Capture it! Stormwater Arts Contest

Capturing Stormwater Runoff Through Art and Film

Last updated Dec. 07, 2018 - 12:22 pm

The City of Raleigh’s “Capture it! Stormwater Arts Contest” is an opportunity for students in 8th through 12th grades to capture the importance of stormwater runoff through art and film. This will bring more awareness to the positive impacts the community can have on the environment by keeping waterways clean. 

There are two categories for this contest. Students can submit:  

  • A 60-second video; or, 
  • A drawing/painting to be placed on a rain barrel or storm drain covers.

Students must attend school within the City of Raleigh, Raleigh extra territorial jurisdictions (ETJ), or the utility service area.

Submit an entry today (Registration closes Feb. 1, 2019). 

Winners in each category will receive a $500 prize and will be recognized at the 2019 Environmental Awards

2018 Capture It! Contest - Winner Video

Raleigh Stormwater accepts entries for the Capture it! Stormwater Arts Contest. This is an opportunity for high school students to capture the importance of stormwater runoff through art and film in a way that will help residents understand the positive impacts the community can have on the environment and local waterways. Students are encouraged to create a 60-second video, painting to be placed on a rain barrel, or a drawing to be used as a stencil for storm drain covers.

*If the video doesn't play here, feel free to watch it on YouTube: Capture it! Stormwater Arts Contest Winner video.

60-second Video Guidelines

The video should show how the community can reduce stormwater pollution to protect local streams, lakes, and rivers.

Examples: Proper disposal of pet waste and other pollutants that make streams dirty and unhealthy; Using a rain garden to capture and clean stormwater before it enters a stream or lake.

Videos will be accepted in MP4 or MOV format and should be appropriate for public viewing. Videos with copyrighted music, identifiable brands (example: Google Fiber logo), and inappropriate content will be disqualified.

Painting/Drawing Guidelines

Storm Drain Cover

The rain barrel art should show the benefits of capturing and reusing rainwater. The storm drain cover art should show why it's important for only rain to go down storm drains.

The drawing must be large enough to be painted on a rain barrel or storm drain cover. Accepted sizes include 23.5-inch diameter for round storm drain covers and 62.5 in. x 14.5 in. for rectangular covers. You may also submit a photo of your artwork already completed.

Artwork and design must be original. Inappropriate content will be disqualified (including use of identifiable brands).

Submitting Your Contest Entry

Contest Registration (Entries are due Feb. 1, 2019)

(Size limits for attachments on the application is 250 megabytes. Video links should be included with the application. Students can create a link using platforms, like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive.)

2018 Winners

Rain Barrel Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Capture it! Stormwater Arts Contest winners! Winners were announced at the 11th Annual Environmental Awards in March.

Video Winner - "Stormwater Video" by Ryann Bauguess, Rachel Young, and Kira Badrova

Storm Drain Stencil Design Winner - "All Drains to the Neuse" by Genna Stott

Rain Barrel Artwork Design Winner - "Which Side are you on?" by Izabel de Angelo, Davis Lingle, Jonathan Clymer, and Taylor Gantt.

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