Young artists called to 2020 Wild Things Youth Art Contest

Published 8:04 am Saturday, August 29, 2020

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LACOMBE — Artists ages 5 – 18 are invited to capture plants, animals and landscapes of area National Wildlife Refuges for the annual Wild Things Youth Art Contest.  Now in its 22nd year, the competition spotlights the richness of Southeast Louisiana’s native wildlife and habitats through drawing and painting mediums, and encourages area youth to learn more about their natural heritage.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s art contest and exhibition will be held and conducted virtually.

Art will be judged in two categories: drawing (pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, or pastel), and painting (oils, watercolors, tempera, acrylics or pastel). Artists may submit only one entry. Artwork must be original, recent work, and must not be computer generated. Subject matter must be native (non-exotic) species. Art will be judged in five age groups: 5-7; 8-10; 11-13; 14-16, and 17-18.

A panel of judges will select first, second, third and honorable mention winners in each category and age group, and one overall Best of Show winner. All of the entrants’ art will be displayed on Refuge websites and social media accounts.

Art must be received by Friday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. Please allow for mail delivery time. Mail art to: Art Contest, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 61389 Hwy 434, Lacombe, LA 70445. You may download contest rules, entry forms, and a resource list of suggested native species online at

For more information, contact Diane Barth at 985-882-2021 or via e-mail at