National Water Week Poster Competition 2024

We are inviting all preschools, primary schools and individual artists in our region to participate in the annual National Water Week Poster Competition for 2024.

All junior artists are encouraged to submit a creative poster that reflects this year's theme, 'Water for all, Inspiring Action.'

The competition opens Monday 15 April and will close Friday 6 September.

All the winners will be announced during National Water Week Monday 21 – Sunday 27 October.

Tips for uploading a poster

  • Poster size must be A4 or A3
  • Please ensure only high-resolution, high-quality images are submitted.
  • Image files should be in .JPG or .PNG formats.
  • Uploaded files are limited to 20MB.
  • Original posters can either be scanned or photographed.
  • Please contact us if you would prefer to send hard copies into our office:
  • If taking a photo, please ensure the image is clear and not blurred. Think about:
    • Good lighting.
    • Ensuring the poster fills the entire screen. An overhead shot is often best as you are standing above the poster, looking down.
  • Avoid using your flash as it makes a glary photo.


Winners will be chosen using the following criteria:

  • How well the poster communicates relevant water-related issues.
  • How well your poster reflects this year’s theme, 'Water for All, Inspiring Action.'
  • Whether the poster uses innovative imagery, design or concepts.
  • Whether art materials have been used effectively.
  • How attractive it looks from a distance.

Our better than ever prizes!

Student prizes:

1st place – a water, sustainability or culture-themed book, a one-of-a-kind jigsaw puzzle, a framed copy of your incredible poster and some awesome Coliban Water merchandise.

2nd place – a one-of-a-kind jigsaw puzzle, a framed copy of your incredible poster and some awesome Coliban Water merchandise.

3rd place – a framed copy of your incredible poster and some awesome Coliban Water merchandise.

All students who enter will receive a participation certificate.

Remember, 1st place category winners go through to the state competition where you could win up to $100!

School prize:

All participating preschools and primary schools will enter the draw to win $250 to put towards a sustainability project.


If you have any questions, please contact John McDonald
Mobile: 0448126014

Poster Design Teaching and Learning Sequence

Set your class up for success with this newly developed series of activities. Focused on guiding participants through the design process behind a successful poster, students will unpack the theme: ‘United by Water’, mind-map key elements, and then develop their concepts through to a final.

Download the lesson plan here

lesson plan layout

Book Resources

To help celebrate National Water Week in classrooms across our region, we've curated a selection of our favourite water-themed picture books. With beautiful illustrations and stories, these books are sure to inspire and help children understand the natural water cycle and the importance of water in all its forms.
  • Earth Verse.
    Haiku from the Ground Up
    By Sally M. Walker

    A stunning combination of haiku and impressionistic but accurate art encourages readers to think playfully about our planet and its wondrous processes.

  • The Rhythm Of The Rain
    By Grahame Baker-Smith

    From tiniest raindrop to deepest ocean, this breathtaking celebration of the water cycle captures the remarkable movement of water across the earth in all its majesty. A stunning new non-fiction picture book from Greenaway medal-winner, Grahame Baker-Smith.

  • Wilam: A Birrarung Story
    By Aunty Joy and Andrew Kelly

    As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem warreen.

  • Water Is Water
    By Miranda Paul

    This spare, poetic picture book follows a group of kids as they move through all the different phases of the water cycle. From rain to fog to snow to mist, talented author Miranda Paul and the always remarkable Jason Chin combine to create a beautiful and informative journey in this innovative nonfiction picture book that will leave you thirsty for more.

  • When water lost her way
    By Meg Humphreys

    Lost in her ever-changing forms, 'Water' questions who she is after an encounter with a creature in an underground cave. Water seeks all parts of her cycle for answers, which makes her feel overwhelmed and confused. However, 'an old' tree helps her to understand her place in the world and her many interconnections with all living and non-living things.

  • You and Me Murrawee
    By Kerri Hashimi

    In this lyrical, beautifully observed story, a young girl camps by the river with her family. Through her eyes, we see life as it would have been two hundred years ago.
    Murrawee is friend and guide as we experience the rhythms of one day and become strikingly aware of what can be gained, simply by listening and sharing.

Video Resources

We’ve chosen a range of videos suitable for use in a learning environment. They'll help kids increase their comprehension of water and will provide inspiration to further develop our junior water heroes!