Enter your art in the 2018 Storm Drain Art Contest

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Montgomery County is looking for creative County residents to help us educate about the connection between our storm drains, streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

The Storm Drain Art Contest seeks original artwork that can be recreated on storm drains throughout Wheaton.  Thousands of people could walk past your art each year, and be inspired by your art to protect our environment and waterways.  Artists of all ages can participate.

View the winning entries from our 2015 contest. We painted the 2015 winning artwork on storm drains across the County.


Contest Details

Who Can Enter?

Any resident of Montgomery County, MD. All ages can submit art, however, entries by those under 18 years of age require a parent or guardian signature.

While the art will be painted in Wheaton, you do not have to live in Wheaton to participate. Any Montgomery County, MD resident can enter.


What is the Prize?

The six winners will see their art painted on storm drains in Wheaton during Earth Month (April) 2018!

The art will be visible to the public and will play an important role in educating County residents on water quality issues. Plus the art will help beautify the County and add a pop of color and beauty to typically boring storm drains.



The last day to submit entries is 4:00pm EST, February 16th, 2018.


How Do I Enter?

Step 1. Determine if this contest is right for you.  The Storm Drain Art Contest is limited to residents of Montgomery County, MD.  Employees of Montgomery County, MD government, contest judges, or family of contest judges are not eligible.

Step 2. Read the Rules and Restrictions (.pdf, 331KB)  It explains the details, timing and requirements of the contest.  For additional info, check out the Storm Drain Art Contest FAQs (.pdf, 153KB).

Step 3. Choose the category you would like to submit your art into:

  • Celebrate Wheaton’s Cultural Diversity
  • Environment and Youth – for ages 16 and under only
  • Wheaton area specific
  • Water
  • Fight litter

Step 4. Be creative! Think about what message you would like to communicate about water quality, pollution and our streams. Sketch out some ideas, test them on family and friends. Also think about what medium you would like to create the art – on a computer, hand drawn, etc.

Step 5.  Create your art work.  Utilizing the guidelines in the Rules and Restrictions (.pdf, 331KB), you can submit up to 2 art designs to the contest.  They do not need to be in the same category.

Step 6. Depending on the medium your art was created in, either convert it to a .PDF, .jpg or .png file or take a picture of your art in those formats. Try to make the picture as crisp and clear as possible and capture the entire piece in one picture. (If you are submitting two pieces, they should each be a separate file.)

Step 7. Complete one Entry and Release Form (.pdf, 69KB) for each design. In an email, send the Release Form and the art file (.pdf, .jpg or .png) to DEP.contests@montgomerycountymd.gov.

The total file size of the Release Form and art file should be no bigger than 6MB. (If submitting two pieces, each file and accompanying Release Form should be in a separate email). If you do not receive an automatic reply, your entry might not have been received.  Call 240-777-7778 to assist with your entry.


Required Documents

There are two required documents that every contest participant should download:

  • Rules and Restrictions (.pdf, 331KB)  This document has all the information you need to successfully enter the contest
  • Entry and Release Form (.pdf, 153KB)  This document has the Entry and Release Forms that must be completed and submitted with the original art work



The top scorer for each of the five categories will be selected by a panel of judges.

The sixth winner will be chosen by public voting on Facebook.   The public will have one week to “like” their favorite art designs.  The art design with the highest number of likes by the closing date will be a winner.  Currently, public Facebook voting is expected to start on March 10th, 2018 and close by March 16th, 2018 at 4:00pm EDT.

Helpful Resources

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