Poster Contest


Poster Specifications:
Theme - "What Home Means to Me"

Size - 22" x 28" and have a LANDSCAPE/HORIZONTAL orientation

Media - Contestant may use any art media (marker, crayon, paint, collage, textiles, etc.), but please consider that posters will need to be packaged, mailed and reproduced.

All entries must be mailed flat.

All contestants must sign an application and photo release making their entry the property of MAHRA/NAHRO and permitting duplication/publication thereof. The application and release should both be secured to the back of the entry.

All contestants are asked to provide a short narrative on the inspiration, vision and importance of their poster design. The narrative should be secured on the back of the entry.

Contestants name, grade level and housing authority must be written on the back of the each entry in addition to being listed on the release form also attached to the entry.

MAHRA is not responsible for returning submitted posters.

Eligibility and Selection Categories: Contest participation is open to all children residing in affordable housing assisted directly or supported under community development and affordable housing programs administered by a NAHRO member authority (i.e., public or Section 8-assisted housing CDBG, HOME, LIHTC).


Submission must be created by only one person. Entries created by two or more people will not be accepted.


Age Categories: Elementary - K to 5th grade; Middle - 6th to 8th grade; High – 9th to 12th grade Submission Instructions: Deadline for submission of posters to MAHRA is Monday, June 28, 2021. These should be mailed to: Havre de Grace Housing Authority, Attn: MAHRA 2022 Poster Contest, 101 Stansbury Court, Havre de Grace, MD 21078. Posters winners officially announced on Monday, July 12, 2021. All winners will each receive a prize.


Questions?: Submit via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here are a few tips for using your camera or smartphone to take a picture of your poster:

  • ​If you use a camera phone, please change the settings to the highest possible quality setting and export the media off your phone at the largest size.
  • Hold your camera as still as possible. Using your phone? Hold the phone horizontally, and keep your hands still.
  • Do not attempt to increase the size of an existing image using filters or software. This will not improve the quality or make it appropriate for printing.
  • Avoid using your camera's built in flash; it washes out the image and creates dark outlines and cast shadows. If your photo is too dark, try adding more light by opening blinds or moving closer to a window.

Here are a few more tips for getting a good shot:

  • Check the focus! Is your camera focusing on the poster, or on something else? Low light or background movement can make photos blurry.
  • Make sure your photos aren't too dark. When taking pictures inside, raise shades or open curtains add bright, natural light to your images.
  • Avoid zooming in too closely or standing too far back.
  • Avoid distracting or cluttered backgrounds. Make sure the poster is the focus of the image.

Follow the links below for contest rules, application and other required submission forms. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Contest Rules Poster Narrative  Poster Application NAHRO Photo Release