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Poster Contest Details

Endangered Species Poster ContestWho Can Enter?

Students may enter through their school, homeschool, or community group such as 4H and scouts. Each student may only submit one entry.

Designing the Poster

Educators work with their students to design a poster, following Poster competition at the NC Zoothe guidelines below.

An endangered species teacher resource pack is available to support implementation in the classroom. This important teaching aid includes lesson activities across different curriculums, suitable web sites and resources, and entry details for the contest. Download a free Resource Pack.

Poster Specifications

Submitting Entries

Schools will first hold a school-based competition, and choose first, second and third place in the following divisions.

For the first place winner of each division, please complete an entry form and attach it to the back of the original artwork with a paperclip. Posters will not be returned. Take a photo or copy of your poster before submitting it.

Competition coordinators should take photographs or color copies of the 3 winning entries in each division and submit them on the group results form. This form will be used to issue certificates to those students. Please do not send originals for 2nd and 3rd place to the zoo.

Folded posters will not be accepted. Artwork should be rolled and shipped in a mailing tube or be packed and wrapped flat. Please read the poster contest rules carefully, as only posters that meet the contest rules will be considered. Send your posters to the following address:

Endangered Species Poster Competition
NC Zoo Education Division
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205


Posters must be postmarked on or before Dec. 19, 2014. Winners will be notified by mail in February 2015.

Judging Procedure

The posters will be grouped in one of the following four grade categories:

Posters will be judged by a committee of zoo staff and community representatives. The winning poster and runner-up in each grade category will be judged based on the criteria listed below.

Judging Criteria

  1. Clear message conveyed by the text and artwork.
    • How significant or relevant is the poster in increasing understanding of an endangered species?
    • Does it communicate the message to a broad audience?
    • Did the artist use a catchy slogan or message?
  2. Creativity, originality and artistic quality.
    • Is the design creative and original?
    • Does the selected media enhance the presentation of the overall artistic quality?
  3. Visual clarity easily read.
    • Visual use of space - Is the poster clearly and logically set out?
    • Is the text easy to read?
  4. Research
    • Clarity of information
    • Was the information accurate?


One winner will be chosen in each division. All winning entries will be Poster Competition at the NC Zoocombined to create an Endangered Species Awareness Poster. The poster will be sent to participating schools and used in conjunction with the zoo’s education programs. Winning posters in each division will be displayed on the zoos web site.

The overall winner of each division will receive a prize pack including a family pass to the zoo, an endangered species poster and an educational program for their classroom.

For more information on the Endangered Species Poster Competition, Email or Phone (336) 879-7715 or toll free 1-800-488-0444 ext. 7715