Call for Entries: 2022 Recycling Poster Contest

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The Nebraska Recycling Council (NRC) is pleased to announce a poster competition for Nebraska artists. Cash awards will be provided for the top 3 submissions. All emerging and established Nebraska artists are encouraged to submit an entry. The winning poster will be used to promote recycling, offered to elected officials, and sold at recycling related events.  The winner will be announced by September 1 and the winning poster will be on display at NRC’s Awards Luncheon on September 15, 2022.  Submissions can be made from June 1 – August 1. Deadline for submission:  August 1, 2022


  • Juror Awards:
    • 1st Prize: $250
    • 2nd Prize: $150
    • NRC Members’ Choice Award: $100


Joe Shaw is the Executive Director of the LUX Center for the Arts, a community-based center that provides exceptional learning opportunities in the visual arts. Joe served as Associate Director from 2016-2019.


  1. Entry fee: $15.00 / $10 student. Entry fee may be sent to NRC’s Paypal, cash or check also accepted. Limit ONE submission per artist. Only ORIGINAL artwork will be considered.
  2. Qualifications: Artists must be 16 years or older and must live or work in Nebraska.
  3. Design: Artwork should measure no larger than 12” x 17” high and be in vertical (portrait) orientation. The poster must adhere to the theme: the Five Rs of Zero Waste: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot. Artists may pick one of these principles to focus on or incorporate each of them in the poster.
  4. Limitations and Disqualifications:
    1. Posters that include personal or corporate information will be disqualified.
    2. Posters using copyrighted, trademarked products, packaging, brand names and advertisements will be disqualified.
    3. Posters misspelling words will be disqualified.
    4. Original signed release forms are required for persons, whether public or private citizens, who are photographed and appear on the poster.
  5. Electronic resolution and Format: Artwork must be submitted in electronic format with a resolution of 300 dpi and in jpg format. (Poster winner will be requested to resubmit poster at a higher resolution for reproduction purposes.)
  6. Submitting your entry: Submissions must include the completed entry application form. Send via email to: [email protected] with “Poster Contest – [Name of artist]” in the subject line.
  7. Deadline for submission: August 1, 2022
  8. Judging and winner selection: All entries will be reviewed by the juror. The top 3 choices will then be put to an online vote of NRC members. The competition will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Marketability of poster to multiple audiences
  • Creative, original artwork and concept
  • Attractiveness and graphic impact
  • Strength of visual expression related to poster theme
  1. Final poster: Nebraska Recycling Council will be added along with sponsor logos below the winning image. All winning submissions become the property of the Nebraska Recycling Council and may be used for commercial purposes. NRC reserves the right to reject all submissions for the poster design.