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April 4, 2022- May 27, 2022
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The North Alabama Zoological Society (NALZS) EduZoocation is pleased to announce our 2022 Alabama Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, which is open to K-12 grade students—residing in the U.S.–including those who are homeschooled or belong to a youth/art program. The contest is an integral part of our education on the vast biodiversity in our lovely state.

Subject Matter

To be eligible, students’ artwork must depict a land or ocean-dwelling species that either lives in or migrates throughout Alabama and its waterways, or a plant/flower that is native to the State of Alabama and is endangered, you can choose a species from one of these four groups:

  • Vertebrates

  • Invertebrates

  • Flowering Plants

  • Non-Flowering Plants

Judges particularly appreciate artwork showing species in their habitats. Don’t forget about the plants that support all life!

Artwork Guidelines

Students’ artwork must be original. Computer-generated images and traced images will not be judged. It is critical that submitted artwork not be overly derivative of images found on the Internet, in print media, or elsewhere. To avoid copyright infringement, works thought to be copies will be disqualified.

  • Students participating in the contest should compose their chosen subject on an 16X20 or smaller.

  • Media: We can accept artwork done in crayon, ink, acrylics, oil paint, pastels, watercolor, colored pencils, scratchboard, color marker, chalk, pastels, charcoal, mixed media, or paper collage. We cannot accept artwork done using plain black pencil or weak colored pencil.

  • No lettering, words, signatures, or any other markings may appear on the front of the artwork. This includes labeling the depicted species, writing one’s name, or a signature. Lettering that is creatively incorporated into the art (such as a posted sign) is allowed. Submissions that include prohibited writing will not be judged.

  • All art must be submitted digitally. To ensure the image best represents your artwork, avoid including distracting background such as your hand (holding the art) or a frame/mat that reduces the overall image. Also, please orient the artwork in the correct direction before submitting.

  • All artwork becomes the property of the North Alabama Zoological Society. Submission of the artwork grants the NALZS a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to publish your student’s/child’s artwork in and on NALZS editorial, educational, and promotional print and digital materials, in our promotional and educational posts to social media, and for all other lawful uses—including artwork print sales—in furtherance of the Society’s mission. All published artworks will be credited with a copyright notice in the following form: “c Artist’s Name.”


Submitting Artwork

Artwork should be submitted electronically at It must be at least 3300×2550 pixels resolution, at least 300 dpi and smaller than 15 MB.


Follow directions carefully and provide all information requested on the submission form. File must be labeled first name of artist an underscore and with Title of artwork: (i.e., taylor_manateecoast.jpg or taylor_manateecoast.png)


Art will be reviewed on a weekly and monthly basis- all art submitted by Friday will be judged, showcased, and announced throughout the following week. A monthly winner will be announced May 5th (all April entries submitted by April 29th) and June 3rd ( all May entries submitted by May 27th.)



A panel of judges will select winners in four categories: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. There will be monthly category winners and one overall grand prize winner that will be chosen from the monthly winners. The grand prize winner will be selected in May 2022 from the four grade-level winners. In choosing the grand prize winner, judges pay particular attention to the concept or story that the artwork tells. We encourage artists to pay attention to the theme: Alabama Endangered Species.


The art will be judged on five primary artistic elements:


  • Creativity: How well does the work express individual creativity?

  • Concept: How well does the work relate to the biodiversity theme?

  • Composition and Color: How well do the elements of line and form work together? How does color enhance the artwork?

  • Craftsmanship: How well the work/ concept was executed?

  • Expression: How imaginatively does the work convey an idea or emotion?



Each month a winner will be chosen in each category (see above) and their work will be showcased on our social media platforms and will be displayed in upcoming NALZS Community Outreach and will be saved to be used on our NALZS event announcements. Winners may need to submit the original artwork to the NALZS prior to receiving prizes. An email will be sent to each winner with instructions and terms. NALZS board members and staff immediate family members are not eligible for prizes, however, their art will be showcased with other submissions.


Monthly-Grade Category Prizes: Each of the grade-level winners will receive a certificate, and their art will be featured in an ad for our “A Zoo for You, North Alabama” Campaign and be featured on our education website and on our social media outlets.

2021 Art Contest Finalists
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