2021 contest.

PLEASE NOTE: Given recent changes to school schedules, we've extended the deadline to April 10, 2020.

To accommodate Mayor Steve Schewel’s Stay-at-Home Order and follow COVID-19 precautions, we are allowing poster participants to submit their entries online. Be sure to read the updated guidelines before submitting.

Each year the City of Durham’s Department of Water Management celebrates National Drinking Water Week (May 3 - 9, 2020), 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 Value of Water”.

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 3rd - 9th). 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.

All poster entries from your school must be submitted according to the included guidelines no later than April 10, 2020. Participants can submit poster entries as a class or directly to the City without school sponsorship. Entries can be mailed or you can make arrangements for pick-up.

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