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Congratulations to our three winners, Rachel Huang, Artley Whipple, and Athena Tumbelekis! Click here to see the winning posters and our five finalists’ entries.

Thank you, again, to all of the students who submitted posters – we were very impressed by your creativity and your passion for protecting our environment.

Please note that this contest is closed to submissions.


  1. Entries are due by April 22, 2020 at midnight EDT.
  2. The contest is open to all kids ages 5-18. Contestants must reside in the United States. One winner will be selected from each of the following age categories:
    • Ages 5-9
    • Ages 10-13
    • Ages 14-18
  1. Posters will be judged by the Beyond Plastics team, and judging will be based on the following criteria: 
    • Originality, creativity, and artistry of design
    • Clear and engaging messaging around the topic of plastic pollution
    • All the rules for poster design and submission are met (as outlined below)
  1. Winners will receive $100 and a plastic-free starter kit filled with goodies to help reduce or eliminate the amount of single-use plastic used in the winner’s household.
  2. The winners will be announced in May 2020.
  3. After entrant has been notified that his/her/their poster has won, he/she/they must send the original poster artwork to Beyond Plastics; please note that artwork will not be returned and will become the property of Beyond Plastics.


  1. Posters must be reflective of the contest’s themes of Earth Day and eliminating plastic pollution.
  2. Work must be original. Posters cannot include any copyrighted images or materials.
  3. Posters must be created by the entrant only. Only one poster per entrant.
  4. Posters must be on either 8.5” x 11” or 11” x 17” paper.
  5. Any mediums for two-dimensional artwork can be used (pens, markers, photographs, paint, etc.) Please keep in mind that bright colors and bold letters and shapes are generally easier to see on posters.


To participate in this poster contest, please take a high-quality digital photograph of your poster, and submit it, along with your completed entry form, in either of the two following ways:

  1. Submit this online form and attach the photograph where indicated; or
  2. Download the entry form here and send the completed document as an attachment in an email to along with the image file of the poster (your email should have a total of two attachments – please do not paste either file into the body of your email). Please make the subject of your email: “Submission to the plastic pollution poster contest.”


  • By submitting a poster to Beyond Plastics, you hereby agree that your poster or representations of your poster may be used in professional, educational, exhibition, video production and/or presentation for Beyond Plastics.
  • Winners will be required to send their original artwork to Beyond Plastics; the original artwork will not be returned, and will become the property of Beyond Plastics.