Radon Program Annual 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.

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. These and they will meet with the governor to sign the Proclamation for the National Radon Month.


  • October 20—Entries due to DEQ (postmarked)
  • October 30—State voting begins
  • November 6 —State voting ends
  • November 17—Winners announced
  • January—Winners Winners will meet with Governor during National Radon Action Month

Submission Requirements

Department of Environmental Quality
Division of Radiation Control
C/O Eleanor Divver
PO Box 144850
SLC, UT 84114-4850

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 front of the poster
  • Include a title on the front
  • Topic and title must be on the artwork
  • Posters can be created with crayon, markers, paint, and pencil
  • Cannot use copyrighted logos – will be immediately disqualified

Tips for a Good Poster

  •  A good poster will make people STOP, READ, REMEMBER and TAKE ACTION.• 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 the topic.  Go to radon.utah.gov to learn more about what radon is and where it comes from.
  • Think of your poster as a billboard advertisement on this topic.
  • THINK and BE CREAVTIVE.  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.
  • Be neat. Try not to smudge the pencil or markers.
  • Be clean.  Take breaks and go wash your hands often.
  • 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 really small or put too many drawings on your paper – Less is better!
  • Color the poster with colored pencils or crayons.   Outline your coloring with fine tipped markers!

Judging Criteria

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