Sun Safety 2023 Poster Contest


Hannah Fink, Student Writer

GNA CAMPUS The Sun Safety Poster Contest is here to help try and educate teachers and students K-12 about the importance of UV protection.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology (PAD) and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) hope to impact student health by funding educational programs at schools and encouraging proper practice at home. 

The information below about the Pennsylvania law and other resources on sun safety is here to help students and teachers create their artwork:

Act 105 


Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology (PAD)


American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) 


SUNucate webpage 


National Environmental Education Foundation 


Sunny Days Healthy Ways 


Skin Cancer Foundation 


Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation 


Sun Safety Poster Applications are due on February 28, 2023 by 11:59 pm. On March 17, 2023 the winner will be notified and the grant will be given shortly after. Following through, on December 17, 2023 the grant outcome description is due. 


The Contest Guidelines are seen below 

  1. The artwork must be original and created by a student in grades K-12. 
  2. Artwork must be submitted on 11”x14” or smaller paper or cardstock to the school’s media specialist, or other designated school personnel. Please write the student’s name, grade, and school name on the back of the project. Include application form and plan for use of the grant money with the submitted artwork. 
  3. Each school should select one (1) winner to represent their school in the statewide contest. Multiple schools in a district may submit an entry, but only one entry per school will be accepted. 
  4. Artwork should exemplify sun safety behavior, sunscreen use, and/or the recent sunscreen in schools’ law. The artwork should target a school-age audience and educate them in some way on how to protect their skin from UV damage. Artwork can have pictures only, words only, or both. 
  5. Artwork must be sponsored by a teacher or school administrator who is listed on the application. 
  6. The artwork submission must include a plan for use of the $5,000 award. In past years the PTO has been a partner with the school to help implement the project, we advise you coordinate with your PTO (or equivalent) to complete the application and include a letter indicating their support. 
  7. Grant money must directly benefit students at the submitting student’s school. Special consideration may be given to those submissions whose plan involves a project or tools to improve the health or safety of students. This plan must be approved and cosigned by the school principal. 
  8. The grant will be issued in the form of a $5,000 check to the school and $50 gift card to the student. 
  9. Prize recipient sponsors must submit a short post-project summary of how funds were used. Deadline for this summary is December 17th,2023. 
  10. Winners of the contest give permission for the PAD and ASDSA to use their poster on their websites, in presentations, and/or in other educational materials. All applications, artwork, and PTO letter of support may be sent via hard copy to: Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology Sun Safety Poster Contest 400 Winding Creek Blvd Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 You may also email your submission in .pdf to: [email protected].  


Any applications, artwork, and PTO letters of support can be sent via hard copy to:

Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology 

Sun Safety Poster Contest 

400 Winding Creek Blvd Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 

You can also email your submission in pdf to: [email protected]