One of the primary objectives of all Conservation Districts is to educate the general public on conservation and wise stewardship.

Educating both children and adults, Conservation Districts across the state are active in promoting activities, demonstrations, workshops, sponsorships, and events that educate the general public on the value of natural resources.  

GACD POSTER CONTEST

2020 Stewardship Theme

2020 Stewardship Theme

The annual GACD Poster Contest provides students from kindergarten through 12th grade the chance to have their art displayed as part of a national conservation outreach initiative. Each year, the winning posters reflect the National Association of Conservation District’s (NACD) annual Stewardship theme and highlight the work of Conservation Districts and their state conservation associations to protect and enhance natural resources. The contest starts at the local District level; winners advance to the state competition, and then to the national level, where winners receive recognition and a cash prize at NACD’s Annual Meeting.  All state winners will receive recognition and a cash prize at GACD’s Annual Meeting.

Getting our young people interested in conservation is what this poster and photo contest are all about. We are excited to see these young people clearly interested in conservation at a variety of ages. For our photography winner with the picture of a healthy stream bed with no signs of erosion, we felt that it perfectly portrayed what kind of healthy environments we want to leave behind as a legacy for future generations. For our poster contest winners we feel that it is so important to start at a young age with conservation education as the more you introduce conservation ideas the more automatic it becomes for those students to think about natural resources and being conservation minded. We are so pleased to have students engaging with conservation from Kindergarten all the way up to high school.
— Dan Bennett, GACD Past President

RULES:

-Any medium can be used (paint, crayons, colored pencils, stickers, etc.).

-Posters can only be created by one individual, not a group of individuals.

- The 2020 Stewardship theme “Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators” must be included on the front side of each poster submission to be eligible for the national poster contest.

-Contest entry form must be attached to back of poster.

-Posters are due to your local Conservation District by May 31, 2020.

If you are interested in participating, contact your local Conservation District or email info@gacd.us .

 

GACD Photo Contest

The GACD Photo Contest is open to all amateur photographers who reside in Georgia. Contestants are allowed to enter as many as five photos each year that each fit into one of the following four categories:

  1. Conservation Practices: Contour Buffer Strips, Contour Farming and Strip Cropping, Cover Crops, Critical Area Planting, Crop Residue Management, Crop Rotation, Diversions, Field Borders, Grade Stabilization Structures (dam/embankment), Grass Waterways, Livestock Management, Manure Storage and Runoff Control, Nutrient Management, Pasture Planting, Pest Management, Riparian Buffer, Rotational Grazing, Stream Bank and Shoreline Stabilization, Terraces, Tree Planting, Upland Wildlife Habitat, Water and Sediment Control Basin, Well Abandonment, Wetland Restoration, Wildlife Food Plot, Windbreaks, and Woodlot Management.

  2. Close-up Conservation: Aquatic Insects, Water, Crops, Plants, Soil, Sediment, Farm Animals, Irrigation, Flowers, Worms, Roots, Compost

  3. Conservation in Action: Conservation districts in action; conservation planning; district events (community meetings, field days, fairs, exhibits); farmers or landowners (conservation-related events, etc.); interaction with landowners; irrigating crops or watering flowers; office staff at work; supervisors or board members at meetings; technical staff at work; youth (school programs, speech, poster contests, Envirothon, on-farm, conservation-related events, etc.)

  4. Agriculture and Conservation Across Georgia: Barns, Crops, Farm Practices, Farmers or landowners, Fence Rows, Grazing, Implements and Tools, Livestock, Pasture, Ponds, Ranching, Tree Farm, Youth

Photos are judged on technical merit and composition. On technical merit, photos will be judged on whether they are well-framed, properly exposed, and sharp/clear. On composition, the photos will be judged on imagination and creativity. One winner will be selected for each category and age division (adults are ages 19 and older).

The contest starts at the local District level; winners advance to the state competition, and then to the national level, where winners receive recognition and a cash prize at the National Association of Conservation District’s (NACD) Annual Meeting.  All state winners will receive recognition and a cash prize at GACD’s Annual Meeting.  State level winning photos will be on display at the State USDA-NRCS office in Athens, GA and used in future publications.

RULES:
-Entry Form and Release must be included with each photo you are entering.

-Model Release must be included of photos where a subject’s face is recognizable.

-Minor digital enhancements for cropping, red-eye removal, filters and corrective functions are permitted; however, an image judged to be significantly altered may be disqualified. Contestants are not permitted to place borders, frames or backgrounds around their images or to place watermarks, dates, signatures or copyright images onto photos.

-Photos are due by May 31, 2020.

If you are interested in participating, contact your local Conservation District or email info@gacd.us .