Wild At Art is Australia's top wildlife art competition for kids.
Let children unleash their artistic creativity while learning about Australia's threatened animals and plants and the threats facing them.
In 2021, ACF is partnering with Forestmedia Network to make this year's threatened species art competition for kids bigger than ever!
Throughout June and July, children aged 5-12 are invited to submit an artwork of one of Australia’s many threatened native animals or plants, along with a short written description of why they chose that species.
Online submissions are open from Saturday 5 June, World Environment Day, to Friday 30 July.
Finalists will be announced in August with winners announced on Tuesday 7 September, Threatened Species Day.
Artwork: Corrorrobee frog by Joshua, 2019 finalist
We believe kids should be heard on the issues that affect them – and the extinction crisis is no exception.
Wild At Art is an opportunity for primary school children to learn about Australia's threatened wildlife and speak out for a future where our unique animals and plants thrive.
The beautiful artworks and heartfelt written explanations in this competition demonstrate the depth of concern and love that children have for our vanishing wildlife.
Through the competition, parents, teachers and program managers can help foster children's natural creativity while raising awareness of Australia's extinction crisis.
Join the conversation and see some of the beautiful entries as they come in on the threatened species art competition Facebook group, or check out previous years' entries.
Australia is spoilt when it comes to wildlife. Our extraordinary and celebrated species, from the koala through to the wollemi pine, have evolved isolated from the rest of the world over tens of millions of years.
But sadly in modern Australia, our governments are failing to protect the plants and animals that make our nation so unique.
We have caused the extinction of more mammals than any other nation, and today nearly 2,000 plants, animals and ecosystems remain under threat of extinction.
Once a species is lost it can have ongoing ramifications for people and nature. Extinction is a confronting but important concept. There are cultural, scientific, ecological and moral impacts from the extinction of species.
Photo: Logging near Toolangi, Victoria. Photographer: Dale Cochrane
Research some of the threatened animals and plants in Australia, then choose one to represent in your artwork!
You may decide to look for a species that’s threatened in your area, or one that used to live in your area but is now extinct there. Or you may decide to choose one that lives further away, but is very interesting to you. The only rule is that your chosen species must be native to Australia (i.e. it occurs here naturally and has not been introduced).
You may also like to find out the reasons that animal or plant is threatened. Perhaps it has suffered habitat loss from logging, land-clearing or bushfires, or perhaps it is threatened by introduced animals like foxes and cats.
Artwork: Numbats by Daniel, 2019 finalist
Create your own work of art that interprets your chosen animal or plant. Make sure it falls within the categories of drawing, painting or mixed media (such as collage). Three dimensional, photography and video works can’t be accepted.
Please make sure it is your own work. Copying the shape and form of a species is fine as long as you make it your own creation. Tracing, or having a parent or anyone else work on any part of your entry is not allowed.
Artwork: Regent honeyeaters by April, 2019 finalist
The reflection is a short piece of writing that describes anything you care to mention about the artwork, like what inspired you to depict that species.
Your reflection should be 50-150 words long and can be included in the registration form. This will help the judges understand more about you and your work.
Parents or teachers may help younger children fill in this section.
Artwork: Deane’s boronia by Lucy, 2019 finalist
Please ask for an adult's assistance to create a clear digital copy of your artwork that’s under 3MB in size. The file should be uploaded via the online submission form by a parent, teacher or legal guardian.
All submissions must be received by 5pm Friday 30 July 2021. Entries received after that date will not be accepted.
Artwork: Dunnart by Liam, 2019 finalist
The judges are not simply looking for works that display outstanding technical skills. They will be looking for surprising or interesting interpretations and compositions, and work that demonstrates an emotional connection with the species.
The following judging criteria apply:
• Concept: How well the work relates to the threatened species theme
• Composition and colour: How well the elements work together to convey the theme
• Expression: How imaginatively the work conveys an idea or emotion, or incorporates a specific story.
Artwork: The disappearing rainbow by Ruby, 2019 finalist
To ensure a level playing field and a variety of entries, a total of 19 winners will be chosen from the following categories:
• Best artwork, ages 5-7 (1st and 2nd place)
• Best artwork, ages 8-10 (1st and 2nd place)
• Best artwork, ages 11-12 (1st and 2nd place)
• Most unusual entry (1st and 2nd place)
• Best plant entry (1st and 2nd place)
• Best regional entry (1st and 2nd place)
• Best artwork from a child with disability (1st and 2nd place)
• Best written entry (1st place across three age categories)
• Best groupwork entry (first and second place – available to groups of children at schools/art programs only)
Artwork: Rose-crowned Fruit Doves by Diana, 2019 finalist
Lots of fun and exciting prizes are up for grabs, including:
• Virtual platypus and koala tours
• Back to nature activity sets
• 100 things to do before you grow up books
• Eckersley's art and craft gift cards
• Australian animal soft toys
• Educational board games
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