Wild Things Youth Art Competition

Leopard Frog painting by Zoe Eymard

Young Artists Wanted for Wild Things Youth Art Contest and Exhibition!

2020 winning entry. "Model Frog" by Zoe Eymard.


Calling young artists ages 5 - 18! 

Artists ages 5 thru 18 are invited to capture plants, animals, and landscapes of area National Wildlife Refuges for the annual Wild Things Youth Art Contest. Now in its 23rd year, the competition spotlights the richness of Southeast Louisiana’s native wildlife and habitats through drawing and painting mediums, and encourages local youth to learn more about their natural heritage. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s art contest and exhibition will be conducted virtually.

Due to Hurricane Ida we have EXTENDED the deadline for the Virtual Wild Things Youth Art Contest -- the new deadline is 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

Contest Rules

The Wild Things Youth Art Competition is open to two categories: 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.

Artwork must be at least 8 1/2 " x 11" and cannot be larger than 20" x 24" matted. 

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

Artwork must be matted. Artwork must not be framed or have name, initials, or title written on the front of the artwork.

Art will be judged in five age groups: 5-7; 8-10; 11-13; 14-16, and 17-18.

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.

How to enter: Download contest rules and entry form here. (642 KB PDF)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, neither the Administrative Building, nor the Visitor Center are open to the public at this time. Art must be received by Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 4 p.m. Entries can be mailed to:

Art Contest /U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
61389 Hwy 434
Lacombe, LA 70445

Due to safety and health precautions hand-delivery, or “drop off” of artwork will be by appointment only.  Appointments may be scheduled by contacting Wild Things Youth Art Coordinator Diane Barth at 985/882-2021 or via email.

For more information call: 985-882-2021 or email us at this link.

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