The 2023-2024 Contest
For over three decades, Lions clubs around the globe have been sponsoring a very special art contest in schools and youth groups. Creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity.
Dare to Dream
The Fort Bend County West Lions Club sponsors the Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest locally. Working closely with the Katy Independent School District, we are fortunate to have many talented young Katy artists aged 11, 12, and 13 submitting their work. For the 2023-2024 contest, we ramped things up even more! Every school in Katy with 11-, 12-, and 13-year-old students have their own sponsored contest. Our goal is to flood the state with peace!
Each of the winning entries are submitted to District 2-S4, which encompasses over 65 other clubs across Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, DeWitt, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria, & Wharton counties. From there, the District entry moves up, and up. In 2020, our entry was chosen to represent the State of Texas at the international level.
Katy's 2022 Contest Winners
Contest Rules & Guide
young people to showcase their talent.
memories that will last a lifetime.
more than 600,000 children sharing their visions of peace
Inspire, Create, and Imagine: that's what the Lions International Peace Poster Contest does. The Lions International Peace Poster Contest is an international contest that encourages children, ages 11 to 13, to creatively express what peace means to them. This contest allows students to share their unique images of peace with others, so that we may all have greater tolerance and international understanding. Thank you for your participation!
At the local level, each of the contest winners will be recognized by the club. Artists of posters advancing to the final international judging are also recognized as follows:
International Grand Prize Winner receives a trip to an award ceremony where they will receive $5,000 and an award. Two family members (at least one being the legal guardian or parent), as well as the Club's President or Designee, are invited to accompany the winner to the award ceremony.
23 Merit Award Winners each receive $500 and a certificate of achievement.
Dare to Dream
The 2023-2024 Contest theme is Dare to Dream. To a young person, a dream isn’t just a wish, hope or desire — it’s a path, a goal, an ambition. But achieving that dream takes hard work. So this year, we’re asking young people to show how they’ll turn their dream of a peaceful world into reality.
Peace Poster Contest Deadlines
Students ages 11, 12 or 13 as of November 15 are eligible to participate in the International Peace Poster Contest. Entries not meeting the following deadlines will be disqualified.
Posters are evaluated on three criteria at each judging level: originality, artistic merit, and expression of the theme. This year's theme is Dare to Dream. The Fort Bend County West Lions Club are submitting 17 entries, one from each of the 17 Junior High Schools in Katy ISD, which advance to the District-level competition. It is important that the poster selected to advance meet all of the contest's rules and conditions. Once the winning poster is selected by each school's competition and submitted to us, we will forward it upward and onward as appropriate. In order for your entry to be considered, your parent or legal guardian's signature must be on a waiver & signature sticker which is maintained by the club.
The following schools have contests:
Adams Junior High
Beck Junior High
Beckendorff Junior High
Cardiff Junior High
Cinco Ranch Junior High
Haskett Junior High
Katy Junior High
Mayde Creek Junior High
McDonald Junior High
McMeans Junior High
Memorial Parkway Junior High
Morton Ranch Junior High
Seven Lakes Junior High
Stockdick Junior High
Tays Junior High
West Memorial Junior High
Wood Creek Junior High
Contest Rules and Conditions: Entries not meeting the rules and conditions listed below will be disqualified:
The contest's theme is "Dare to Dream."
Only a Lions club can sponsor the contest in a school or organized, sponsored youth group, such as YMCA programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Scouts, etc. Note: The contest cannot be held in youth groups that a Lions club sponsors, such as a Leo club or Scout unit. However, individual members of those groups (such as Leos or Scouts) may participate if the contest is held at their schools or other organized youth groups.
The contest is open to students who will be 11, 12, or 13 years of age on November 15, 2023. Eligible birth dates are November 16, 2009 through November 15, 2012.
Artwork must be no smaller than 13 inches by 20 inches (33 centimeters by 50 centimeters) and no larger than 20 inches by 24 inches (50 centimeters by 60 centimeters). Do not mat or frame artwork.
Only one entry per student per year, and each entry must be the work of only one student.
All artwork must be the individual student's original creation. Duplications are not accepted, including the use of clipart and free-use imagery.
All media are accepted. Note: Chalk, charcoal, and pastel entries should be sealed with a fixative spray to prevent smearing. Do not laminate entries. Digitally created entries (such as those made using Photoshop or the like) should be submitted electronically or submitted via a mailed thumb drive and accompanied with a check for $18 made out to Cane Island Katy Inc.
Three-dimensional entries will not be accepted. Nothing may be glued, stapled, or attached to the artwork in any way.
The use of lettering or numbering on the front of the poster, in any language, is not allowed. All artist signatures or initials should be written on the back of the poster. (in instances where lettering would normally appear, such as on battleships or shirts, make sure there is no lettering or numbering in any language. A smear or squiggle may be acceptable so long as there is no way of misconstruing it as lettering or numbering.)
Artwork should be done in a flexible material, so it can be rolled for shipping in a mailing tube. Do not fold poster.
The Disclaimer: Participants accept all responsibility for late, lost, misdirected, or illegible entries. Entries sent with insufficient postage will be disqualified. Lions Clubs International, the Fort Bend County West Lions Club, and Cane Island Katy Inc. are not responsible for entries damaged, destroyed, or lost during the judging process. Entries cannot be acknowledged or returned. They become the property of the Fort Bend County West Lions Club or Lions Clubs International upon receipt. Peace Poster Contest images cannot be used without written permission from Lions Clubs International.
In consideration for the opportunity to enter the Peace Poster Contest, participants agree to allow Lions Clubs International, Fort Bend County West Lions Club, and Cane Island Katy Inc. to use their names and photographs for promotional and publicity purposes. An international grand prize winner is not eligible to receive subsequent prizes in future Lions International Peace Poster Contests sponsored by Lions Clubs International. By entering, participants agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the judges and Lions Clubs International.
Lions Clubs International may cancel the contest without notice at any time. The contest is void where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law.