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Jayden Smith

First Place

Dan Haley

Second Place

Ananya Atul Bajpayee

Third Place

Earth Day Fossil Fuels Poster Contest

Environmentalists celebrate by planting trees but they never celebrate the trucks that deliver the trees, the gas that powers that truck, or the plastic handles of the shovels they use. Fossil fuels supplied by Mother Earth make Earth Day events possible. 

Solar and wind energy will be celebrated in every other Earth Day event. We want to highlight the work horses of the energy world — fossil fuels. In the 21st Century, so many of us are fortunate to celebrate Earth Day from positions of material wealth and a standard of living derived almost exclusively from fossil-fuel-driven economic development that has lifted scores of people out of poverty through access to affordable power. We believe affordable, reliable, abundant, safe energy and a thriving, clean environment are not mutually exclusive. The choice of energy sources and how they are utilized should come from the demands of an innovative and free market with fossil fuels, wind, and solar competing on an even playing field.

Our Earth Day Fossil Fuels Poster Contest celebrates how fossil fuels improve modern life. We will encourage artists to help us in celebrating Earth Day 2018 by submitting their original artwork in our Earth Day Fossil Fuels Poster Contest. The theme is “Modern Life: Made Possible by Fossil Fuels”.

Semi-finalists will be chosen and will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2018. The semi-finalists’ entries will be displayed at our Founders’ Night Dinner on Thursday, April 26. Founders’ Night guests will vote on the winner via Approval Voting (Sponsored by ApprovalVotingUSA.org). Approval voting is a single-winner voting method that allows voters to choose any number of candidates. The candidate with the most votes wins. The winner will be announced at our Founders’ Night Dinner event.

All semi-finalists will receive:

Third place will also receive:

  • $100 cash

Second place will also receive:

  • $250 cash

The winner will also receive:

  • $500

We’re not big into rules but we do have a few for the contest.


  • All Entries must be received by 5:00pm on Friday April 20, 2018.


  • All artwork must be your original work (no clip art, please).
  • This competition is open to artists of all ages. However, any semi-finalists younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult if they wish to attend the Founders’ Night event. 


  • Digital entries must be submitted through our online entry form on this page.
  • Entries submitted in digital format must be 300 dpi at actual size. We will accept files in pdf or jpg format.
  • If you wish to enter a hard copy, you must still fill out the online entry form. Hard copy entries should be mailed to: Independence Institute, 727 East 16th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203.
  • Entries cannot be larger than 18” x 24” (full bleed of 1.25” inches is allowed for digital entries) and can be either vertically or horizontally oriented.
  • Semi-finalists’ artwork will be mounted for display at our Founders’ Night Dinner event.
  • By entering this contest, you give the Independence Institute the right to publish images of your artwork.
  • All entries will be available for pick-up at the Independence Institute after April 30, 2018.
  • All semi-finalists will have the option of purchasing additional tickets to Founders’ Night 2018 at the discounted rate of $125.

Judging Criteria

The theme is “Modern Life: Made Possible by Fossil Fuels”. Entries will be judged based on the following elements:

  • How well the artist communicates the theme to viewers
  • The level of creativity and originality used in interpreting the theme
  • The quality of the composition and overall work

There will be one first-place winner, one second-place winner and one third-place winner. Limit one entry per person.  There is no entry fee and purchase of Founders’ Night Dinner tickets is not required to enter. Prize(s) are non-transferable and not redeemable for any other prize.  Need not be present to win. Winner assumes any and all liability for prize(s) including taxes, maintenance, etc. The Independence Institute will take all reasonable precautions with artwork submissions but is not responsible for any incidental damage, theft or loss.

Contact tracy@i2i.org with any questions.


The three semi-finalists will be posted on Earth Day, April 22, 2018.



Sarah Bouma
“Fueling the American Dream”


Valerie Savarie


Deborah Natelson
“Golden Age Fuel”