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Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Spring Break Youth Art Contest

April 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 8:00am, repeating until April 11, 2021


Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a Spring Break Youth Art Contest. The deadline to submit art is April 11. The contest open to K-8th grade students—residing in the Ridgefield School District, Clark County and the Portland-Metro area, including those who are homeschooled or belong to a youth/art program. The contest will encourage youth to get outside or visit the refuge during the break.

Artwork must depict an animal, plant species, landscape, feature of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, or nature near you. Preference will be given to art featuring wildlife found on the refuge, as well as special features of the refuge such as the Cathlapotle Plankhouse.

Artwork must be original. Computer-generated images and traced images will not be judged. Works thought to be copies will be disqualified. Subject should be composed on a rectangular surface. Accepted media includes crayon, ink, acrylics, oil paint, pastels, water color, colored pencils, scratchboard, color marker, chalk, pastels, charcoal or paper collage. No signatures or any other identifying markings may appear on the front of the artwork.

Provide a high quality scan or photograph of the work. Avoid including backgrounds. No physical art will be accepted; submissions are online only. All artwork becomes the property of the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Submission of the artwork grants the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to publish your student’s/child’s artwork in Friends’ 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 Friends mission. All published artwork will be credited when possible. A parent or guardian’s electronic signature is required to authorize the use of the art and to certify the submission.

Artwork should be submitted electronically, starting April 5. It must be at least 3000 pixels on one side of the image file. Photo file names should include the title of the work and participant’s last name. Art must be submitted by April 11. Late entries will not be judged. Limit of 3 submissions per participant.

Judges will select grade level winners in three groups: grades K-4, grades 5-6, grades 7-8. There will be first prizes for the top images for each age category as well as two “Otterable Mentions” in each age group.

Winners will have artwork posted on the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge website along with their names, their images will be used in outreach and promotional materials; receive a sticker featuring their art; be asked to participate in National Children’s Day, June 13, by submitting another featured piece of art; also receive a downloadable certificate recognizing students as contest contestants and thanking them for their creativity and support for the refuge. Winners will be announced and prizes distributed by the end of April.


April 7
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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