Project: Wildlife Rescue South Coast Poster Competition

Unleash Your Creativity

A dynamic project by WRSC and Firefly to inspire youth creativity and wildlife protection.

Project Details

The Wildlife Rescue Poster Design Competition is closing soon! Get your creative entries in by Friday, June 14th, 2024 at 5 pm. Don’t miss your chance to showcase your talent and help protect our native wildlife.

We are thrilled to invite all aspiring young artists between the ages of 5 and 18 to participate in the 2024 Wildlife Rescue South Coast Poster Design Competition. Presented by Wildlife Rescue South Coast (WRSC) in partnership with Firefly Bay and Basin, this competition offers an exciting opportunity to showcase your creativity while raising awareness about wildlife protection.

We would like you to design a unique poster that promotes wildlife protection and raises awareness about the importance of protecting local native animals, particularly from vehicle accidents from dusk to dawn.

COMPETITION DETAILS:

Who Can Enter:

Young people between 10 and 18 who are passionate about wildlife protection are encouraged to enter the competition.

Prizes:

  • Winner: The Winner will receive a $100 gift prepaid visa card and an opportunity for WRSC to come to the Winner’s school to talk to their class or community organization about their work.
  • Highly Commended (Hand Drawn): Animal Plushie
  • Highly Commended (Graphic Design): Animal Plushie
  • People’s Choice Award*: Animal Plushie 

* See the People’s Choice Award section for details

No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. Prizes are non-transferable. The decision of the judges will be final.

Goal of the Poster:

The poster aims to promote wildlife protection and raise awareness about the importance of protecting local native animals from vehicle accidents, particularly from dusk to dawn.

Poster Theme:

The posters should focus on imagery of local native animals to communicate the importance of wildlife protection and road safety.

Suggested local animals are:

  • Kangaroos
  • Echidnas
  • Wombats
  • Bats
  • Snakes
  • Possums and Gliders
  • Birds (e.g., kookaburras, Owls)
  • Reptiles (turtles, lizards, snakes, monitors)

Incorporate Wildlife road safety: 

Driving tips for Dusk to Dawn, such as slowing down and watching wildlife. Include interactive elements and calls to action in the poster design to encourage viewer engagement and involvement in wildlife protection efforts. Examples include:

  • Save our wildlife
  • Brake for Wildlife
  • Slow down for our wildlife
  • Look after our wildlife
  • Slow Down. Wildlife About. Dusk to Dawn.
  • Caution: Wildlife Corridor. Drive with Care
  • Watch for Wildlife
  • Slow Down. Protect Wildlife

Poster Specifications:

  • Size: A3
  • Format: Digital design created using graphic design software or hi-res scan of drawings. 300 PPI/DPI (3508 x 4961 pixels)
  • Must include the following details:
    • Wording (as above)
    • Image/s of native animals (as above)
    • WRSC Number – Call 0418 427 214
  • Logos to be included:
    • Wildlife Rescue South Coast Logo (optional; this can be added by the promoters)
    • Club Grants logo (optional; the promoters can add this)

Submissions are to be made to info@fireflybayandbasin.com. The designer’s name, age, and contact details (phone and email) should be included.

Accessibility Considerations:

Ensure the posters are easily visible to drivers, considering factors such as font size, contrast, and visual clarity. Participants are reminded to prioritize legibility and visibility in their poster designs, particularly for drivers. Fonts must be clear (no script or display fronts as they are hard to read), not a background that distracts from the message/theme.

Major Prizes:

The major prizes will be judged by a panel consisting of Firefly Bay and Basin staff and Wildlife Rescue volunteers. This panel has been carefully selected to ensure expertise in wildlife protection, design, and community engagement. The process will adhere to strict guidelines to guarantee fairness and impartiality.

  • Criteria Evaluation: The panel will assess each poster design based on predetermined criteria, including creativity, adherence to the theme, and effectiveness in conveying the message of wildlife protection, particularly focusing on road safety from dusk to dawn.
  • Evaluation Parameters: Emphasis will be placed on the message’s clarity and impact, the design’s visual appeal, and its ability to engage and resonate with the target audience.
  • Discussion and Deliberation: Panel members will engage in thorough discussions and deliberations to evaluate each entry comprehensively. They will share insights, perspectives, and observations to make well-informed decisions.
  • Selection of Winners: After careful consideration, the panel will collectively decide on the winners of the major prizes, including the Overall Winner and Highly Commended entries. Each member will vote independently, and the final decisions will be made by consensus.
  • Fairness and Impartiality: Measures will be implemented throughout the judging process to uphold fairness and impartiality. Panel members will approach their evaluations objectively, ensuring that personal biases do not influence the outcomes.
  • Communication of Results: Once the winners have been selected, Firefly Bay and Basin will calculate the results and communicate them to the panel.  The Winner will be announced on the WRSC Facebook page on Friday, 28th June, 2024, and other relevant platforms.

People’s Choice Award:

In addition to the official selection process for the judging panel, WRSC will run a separate People’s Choice Award on their Facebook page. This will allow the community to engage directly with the competition. 

The People’s Choice Award will be conducted on the WRSC Facebook page from June 18th to June 21st, 2024. 

  • Submission Showcase: Once all submissions have been received and reviewed, WRSC will create a dedicated album on its Facebook page featuring all entered poster designs. Each design will be clearly labelled with the participant’s first name and entry number for easy identification.
  • Voting Period: The voting period will last one week. During this time, followers of the WRSC Facebook page will be invited to vote by liking or reacting to their favourite poster designs in the submission showcase album.
  • Promotion: WRSC and Firefly will actively promote the People’s Choice Award on their Facebook pages, encouraging followers to participate by voting for the designs that resonate most with them. Additionally, both organizations will share regular updates and reminders about the voting period to maximize community engagement.
  • Winner Announcement: At the end of the voting period, the poster design with the highest number of likes/reactions will be declared the Winner of the People’s Choice Award. The Winner will be announced on the WRSC Facebook page on Friday, 28th June 2024, alongside the other competition winners.

Consent for Use of Submitted Designs:

By submitting their design, participants grant WRSC and the promoters permission to use their work for promotional purposes related to the competition and wildlife protection efforts.

Promotion Channels:

The winning poster(s) will be promoted on social media platforms, including Facebook, and printed in A0 size to be displayed throughout the Shoalhaven region.

Partnership Acknowledgment:

The poster should include the WRSC and Club Grants logos to recognize their support for wildlife protection efforts.

Encourage Community Engagement:

Participants are encouraged to share their entries with friends, family, and social networks to generate broader awareness about wildlife protection efforts.

Feedback Mechanism:

While there are no plans to gather feedback formally, participants and the community are encouraged to share their perceptions of the poster design and its effectiveness in conveying the intended message about wildlife protection. Feedback can be sent via email at info@fireflybayandbasin.com.

Disclaimer Clause Inclusion:

WRSC and the promoters are not liable for any issues arising from the competition, including but not limited to technical difficulties, miscommunications, or disputes regarding eligibility.

We look forward to seeing your creative designs and thank you for your support in raising awareness about wildlife protection.

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