Earth Day Poetry & Photo Contests

2020 Earth Day Photo and Poetry Competition Will Celebrate Healthy Community, Healthy Self!

Stay tuned – contest info will be posted in January 2020. Select winners will be invited to share their work at the Celebrate Earth Day event at Memorial Peace Park on Saturday, April 18, 2020.

Ridge Meadows Recycling Society will also present a screening of “The Lorax” (with popcorn & snacks!) to the class with the most contest entries. Please list school & teacher’s name/Division # with entry.

PHOTO Contest: 3 categories – Child (up to age 10), Youth (11-16), & Adult (17+), PLUS Grand Prize Winner. Send entries in jpg format (minimum 1MB) with name & age (if under 17) to

Photo contest entries will be posted on the Celebrate Earth Day Facebook page and voting will be open to the public.

POETRY Contest: 3 categories – Child (up to age 10), Youth (11-16), & Adult (17+). Email poems to

Poetry Contest criteria:

  • Relevance to Healthy Community, Healthy Self theme (25%)
  • Judge’s impression (25%)
  • Poetic structure (20%)
  • Spelling & grammar (15%)
  • Originality (15%)

Rules & Regulations

  1. The contest is open to all British Columbia residents.
  2. Limit up to 2 entries per person. Must be previously unpublished work.
  3. All styles of poetry will be accepted but must adhere to 350 word limit.
  4. Entries must be sent as a PDF, DOC or DOCX attachment and include name, age, BC mailing address, phone number and email address.
  5. Winners will be selected by publishing and writing professional(s).
  6. Rights: By entering the contest you are giving Celebrate Earth Day Maple Ridge first Canadian rights for publication, AND the option to collect all the years’ poems into a multi-year compilation at some point. You are free to market your poem(s) in other places, but you should inform them if it has won or appeared on the Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge website or been published as part of Earth Day materials.

Follow the Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge Facebook page at or the Twitter feed at @mrearthday for updates.