Art Contest

 2021-2022 Statewide Winner
Johann Xeller
Sundrops Montessori School, Mount Pleasant

The Litter Trashes Everyone Art Contest is  now officially The Governor’s Art Contest on Litter Prevention! This annual litter awareness art competition is for all South Carolina K-5th grade students. To participate in this fun and educational competition, students create artwork illustrating the theme Litter Trashes Everyone.

How it works:

  • Educators submit the application below to receive a litter lesson and art paper.
  • Educators present litter lesson to entire class and provide paper for artwork.
  • Students create artwork focused on litter—no recycling-related content.
  • School administration judges all participating students’ artwork and selects ONE (1) student to represent your school. More than one entry per school will not be accepted.
  • Mail winning entry to PalmettoPride postmarked by February 22, 2023. Submissions must be received by February 28th, 2023 to be considered.
  • Address to PalmettoPride 2700 Middleburg Drive Suite 216 Columbia, SC 29204


PalmettoPride will provide paper if requested or plain white 8.5×11 paper may be used.

Five (5) color maximum allowed in addition to white.

Artwork must be themed around Litter Trashes Everyone and space to add the phrase must be available if the student does not include it in the artwork.

No copyrighted content such as logos or brand names should be included on artwork.

Images/photographs of the submitted work may be featured on our various social media outlets and promotional material. All images are subject to editing.


State winner:  PalmettoPride selects one statewide winner. The winning artist, their teacher and the school each receive a monetary award. The school and the artist each receive a framed reprint of the winning artwork. The statewide winning artwork will be featured on PalmettoPride t-shirts ordered for 2024 and the winning student’s school (students and faculty) will receive t-shirts featuring the winning design.

Regional winners:  PalmettoPride selects four regional winners—Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate. Each regional winning artist, their teacher and the school receive a monetary award. The school and the artist each receive a framed reprint of the region’s winning artwork.

Award Presentation:

State-wide and regional winners will be announced at the State House in Columbia. The regional and statewide winners with their school administrators, teachers and parents will be invited to attend. The tentative date for this presentation is March 14, 2023.

If possible, PalmettoPride will come to each winning school for an award presentation at a date to be determined.

Selecting your school winner:

Content over artistic qualities.

Litter specific. No recycling or other environmental messages.

SC specific if any location is obvious. No planets.

Consider how the piece will look on the back of T-shirts from Youth XS to Adult XXL.

Unique artwork gets noticed. Turtles are not unique.

2021-2022 Regional Winners

Governors Art Contest Rules

Palmetto Pride Art Contest Poster

Litter Trashes Everyone K-5 Presentation

For more information, contact 803.758.6034 or

Litter Trashes Everyone Art Contest Application

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