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Ready, Set, Create! contest

Want to win $500? Join the 2019-2020 Ready, Set, Create! contest.

The Regional Municipality of York is pleased to announce the annual Ready, Set, Create! contest. The entry period is Tuesday, October 1, 2019 to Friday, February 28, 2020. To participate in the contest, high school students from across York Region have the opportunity to identify health messages that matter to them and create supporting promotional posters.

Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners:

First place receives $500
Second place receives $300
Third place receives $200

The winning artwork may be used in a marketing campaign to promote health messaging across York Region.

The Ready, Set, Create! contest is supported by Kids Help Phone and the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Do you want to win $500? Enter the 2019-2020 Ready, Set, Create! poster contest by designing your own poster following the guidelines in the Contest Rules. We've summarized the contest rules in an infographic and be sure to review other important resources below before you begin.

As soon as you have a design idea and some creative energy get started with expressing yourself! When your poster, descriptive paragraph and required consents are ready, complete the online submission process. Entries can be submitted at any time before the contest closes on February 28, 2020. Good luck!

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Check out the 2019 winning submissions

York Region Public Health received a variety of creative posters using visual art, photography and computer generated images to highlight health messaging.

The Regional Municipality of York is pleased to announce the 2019 winners of its annual “Ready, Set, Create!” contest. Congratulations to all of our winners. Check back in September for information on how you can participate in the 2020 contest.

The following posters took the top three prizes:

First place – Vanessa Kauk

Vaping and tobacco is prevalent addiction that not only affects adults but teens as well. In this poster I chose to replace the cigarette with a $10.00 bill to show that people are burning money by smoking. The price of the addiction not only costs money but it can also cost you your life.


Second place – Lareina Chen

There has always been a stigma surrounding males being sexual assault victims. This stigma makes reporting sexual assaults shameful. If we can support women to come out and report their sexual assaults, why can't we accept that men can also be subjected to it as well. It is time we all forget the stigma of male sexual assaults, and accept that if it can happen to HER, it can happen to HIM.


Third place (tie) – Ashley Carcuro

This poster accentuates the struggle that many women who are assaulted or abused face, which is the fear of speaking up. It is crucial for these victims to understand that what has happened to them is not due to their own actions. My goal with this poster is to assure those dealing with this issue that they are not alone and no situation is too small to acknowledge. The finger silencing the victim symbolizes the pressure exerted by society that makes women believe that they must stay quiet. I hope this poster helps women and girls everywhere to speak up and get the support they deserve.


Third place (tie) – Owen Clark

This poster represents the dangers of smoking and how it could potentially end your life if you become addicted. The slogan “Put it out, before it puts you out” is a play on words being used to convince any smokers, to put out their cigarettes and their addiction now before the cigarette puts them out, meaning it will kill them.


Honourable Mentions

Kayla MacInnes

Carine Ho

Sarah Previte

Baron Yan

Celeste Brizuela

Thomas Wong

Ritesh Persaud



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