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Annual Earth Day Contest

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2023 Visual Arts Contest

This year, DC EcoWomen is trying something new with our annual Earth Day Photo Contest. Instead of limiting the contest to photo submissions, we are seeking your best visual artwork.


Do you have beautiful photos, paintings, or drawings you’d like to share with the DC EcoWomen community and the world? In celebration of Earth Day 2023, we’re kicking off our annual contest and we’re hoping to hear from YOU! 

Why You Should Enter

Send us images of your artwork for a chance to win prizes and recognition within our member community and on the web.  Prizes will include gift certificates from local businesses.

  • Women: We want to see your graphics of women exploring the natural (and urban) environment.  These can include volunteer events, nature hikes, apple picking, farmer’s markets, etc.

  • Environmental Issues: Have you captured a beautiful scene of the environment, or conversely, an impactful scene of environmental degradation or injustices? Sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words – send us artwork that could motivate eco-friendly behavior. 

  • Visualizing D.C.: This city is our home – help us showcase all of the fun and interesting things that we do in this iconic area. Artwork from Maryland and Virginia are also encouraged.

Enter to Win*

Entering our visual arts contest is free and easy. Simply choose to submit via Instagram or email, following the instructions below. Email with the subject line “Visual Arts Contest” with any questions.

  • On Instagram: Direct message your photo to @DCEcoWomen, include a description and your email address in your message.

  • By email: Send your artwork and a description with the subject line “Visual Arts Contest Submission” to

  • Act Fast! The contest is only open from Tuesday, April 18 to Wednesday, May 31 at 11:59pm ET.

When you submit your artwork, please make sure to include a short description and title that tells us the story behind it!

Selection of Winners


Winners will be announced by Tuesday, July 18th and publicized in EcoWomen communications and social media throughout late summer and into the fall months.  Finalists will be identified by members of the DC EcoWomen Executive Board based on quality, composition, and relevance to the theme.  Final voting will be opened up to members of the DC EcoWomen community.  Winners will be notified by email by the above date.

*By entering the DC EcoWomen Visual Arts Contest, you are agreeing to the rules and guidelines of the contest (below).

The Fine Print: Rules and Guidelines


  • To be eligible to enter, you must be a member of DC EcoWomen and be 18 years or older.

  • Limit three submissions per member.

  • Artworks that have won in previous competitions are not eligible, but previous winners may enter again.

  • Each participant in the Visual Arts Contest (each a “Participant”) is responsible for ensuring that they have the right to submit.


  • Submit large, high resolution images in color or black and white.*

  • Only original artwork by the person or featuring the person submitting are eligible; others will be disqualified.

  • Only digital entries are eligible and must be submitted electronically. You may submit scans of slides or paper prints.

* Photos and artwork that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable are adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions; and use of HDR (high dynamic range imaging, where multiple exposures of the same scene are combined for a greater tonal range).


*Not acceptable are photo composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; or the use of artistic digital filters and effects (including those on Instagram; other examples of artistic filters and effects include watercolor, neon glow, posterizing, stained glass, and others which do not show the scene in its natural way).

Sharing, Rights and Losses

By sharing your artwork with DC EcoWomen, you agree to the following:

  • If the artwork(s) you share with this group is of someone other than you or something not on your or public property, you have obtained permission and/or have the ability and authority to submit such artwork(s) for display on DC EcoWomen’s website as described above, and you agree that the images do not infringe on any third party’s rights.

  • No payment will be made to you for DC EcoWomen’s display of the artwork taken of or submitted by you.

  • If your artwork is selected as a finalist, you hereby grant DC EcoWomen permission to display the artwork you submit along with your name in promotions of the Visual Arts Contest on the DC EcoWomen website, other publications, Facebook updates, Twitter content, and in member emails.

  • By entering the Visual Arts Contest, participants agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless DC EcoWomen, its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, attorneys, agents and representatives, from any and all third party liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the competition (collectively, “Losses”), including without limitation any third party claim for copyright infringement or a violation of an individual’s right to privacy and/or publicity right. The Visual Arts Contest is void where prohibited by law.

  • DC EcoWomen is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the artwork competition, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions to the visual arts competition, including but not limited to any misprints or typographical errors. DC EcoWomen assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. DC EcoWomen is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer equipment, servers, providers, computer online systems, software, or failure of email on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, including injury or damage to participant’s or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or uploading images or information in the visual arts contest.

  • If, for any reason, the visual arts competition is not capable of completion as planned, including but not limited to, any reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of DC EcoWomen that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the visual arts competition, DC EcoWomen reserves the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the visual arts competition.

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