Poster Contest

Poster Contest

Enter the "Water is Life" Poster Contest!

Sponsored by the Irvine Ranch Water District


Create a poster that shows how to use water wisely at home or school. Or show how saving water can help the environment. You could become a published artist!


This year's theme, “Water is Life,” relates to the stewardship and conservation of water. This means wise and efficient water use inside and outside of the home, at school, in the community, and in recreation. Climate change is already stressing Southern California’s water supplies. Every watershed the Southland depends on, from the Colorado River to the Sierra Nevada to our own groundwater basins, is becoming less reliable. The future requires that we all use water wisely. This theme of water efficiency and stewardship should be reflected in the artwork.

Optional hot topics

Poster contest rules

  • NEW! Open to students in grades K-12
  • Use 12” x 18” or 8.5" x 11" (NEW!) in size white paper.
  • Artwork drawn on 12” X 18” paper must have AT LEAST a one-inch white or blank border on all four sides (SEE EXAMPLE). This is a graphics and framing requirement.
  • Crayons, markers, ink, poster paint, pastels, chalk, water color or cut paper fabric may be used
  • HORIZONTAL format only!
  • Include a brief water message, with as little writing as possible
  • Original artwork only – no copyrighted material (Mickey Mouse, Spongebob, etc)
  • Do not put student’s name on front of poster
  • Poster must be the hands-on work of only the student
  • Back of poster must have an entry form with student’s information and signed parental release
  • All posters become the property of IRWD/MWDOC/MWD and may be displayed or reproduced
  • Follow all formatting directions – failure to do so will disqualify the entry

Posters must be submitted by Friday, March 15, 2019.


Download the poster contest flier and application HERE

Poster paper

Teachers: Need poster paper for your students? Contact for the delivery of complimentary poster paper for poster contest entries (only during February 2019)

Students: Need poster paper for the contest? Visit the IRWD Public Affairs office (15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA 92618) to pick up complimentary poster paper and get started on your art piece!


Winning posters will be submitted to regional competitions sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Municipal Water District of Orange County.

Enter for a chance to win a meet and greet with a scientist/water efficiency team member, iPad or featured in a water awareness calendar!


Submission locations

Irvine Ranch Water District: Public Affairs office (15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA 92618)

Irvine Unified School District: Nicole Reynolds' office (5050 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604)

Newport Mesa Unified School District: Newport Coast Elementary front office (6655 Ridge Park Rd., Newport Coast, CA 92657)

Newport-Mesa Unified Scool District: Only accepting in March at the Sanborn building (2985 Bear St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

Saddleback Unified School District: Trish Shepard's office (25631 Peter A. Hartman Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92691)

Tustin Unified School District: Mark Eliot's office (300 South C St., Tustin, CA 92780)

Mailing instructions

Water is Life Poster contest

Attn: Public Affairs office 

Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA 92618

Judging criteria

Posters are selected based upon four scoring criteria (four scoring elements will be part of the judges’ scores):
1. Selection criteria (listed above)
2. Degree to which poster addresses the water conservation theme
3. Level of originality (e.g. – uniqueness, creativity)
4. Degree of visual and word clarity (e.g. - the use of color, art media and/or text)


Irvine Ranch Water District Public Affairs office


Phone: 949-453-5500

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