Thank you to all the youth who submitted artwork for the Wildlife of Arkansas art contest. We had over 600 entries and we were truly amazed by the level of artistry. The judges are working hard to complete the judging by early May.  All participants and winners will be notified in mid-May and announced online at

Wildlife of Arkansas Student Art Contest 

Moves to Online Format!!   

Entry deadline EXTENDED through March 31th 2021!! 

***Art Contest  Moves to Online Format This Year! ***

The Arkansas Wildlife Federation has teamed up with 
Creative Ideas  to bring our very popular annual Student Art Contest  to an online format this year.    K–12th grade students in Arkansas will now have a  chance to display their creativity to an even  greater audience than in years past with our new expanded online format.

The theme “Wildlife of Arkansas” acknowledges the natural beauty of Arkansas by providing the perfect inspiration for students to explore their natural artistic abilities. The term Wildlife is not limited to animals, but can also include wildflowers, natural landscapes, streams & rivers, etc. 

The Wildlife of Arkansas student art contest is made possible
in part  through a grant from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and generous donors like you. 

Guidelines for Art (painting, drawing or collage)
Contest is FREE and open to k–12th grade students in Arkansas. 
One entry per student accepted.
Artwork must be student’s original work completed in the 2020-2021 school year. 
All submissions must be titled.  
Though the art contest is virtual this year with judging done via photographs that are submitted online...the art requirements are the same as last year-   Medium can be oil, acrylic, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, graphite, ink, and mixed media on canvas, wood, paper or poster board no larger than 24"x32". 

Three tips for taking awesome pictures of your Artwork:
#1 Use good lighting- The best is non-direct outside lighting. No glare or shadows
#2 Make sure it's in focus and flat.
#3 Edit..but do it sparingly.  Crop it, adjust lighting it etc.  Image should represent your actual artwork.

For more tips on how to photograph your artwork check out this video: 

Artwork submitted online will be judged on creativity, skill and interpretation of the theme.
A panel of professional artists will select 4 winners in each grade.  

In addition to cash awards,  winning artwork may be requested to be part of a traveling art exhibition that will be showcased at State Game and Fish Nature Centers.  

Awards are as follows:
1st Place Winner each grade- $100.00 award and certificate
2nd Place Winner each grade- $ 75.00 and certificate
3rd Place Winner each grade- $ 50.00 and certificate
Honorable Mention each grade- $ 25.00 and certificate
Overall Best of Show-$150 award and certificate

Event Disclaimer
 Judges decisions are final. 
AR Wildlife Federation and Creative Ideas reserve the right to reproduce submitted artwork
for promotional purposes (Example: Use in  AWF Facebook ads, Arkansas Out of Doors magazine, and the annual Wildlife of Arkansas Student Art Calendar).
Not responsible for lost or damaged art.

Hurry!  The deadline to submit your entry is midnight-  March 15th  
Entry deadline EXTENDED through March 31st!

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