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We Want Young Artists to Inspire the Conservation World

Several contests give young visual artists a chance to show off their talent in support of conservation. I write for a living but know that picture or photo can make a story. Art can stop people in their tracks and connect with them on a deep emotional level. Please take a look at these contests and see whether you have what it takes. 

   Through Young Eyes collage

• At their recent meeting, the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) accepted a resolution to encourage youth engagement. The resolution was presented by FWS’ Megan Reed. The theme of World Wildlife Day on March 3 is “Listen to Young Voices,” and the Through Young Eyes photo contest is way to connect with young people. Photographers can either show some of the world’s amazing wildlife or young people working to conserve these species. The deadline is February 13. Details and Rules: https://cites.org/eng/WWD2017_photo_competition_call_for_entries_14012016  

ES artCalifornian Miles Yun, 15, won last year's Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. 

•The Endangered Species Youth Art Contest is open to students in grades K-12, including those who are homeschooled or belong to a youth/art program. Artwork should highlight one or more land- or ocean-dwelling threatened or endangered species, or a recovered one, found in the United States. (The contest has lists of eligible species under “Subject Matter.”)The competition provides students an opportunity to learn about imperiled wildlife and show support for conservation. Entries must be submitted electronically no later than March 1. Details and Rules: http://www.endangered.org/campaigns/endangered-species-day/saving-endangered-species-youth-art-contest/

Jr Duck Stamp16-year-old Stacy Shen, took top honors at the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.

• A few weeks later is the deadline for the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest: March 15. (Mostly. A few states have different deadlines.) Students K-12 attending public, private or homeschool in the United States may enter their states’ contest, and the one “Best of Show” in each state or territory goes on to the national contest. The winning art at the national level is made into the Junior Duck Stamp, which sells for $5 and raises money for environmental education. Details and Rules: https://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program/junior-duck-stamp-contest-information.php 

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