The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are inviting students to participate in the 10th Environmental Awareness Art & Language Arts Contest.

Louisiana students ages 5-18 may enter their original work in the art category and/or the language arts category, according to a department news release.

The theme for the 2012 contest is “Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!” The theme can be used to introduce water sustainability initiatives in classrooms, educating students on how they can incorporate the protection, conservation and enjoyment of water in their daily lives.

Monetary awards will be given to the winners, and winning entries will be published in the 2013 Environmental Awareness calendar to be distributed statewide. All winners will be honored at a reception at the Governor’s Mansion in June.

The official entry form and release, including full contest details and guidelines, can be downloaded from this website:

The entry form must accompany the entry and must be signed by the contestant and parent or guardian. Entries that do not comply with contest rules will be disqualified. All submissions must be postmarked by April 26.