24th Annual Youth Art Contest

2017 Theme:
Threatened and Endangered Species of the World


CLICK HERE to see the winners of the 2016 contest!

CLICK HERE for rules and entry forms

Students from across the country participate in the annual youth art contest, designed to inspire the next generation of wildlife artists.

Winning entries are exhibited at the Center during the Nature and Arts Festival, as well as at the Gratz Fair in Gratz, PA.

Entry and Deadline

  • Include a completed entry form which must be taped to the back of the original artwork along with the required $8.00 entry fee.  Checks can be made payable to: Ned Smith Center
  • Entry must be postmarked by June 1, 2017  or hand-delivered by 3:00 p.m. on June 1, 2017

Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art
ATTN:  Nature Youth Art Contest
P.O. Box 33
176 Water Company Road
Millersburg, PA  17061

*Not following the rules below will result in immediate disqualification.

  • Artists must be in/or equivalent to grades 1 through 12 during the school year of 2015-2016.
  • Artwork must represent a threatened OR endangered wildlife species of the world.  
    • A list of eligible species may be found through the US Fish and Wildlife Service: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/
    • Species may be from ANY part of the world.
  • All subjects depicted in the artwork must be identified (scientific AND common name) and listed on the entry form.  All artwork must be original, and must feature wild animals (NOT domesticated animals) in a habitat appropriate for that particular species.
  •  All submitted work must not exceed 9″ x 12″.
    • All submitted work shall be accompanied by a fully-completed, legible entry form
  • No three-dimensional work will be accepted.
  • Any medium is accepted:  pencil, charcoal, watercolor, oil, etc.  PLEASE NOTE:  Pastels or  charcoal must be sprayed to prevent smearing.
  • Artwork will not be accepted if it is matted, framed, or altered with any type of mounting, backing material, or layers of additional paper.
  • Photographs and computer-generated artwork will not be accepted.
  • No signatures or initials may appear on the front of the artwork.
  • Only one entry per student will be permitted
  • If you would like your artwork returned to you, please include a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope that will fit a 13″ x 16″ piece of artwork.  This ensures ample space for the return of the entries awarded first through honorable mention, which will be professionally mounted by the Center for exhibit purposes.
  • Students should not copy published artwork (it’s called plagiarism), however, if a student has gained inspiration from a published piece of artwork (including from photos), then acknowledgement and credit must be placed on the entry form and include the following information:

Name of publication (National Wildlife, PA Game News, etc.)
Date published
Full name of artist
Title of artwork

The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art:

  • Has the right to use the name, state, and grade of any contest contestant, without compensation, in order to administer and promote the contest.
  • Has the right to use a photograph (if taken at the Center function) of any contestant without compensation, in order to administer and promote the contest.
  • Retains ownership of copies and scans of all winning entries; and may copy, modify, distribute and publicly display them in order to administer and promote the contest.
  • Can keep the winning entries up to eighteen (18) months for promotional and display purposes
  • May produce products (such as posters, prints, t-shirts, etc.) from winning entries in order to administer and promote the contest.
  • Reserves the right to destroy unclaimed entries after eighteen (18) months
  • Will not insure entries it receives, or be responsible for loss of or damages to the entries
  • Will credit artist, title, and year of entry for any reproduction of entry created by the Ned Smith Center
  • Has the right to keep and display indefinitely any entry awarded “Best in Show,” which will be added to the Center’s permanent art collection.  The Center will provide the recipient with five (5) high-end prints, as well as a digital scan of the original entry.


  • Prizes will be awarded in each category (1st – 3rd grade, 4th – 6th grade, 7th – 9th grade, 10th – 12th grade).
  • The winners will be notified by mail.
  • All winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mentions) will receive a Certificate of Award, a ribbon  and additional prizes.


Ned Smith Center