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Seventh Annual Sun Defense Essay Contest


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For the seventh year in a row, the National Skin Education Foundation, a nonprofit foundation whose leadership is comprised of the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (FSDDS) officers, is sponsoring an essay contest among Florida elementary school children to help educate children and parents about the importance of sun safety and to promote literacy. There is no cost to the school or the school district.

The first 150 Essays will be accepted and one shade structure will be awarded for each 50 essays received for a maximum of 3 structures. From the winners, we will also select one (1) grand prize winner, who will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for the student and their family to attend the FSDDS Annual Meeting on April 25 - 27 at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Orlando, Florida. The student will receive recognition at this meeting and will present his/her essay to the attendees on Saturday, April 26.

Essay must include at least 3 of the following:

  • Where and what is ultraviolet radiation?
  • What are UVA and UVB?
  • How can UVA and UVB harm me and how can I protect myself, family and friends?
  • What kind of activities exposes a person to ultraviolet light?
  • What times of day should I be extra careful?
  • What kind of light does a tanning bed release? Are tanning beds harmful?
  • What are good things which happen from sun exposure?
  • What are other ways to get the beneficial (good) effects from the sun?
  • How do you know if ultraviolet light is present?
  • What is the UV index?

Feel free to be creative; the listed points are just for suggestion and do not all need to be included in an essay.

How to submit an essay:

  • Students should write an essay, 500 words or less, about the reasons why and how one would want to protect themselves from the sun; and why their school should be awarded a shade structure. Creativity is highly encouraged.
  • Essays may be submitted by a school or an individual however, only one essay per school will be accepted. The essay should be handwritten and submitted to the National Skin Education Foundation along with the enclosed contest form in PDF format via e-mail to, or faxed to 904-880-0034 to no later than Friday, February 21, 2014.
  • If the essay is submitted by an individual student, not directly by the school, the school must sign the contest form indicating that they accept the essay as their school's entry.
  • Only schools who have not previously won a sun shade from the FSDDS are eligible to win.
  • Shade structure installation must be coordinated with Apollo Sunguard and completed within 1 year of award or it is forfeited.

Winners will be posted on FSDDS.ORG on March 21, 2014. Please feel free to contact the NSEF office at 904-880-0023 or e-mail us at should you have any questions regarding the contest. Additional contest forms and flyers are available at We are looking forward to another exciting contest and look forward to your school's participation. Best of luck!

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