Yampa Valley Crane Festival Poster Contest

The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, Inc. (CCCC) initiated the Yampa Valley Crane Festival Poster Contest for kids ages 10-15. The contest runs May – July and encourages kids to learn about Sandhill Cranes and our festival and engage in the arts. The winner is awarded $100 cash prize and the winning poster gets displayed throughout the Yampa Valley, on the CCCC website and on social media.

Poster by Valarie Dilldine
Poster by Shaine Andrews
Poster by Kaidynce Sturm

2024 Yampa Valley Crane Festival Poster Contest

The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, Inc. (CCCC) invites all kids ages 10-15 to submit a poster for our Yampa Valley Crane Festival Poster Contest. The winning poster will be displayed throughout the Yampa Valley, on the CCCC website and on social media.

Poster Contest Rules

The contest is open to all kids aged 10-15 around the world. The work must be original and accurately reflect the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitat of our Rocky Mountain Greater Sandhill Cranes. The poster must have a vertical orientation and measure 8.5 x 11 inches. Medium can be a painting, photo, digital artwork, drawing, or any other medium that can be scanned into a computer and emailed as an attachment. Poster must contain:

  • Festival name: Yampa Valley Crane Festival
  • Festival dates: August 29 – September 1, 2024 (August can be abbreviated as “Aug”; September can be abbreviated as “Sept”)
  • Festival location: Steamboat Springs, Hayden, and Craig, Colorado (Colorado can be abbreviated as “CO”)
  • Festival website: coloradocranes.org
  • Your (the artist’s) name

To get ideas, start by checking our website for information about Rocky Mountain Greater Sandhill Cranes, crane FAQs, and our Yampa Valley Crane Festival.

Submission Rules and Deadline

The deadline for submission is Friday July 12, 2024No late entries will be accepted.  There is no limit to the number of entries per person.

Email your name, phone number, email, mailing address, age, and a digital copy of your entry as an attachment to poster@coloradocranes.org.

CCCC reserves the right to make minor edits to the poster to accurately reflect festival information and to add the CCCC logo. Judges for the contest will be selected by the CCCC Board of Directors.

Winner

CCCC will announce the winner on our website and Facebook page by August 1st. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize. CCCC will honor the winner of this contest from the speaker’s podium during the Yampa Valley Crane Festival in September. The winning poster will be displayed throughout the Yampa Valley, on the CCCC website and on social media.

Poster Use and Rights

CCCC will have the right to use all submissions, with appropriate artist credit, for publicity purposes or promotional materials as part of the festival. The winning poster, with credit, may be featured in national promotion of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival. CCCC will have the option to sell digital copies of the winning poster as part of their fundraising efforts for the Yampa Valley Crane Festival.

About CCCC and Yampa Valley Crane Festival

Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, Inc. (CCCC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that conserves and protects the Rocky Mountain Population of Greater Sandhill Cranes and their habitat using science and education to connect people with this iconic species. CCCC seeks to raise awareness of cranes and the threats they face today through the annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival, the Crane Nest Cam and videos, Crane Photo Contest, third-grade and community crane educational presentations, the First Crane Sighting Contest, the Crane Coloring Contest and the CCCC Crane-inspired Creative Arts Scholarship Contest for high school seniors. CCCC also sponsors an on-the-ground habitat improvement program called Crops for Cranes where CCCC works with ranchers/farmers and environmental organizations to leave grain crops for Sandhill Cranes during the fall just prior to migration.

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival takes place over Labor Day weekend in Steamboat Springs, Hayden, and Craig, Colorado and features guided crane-viewings, bird and nature walks, expert speakers, films, crane and bird art, children and family activities, and more! The festival occurs during fall staging­ when cranes gather in large numbers in the fall to feed and gain energy for their migration south.