Art Contests for Kids
Here you'll find art contests for kids and art contests for teens. You can win money, prizes, art supplies and lots of other cool stuff. Click on the link provided for each art contest to get more detailed information on entry requirements and rules. Good luck!
Last update: 02/28/15
2015 Science Without Borders Challenge: This annual international art competition is open to kids ages 11-19 worldwide. This year's theme is "Reef Relationships"; to enter, submit an original art work that reflects this theme. Judging will be done in two age categories (middle school and high school) with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner in each age category. Prizes are:
1st place winners: $500 scholarship
2nd place winners: $350 scholarship
3rd place winners: $200 scholarship
Submissions must be received by April 27, 2015. Full details can be found here.
2015 International Visual Arts Competition: Sponsored by French organization Centre Pour L'Unesco Louis Francais, this international art contest is open to those who are between the ages of ages 3 to 25, with judging being done in 6 age groups. Deadline to enter is March 2, 2015. Winners in age groups under 18 will receive: "1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded a prize of € 100, € 85 and € 75.
The following winners will be rewarded. An honorary diploma will be delivered or mailed to each winner and each nominee." Art creations must be done on a flat surface; only one entry per person.
State Fish Art Contest: This annual art contest for kids is sponsored by the Fishing League Worldwide. To enter, submit an original work of art that is 9"x12", and done horizontally. The artwork maybe of any state fish (there is a list of state fish provided on the State Fish Art Contest site). You must also include a written page about the fish you have illustrated. Deadline to enter is March 31, 2015. Winners who attend the awards ceremony will be honored; other prizes include a fishing rod and more.
Don't Mess With Texas Art Contest: This kids' art competition is only open to elementary school students (kindergarten through 5th grade) in the state of Texas . Thirteen winning designs will be featured in a calendar; those 13 winners will also receive an iDeaUSA 8tablet. Entries are due by April 18, 2015. Click here for complete contest rules.
The Radiant Peace Education Awards: This contest has four types of entries: art, video, essay, or projects. To enter, submit an entries for one of these four types (do not use peace signs--this is in the rules). Kids worldwide in grades 1 through 12 are invited to enter; cash prizes will be awarded but amounts are not specified. Many entries will also be displayed in the International Museum of Radiant Peace in St. Petersburg, Florida. All participants will receive Radiant Peace iron-on patches. Entries are due by April 14, 2014.
Animal Rescue Kid's Art Contest: Art contest for kids ages 16 and under. Enter this monthly contest by submitting a drawing of their favorite animal. Winner and five runners up will receive "animal rescue" prize package. Open to US residents only.
Lions Club International Peace Poster Art Contest: This annual art competition from Lion's Club International has reopened; its 2014-2015 contest theme is "Peace, Love and Understanding". Children ages 11, 12, or 13 worldwide are invited to participate; deadline is November 15, 2015. Grand prize is $5000 and a trip to the special awards ceremony; 23 merit winners will receive $500 US dollars and a certificate of achievement. Watch the video below to look at the posters created by past winners to get ideas of what this contest is looking for.
Worldwide Kids Drawings: This is a biannual kid's art contest: first contest is from January through June; second contest runs from July through December. Drawings must be original and not traced or copied. First place is $1000, Second Place is $500 and Third place is $250. A submission fee of $5.00 is required. Contest is judged in three categories: ages 6-8, ages 9-12, and ages 13-17; open to kids worldwide.
FreeKidsCrafts.com: This is a monthly contest; kids ages 3-12 may create an original craft made from basic craft or household items and enter by submitting a photo. Four contributors chosen to win $50 in free craft materials.
CelebratingArt: Contest is for kids in grades K-12, with four contest divisions by age. Over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded to teachers and students. Two contests will run; first entry deadline is December 3, 2014. Second contest will run from December 3, 2014--April 9, 2015. Teachers can submit students art and students can submit their own artwork.