WA529 "What is your dream job?" Art Contest
**DETAILS FOR THE 2024 ART CONTEST - COMING SOON! **
THE 2023 CONTEST CLOSED May 8, 2023. To view the winning entries, please visit our winners gallery!
To view past entries, visit Hootie's Virtual Art Gallery!
WA529's National 529 Day Promotion
How does your child imagine their future?
DREAM. CREATE. WIN.
Do you like to paint, draw, or watercolor? How about create collages, work with clay or create digital art? Explore your creative side and enter the 2023 WA529 Art Contest for an opportunity to win an iPad Air or a Microsoft Surface Go!
Eligible entries will be evaluated by individual grade levels from K-12 this year! Art will be judged based on the criteria listed below. A total of thirteen (13) students will win their choice of an iPad Air or a Microsoft Surface Go!
Additionally, three schools with the most entries will win a $500 Amazon gift card for their school library!
To view 2022 winning entries, please visit our winners gallery!
2023 Contest Dates
April 1 – MAY 8, 2023 Entries must be submitted online before 11:59 pm Pacific Time on MONDAY, MAY 8, 2023!
Accepted Medium Choices
- Drawings: pencil, ink, crayon, markers, pastels, charcoal, etc.
- Paint: watercolor, acrylic, oil, tempera, etc.
- Digital Designs: computer-generated art created by the student. No audio, motion or artificial intelligence (AI) generated art.
- Photograph taken by the student. Students who submit photography must have permission to use images of any people appearing in their photos. Collages must be entered as ONE image.
- Mixed Media: mod-podge collages or mixed mediums.
- 3D Art: sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, woodwork, sewing, etc.
- 3D Printing: Must be 100% created and coded by student.
How to Enter & Submit Art
- Enter the required information for the student and the parent. Email MUST belong to the parent/guardian for students under 18. Automatic email confirmations will be sent to the email provided. No teacher, school or student emails. Students 18 and up can enter their personal/home email.
- Upload student art as a single page PDF or one JPEG/PNG image (Max file size 5MB). One image per student entry. No group entries.
- Electronic “Signature” by a parent/legal guardian is required by checking the acknowledgment box on the online entry form. Teachers MAY NOT sign or enter on behalf of a student.
- Students who are 18 and up can sign/check the acknowledgment box for themselves (parent signature not needed).
- Confirm that the parent’s email is entered accurately and that all entry requirements are met before submitting entry. WA529 is not responsible for undeliverable email addresses, incomplete entries, or entries that do not meet stated requirements.
- All entries are final. Duplicate entries will be rejected and not included in the judging pool.
Parent contact information, including a valid email address, is required for our records and for awarding prizes. Entries without complete parent contact information will be disqualified (unless the student is 18 or older).
** THE 2023 CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED**
Official Entry Form (Closed)
HOW TO WIN
Entries will be evaluated by an independent judging panel selected by WA529. The judging process evaluates student art based on criteria set by the program. The judges’ decision is final.
ONE winner per grade level (Kindergarten - 12th grade) will be named. A total of thirteen (13) prizes will be awarded.
- Creativity, unique style, artistic talent and skill.
- Creativity and visibility in use of “WA529” or “Washington College Savings Plans” in the piece.
- Creativity in the description/title (10 words or less).
- Topic Interpretation: How well the art portrays the student’s dream job.
KEEP original art. WA529 may request original art from any entrant. Winners will be contacted on or before May 29, 2023 through parent emails provided on the Official Entry form.
One prize will be awarded to one Washington state student in each grade level, Kindergarten - 12th grade. Thirteen (13) Winners total. Each winner will have the opportunity to choose either an iPad Air or a Microsoft Surface Go.
READ OFFICIAL RULES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE 'ELECTRONICALLY' SIGNING ONLINE ENTRY FORM
WA529 “What is your dream job?” Art Contest
National 529 Day Promotion
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER INFORMATION
*Plagiarism Explained: Art must be created entirely by the student without assistance from any other person. It must be original in concept and design. The WA529 Art Contest is intended to celebrate your child’s dreams, personal creativity, hard work, unique artistic talents, and original ideas. Students may find inspiration from elements of existing art but their creations must not closely resemble it. For example, if the student wants to be a fire fighter, they can LOOK at a firetruck while drawing their own version of a firetruck, but they should not trace it or attempt to recreate an entire coloring page or scene that was created by another person.
Students may not enter work that:
- is created by or drawn by another person
- closely resembles another person’s art
- is created from a template, a coloring page, or is traced from other work
- is a photo taken by another person or a stock photo or a photo without permission of the people appearing in the photo.
- is digital art or clip art created by (or coded by) another person
- belongs to another person in any way.
By submitting an entry in the WA529 Art Contest, the student artist and the student’s guardian confirm that:
- The student is the original artist of the submitted artwork;
- The student is in possession of and retains all rights associated with ownership of the art, including the authority and right to enter the artwork into the WA529 Art Contest;
- The student’s art does not contain material that is defamatory, offensive, or indecent.
- The student’s art does not include work produced by others and does not infringe upon the rights of any person or entity, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, privacy, or publicity rights; and
- The student’s art is not subject to a prior agreement that would limit the scope of the permissions granted by the student or the student’s guardian. Art that doesn’t meet entry requirements or is in violation of U.S. copyright laws (plagiarism) will NOT be eligible.
By submitting art to the WA529 Art Contest, you:
- agree to allow WA529 to use your art submission royalty-free, without limitations for advertising and promotional purposes of Washington College Savings Plans.
- give WA529 permission to use your photograph, name, art, and art description for display and/or promoting the award process, higher education, or Washington College Savings Plans (WA529).
Students who submit artwork to the WA529 art contest retain the intellectual property rights to their work.
WA529’s second Annual Art Contest promotion will take place from 12:00 am (PDT) Saturday, April 1, 2023, until Friday May 5, 2023, at 11:59 pm (PDT). To be eligible, the entrant must be a Washington resident and currently attending a K-12 Washington state public, private, tribal school or a home school program in Washington State. One entry per student. Entries received after 11:59 pm (PDT) on Friday May 5, 2023, will be considered ineligible and will be omitted from the judging pool. Winners will be determined through an impartial judging process as determined by the program. Winners will be notified via parent/guardian email provided at the time of entry on or before May 29, 2023. Winners have ten (10) business days to claim their prize. If prizes are not claimed by 5:00 pm (PDT), Monday, June 12, 2023, winners automatically forfeit the right to claim a prize. In the event of an unclaimed prize, substitute winners may be selected as determined by the program. Washington Student Achievement Council employees and their families are not eligible to participate in this promotion. Read the Official Rules below for complete details.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE CHANCE OF WINNING.
1. Eligibility: This promotion is open to all legal residents of Washington state who are enrolled in Washington state public, private, tribal or homeschool for grades K-12 as of the date of entry. One entry per student. Employees of Washington Student Achievement Council, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the promotion. The contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations (including copyright and plagiarism laws). The contest is void where prohibited by law.
2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that you and/or your child meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of Washington Student Achievement Council as final and binding as it relates to the content of this promotion/contest.
3. Promotion Period: Entries will be accepted beginning at 12:00 am (PDT) on April 1, 2023. The contest will close at 11:59 PM (PDT) on May 5, 2023. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM (PDT) on May 5, 2023.
4. How to Enter: One (1) entry per student. Students create their own art, showing what they imagine their future career to be or a possible job they might enjoy after high school. Complete the online entry process at 529.wa.gov/art-contest. Art must be entirely and independently created by the student without assistance from any other person. Art submissions may be created as 2D or 3D creations, but ALL entries must be submitted as a single page PDF, a single JPEG or PNG image (Max file size is 5MB). Students will create the art on their own paper, cardstock, canvas, etc. 3D creations must be submitted as ONE image of original art created by the student. Art MUST include the words “Washington College Savings Plans” or “WA529” clearly visible on the art. Student’s name and information must NOT be directly on the art (for judging purposes). Students may include their initials in the right corner of their art. Entries received after 11:59 pm (PDT) on Friday May 5, 2023, will be considered ineligible and will be omitted from the judging pool.
5. Accepted art forms: Drawings, Paint, Digital/computer-generated art (no motion, audio, or AI-generated art), Mixed Media, Photography (one image taken by the student) and 3D art/3D Printing (coded/designed by the student, submitted as a SINGLE photo of the 3D art). Students who submit photography must have permission to use images of any people appearing in their photo.
6. Complete Online Entry form: Participants and their parents/legal guardians MUST provide required information for ALL boxes on the ONLINE entry form including the full name of the school, student’s full name and grade level, the parent/guardian’s full name, address, phone number, parent email, and agree to an electronic signature of the parent/guardian by checking the boxes as indicated on the online form. (Contact information will be used to contact winners to award prizes.) Entries without a completed, signed entry form will be considered ineligible and will be omitted from the judging pool. Students 18 years and older can submit the above information independently.
7. How to Win: Submit art with completed ONLINE entry form at 529.wa.gov/art-contest. Winning art will be determined by a group of impartial judges selected by the WA529 Marketing team. Judges will evaluate art entries by grade level, based on criteria set by the program, including student’s creativity, topic interpretation, unique style, creative and artistic talent. One winner will be selected for each grade level, Kindergarten through 12th grade. Art with the highest evaluation score in each grade level will be named Winner of that grade level. Thirteen (13) Winners will be notified using the contact information provided at the time of entry. Full name, grade, parent’s name, mailing address, phone number, and parent email is required at the time of entry, and will be used for the purpose of contacting winners and awarding prizes. Winner notifications will be sent on or before May 29, 2023.
8. Additional Notes: U.S. copyright and other intellectual property laws apply to all art entries. Entries must be original in concept and design, be created 100% by the student and meet all the 2023 Art Contest entry requirements. Entries that do not meet requirements or that are in violation of U.S. copyright and plagiarism laws will not be eligible. Students who submit artwork will retain intellectual property rights in their works. While the student retains intellectual property rights, by submitting art to the WA529 Art Contest, both parent and student are agreeing to allow WA529 to use the student’s art submission royalty free and without limitations for promotional and advertising purposes of Washington College Savings Plans. Parent, guardian, and/or student gives WA529 permission to use the student’s photograph, name, art, and description for display, advertising, and promoting the award process and WA529 Programs as determined by the Program.
9. How to Claim Prize: The selected winners will be notified through the contact information provided at the time of entry on or before 5:00 pm (PDT) on May 29, 2023. Winners will have ten (10) business days to claim their prize and notify WA529 of their prize choice. If prizes are not claimed by 5:00 PM, Monday, June 12, 2023, winners automatically forfeit the right to claim prizes. In the event of an unclaimed prize, substitute winners may be selected for this promotion as determined by the program.
10. Alternate means of entry: send a postcard requesting a paper copy of the form with your name, address, phone number and email address to Washington Student Achievement Council, WA529 Art Contest, PO Box 43450, Olympia, WA 98504-3450. You must make this request with a minimum of a 10 business day turnaround time for sending and receiving paper entry options. The entry must fulfill all 2023 promotion requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. You must provide all information requested. You may NOT enter more than ONE time (as indicated) by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Program and the Washington Student Achievement Council.
11. Prizes: Each of the 13 winners will have the opportunity to choose either an iPad Air or a MS Surface Go, valued at approximately $750. Actual appraised value may differ at time of prize award. Specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by the Washington Student Achievement Council. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at Washington Student Achievement Council’s discretion. The prize is non-transferable. No substitution or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for cash equivalent by Winner is permitted.
12. Odds: Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received during WA529’s Annual Art Contest 2023 promotion dates.
13. Winner Selection and Notification: Thirteen (13) participants, one from each grade level enrolled in Washington K-12 schools, with the highest evaluation score given by the panel of impartial judges selected by WA529 Marketing team, under the supervision of Washington Student Achievement Council, will be declared a Winner. Winners will be notified on or before May 29, 2023 by the contact information provided by the entrant at the time of entry. Washington Student Achievement Council shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 10 business days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize will be forfeited. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this promotion is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT WASHINGTON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COUNCIL’S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE CAMPAIGN (promotion or contest), AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.
14. Rights Granted by You: By entering this contest (art submissions), You understand and agree that Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), anyone acting on behalf of WSAC, and Washington Student Achievement Council’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Promotion, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes. without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. By entering this contest, you represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights or US Copyright law, If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, you will be disqualified at the sole discretion of Washington Student Achievement Council, If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, you shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Washington Student Achievement Council from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which Washington Student Achievement Council may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of a third party’s right.
15. Terms & Conditions: Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond Washington Student Achievement Council’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Promotion. In such case, WSAC may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Washington Student Achievement Council. WSAC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Promotion or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. WSAC has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the promotion, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by promotion rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the promotion may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, Washington Student Achievement Council reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.
16. Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless Washington Student Achievement Council and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the promotion and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.
17. Disputes: THIS promotion IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this promotion, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties and causes of action arising out of or connected with this promotion, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Washington State having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Promotion). Participant waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
19. Winners List: To obtain a copy of Winners’ names or these Official Rules, mail your request with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Washington Student Achievement Council, WA529 Art Contest, PO Box 43450, Olympia, WA 98504-3450. Requests must be received before June 30, 2023.
20. Sponsor: The Sponsor of the Promotion is Washington Student Achievement Council PO Box 43450, Olympia, WA 98504-3450. For Questions please call the WA529 Contact Center at 800.955.2318 OR email WA529ArtContest@wsac.wa.gov (due to the high volume of emails we anticipate, we cannot guarantee a timely response to emails).
21. Host: The Promotion/Contest hosted by Washington Student Achievement Council is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, Apple, Microsoft, or any other participating promotional partner.
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