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KIDS Miami Poster and Video Contests

About the Contest

Miami-Dade County elementary school students from kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in the 8th Annual Every Drop Counts Kids Poster Contest. Using this year's theme, It Starts With Water - Conserve It!, students can express the benefits of water and energy conservation – and get a free T-shirt, with a chance to win other prizes!

Entries must be submitted no later than February 12, 2016 to:

Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department
Water Use Efficiency Section - Room 554-11
3071 SW 38 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33146

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Students must follow these guidelines when designing their poster. Any poster not following these guidelines will be disqualified.

  1. Poster must depict the theme of It Starts With Water - Let's Conserve It.
  2. Only Miami-Dade County elementary school students, grades K - 5, will be eligible to participate.
  3. Students must work as individuals. No teamwork posters will be allowed.
  4. Only original artwork will be accepted. No poster containing computer-generated graphics, photographs, collages, 3-D artwork or trademarked art will be accepted.
  5. Poster must be drawn horizontally (landscape format) on 11" x 17" or smaller white poster paper only. Posters that are larger than this size will not be judged.
  6. Students may use crayons, watercolors, poster paint, colored pencils or magic markers to create the poster.
  7. All entries must contain an official entry form filled out and signed by the parent or guardian. Posters that do not contain the signature of a parent or guardian will not be judged. The completed entry form must be securely taped to the back of the poster.
  8. Posters should not be folded when packaged.
  9. All artwork will become the property of the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department and will not be returned.

Poster submissions can be dropped off with a security guard at the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department's main office.

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Judging criteria

The winning posters will be selected by a panel of judges, using the following criteria:

  • Conservation Message (50 points) - Does the poster convey the theme's message clearly and link to the water and energy conservation subject?
  • Visual Effectiveness (30 points) - How does the poster relay the message and does it require you to take action? Will you remember the poster next year? Is it neat and creative?
  • Universal Appeal (10 points) - Regardless of age, language or educational level, everyone should be able to understand the message. Does it appeal to the general population or a large audience?
  • Originality (10 points) - Artistic Expression. The maximum number of points a poster can receive is 100 points.


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Winning entries will be displayed in April 2016, during Water Conservation month. One winning entry will be selected from each Commission District and all entries will receive an Every Drop Counts t-shirt. The winning entries will be featured in the 2017 Every Drop Counts Calendar and the winning students will be recognized with a prize package at a meeting of the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

All students who submit an entry will receive a D-Rop t-shirt in recognition of their participation in the project. 

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