Every year artists from around the community compete to design our festival poster. The winning design is used to shape our visual identity for the festival each year and is featured on our t-shirts and promotional materials.

We’re pleased to announce our 2017 design contest winner: Lyn My Dam, an illustrator and graphic designer who completed her BFA in 3D Animation from the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Arts & Media this past May. Lyn has been an active volunteer with CDBF and CDFF and loves attending the festival every year.

“I wanted to integrate the dragon into the waters where the dragon boats would be and give a sense of power for the rowers,” she says. “I added the mountains to refer to Colorado and its landscapes.”

Lyn will receive $300 in addition to her art being featured in the promotional materials for the 2017 festival.


Our second place poster (left) was created by Ratha Sok. A Cambodian-American, he was excited that Cambodia would be featured this year and drew inspiration from Asian cultures. “As an artist I value community,” he says. “I feel that it is important to showcase diversity and what Dragon Boat Festival can offer the community.” He is currently working on a mural project with Natural Grocers. He will receive a $200 second-place prize.

In third place (right) and receiving a $100 prize is Leah Hendricks, a visual artist with some experience as a graphic designer for businesses and nonprofits. “I wanted to combine the elements of water and fire, since this is a festival featuring a water sport in the year of the fire rooster,” she says.

Each year we also feature a “Young at Art” Award for 6th-12th graders. This year’s winner (below) is Kaylee Peterson, who wanted to highlight the inspiration and contrast between the fiery dragon and the cool waters of the racers. She has been creating art since early childhood when her grandmother would give her paints and art supplies as gifts. She will win a $50 prize.

Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to everyone who participated in our 2017 Design Contest!


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