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Road Safety Art Contest

Road Safety Art Contest

It’s everyone’s responsibility to help each other stay safe on the road! The annual FMCSA Road Safety Art Contest invites students in elementary through high school to use their creativity to raise awareness of how to stay safe on the road, particularly when driving, biking, or walking around large trucks and buses.   

The 2024 contest is now open. Enter by June 7, 2024!  

Contest Rules

Artwork must include imagery or references to large trucks and/or buses. Including cars, motorcycles, bicycles, or pedestrians is also encouraged. Seat belt usage for all people pictured in vehicles is mandatory. Artwork should not depict crashes and injuries; safety messages should be kept positive.

  • Each student can submit only one entry.
  • A parent or guardian must complete and sign the entry form. Submissions must be horizontal (landscape) in layout or orientation; vertical layouts will not be accepted.
  • The student must produce the artwork without assistance from anyone else. The entry must be original. It cannot be a copy or modification of another work, such as a picture that is copied and then colored.
  • Submissions must not include any copyrighted logos and brands.
  • Software or online programs may be used to assemble/edit an entry, however, the entry must be primarily generated by the student’s own creativity and concept.
  • Additional Rules for Video and Photo Entries
  • Physical safety is mandatory when capturing video or photos. Content must not be captured while operating a vehicle; riding a bicycle, scooter, or skateboard; or in any other dangerous situations.
  • Video submissions from a group are permitted. An entry form signed by the parent/guardian of each student in the group must be submitted. No person outside the student group can provide any assistance.
  • Video or photo submissions must not include any copyrighted material (such as copyrighted music, video clips, stock images, logos, or brands).

Email submissions to fmcsa.outreach@dot.gov. Subject line must read: “2024 Road Safety Art Contest Submission: [Student’s First and Last Name].

All non-video entries must be submitted as a high-resolution photo or scan. Accepted file types include JPG, PNG, or PDF and must not exceed 10MB. For all video entries and non-video entries larger than 10MB, please submit via email with a file sharing link. Be sure to include the email subject line regardless of entry type. The completed and signed entry form must be attached to the email. Digital signatures are acceptable, or the parent/guardian may print, sign, scan and email the form.

Contest Awards

Grand Prize, People’s Choice and Honorable Mention winners are awarded in four categories:  

  • Category 1: Grades K-2
  • Category 2: Grades 3-5
  • Category 3: Grades 6-8
  • Category 4: Grades 9-12 

All winners receive a framed copy of their artwork and an award certificate. Artwork is also featured as part of our:  

  • Winner Announcement Video
  • Kid Zone and Teen Zone Webpages
  • 2025 Road Safety Art Contest Calendar. Download the 2024 Road Safety Art Contest Calendar featuring last year’s winning artwork. 

2023 Contest Winners

Watch last year’s winner video for inspiration! 

See All Winning Artwork

Contest Background

The annual contest serves as a collaborative effort between the Our Roads, Our Safety partnership to raise awareness about sharing the road safely with large trucks and buses.

Contest Regulations

By entering the art contest, each participant and his or her parent, guardian and/or legal representative warrant that the submission is the participant’s original work. They consent to the use of the entrant’s first and last name, artwork, grade, city and state on the 2025 Road Safety Calendar and other related promotional items without further permission, compensation or approval. Original artwork submitted becomes the property of the art contest sponsors. Participants assign all copyright, trademarks and other intellectual property rights related to their entries to the art contest sponsors and previously mentioned agencies including, but not limited to, the U.S. Department of Transportation. In consideration for the participation in this art contest, participants and their parents, guardians, and/or legal representatives release, discharge, indemnify and agree to hold harmless the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, their employees, officers, directors, agents, and partners from all claims, damages, demands, obligations, or losses of any kind related to this art contest. All communications regarding the art contest, including announcement of winners, will be sent to the artists’ parent, guardian and/or legal representative.  

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