2021 Student Art Contest

"Life Without Water"

2021 Art Contest Theme: Life Without Water

Requirements and Guidelines

  1. Students residing in or attending school in Whitman County in grades K-12 are eligible to participate.

  2. Only one entry is allowed per student.

  3. Students must be the creator of the artwork they are submitting.

  4. Any art media (i.e. colored pencil, photography, digital art, paint, collages) will be accepted.

  5. The file name of art submissions must include the student’s first and last name.

  6. You must submit your art entry using the submission form listed on this webpage.

  7. A parent or guardian electronic signature is required for submission.

  8. Any entries received after the deadline of Friday, May 14th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. will be disqualified.

  9. All entries will be evaluated by Palouse Conservation District staff.


Why did we choose this theme?

Many of the people that settled on the Palouse chose to live here because of the large amounts of groundwater that that they found. Groundwater is water that is stored underground in an aquifer. An aquifer is an underground layer of rocks where the cracks and spaces between the rocks are full of water. We need our groundwater because that is where our cities and towns get our drinking water from. The largest aquifer found in our area is called the Grande Ronde aquifer. More and more people are living here, and the amount of water that we use is increasing. In 1967, local scientists started to study our water resources.

It is really hard to find out how much water we have left in our aquifers. We cannot send scientists underground to measure them. Instead, we use scientific tools, create graphs, and look at how much water is being taken out of our aquifers each year. And while we don’t know exactly how much water we have left underground, we do know that we have been using too much water. We need to reduce our water usage in order to protect our drinking water sources.


For this art contest, we want you to imagine life without water. What would be different? How would the world change if we ran out of water? How would your life change?


The deadline to submit your artwork has been extended to Friday, May 14th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Please note that late submissions will not be eligible for the competition.

How to Submit

In order to enter, you must fill out the submission form listed on this webpage. Each entry will require a photo or scan of the artwork.

Awards and Recognition

All artwork will be evaluated by age group (grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12). Palouse Conservation District staff will decide one (1) Winner and one (1) Honorable Mention for each age group. The Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced on the Palouse Conservation District’s social media and website on May 5th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Grand Prize Winners (1 student per age group) will be featured on the Palouse Conservation District’s social media and website. They will also receive an award based on age group:

  • K-2: One-Year Family Membership to Palouse Discovery Science Center

  • 3-5: Underwater Camera

  • 6-8: Hydroflask Water Bottle and Conservation Stickers

  • 9-12: $50 Gift Certificate to Tri-State Outfitters


Honorable Mentions (1 student per age group) will be featured on the Palouse Conservation District’s social media and website. They will also receive a Conserve Resources patch.

This publication was developed under Assistance Agreement No. NE-01J82401 awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has not been formally reviewed by EPA. The views expressed in this document are solely those of Palouse Conservation District and EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned in this publication.

Submission deadline extended to May 14th!

The Palouse Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All programs and services of the Palouse Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status or disability.

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