Washington State Ferries seeks young artists for drawing contest

16-09-0374-wsf-cover-art-contest-01Children in grades K-5 are invited to enter the Washington State Ferries drawing contest. The winning entry will be displayed on the cover of the ferry system’s 2017 winter sailing schedule, distributed across the 10 ferry terminals and 22 vessels that make up the largest ferry system in the United States.

Young artists are asked to submit a drawing that best captures the theme of “Winter on the water.”

Contest rules

All K-5 students are eligible and invited to participate in this contest. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 14.

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) in black and white. 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 to submit a drawing:

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

Each student may only submit one drawing.


A panel of judges from the WSF 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.

Five finalists will be selected and featured on the ferry system’s website, Twitter feed and in weekly update. From those finalists, a winning drawing will be chosen to be featured on the 2017 WSF winter sailing schedule.

For more information, email wsfcomms@wsdot.wa.gov.

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