DNR Opens Art Contests for Kids

Published 11:40 am Friday, September 8, 2023

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SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Sept. 6, 2023) – Hey, kids! Do you enjoy nature as well as creating artwork? Georgia’s 18th annual Youth Birding Competition invites resident children and teens to celebrate birds through a T-shirt art contest.

Many famous ornithologists were bird artists when they were young, so perhaps you can be the next John James Audubon, Roger Tory Peterson or David Allen Sibley!

A winner will be picked from each of four age divisions: primary (pre-K-second grades), elementary (third-fifth), middle school (sixth-eighth) and high school. One winner will be awarded the grand prize: Their artwork will appear on the 2024 Youth Birding Competition T-shirt and they’ll receive a $100 Amazon gift card. The three other first-place winners will each receive a $60 Amazon gift card. New this year, runners-up in each age division will be awarded a $40 Amazon gift card.

Entering is easy. Participants must draw or paint a native Georgia bird that has not been previously featured on a Youth Birding Competition T-shirt (more details at georgiawildlife.com/YBCTshirtArtContest). Artwork must be flat (not 3D) and may be created on paper or canvas. To enter the contest, email a full-frame JPG photo from a camera or smartphone of the artwork by Feb. 1, 2024, to Linda.May@dnr.ga.gov.

Be sure to provide the participant’s name, school, age, grade level, city, phone number and e-mail address, and the species name of the bird depicted in the artwork.

The illustrated bird must be a wild species that is native to Georgia. Artwork of exotic or domesticated species (such as European starlings, pigeons, yellow ducks, peacocks and parrots) will be disqualified. Draw or paint the bird’s features as accurately as possible. A simple background that provides habitat context is good to include, but make sure the bird stands out well and is the focus of the artwork. Also keep in mind that deep, contrasting colors scan best for a T-shirt.

Only one entry per person is allowed, and it must be the youth’s original artwork. Participation in the Youth Birding Competition, scheduled for April 20, is encouraged but not required to submit artwork for the T-shirt Art Contest.

In the 2024 Youth Birding Competition, teams will try to see or hear as many bird species as possible throughout Georgia in a 24-hour period during the contest dates. Details, including how to register a team will be posted later this year at georgiawildlife.com/YBC. You can also contact competition coordinator Tim Keyes at (912) 262-3191 or tim.keyes@dnr.ga.gov.

For more information on the T-shirt Art Contest, visit georgiawildlife.com/YBCTshirtArtContest. You can also contact art contest coordinator Linda May at (706) 319-0211 or linda.may@dnr.ga.gov.


PERRY, Ga. (Sept. 6, 2023) – Go Draw a Fish Georgia! The Fish Art Contest for 2023-24 is officially underway. Using art and writing, creators and administrators of this international contest hope it can ignite children’s imagination and inspire them to discover more about fish and fishing. The program is free to enter and open to youth in kindergarten through grade 12 anywhere in the world.

To enter, participants select a fish species of their choice and create an original, hand-done illustration. Participants 4th grade and older will also submit a brief piece of creative writing or an essay pertaining to their chosen species to showcase what they have learned. Youth can win prizes such as gift cards, merchandise from sponsors, and international recognition.

Take note, there also are many additional specialty award categories for 2024, including the Guy Harvey Shark Award, the Invader Crusader Award and the Go Fish Georgia Award. These additional contest opportunities may have different species and/or entry requirements. More info about award categories and all requirement details found at FishArt.org.

Hey Georgians! Before you enter, be sure that you have completed the Georgia-specific entry form (WildlifeForever.org/home/fish-art/fish-entry-forms/georgia-entry-forms/). Entries are due by Feb. 28, 2024, and can be submitted digitally or by mail to Chrystal Sherwood/Go Fish Education Center (1255 Perry Parkway, Perry, GA 31069).

More Info About the Go Fish Georgia Award: This award was created to celebrate fish species found in the state of Georgia which are commonly sought by anglers. The artwork is chosen based on how well the judges feel it represents the fish and/or fishing in Georgia. The artists who receive this award will have copies of their artwork on display, alongside state winners, at the Go Fish Education Center (GoFishEducationCenter.com) in Perry, Georgia.

The Fish Art Contest is supported by Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, the USDA Forest Service, The International Game Fish Association, The Guy Harvey Foundation, The National Fish Habitat Partnership and Western Native Trout Initiative, and Rapala.

Complete information about the Fish Art Contest available at FishArt.org.