Radon Program Annual Poster Contest

2022-2023 Radon Poster Contest

Radon is a gas that is naturally occurring in the environment. In Utah, 1 in 3 homes have elevated levels. This contest is designed to raise awareness for radon testing and to inform people of the danger of radon in their homes. It is simple and inexpensive to test your home for radon. Test kits are available at Radon.Utah.Gov for $10.95.

State Contest

State Contest Winners will receive CASH AWARDS. There will be three first place winners receiving $100 and his/her teacher receives $100. There will be two more students that will receive $100 and a $100 for their teacher. In addition, students and their teacher will meet with the governor to sign the Proclamation for the National Radon Month*.


  • October 22 – Entries electronically submitted to DEQ online due.
  • November 7 – State Voting begins
  • November 14 – State Voting ends
  • November 30 – Winners announced
  • January – Winners will meet with Governor during National Radon Action Month*

Submission Requirements

Submission form to submit a file of your poster

Eligibility Requirements

  • Children aged 9-18 in grades 4-12 can participate in three categories.
  • The categories will be 4-6 grades, 7-9 grades, 10-12 grades.

Only one vote per household is allowed!

Poster Topics—Choose from the Following Five Topics

  1. What is radon?
  2. Where does radon come from?
  3. How does radon get into our homes?
  4. Radon can cause lung cancer.
  5. Test your home for radon.

Artwork Requirements

  • White paper
  • Preferred sizes are 11” X 17” – OR – 8.5” X 11”
  • No student names on the front of the poster–can put name on the back of poster
  • Include a title on the front
  • Topic and title must be on the artwork
  • Posters can be created with crayon, markers, paint, pencil, photographs or computer graphics
  • *Cannot use copyrighted logos – will be immediately disqualified

Judging Criteria

  • Content accuracy
  • Visual communication of the topic
  • Ability to reproduce
  • Originality

Tips for a Good Poster

  • A good poster will make people STOP, READ, REMEMBER and TAKE ACTION.
  • Read the rules/guidelines carefully and follow the directions.
  • Be sure that the information that you put on the poster is correct.
  • Do some research about Radon. Go to Radon.Utah.Gov to learn more about what radon is and where it comes from.
  • Posters can be created with crayon, colored pencils, markers, paint, collage, photographs, or computer graphics.
    • If you use photographs be sure that they are focused and appropriate photographs (makes it easier to recognize)
    • When using computer graphics, do not use copyrighted logos (will be eliminated)
  • Think of your poster as a billboard advertisement on this topic.
  • THINK & BE CREATIVE. Come up with a catchy idea or ideas.
  • Start out by drawing or sketching your idea or ideas onto a regular piece of paper.
  • Ask adults to critique your ideas and tell you what they think.
  • GREEN, RED, BLUE or black letters look best on white paper.
  • Use short phrases instead of long sentences.
  • Do not use different colors for each word or letter. It makes it hard to read.
  • Do not draw tiny or put too many drawings on your paper – Less is better!
  • HAVE FUN!!

* There is a chance the governor will not be available to meet with the students. UDEQ will do its best to have the students meet with the Lieutenant governor. Thanks for understanding.


Eleanor Divver (edivver@utah.gov), Radon Coordinator: (801) 536-0091

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