Imagine A Day Without Water

2020 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest Important Updates

Accepting Art Entries: October 21st - November 23rd

  • Submit Art Online
  • Submit by Mail: Water Conservation, 305 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Submit in Person: JMRL Central Brand- During curbside hours only

2020 Official Contest Entry Form (PDF)

Vote Online for your Favorite Art Entry: December 2nd - 11th

Winners will be Announced December 18th via Press Release!

Could you go a day without water? No water to drink or use to make food. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or brush your teeth. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires, pools would be closed, and farmers couldn’t water their crops. 

Imagine a Day without Water 2020 Logo, October 21st, 2020
We are excited to announce that the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County Service Authority, and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority are holding their 6th annual Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest. Each year, we ask youth to show us why we must value and save water in our community. This year’s contest has been modified to allow for more flexibility as our community has to adapt to life during COVID-19. Our goal is to provide the youth in our community with an opportunity for them to illustrate the importance of water.


 This year’s art contest will kick-off on October 21, 2020, the National Imagine a Day without Water Day. The contest will once again be open to all students in grades K – 12th in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Youth can submit original 2-D creations of any size, including original photography. For this year’s theme, we are asking the youth to consider: “What Water Means to Me” in their creation.

New this year, submissions will be accepted via direct mail, electronically through our submission and online voting platform, or in person at one drop off location. Submissions can be submitted by scanning the original work, uploading an image of the work, uploading an original photograph, or developed digitally; however, note that the means of submission may impact the quality of the artwork.

The Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest will accept artwork from October 21st to November 23rd. Top entries will be made available for fan favorite voting from December 2nd to 11th. Winners will be announced on December 18th. Awards of a cash gift card and water conservation goodie bag will be given to the top entry in the four grade and fan favorite categories. Four teachers will also be honored for their support of the contest through a random drawing.

We are excited to see the youth’s creativity and what water means to them!

You can learn more about the Value of Water Coalition and the National Imagine a Day without Water Campaign on their website.

Imagine a Day without Water written on the Free Speech Wall


2020 Imagine a Day without Water Youth Art Contest

2020 Theme: "What Water Means to Me"

Important Dates:

  • Accepting Art Entries: October 21st - November 23rd 5:00 PM

  • Fan Favorite Voting: December 2nd - December 11th 11:59 PM  

  • Winners Announced: December 18th- afternoon

Media Types Accepted:

  • Multiple submissions are allowed! Make sure you convey the contest theme: "What Water Means to Me".
  • Entries must be the work of one individual youth, no collaborations. 
  • Any original 2-dimentional artwork or photography.
  • Artwork can be any size and made with any type of medium. 
    • Suggested sizes for drawings: 11" x 8.5" (horizontal)
    • Suggested sizes for photography: 4:3 ratio (horizonal) 

How to Submit your Media?

Water Conservation
Department of Public Works
305 4th Street NW
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Art Contest Flyer & Submission Form (PDF)

Art Contest Poster (PDF)


Contest Prizes

$200 Gift Card and Water Conservation Goodie Bags!

Youth Prizes

  • K - 2nd Grade Top Entry
  • 3rd - 4th Grade Top Entry
  • 5th - 6th Grade Top Entry
  • 7th - 8th Grade Top Entry
  • 9th - 12th Grade Top Entry
  • Fan Favorite

Teacher Prizes

  • Four teachers randomly selected that participated, where the more students that participated from that teacher increased the odds of that teacher winning. 
2019 Imagine a Day without Art Contest Student and Teacher Winners with their art

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