On May 10, 2013 volunteers announced the winners of the 1st Annual Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund Poster Contest; the theme for this year was "UV Ray Protection for Summer Fun Perfection." The poster contest was open to all students (grades K-12) in the Albuquerque Public School system. The judging criteria was based on the over all creativity and sun safety message/theme and of course that all of the requirements were met. Thanks to one of the fund's goals of educating the youth of New Mexico volunteers were able to award the winners and a donate $500 check to the school with the most participation.
We are looking forward to next year's poster contest and will be submitting the winning posters to the SunWise National poster contest. Prizes from the 2013 SunWise poster contest were as follows: Grades K-3 received digital cameras to the top five entries and for the national contest winner from grades 4-8 was awarded a family trip to Disney World. The national winners school also received a generous gift of a Shade 'N Net shade structure (up to a value of $12,000).
1. Final Size: 8.5” x 11”
2. Original / hand drawn art (ANY MEDIUM THE STUDENT CHOOSES). The use of any trademarked or copy written art is cause for disqualification.
3. At least two of the following SunWise Action Steps for Sun Protection ideas must be incorporated into the poster:
- Do Not Burn: Sunburns significantly increase one’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer, especially for children.
- Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds : UV light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling.
- Generously Apply Sunscreen : Generously apply sunscreen: about one ounce to cover all exposed skin 20 minutes before going outside. Sunscreen should have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 and provide protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
- Wear Protective Clothing: Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, when possible.
- Seek Shade: Seek shade when possible and remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Use Extra Caution near Water, Snow and Sand: Water, snow and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
- UV Index: The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun overexposure. The UV Index forecast is issued daily by the National Weather Service and EPA. Visit www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html.
- Get Vitamin D Safely: Get Vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with Vitamin D. Don’t seek the sun.
PREVENTION & AWARENESS TIPS: Using sunscreen, wearing wide brimmed hats/sunglasses, staying in a shaded area, avoiding intentional tanning (including outdoors and tanning beds), wearing long sleeves, checking the UV index.