Kentucky Students Invited To Enter Environmental Health Poster Contest | Community


FRANKFURT – The Department of Public Health invites all Kentuckians representing Kindergarten to Grade 8 to participate in the annual Environmental Health Poster Contest. The competition is open to public, parish, and home-schooled students and members of sponsoring organizations, such as Boy Scout Troops and 4-H clubs, in this age group. Young Kentuckians passionate about environmental health and passionate about creative expression can submit their work until October 4.

The competition is sponsored by the Kentucky Environmental Public Health Tracking Network and the Kentucky Population Health Institute, and offers cash prizes. The winners’ work will be on display at the annual Children’s Environmental Health Summit on October 14 – National Children’s Environmental Health Day – at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. This free event, which will be offered virtually due to the global pandemic, will provide insight into issues impacting children’s health in Kentucky and highlight ongoing efforts to protect the youth of our Commonwealth.

The theme for this year’s poster contest is Kentucky Health Equity. Submissions should reflect artists’ recognition of health equity as a way to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Some circumstances that determine the health of an individual or community include access to healthy foods; live in a safe neighborhood; quality housing; quality education; the ability to see a healthcare professional when needed and a safe place to play. It is also important to have friends, family and neighbors to help create this community.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded: Visa gift cards of $ 100, $ 75 and $ 50, respectively. A winner from each grade level will also be selected and receive a $ 25 gift card. All participants will receive a certificate.


  • Entries will be judged on creativity, alignment with this year’s theme, and originality.
  • Submissions can be created from any of the following media: pencil, marker, watercolor, tempera, acrylic, collage, or original photograph.
  • Submissions are limited to Kentucky resident students, Kindergarten to Grade 8.
  • Each student can only submit one original poster.
  • DPH reserves the right to disqualify entries for any reason.
  • All posters become the property of DPH and may be used in environmental health campaigns.
  • Entries must be posted no later than October 4 and uploaded to the respective link (below) per level in one of the following formats: PDF, PNG, JPG, JPEG or GIF. The file size limit is 16MB. Downloads should only include one entry.
  • The winners will be contacted by October 10 at the latest.

For more information, contact Shelly Canada, competition coordinator, at (502) 564-3418, ext. 4448, or [email protected]

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