Wild Things Youth Art Competition

Calling Young Artists Ages 5 - 18!

Artists ages 5 thru 18 are invited to portray the plants, animals, and landscapes of area National Wildlife Refuges for the annual Wild Things Youth Art Contest. The competition spotlights the richness of Southeast Louisiana’s native wildlife and habitats through drawing and painting mediums and encourages youth to learn more about their natural heritage. 

Contest Rules

The Wild Things Youth Art Competition is open to two categories: Categories are Drawing (pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, or pastel), and Painting (oils, watercolors, tempera, acrylics or pastel). Artists may submit only one entry. Artwork must be original, recent work, and must not be computer generated. Artwork submitted in a previous year may not be re-entered. Art will be judged in five age groups: 5-7; 8-10; 11-13; 14-16, and 17-18.

Artwork must be at least 8 1/2 " x 11" and cannot be larger than 20" x 24" matted. Artwork must be matted. Artwork must not be framed or have name, initials, or title written on the front of the artwork.

Artwork must represent native Louisiana wildlife, i.e. wildlife that is indigenous to Louisiana (plants, animals, landscapes and any combination of these). Entries will be automatically disqualified if they depict exotic species. 

A panel of judges will select first, second, third and honorable mention winners in each category and age group. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners; honorable mention winners will receive ribbons. Award ceremony will be held at Wild Things on Saturday, Oct.14, 2023.

Entry Deadline is Friday, Sept. 29, 2023
How to enter: 
Download an entry form here
Send entries to: 

Art Contest /U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

61389 Hwy 434

Lacombe, LA 70445

For more information call: 985-882-2021 or email Diane_barth@fws.gov

Wild Things Youth Art Contest is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc.

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