The Details

  • Any student in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade enrolled in a public, charter, home schooled, parochial, or other private school in any one of the eight Great Lakes states or Ontario, Canada may enter.

  • Completed poster must be 8.5”x11” or larger, in vertical orientation.

  • Paints, crayons, markers, pens, or pencils may be used on poster board. No glitter or other glued on materials accepted.

  • Lettering should be hand drawn/freehand only. No stencils or pre-printed lettering or tracing permitted.

  • No copyrighted materials (e.g. comic or TV characters).

  • Posters must be the original artwork of the student entering the contest in idea, design, and execution.

  • All entries must include use of a lifejacket.

  • More than one entry per student is allowed.

  • Judges from the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium will select a winner based on visual impact, creativity, and clarity of wear-a-lifejacket theme. Winner will be asked to submit original artwork.

  • All entries may be used in water safety campaigns and promotions to help save lives.

How to Enter

Once completed, take a hi-quality digital photograph of your entry.

Email your photo to with the following info:

  • Student name

  • Grade

  • School

  • School address

  • Teacher’s name & email

Winner will be announced April 30, 2019