Calling all young people: what does your landscape look like?

Happy birthday to us!  Friends of the Lake District is 90 years old (I know, we don't look it).  When we were first set up in 1934, one of the things we wanted was a National Park in Cumbria.  In 1951 our campaign was successful and the Lake District National Park was created. 

To celebrate our birthday, we want to develop a vision for Cumbria’s landscapes for the next 90 years. But this vision should belong to the people who will love and care for this landscape in the future.  So we're asking you to help us develop this vision by designing a poster to show how you would want the landscape to look.  What are your hopes for the future?  What would you want our beautiful landscapes to look like when you are 90 years old? 

You could design your poster for one place that is special to you – like the area where you live or a place in Cumbria that you like to visit. Or you could think about a vision for the future of the whole Lake District National Park or Cumbria itself.

Whichever landscape you choose, think about the following questions when planning your poster:  How would you like it to look in the future?  Would you like more trees, flowers or wildlife?  What would help you enjoy nature and the outdoors more?  Better footpaths so you can explore?  Or more places to swim safely? 

We can't wait to see your posters!

How to enter

Download and print off the entry form here.

Complete the form (ask your parents for help because they will need to sign the form) and use the reverse of the flyer to design your poster.  Be as creative as you like!

Please send your completed entry to Friends of the Lake District, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7SS or email scans or photographs of your poster and the form to [email protected] by Friday 16th August 2024.

Entries will be split into three age categories:  ages 5-7, ages 8-11 and over 12s.  Entries will be judged by a panel and announced by 1st October 2024.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entries in each category. 

Winning posters will be published in our Autumn edition of our magazine, Conserving Lakeland.

Terms and conditions

  1. Friends of the Lake District is hosting a poster competition for children and young people. The ideas from the posters will be used to develop a future vision for our landscape.
  2. Poster entries alongside entrants’ names, will be used on social media, our website and printed in Friends of the Lake District publications.
  3. Entry to the competition is free. 
  4. The competition is open to any child or young person aged 5-19 years old.
  5. There are three age related categories: 5-7 years / 8-11 years / over 12 years. There will be a winner and 2 runners up from each age-related category. 
  6. Each winner and runner up will receive a certificate and goodie bag. Each winner will receive a top price of a voucher. 
  7. Vouchers are non-transferrable and not for resale. Vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash. 
  8. The competition closing date is Friday 16th August 2024. The closing date may be extended by Friends of the Lake District if required.
  9. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties. 
  10. Submission of entries: Postal submission: Friends of the Lake District, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7SS.  Email submission: Scans or photographs of your poster and the form to [email protected]
  11. All entrants must submit an entry form with their poster. Entrants under the age of 16 must submit a signed entry form from their parent, guardian or carer. Entry forms are available here. You can also request an entry form by emailing [email protected]
  12. It is not the responsibility of Friends of the Lake District to follow up entries without signed entry forms. 
  13. Posters will be judged on creativity, how well they fit the theme and how well the poster has been made or drawn.
  14. The winners and runners up will be notified by contact telephone number / email and announced on both Friends of the Lake District website, social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook) and in Conserving Lakeland. 
  15. The winners and runners up may be required to take part in publicity. 
  16. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 2 weeks of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  17. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. This includes any judging that occurs.
  18. Copyright of all images submitted as part of this competition remains with the respective entrants. 
  19. Each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Friends of the Lake District to feature any or all of the submitted artwork/images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition. 
  20. Posters submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any artwork/images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that any photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it. 

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