Student Contest 2014

Student Contest 2014 - Water Challenge Billboard Design 

The contest is currently closed.

Click here to view the full gallery of 2014 winners.

Connect Californians to water facts and solutions, and your design could be featured on a major metropolitan billboard!

Nonprofit Next 10 is holding a contest for all students to create a billboard educating Californians about the state's water supply.




How to Enter:

Step 1: Create your billboard artwork, either using the facts and figures from our website, or your own research. Be creative, and communicate the importance of water with people across the state.

Step 2: Submit your billboard artwork and an entry form to Next 10 by May 21, 2014. Your design can use whatever art form you are most comfortable with, including graphic design, drawing, painting, photography, etc. You can either mail your physical art to Next 10's offices, or email your digital art.

Step 3: A panel of judges will select winning entries based on creativity, originality, and how well they communicate about water in California. Multiple winners will be selected from multiple categories. Next 10 will announce the winners on May 30, 2014, and will post entries in an online gallery at 

Step 4: If your entry is selected, this summer 2014 it will be featured on a digital billboard in a major metropolitan area to millions of viewers!


Additional Details:

- The teacher / professor who has the most students enter will win $250 for class supplies.

- Any student, from elementary school, to art school, to grad school, may enter the contest.

- All applicants MUST complete an entry form to participate in the contest

- If your artwork is chosen, it will appear on the digital billboard with the following specifications: Overall Area: 400 px (h) x 1400 px (w), Resolution: 72dpi, File type: Uncompressed JPEG, Color Mode: RGB

California Water Facts and Solutions:

Facts Solutions
  • California’s water serves over 12 million households (38 million Californians) and over 80,000 farms and ranches
  • During drought years, total precipitation can be less than half the annual average
  • California has the 15th highest per capita water consumption in the USA
  • The average Californian uses 196 gallons of water per day
  • It takes 9 – 12 gallons of water for each shower, over 25 gallons of water for each load of laundry, an average of 300 gallons to water the lawn once
  • Each year we could save 16,000 gallons of water per house by not over watering our lawns
  • California agriculture is a $45 billion annual industry, the nation’s largest, producing half of US-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables 
  • The Bay-Delta is the West Coast’s largest estuary, supplying drinking water for 25 million people, and is home to 52 mammals, 22 reptiles and amphibian species, 225 birds, and 54 species of fish
  • Saving water is an easy way to stretch our water supply
  • A healthy water supply helps our state create jobs, protect our environment and prepare for the future
  • WATER SAVING TIPS: Replace some lawn with water-wise plants and flowers, update your sprinkler system with drip-irrigation and a weather-based smart controller, update your toilets and showerheads, fix your leaks, take shorter showers, only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they are full
  • Did you know? Replacing all of the old, inefficient showerheads in California homes with WaterSense labeled models could save about 87 million gallons of water every day.  And that could save more than $100 million in water bills and nearly $300 million in energy costs for heating water!


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