We are pleased to announce our 8th annual Green-Schools Irish Water Poster Competition! This year’s competition’s theme is Valuing Water, which aligns with the theme for World Water Day 2021.

We are also continuing to hold a Secondary Schools Video Category this year. Details of the video competition can be found here: https://greenschoolsireland.org/water-video-competition-2021/

The deadline for entries to this year’s competition is Friday, February 26, 2021.

Competition details & downloads

We are accepting a maximum of 10 entries per category, per school, but suggest you could initially run an in-school competition to determine the entries you wish to submit as this will link to Step Six of the Green-Schools programme: Involving and Informing.

We have sent a poster and information on the competition’s terms and conditions to all eligible schools which will be arriving soon. You can read a copy of our T&Cs by clicking here: https://greenschoolsireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/TCs-7.pdf

The age categories for entry are:

  1. Junior Primary (Infants – 2nd class)
  2. Senior Primary (3rd – 6th class)
  3. Secondary School (1st – 6th year)
  4. Secondary School Video Competition (1st – 6th year, max group of 20 students per video submission)

and the regional areas are:

  • Dublin County: Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, South Dublin, Fingal
  • Eastern/Midlands: Wicklow, Kildare, Laois, Carlow, Offaly, Westmeath, Longford, Meath and Louth
  • Northern/Western region: Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan, Monaghan, Galway City and County, Mayo, Clare and Roscommon
  • Southern region: Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Tipperary, Cork City and County, Kerry and Limerick

Video Competition Guidelines and Downloads

Details of the video competition can be found here: https://greenschoolsireland.org/water-video-competition-2021/

Theme: Valuing Water

There are many ways to interpret this year’s competition theme: Valuing Water. The theme is inspired by the theme for World Water Day 2021.

  • Visit the UN World Water Day page here (it will be updated for 2021 in December 2020)

When speaking about this year’s theme in your classroom or among your school group a good place to begin the discussion is around the two water-focused Global Goals: numbers 6 and 14, Clean Water and Sanitation and Life Below Water.

The Global Goals website’s Resources section has further information on each goal, along with videos, materials, campaign information and images that could all be used as inspiration to begin working on posters or videos: https://www.globalgoals.org/resources

The World’s Largest Lesson website is a great resource for schools to help teach about the Global Goals. Their page on Goal 6 is: http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/global-goals/clean-water-sanitation/ and their page on Goal 14 is: http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/global-goals/life-below-water/.

Other tips:

  • The posters should inspire actions in others and carry a message linked to the competition’s theme – keep any lettering clear while also showcasing your artistic skills!
  • Don’t forget the theme! Keep this year’s theme in mind when creating your poster (or video); we love seeing how our themes are interpreted each year and can’t wait to see what this year’s entries will do with the theme.
  • Don’t attach anything to the posters. Each poster will be reproduced for display at our awards and online so any items like sand, plastic, shells, collage materials, will not reprint easily and your message and work will be lost
  • Please reconsider the use of glitter on posters – as glitter is usually made from aluminium bonded to polyethylene terephthalate; it is a microplastic and pollutant. We love seeing the colourful and vibrant posters sent in and will love them all the same without glitter, we promise!
  • Have fun! Use lots of colour and have fun with your poster.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this year’s competition, your entries or your school’s eligibility please contact us at waterevents@eeu.antaisce.org and we’ll be happy to help.

View last year’s winning poster designs on our Flickr page.