Georgia’s annual Youth Birding Competition invites children and teens to submit artwork for T-shirt Contest

Georgia’s 15th annual Youth Birding Competition invites resident children and teens to celebrate birds through a T-shirt Art Contest.

A winner will be picked from each of four age categories: primary (pre-K–second grades), elementary (third-fifth grades), middle school (sixth–eighth grades), and high school.

One winner will be awarded the grand prize—their artwork will appear on the 2021 Youth Birding Competition T-shirt and they’ll receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

The three other winners will each receive a $50 Amazon gift card, redeemable for art supplies.

Participants must draw or paint a native Georgia bird that has not been previously featured on a Youth Birding Competition T-shirt.

Artwork may be created on paper or sheet canvas, at least 8-by-10 inches but no larger than 11-by-17 inches.

To enter the contest, email a full-frame photo (from a camera or smartphone) of the artwork by March 10, 2021, to Linda.May@dnr.ga.gov.

Be sure to provide the participant’s name, school, age, grade level, city, phone number, and email address, and the species name of the bird depicted in the artwork.

The illustrated bird must be a wild species that is native to Georgia.

Artwork of exotic or domesticated species (such as European starlings, pigeons, yellow ducks, peacocks, and parrots) will be disqualified.

Draw or paint the bird’s features as accurately as possible.

A simple background that provides habitat context is good to include, but make sure the bird stands out well and is the focus of the artwork.

Also keep in mind that deep, contrasting colors scan best for a T-shirt.

Only one entry per person is allowed, and it must be the child’s original artwork.

Details regarding the competition can be found online at georgiawildlife.com/YBCTshirtArtContest.