Contests

There are lots of opportunities to participate in Maine Composts Week contests. Scroll down the page for more information on the challenges listed below.

ALL CHALLENGES CLOSE ON Sunday MAY 13th at 11:59pm!

  • Composting Advertisement Video
  • Do-It-Yourself Compost Bin Competition
  • Compost Selfie
  • Waste in Your Backpack
  • Digital Poster
  • Mason Jar Challenge
  • Hand-Drawn Art Poster
  • Share Table Selfie

Composting Advertisement Video

  • Time limit of 30 seconds
  • May use any digital manipulation, editing, or other tactic to make the video
  • Must be submitted in MP4, MOV, or WMV format
  • Standard decency applies, if you couldn’t use this for a school project appropriately then it will be rejected

When submitting

  1. Attach your .MP4/.MOV/.MWV file to an email and send it to MaineCompostsWeek@gmail.com
  2. Title the subject of the email “30 Second Advertisement”
  3. Provide the lead submitters (up to 3) Name(s), Age(s), School(s) and Town(s) in the body of the email.
    1. You could also submit as “Mr./Mrs. ______ 7th grade science class” for instance

Hand-Drawn Art Poster

  • No size requirements. Can be an 8.5″x11″ piece of paper or a large canvas.
  • It may be on a thicker than standard paper (oak tag for instance)
  • Landscape or portrait orientation both acceptable
  • All content must be drawn with no electronic or digital assistance
  • Any medium may be used (color pencils, crayons, color pastels,paint, charcoal,etc.)
  • Contest age ranges: 0-6, 7-10, 11-14, 15-18, 19-39, 40-59, 60+

When submitting

  1. Scan or take a picture of your poster and save it as a .png or .jpg file
  2. Submit using the form below

Art Poster Submission

  • I accept the terms and conditions in the University of Maine System Release Agreement at the bottom of the page.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, png.

Do-It-Yourself Compost Bin Competition

  • Take a picture of your compost bin
  • Create a small list of the key materials you used to create it (ignore common things like screws and nails)
  • Save the picture as a .jpeg or .png file

Submit Below 

DIY Composting Bin

  • I accept the terms and conditions in the University of Maine System Release Agreement at the bottom of the page.

Waste in Your Backpack

  • Carry around all the materials that you’d normally throw away in your backpack for 5 days (Monday @ 8:00am-Friday @ 2:00pm, including nights

***For this to be done effectively you should be composting this week!

  • You may recycle, but only if it is an acceptable material
  • At the end of the week take a picture of your “Trash” and post it to the Maine Composts Week Facebook, Twitter, or Instragram page with the hashtag #wasteinmybackpackchallenge
  • You can also upload your photo in the form below.

**It is recommended you take effort to purchase your food wisely this week as packaging matters!

Waste in Your Backpack

  • I accept the terms and conditions in the University of Maine System Release Agreement at the bottom of the page.

Compost Selfie

  • Take an un-altered picture of you (any others) composting. This can be at any part of the process from collection all the way to your bin
  • Save the picture as a .jpeg or .png file

When submitting

  1. Save your photo as a  .jpeg/.png
  2. Submit the photo using the below form.
    1. You could also submit as “Mr./Mrs. ______ 7th grade science class” for instance

Compost Selfie

  • We'd love to know what your background is. Are you a student, town, household, university, business?
  • If you're from a school let us know where!
  • I accept the terms and conditions in the University of Maine System Release Agreement at the bottom of the page.

Digital Poster

  • Any images must be open-source to be included in the submission
  • Any un-original aspect of the poster can each only be 20% of the poster
  • Design for a 8.5”x11” standard letter size piece of paper
  • Landscape or portrait orientation fine both acceptable
  • All content must be digitally generated (i.e. no hand-drawn aspect)
  • Any electronic program or tool may be used to aid in creating this poster
  • We request individuals, in particular younger students, exclusively work on their submission. Their hand should be on the mouse and keyboard at all times during the creation of the poster
  • Contest age ranges: 0-10, 11-14, 15-18, 19+

When submitting

  1. Save your poster as a .png or .jpeg 
  2. Submit the photo using the form below

Digital Poster

  • If you're a student tell us where!
  • I accept the terms and conditions in the University of Maine System Release Agreement at the bottom of the page.

Mason Jar Challenge

This week you are limited to throwing away in total only what would fit in a Mason Jar! (Monday @ 8:00am-Friday @ 2:00pm, including nights!)

***For this to be done effectively you should be composting this week!

  • You may recycle, but only if it is an acceptable material
  • At the end of the week take a picture of the “Trash” in your Mason Jar and post it to the Maine Composts Week Facebook, Twitter, or Instragram page with the hashtag #masonjarchallenge
  • You can also Submit your photo in the form below. 

**It is recommended you take effort to purchase your food wisely this week as packaging matters!

Mason Jar Challenge

  • I accept the terms and conditions in the University of Maine System Release Agreement at the bottom of the page.

Share Table Selfie

If your school has set up a Share Table in your cafeteria, this is your chance to make it famous.

  • Take an un-altered picture of your school’s Share Table. Use this selfie as an opportunity to show what students place on the Share Table.
  • The 3 categories for this contest: Individuals or Groups/Classes in Elementary, Middle and High School
  • Save your photo as a .jpeg or.png file.

When submitting

  1. Save your file as a .jpg or .png file
  2. Submit it using the form below

 

Share Table Selfie

  • If in a large group please feel free to add up to 2 other co-submitters
  • If you don't fit into a given category, do your best to match up the majority of your students. A 7-12 should go with HS, a 5-8 should go with MS, etc.
  • I accept the terms and conditions in the University of Maine System Release Agreement at the bottom of the page.

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SYSTEM RELEASE AGREEMENT

I hereby grant and authorize the University of Maine System, acting through the University of Maine, (hereinafter UMS) its employees and agents to make use of, license or assign the use of, my image, appearance, likeness, voice and/or photograph, and other reproductions of any of these, in still photographs, videotapes, publications, audio, sound recordings, web sites, electronic and other media and/or motion pictures, (hereinafter all of which are included in the term “Material”) and to do so with or without mention of my name.

I understand and agree that I am to receive no compensation of any kind, monetary or otherwise, on account of or arising from the production, publication, recording, rebroadcasting, or other use of such Material.

UMS shall have complete ownership of the Material produced or published and shall have the exclusive right and license to make such use of that Material as it wishes, including, but not limited to the right of performance, display, reproduction and distribution in all media, and the right to create, perform, display and distribute derivative works of the Material.

I agree to indemnify and hold UMS, the University, its employees and agents, harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, lawsuits, judgments, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, that UMS may become liable to pay or defend arising out of or caused by any matter or material furnished or spoken by me in connection with my appearance.

I hereby release UMS, its employees and agents from all expenses, claims and liabilities incurred by me arising out of or in connection with my appearance and/or the use of the Material, except to the extent that those expenses, claims or liabilities are the direct result of the negligent acts or omissions of UMS, the University, its employees or agents.

This agreement shall be governed and construed according to the laws of the State of Maine.