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City of Wilmington
Clean Waterways Wilmington Contest

The details


The City of Wilmington’s Clean Waterways Wilmington art contest is open to all students in grades K-12 that attend public, private, charter, parochial, or are home schooled within the City of Wilmington. To see if your school is eligible, enter the address in this map and if it’s within the City’s green boundary line, you’re eligible!

Only one entry may be submitted per student. NEW this year is a coloring page division just for K-2 students!


This year’s theme is “Restore our Earth.” What does restoring our Earth mean to you? Consider how humans have affected the planet over the thousands of years we’ve been living on it. What might the future look like if we reversed the damage? How might we use innovation and technology to do that? We want to see what you think!Consider topics such as species diversity, natural resource conservation, climate change, ecosystems, sustainable communities, environmental justice and more. The possibilities are endless.


Three winning drawings are selected from three grade groups: 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The coloring contest is only open to the K-2 grade group and three winning entries will be selected. This means there are a total of 12 winners. All winners will receive a prize package consisting of a VISA gift card and art supplies.

Each category receives a nature drawing-related book, colored pencil set, and sketch pad. In addition, first place receives a $50 VISA gift card and second and third place winners receive a $25 VISA gift card.

First place winners will also have their work printed in a giant street sticker and applied to the streets of Wilmington to act as a visual reminder that we have the power to restore our Earth.

K-2 coloring division

NEW THIS YEAR – We’re debuting a special coloring contest for all students from Kindergarden-2nd grade. We commissioned VibePro to create two coloring page options for our young artists. While your young artist can color both, only one entry will be accepted per artist. Please note, hand-drawn entries from K-2 students will not be considered in this year’s contest.

How to enter

We are no longer accepting submissions, but check back in the fall for the next cycle!

To win, the artwork must:

1. Relate to the theme, “Restore our Earth”

2. Be submitted on 8 ½” x 11” paper (both horizontal or vertical orientation accepted)

3. Every entry must include a completed Entry Form with signed Parent/Guardian Consent.

Remember, we want to see the beautiful and original artwork you create! Please do not use any trademarked phrases or copyrighted artworks or logos.

If the scanned image is not at the quality we need for the street sticker, we may request to borrow a copy of the original artwork.

If you have questions about this, please contact Sarah Morales at

*Please note that the postal service is experiencing significant delays of up to 1+ months. We strongly encourage you submit a digital entry to ensure your submission doesn’t get lost in transit.

Online privacy

Privacy is important to us! Which is why the information we collect is only used for the purposes of the Clean Wilmington Waterways art contest we host on behalf of, and with support from, the City of Wilmington. We take internet privacy seriously and will not share this information with third parties without your consent. No third party shall have access or shall obtain yours, or the student’s, information.