School Litter Art Project

Image Gallery 

View the image gallery below of the 2022 School Litter Art Project finalists and Winners. 

As part of our Waste reduction awareness initiative, City of Ryde is partnering with local schools to create an art competition based on litter awareness. 

City of Ryde is home to wide variety of natural spaces and biodiversity including 71 Parks and reserves totally 205 hectares. Bordered by Parramatta river to the south and Lane Cove river to the north and east, Ryde is pivotal in keeping the waterways and parklands clear of litter. Plastic litter is a source of harm to both our environment and our health. We need to encourage everyone to recycle and put litter where it belongs. Your art could help us do that.

In their drawings, students are encouraged to think about how litter affects our outdoor spaces and marine life and be a recycling hero.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will winning drawings be displayed?

Winning drawings will be displayed in Ryde Library as well as on infrastructure throughout the Ryde Local Government Area (LGA).

Who can enter the competition?

Council welcomes all students aged 5-12 who live, work or play in Ryde LGA to participate in our anti-litter art competition.

Is there prize money on offer?

Prize money will be available for students based on the below age categories:

  • Aged 5-7: $200 winner, $100 runner up
  • Aged 8 – 10: $200 winner, $100 runner up
  • Aged 11 – 12: $200 winner, $100 runner up

How to submit artwork

Submissions for the School Litter Art Project have now closed. 


Terms and Conditions


All entrants must attend a primary school located in the City of Ryde.

Entry Criteria

All entries must be original work of the artist. Artworks previously exhibited in other prizes and exhibitions are still eligible. For cultural sensitivity reasons, artworks that contain certain unauthorised use of Indigenous symbols, motifs or styles are not eligible. Works that are considered offensive will not be selected.

Selecting and Judging

Artwork for the competition will be selected by a judging panel of City of Ryde staff. Students will be notified their artwork was selected by Sunday 11 September 2022.

Artwork Installation

Winning drawings will be displayed in Ryde Library as well as on infrastructure throughout the City of Ryde.


Applications can be submitted via email from the school on behalf of the student. There is no entry fee to apply for the competition. Applications close on Sunday 4 September 2022. The artist’s name, age and school name must be included in submissions. Artworks should be A4 portrait and must be high quality, no larger than 5MB.

Copyright and photographs

Artist’s own the copyright of their work and licence the City of Ryde to use the submitted images and take photographs of the artwork that can be used for the publicity, press releases and other promotion in print or on the City of Ryde website.

Interpretation of the terms and conditions

In the event of a dispute regarding the interpretation of these terms and conditions, the decision of the City of Ryde shall be binding on all parties. By submitting their artwork the artist acknowledges they have read, understood and accepted all the terms and conditions of this agreement.

Find inspiration from the artworks submitted for the 2020 School Litter Art Competition

For further information on litter reduction and recycling please visit the waste education page with great tips on how to reduce and reuse.

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This project is a NSW Environment Protection Authority Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy

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