The Conservation District sponsors an annual photography contest with $25 gift card prizes for first place in each of four age categories and three subject categories.  Submission rules and deadlines are available by calling 803-684-3137 x 101 or emailing   Examples of winners from the 2014, 2015 & 2016contests are pictured below.


                     See tabs at the top of this page for complete contest rules and entry forms.


Each fall, the Conservation District sponsors a poster contest with a different Conservation Theme.  First place winners in each age group & category receive cash prizes and certificates, second place and honorable mention entries receive certificates.

Who can participate?

The poster contest is open to all students in grades K-8 who are attending public, private or home school in York County. Any student who wants to enter the contest may do so individually or through a participating school.

Why Participate?
Designing a poster and researching the theme helps students gain knowledge about important conservation issues. Good posters tell important  stories to capture people‚Äôs attention with a powerful graphic, and inspire with a message to the community.

Details, rules and submission forms can be obtained by contacting the Conservation District, 803-684-3137 x 3018 or

Here are some photos from previous poster contests:

      2017 Poster Contest Winners

The theme for the 2017 contest was "Healthy Soil is Full of Life" and the District received 79 entries. Here are some of the winners:

Previous poster contest themes:

Some previous winning posters:


Scarecrow Contest

A new contest in the fall of 2013 was to create a scarecrow - here are some of the entries and winners through 2016. . . . .

Here are the winners in the 2013 scarecrow contest

These were winners from Saluda Trail Middle School pictured with their teacher, principal and scarecrows.

These  scarecrow winners were from Hickory Grove / Sharon Elementary

Thanks to Blacks Peaches and Cotton-belt Bakery in York for cosponsoring the scarecrow contest

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