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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the deadline for artwork submission?

Contest extended to: 5pm on Monday, 12/2/2019. 

2. What schools are eligible to participate in the contest?

All California schools with 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are eligible to participate. 

3. What are the prizes for the art contest?

The following prizes will be awarded per grade (6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade):

  • First Place: Laptop

  • Second Place: Tablet

  • Third Place: Deluxe Art Set

  • Honorable Mention: Art Set

All prizes have been provided courtesy of iHeartMedia, a proud partner of the California Office of Traffic Safety.

4. Who may participate in the art contest?

Any student in 6th, 7th or 8th grade attending a school located in California may participate.

5. What mediums of art are allowed?

Posters can be created using one or more of a variety of drawing tools (e.g. crayon, colored pencil, marker, paint, chalk, glitter, etc.). Any lettering should be clearly legible within whatever portion of the poster it may be used.

6. Which mediums are not allowed?

  • No clipart, stickers, glued or taped objects.

  • Posters must be original student artwork with no adult assistance.

7. Do I have to be enrolled in an art class to participate?

You do not have to be enrolled in an art class to participate. You may participate if you are enrolled in a California school and in 6th, 7th or 8th grade.

8. What is the theme for the contest?

The theme for the contest is “Go Safely.” Artwork must incorporate any of the following messages:

  • Always wear a helmet when riding your bike or scooter

  • Cross the street safely at the crosswalk

  • Always make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street

  • Look before you cross: left, right, left again

  • Don’t talk, text or use your phone when crossing the street

9. How do I submit my artwork?

Artwork will need to be submitted online at 

10. Do I need a parent or guardian’s permission to submit?

Yes, you will need to have a parent or guardian sign the contest waiver. The waiver can be found here, Please have your parent or guardian, print, sign and email the waiver to Entries will not be approved unless a signed and completed waiver has been received.

11. What format types will be permitted?

The file types allowed are JPEG or PDF up to 10MB file size limit.

12. Where will the winning artwork be displayed?

The winning artwork will be displayed on the contest page at The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and its respective promotion agencies, agents and authorized third parties are hereby granted an unlimited, perpetual royalty-free license (but without obligation) to use, take, record, copy, transmit, distribute, display, modify, perform, present, publish, transform, copyright, create works and derivative works, and otherwise promote and utilize my winning Entry (“Entry”) worldwide in any media, medium or format whether now or hereafter existing (including, without limitation, print, digital, direct mail, online (including OTS’ and unrelated third party social media sites), mobile or wireless communications, broadcast, billboards, telecast or photograph (“Media”) for any purpose whatsoever including, without limitation, in connection with the creation, advertising, sale and/or promotion of OTS and without any consideration or notice to or consent by me or any third party.

13. May I submit more than one entry?

No. Only one entry per student is allowed.

14. Are group entries allowed?

No. Students may not submit group entries.

15. Is there anything that can’t be included in the design?

Poster designs may not incorporate any copyrighted characters (i.e., comic and/or television characters), photographs, and magazine or newspaper illustrations.

16. How will the winner be determined?

Judging will be based on:

  • Thoughtfulness of design (10%)

  • Proper use of safety laws (helmets, walking in crosswalk, etc.) (25%)

  • Clarity of pedestrian safety and/or safe biking methods conveyed by text and artwork (15%)

  • Relevance of poster theme to pedestrian and or bike safety (25%)

  • Creativity, originality and artistic quality (10%)

  • Visual clarity, ability to easily view elements (10%)

  • Brightness and use of color (5%)

17. I’m having trouble downloading the template, is there an easier alternative?

Yes, please email us at and we will send you the template via email.

18. Is there a fee to enter the contest?

No. There is no cost to enter the contest.

19. When will winners be notified?

Winners will be announced by 5pm on Monday, 12/9/2019.

20. If I have additional questions, whom should I contact?

If you have questions, please email us at

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