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Picture clean air.

What does clean air mean to you? What are some ways you help keep air healthy? We received lots of awesome photos and heartfelt poems about air in our Spring 2021 ThisIsCleanAir Challenge. Six finalists of each category made it to the ballot and the public chose the winners! All entries, including those not making it to the final round, may be used in PDEQ's air awareness/education messaging.


And, a great big THANK YOU to everyone who submitted entries and voted for their favorites!

Poems:Help Me Breathe

First Place: Help Me Breathe by A. Classen
Second Place: Air by A. Classen
Third Place: Our Blue Skies by M. Moran

Honorable Mention: Summer 2020 by G. Peterson

Photos: Fire from June 2020

First Place: Fire from June 2020 by B. Boyd
Second Place: Bighorn Fire by J. Wills
Third Place: Air Quality Env Justice by N. Befus
Honorable Mention: Fire On the Mountain by L. Klotzer


Winners get to pick their prizes (as supplies last). Hydro Flask water bottle, insulated backpack cooler, weather station, Loop jersey (designs and sizes may be limited).

 Hydro Flask  Backpack cooler Weather station Loop Jersey Loop Jersey  Loop Jersey 



Note: By participating in the #ThisIsCleanAir challenge, you give permission for the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality to share your photos or poetry via social media and other outreach methods as we promote healthy air. We will give you credit by using your first name initial and last name.

Winning photos of our September 2020 challenge

Theme: Transportation

How do you travel in a clean-air way, navigating COVID-19 restrictions and the warmth of Tucson's weather? Below are the three top photos chosen by the community. Congrats to all the participants for Driving Less and Smiling More for Healthy Air!

Skateboard  Dirty Hands

Family Rides Together 
Grand Prize: "Protect Your Mother"
Ava P., saving 150 miles/wk
 "Dirty Hands for Clean Air" Diego S. saves 30 miles/wk
 "Family & Dog Rides Together"
Carissa S. saving 250 miles/wk
Health effects, pollution sources, and actions to protect air
Love the air

Air pollution negatively affects the health of living organisms and non-living things, too.

There are many sources of air pollution that result from our everyday activities and product choices.

The good news is there are also lots of actions we can take to minimize air pollution.

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