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May the 4Rs Be With You Art & Media Contest

Calling all Action Heroes and Ambassadors! What are your 4Rs? 

Join youth and families across Alameda County in sharing your stories of action and connection that represents how you are part of the (Re)Generation - an intergenerational collective identity for people committed to building a regenerative earth. Through any storytelling medium that you choose i.e. video, photography, illustration, written or oral stories, and more - showcase how you use the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rot) or come up with your own "R" actions to inspire others.  

Need inspiration? We encourage you to: 

We are no longer accepting submission to this years contest. Good luck to all entrants! 


Submission Criteria 

  • Build on the popularity of May the 4th – May the 4Rs Be With You – Star Wars reference or choose your own fun theme!  
  • Promote environmental awareness of the 4Rs or choose your own “R”s that spotlight upstream solutions to preventing waste in the first place. 
  • Showcase yourself and how you are part of the (Re)Generation – a collective identity for people committed to rebuilding a regenerative earth.  
  • Get creative and share your story in any medium you choose in visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, culinary arts, and more! 
  • All participants must sign a photo release and maintain appropriate school media guidelines. 
  • Multiple submissions in all categories are allowed. 
  • Individuals can submit an entry even if they are also included in a separate group entry.  
  • An individual is defined as one single person submitting an entry.
  • A group is defined by a class, family or club with one mail point of contact acting as a main liaison.
  • Usage of copyrighted material is prohibited.

Judging Criteria 

  • You will not be judged on whether or not you choose to incorporate a Star Wars theme. 
  • Telling the story of why you chose your 4Rs is as important as the art piece you submit. 
  • We strongly encourage participants to consider the highest and best use of chosen materials and give a second life to materials or items that are already heading to the landfill.  

Winning Categories 

Awards will be given to both individuals and groups in four age-based categories – elementary, middle, high school & adult 

Individual: 

Elementary School Youth 

$100 first place 

$50 second place 

$25 third place 

Middle School Youth 

$100 first place 

$50 second place 

$25 third place 

High School Youth 

$100 first place 

$50 second place 

$25 third place 

Adult/Partner Organization 

$100 first place 

$50 second place 

$25 third place 

 

Group: 

Elementary School Youth 

$150 first place 

$100 second place 

$50 third place 

Middle School Youth 

$150 first place 

$100 second place 

$50 third place 

High School Youth 

$150 first place 

$100 second place 

$50 third place 

Adult/Partner Organization 

$150 first place 

$100 second place 

$50 third place 

 

Overall grand prize: $200 
 

About Photo Releases & StopWaste Use of Submissions 

All participants shown in the submitted post must also submit a signed photo release. Students, even if they are over 18 years of age, must still submit a photo release form signed by their parent/guardian. We will follow up with you with the photo release form. Family members & non-students may be included in the post so long as they also submit a signed photo release.

Download the photo release form - English

Download the photo release form - Spanish

*Participants understand that winning and non-winning submissions may be used by StopWaste. 
 

To Enter the Contest 

Step 1: Complete and upload your submission form online. 
If you have trouble uploading your submission(s), contact us at Schools@StopWaste.org.

Step 2: Download and fill out the photo release form and email it to Schools@StopWaste.org

We are no longer accepting submission to this years contest.