Poster challenge taking entries until Mar. 22

Prizes will be presented to the three national winners and six finalists by the 2013 Canada Day Challenge sponsors

The first day of February was the official launch of the inaugural Canada Day Challenge (formerly known as the Canada Day Poster Challenge).

This national competition encourages young Canadians aged 8 to 18 to demonstrate their artistic and creative talent and to express what Canada means to them.

Under the theme “Canada: Strong and Free,” the Canada Day Challenge is inviting young Canadians to illustrate how the people, places, and events of the past have shaped our country and to show their pride in being Canadian by entering in any or all of the following three categories:

• Draw It! Send in a drawing, painting, or sketch.

• Snap It! Submit an original photo taken with a digital camera or smartphone.

• Write It! Submit a literary creation in the form of a short story, poem, or essay.

Entries will be accepted from Feb. 1 to Mar. 22, 2013.  Winners of the Canada Day Challenge will be announced in spring 2013.

The winning entries will be on display at the Canadian Museum of Civilization from June to September 2013, and will be part of the design of the official poster for the 2013 Celebrate Canada festivities. One national winner and two finalists will be selected in each category.

Prizes will be presented to the three national winners and six finalists by the 2013 Canada Day Challenge sponsors: the National Capital Commission, Encounters with Canada, the Trans Canada Trail, Canada Post, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Royal Canadian Mint, and Parks Canada.

Contest rules and entry forms are available at www.challenge.pch.gc.ca.