Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Washington State Ferries Back to School cover contest

What school bus is green and white and floats on water?

By Nicola Zanchi

Friday, Oct. 28: A big thanks to all the young artists who submitted drawings to our contest! With more than 150 submissions, it was tough to choose just one winner! We finally picked the drawing by 10-year-old Ellie Heldridge of Seattle showing off a ferry and the Seattle skyline. Ellie’s drawing will be featured on the cover of the 2017 winter sailing schedule.
This drawing by 10-year-old Ellie Heldridge of Seattle was picked as the winner
of our contest and will be featured on the cover of our 2017 winter sailing schedule.

It’s that time of year when kids flock back to classrooms across our state. Did you know that our ferry system plays a big role for many school kids? It’s true! Every year we carry thousands of students to and from school and on field trips, and we know among those kids many are great artists.

This year, we want those future Van Goghs, da Vincis and Groenings to help us out.

We print new ferry schedules every season and distribute them across the 10 ferry terminals and 22 vessels that make up the largest ferry system in the United States. This is where those artistic kids come in.

All K-5 graders are invited to enter a drawing that captures what they think “Winter on the water” looks like.
We invite the state’s young artists to join our drawing contest! We need a great drawing to put on the cover of our 2017 winter sailing schedule that best captures the theme of “Winter on the water.” If your drawing is picked, you’ll see it on the cover of our winter schedule in print and online! How awesome would that be?


Who is eligible?
All K-5 students are eligible and invited to participate in this contest. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 14.
One talented young artists work will
be seen on the cover of our
winter sailing schedule.

What are the submission requirements?
  • Dimensions:
    Electronic: Submissions must be 300 dpi or higher, and portrait oriented.
    By Mail: Submissions must be on 8.5 x 11 paper, and portrait oriented.
  • Media: Submissions must be hand-drawn (no electronic illustrations, please). Submissions may be in color or black and white but will be reproduced in black and white for the final product. Any of the following media may be used: paint (watercolor, tempera, poster, acrylic, etc.) and drawing materials (pencil, charcoal, chalk, pastels, colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc.). Artists are encouraged to use bold, strong lines.
  • Original artwork: All work must include a ferry or elements of a ferry (i.e. life ring). No copyright images, text or other material will be accepted. (For example, artwork depicting characters from television shows, video games or books is not allowed).
  • Ownership: Artist submissions shall be treated as being free of restrictions and limitations to their use. By submitting artwork, you give ownership to WSF and authorize WSF to post your entry on our website indefinitely, and grant WSF the right to use, print and publish your design.
  • Deadline:Submissions must be emailed to wsfcomms@wsdot.wa.gov or postmarked by Friday, Oct. 14.
How do students submit their drawings?
  • Electronic: Scan, attach, and email your drawing with the subject line “Winter schedule cover contest” to wsfcomms@wsdot.wa.gov by Friday, Oct. 14. In the body of the email include the student’s name, age, school, and the best phone number and email to contact them with.
  • By Mail: Submission must be postmarked by Friday, Oct. 14. All submissions should include a note with the student’s name, age, school, and the best phone number and email to contact them with. All hard copy submissions should be sent to the following address: Washington State Ferries
    ATTN: Communications Staff Aide
    2901 3rd Ave. Suite 500
    Seattle, WA 98121

  • Please note: Each student may only submit one drawing.
Who will select the winning drawing?
A panel of judges from our ferries executive team will review entries. A winner will be selected whose work best depicts the theme of “Winter on the water.” Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, clarity of theme and artistic merit.

What do I win?
Five finalists will be selected and featured on our website, on our Twitter feed, and in our weekly update. From those finalists, a winning drawing will be chosen to be featured on the 2017 WSF winter sailing schedule.

Contact us at wsfcomms@wsdot.wa.gov


Amy said...

Hello. This contest is a great idea! I just need some clarification on the black-and-white requirement. Is there no color allowed?

WSDOT said...

Hey Amy,

Great question! Submissions may be submitted in color, but the winning image will appear in black and white on the cover of the winter sailing schedule. For this reason we suggest kids use bold, strong lines.

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