The pinwheel is an uplifting reminder of childhood and the bright futures all children deserve.

By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions - it has come to serve as a reminder of the safe, stable, and nurturing childhoods we want for all children. It is the national symbol for child abuse prevention. 

Photo contest

During Child Abuse Prevention Month this April 2018, CO4Kids and Illuminate Colorado are partnering to hold a statewide pinwheel photo contest in Colorado. Winners will receive grants to be used to support organizations striving to prevent child abuse and neglect.  Be creative to show your support for prevention! 

Winners will be announced in early May. 

Learn more about contest awards, guidelines and how to vote for your favorite photo below. 

Submission Instructions: 

1. Step One: Read the contest guidelines carefully. 

2. Step Two: Fill out & submit your photo by completing the form below.

3. Step Three: Once approved, we will upload your photo to the @CO4Kids Facebook Page under the #Pinwheels4Prevention photo album. Send friends, family, and supporters to the @CO4Kids Facebook "Pinwheels4Prevention" photo album to "like" your picture submission.

Winners will be selected based on the number of "likes" the photo received by April 30 at 5:00 pm (MTN), so make sure to like it and spread the word!

Only "likes" on the original photo on the CO4Kids Facebook page will be counted. 

Winners (photos with the most likes) will be announced at the beginning of May. 

1st Place Winner | Sponsored by CO4Kids
Prize: Statewide Recognition + $1,000 toward a nonprofit organization of your choosing that works to support families and prevent child maltreatment

2nd Place Winner | Sponsored by the Kempe Foundation
Prize: Statewide Recognition + $500 toward an nonprofit organization of your choosing that works to support families and prevent child maltreatment

3rd Place Winner | Sponsored by the Get Grounded Foundation 
Prize: Statewide Recognition + $250 toward an nonprofit organization of your choosing that works to support families and prevent child maltreatment

Photos can be of pinwheel gardens, pinwheel events, creative collaborations of people holding pinwheels, or pinwheel arrangements in whatever way your inspiration leads. 

Click here for some pinwheel garden ideas.

Please read all of the guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines and submission instructions will not be considered. 

  • Although anyone can enter, grant awards must go toward a nonprofit organization that works to support families and prevent child maltreatment. 
  • Photos must include a pinwheel, pinwheel garden, pinwheel event, or other Child Abuse Prevention Month activity for April 2018. 
  • Photos must be taken and submitted between April 1st - April 30th 2018 in Colorado. 
  • Only use the official pinwheels provided through Illuminate Colorado/Prevent Child Abuse America. You can purchase pinwheels here. 
  • Limit 1 entry per person. 
  • Only image files 10854 KB or less will be accepted. 
  • Photos must be original and taken by the person submitting the photo, or with that person's expressed permission. You cannot enter the contest with a photo that you do not own and have permission to use. 
  • If any children are included in a photo, you must provide a signed photo release from the parent or caregiver of that child. 
  • Photos can only be submitted once. In the instance that two people submit the same photo, only the first entry will be considered. 
  • Promote the pinwheels in a positive manner and with positive messages and slogans. The pinwheels cannot be used to represent child abuse victims, cases, reports, or fatalities.
  • Photos must not include watermarks, branding, or advertising of any kind. 

Winners will be selected based on the number of "likes" the photo received by April 30 at 5:00 pm (MTN), so make sure to like it and spread the word!

Only "likes" on the original photo on the CO4Kids Facebook page will be counted. 

Winners (photos with the most likes) will be announced at the beginning of May. 

Visit the Pinwheels for Prevention Photo Contest Album to vote for your favorite picture. 

Help grow pinwheel gardens throughout Colorado. 

Order your pinwheels today

Order your pinwheels today

lluminate Colorado, the Colorado Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America leads the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign for Colorado. The campaign began in Colorado in 2009 and has progressively expanded across the state. Co4kids is proud to partner with Illuminate Colorado to help prevent child abuse in Colorado. 

Visit www.illuminatecolorado.org/order-pinwheels to order your pinwheels today!

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1‑844‑264‑5437)
Available 24 hours a day, every day. Don't hesitate to call and get help. 
Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.