How to Submit
Participants must fill out the submission form by Friday March 11, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. PST. Submission must include: artist name, medium, piece name, and a brief description of the art piece.

Contest Rules

Submissions that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

    • Artist must be a current UW student, faculty or staff member.
    • The art piece may not be a piece previously submitted to the contest.
    • The art piece can be an individual or group project. Each participant may only submit one art project, whether it is a group project or individual submission.
    • The theme should relate to waste or a broader sustainability topic.
    • The art piece may be submitted under one of the following categories:
      • Literature (essay, poetry, drama, story or other written work)
      • 2D (painting, photography, collage or other pieces that may be hung from a wall)
      • 3D (sculpture, model or other pieces that stand upright)
    • 2D and 3D art pieces must be composed of recycled, salvaged or collected litter materials, or express sentiments on the subject matter.
    • All projects should be safe to handle (no hazards, etc.) along with being socially and culturally appropriate.

Judging Criteria

A first and second place winner will be chosen for each category. Each category will be scored based on the following criteria:

    • Originality/creativity
    • Interpretation and clarity of waste/sustainability theme
    • Material usage
    • Relevance to personal and/or the UW campus waste


Each winner will receive an e-gift card of their choosing to one of the following locations. 1st place winners for each category will receive a $100 e-gift card and 2nd place winners will receive a $50 dollar e-gift card.

All winners will also have their art piece, artist bio, and piece description highlighted on UW Recycling’s Instagram, as well as a blog post on UW Sustainability’s In Our Nature blog.