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2022 Student Earth Day Contest


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Student Earth Day Design Contest

Create a design for Earth Day 2022. Design a cover for our April issue of Connected magazine to promote awareness on sustainability in alignment to this year’s Earth Day theme on the green economy: “Invest in Our Planet.”

Background: The first Earth Day was held in 1970. Fifty-two years later, the Earth Day’s 2022 theme focuses on a green economy: “Invest In Our Planet.”  Read more about the theme and why urgent investments in innovation, technology, and restoration is critical for climate change.


The competition is open to current college students studying graphic arts in the northern and central California region.


  • First Place – $1,000 + The winner’s design will be featured on VMA’s April Connect magazine cover and in VMA’s eNewsletter. These publications go to VMA’s member base of over 500 Northern California print and creative agency small business owners.
  • Second Place – $500 + showcased in interior page of Connected and in VMA’s eNewsletter
  • Third Place $250 + showcased in interior page of Connected and in VMA’s eNewsletter


  • Design extended to March 15, 2022 at midnight
  • Winners announced and contacted in early-April
  • Connected is printed and distributed in mid-April


Winner will be selected by a jury consisting of VMA’s Communications team

Design Direction

Imagery should be designed for the Earth Day 2022 theme of “Invest in Our Planet.”
See more: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2022/

Design Specs

Download the InDesign template here and design on your own layers below the masthead for 300 dpi, CMYK. For the final PDF file, export with bleed and crop marks.

To Enter

Complete the form and upload the final PDF file online at https://forms.gle/upVkyMQ7umrELX5DA


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