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The Contest

Are you passionate about protecting the environment? How about getting paid up to $500 to design art and help the City of Sacramento fight climate change? Got your sketch pad, paint brushes, photoshop app or camera ready?

For a cash prize, the Office of Mayor Darrell Steinberg, in collaboration with the City of Sacramento’s Office of Climate Action and Sustainability and SMUD, are looking for artists ages 14-24 to submit their own carbon-zero art piece showing why a sustainable future is important for Sacramento! Any artistic expression that captures what carbon-zero and a green future means to you will help bring attention to this cause.

Ok - now that we've got your attention, below are the basics you will need to follow in order to submit an art piece and win the prize money.

We are so excited to see what kinds of art you’ll submit!

Cash Prizes

Three age groups:

Ages: 14 – 15, 16 - 18, 19 - 24

One 1st place: $500
Two 2nd place: $100
Six Honorable mentions: $50

Note: The submission deadline has been extended to March 24th. Pieces submitted after Thursday March 24th at 11:59pm will not be considered

Official Contest Rules


The Carbon Zero Art Contest is open to city of Sacramento residents and students ages 14 to 24.

To be eligible for cash prizes, submissions must highlight the urgency for climate action in Sacramento and/or the importance of a carbon zero and sustainable future.

Contestants can submit any still image or art piece, including but not limited to hand drawings, paintings, graphic designs, and photographs.


Youths, ages 17 or under, must have written permission from a parent/guardian to:

  1. Participate in the contest
  2. If your design is selected, enter into to the intellectual property rights agreement
  3. Receive cash prize


If contestant’s design is selected, contestant will be asked to enter into an intellectual property rights agreement for the winning design. By participating in the contest, contestant represents and warrants that it is the owner of the submission and gives the city permission to modify or discard the submission at its discretion.


Only one art submission is allowed per contestant.


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