DNR invites local youth to enter its Youth Birding T-Shirt Art Contest

2018 Youth Birding Competition winner was this great horned owl by SKA Academy’s Alston Li. Contributed photo
SOCIAL CIRCLE, GA – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is inviting young artists to participate in its 14th annual Youth Birding Competition T0shirt Art Contest which encourages resident children and teens to celebrate birds through art. Last year’s winner was this great horned owl by SKA Academy’s Alston Li.

So if you are a child or teen who enjoys nature as well as creating artwork, this is a great way to celebrate birds. GA DNR is now accepting entries for the 2019 Youth Birding T-shirt Art Contest! It is open to Georgia residents in PreK through 12th grade, the winning bird artwork will be featured on the 2019 Youth Birding Competition T-shirt. Awards also include gift cards to Michaels for free art supplies! Georgia DNR notes that many famous ornithologists were bird artists when they were young, so perhaps you could be the next John James Audubon, Roger Tory Peterson or David Allen Sibley

A winner will be picked from each of these age categories: primary (pre-K–2nd), elementary (third-fifth), middle school (sixth-eighth) and high school. One winner will be awarded the grand prize—their artwork will appear on the 2019 Youth Birding Competition T-shirt and they’ll receive a $100 gift card to Michaels. The three other winners will each receive a $50 Michaels gift card, redeemable for art supplies.

To encourage artists to also participate in the 2019 Youth Birding Competition on April 26–27, a new award will recognize the best artwork from a member of a team involved in the competition (if a participant doesn’t already place in the regular art contest).

Entering is easy. Here is the information and rules from the Georgia DNR.

Participants must draw or paint a native Georgia bird that has not been previously featured on a Youth Birding Competition T-shirt (more details at www.georgiawildlife.com/YBCTshirtArtContest). Artwork may be created on paper or sheet canvas, at least 8-by-10 inches but no larger than 11-by-17 inches. Mail or deliver the artwork in a large envelope—flat, not folded—by March 13, 2019 (postmarked), to:
YBC T-shirt Art Contest (Attn: Linda May)
2065 US Hwy. 278 SE
Social Circle, GA 30025

On a separate piece of paper, gently taped to the back of the artwork, include the participant’s name, school, age, grade level, mailing address, phone number, parent or teacher’s e-mail address, and species name of the bird depicted.

The illustrated bird must be a wild species and native to Georgia. Artwork of exotic or domesticated species (such as European starlings, pigeons, chickens, 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 your 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. Participation in the Youth Birding Competition on April 26–27 is encouraged but not required to submit artwork for the T-shirt Art Contest.

Competitors in the birding event can pick up their submissions at the April 27 banquet at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (www.georgiawildlife.com/CharlieElliott) where select artwork will be displayed and winners announced.

Artwork from children and teens who do not take part in the Youth Birding Competition can either be picked up at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield through May 18 during normal business hours or returned by mail—but only if a large, self-addressed envelope with at least six first-class stamps is included with the submission.

The 2019 Youth Birding Competition starts at 5 p.m. Friday, April 26, and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Groups may use as much or as little of that time to count as many birds as possible throughout Georgia. Although teams may start birding anywhere in the state, they must turn in their checklists at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center by 5 p.m. Saturday.

While judges examine and score checklists, participants will enjoy a live animal show followed by an awards banquet packed with prizes.

For more information on the T-shirt Art Contest, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/YBCTshirtArtContest. You can also contact art contest coordinator Linda May at (706) 557-3226 or linda.may@dnr.ga.gov.

Details on the 2019 Youth Birding Competition, including registering a team online for this exciting event (March 31 deadline), will be posted soon at www.georgiawildlife.com/YBC. You can also contact competition coordinator Tim Keyes at (912) 262-3191 or tim.keyes@dnr.ga.gov.


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