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K-12 Students Can Win up to $2000 in the Water ‘22 Student Showcase

September 12, 2022

Water '22, a statewide, year-long initiative that encourages Coloradans to take an active role in securing the state's water future, is inviting all Colorado K-12 students to create a work that reflects a place, thing, or activity they love connected to the water in their local watershed or river basin. 

The creation could be about a favorite park, an animal population that lives in the neighborhood, a hobby, a landscape feature, or a local business dependent on water, to name a few.

Four students across all categories will receive cash awards ranging from $250-$2,000 based upon their demonstration of passion and creativity as awarded by the judges.

Students can enter the Water '22 Student Showcase in categories such as creative writing, photography or video, digital art, music and performance, sculpture, or fashion.

Students must also include a paragraph (up to 300 words) explaining the relationship between their work and a few learning objectives related to Colorado water. Entries can be submitted in both English and Spanish.


Young people are Colorado's future water leaders! Water '22 aims to cultivate awareness and enthusiasm for water issues among Colorado youth.


In addition to the Grand Prize Winners, top entrants from each age division will receive:

  • a gift card,
  • an invitation to meet state government and water sector leaders at the state Capitol in January,
  • and have their work showcased on the Water '22 website and in venues across the state, such as water centers, libraries, museums, and state government buildings.

BONUS: Teachers who assist students will be entered into a drawing to win one of two $250 cash prizes.

The Water '22 Student Showcase aims to help young people connect with the value of water in daily life and the natural and built world around them, encourage critical thinking, and emphasize the crucial role young people play as water leaders who can help identify solutions for water sustainability.




The Student Showcase is presented by Water Education Colorado, the statewide nonprofit organization spearheading Water '22, in partnership with Colorado Humanities.

For more details and to enter, please visit: water22.org/join-the-flow/youth-engagement.