2016 Youth Wildlife Art Contest
Pennsylvania's Endangered and Threatened Species


Contest Rules and Procedures:

Description: The Pennsylvania Game Commission invites Pennsylvania Youth in Middle School, grades 6 through 8 and High School, grades 9 through 12, to participate in the third annual Youth Wildlife Art Contest. For more than 25 years, the Commission has sponsored and promoted wildlife art through our Working Together for Wildlife and Waterfowl Management programs. Now, the agency would like to expand their art programs to promote wildlife art to young artists throughout the state, focusing this year on Pennsylvania's Endangered and Threatened Species.

Purpose: Through this art contest, the Game Commission hopes to:

  • Promote wildlife art among young artists.
  • Enhance students' knowledge of Pennsylvania's Endangered and Threatened Species.
  • Expand students' understanding of the Pennsylvania Game Commission as the agency responsible for managing all wild birds and mammals and their habitats in the state.
  • Recognize and support the talents of young artists.

Deadline: All artwork must be postmarked on or before January 29, 2016, and must be accompanied by a completed and signed "2016 Youth Wildlife Art Contest" entry form.


  1. The artwork must depict one or more Pennsylvania Endangered or Threatened species. The species should be correct in color, proportional size, and shape. You may reference the Game Commission website,, click on wildlife then Endangered and Threatened Species to view the Endangered and Threatened Species of Pennsylvania that qualify for the contest. The bald eagle is a recovered species and no longer meets the criteria for the Youth Wildlife Art Contest.
  2. The artwork must be:
    1. Two dimensional, on heavy weight paper no more than ¼" thick
    2. Size: 12 x 9 inches horizontal or vertical, no border or matting
  3. Artists may use the following mediums: oils, pastels, color pencils, water colors, acrylic, charcoal, graphite, black & white or color. No scroll work, lettering, signature or initials can appear on the artwork. Digital/computer generated artwork not accepted.
  4. No Entry will be accepted in a wooden frame, under glass or rolled. (The Game Commission will frame the work for display.)
  5. Because the contest encourages individual creativity, help from another person (s) is not permitted.
  6. All artwork must be submitted with a 2016 Youth Wildlife Art Contest entry form signed by a parent, teacher, and student. The artist's name, school name, teacher's name, species illustrated and medium used must be printed clearly on the entry form and attached to the back of the artwork.
  7. The winners and honorable mention original artwork will be returned to the students' home address. All other original artwork will be returned to the school.

Contest Eligibility:

All Pennsylvania students in Middle School (grade 6 through 8) and High School (grades 9 through 12) are eligible to participate in the art contest.

How to Enter: All entries should be mailed to:

Pennsylvania Game Commission
Attn: Robert J. Wesoloskie
Chief, Marketing & Merchandising
2001 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797

Criteria for Judging:

All entries will be judged on originality, creativity and interpretation of the Endangered or Threatened Species of Pennsylvania. The artwork will be judged according to Middle School or High School categories.
The contest Director shall be the judge of whether an entry qualifies under the contest rules to be accepted for judging. Any entry that fails to comply with any contest rules will be disqualified.
The judging for the contest will consist of a panel of five judges composed of leaders in the arts community, wildlife biologist and wildlife organizations. All decisions of the judges are final.

Contest Winners:

The Art Teacher of each contest winner will be notified by telephone and/or email on or before Monday, March 7, 2016.
Awards: Middle and High School categories will be judged separately. First place to Honorable Mention awards will be provided in the Middle School category and the High School category, as follows:
  • First Place $500
  • Second Place $300
  • Third Place $100
  • Fourth Place $50
  • (4) Honorable Mention: Certificate
*The Art Instructor for the first place winners will receive $100 to be used for art supplies for the school.


The winning artwork will be displayed by the Game Commission from March 21st through April 29th, 2016 and will be featured on the website and in the Pennsylvania Game News monthly magazine.
The original artwork will be returned to the students' home address once the displays are completed.

Limitation of Liability:

By participating in this contest, participants, schools, and winners agree to release, indemnify, and hold harmless the Pennsylvania Game Commission, employees and agents from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, damages, or expenses of any kind arising out of or in connection with the contest or with acceptance of any prize (including without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light).

General Rules:

By participating in the "2016 Youth Wildlife Art Contest," submission of artwork grants the Pennsylvania Game Commission permission to publish student and teacher names and participants agree to be bound by these contest rules.

Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave, Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17110-9797