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Children’s Art Competitions

Our pick of the best UK Art Competitions for kids and young people in 2024. Open to children of various ages up to eighteen…

Most of our UK Art Competitions are for artists eighteen and over so I’m excited to start an alternative version for children and youths. Get in touch if you know of any more UK art contests for juniors and I’ll add the best ones here.

Winning Mickey Mouse comic’s weekly competition with my cartoon of Goofy at the Olypmics was as big a thrill as a creative kid could get. I hope this list leads to similar creative landmarks, good luck everyone!

Unique Art Awards

Unique Art Awards

Art Competition for disabled children and youths age 7-21. Prizes include up to £750 for entrants and £5,000 for their school/college art department.

Close:19th April 2024 enter now!
Prize:
  • Gold: £750 in vouchers and £5,000 for school
  • Silver: £500 in vouchers and £3,000 for school
  • Bronze: £300 in vouchers and £2,000 for school
  • Art teacher of the Year: £3,000 vouchers, or equivalent for other department winners
Rules:All entrants for the competition must have a disability of some kind. Creative Themes (choose one): Portrait, Outer Space, Sun, Sea, Sky. Media Choice: 2D Art / Painter, Photographer, 3D Sculpture, Digital Art, Greetings Card. Winners to be annouced in September.
Ages:Child 7–15, Youth 16–21 years old, UK residents only
Site:Enter Here

Peddle My Wheels

Bike of the Future Competition

Peddle My Wheels asks London based children to let their imagination run wild and design the “bike of the future” for a chance to win a bike!

Close:26th April 2024 enter now!
Prize:
  • Win a bike! – win a brand new children‘s bike, similar to the image above, plus accessories. The exact design of the bike will vary depending on age and height of the child.
Rules:Imagine a world where more people ride bikes, the roads are safer, the air is cleaner, and lots of people enjoy being active outdoors. We’d love for you to design the “bike of the future” to help us picture this amazing vision! You can let your imagination run wild – use paints, pens, collage materials, digital design or even a make 3D model. There are no rules, just have fun and see where your imagination takes you!
Ages:London based children age 16 or under.
Site:Enter here

Climate Change Painting Competition

Climate Change Painting Competition

International art prize for school pupils aged 6-15 for art on theme ‘Health and Wellness Champions’. Hosted by the Taiwan Institute of Sustainable Energy.

Close:30th April 2024 enter now!
Prize:
  • Junior High School Division (ages 13–15)
  • Golden Award: $170
  • Silver Awards: 2 x $100
  • Bronze Awards: 3 x $35
  • Merit Awards: 10 x $20
  • Elementary School Division (ages 6-12)
  • Golden Award: $100
  • Silver Awards: 2 x $80
  • Bronze Awards: 3 x $35
  • Merit Awards: 10 x $20
Rules:Through the theme “Health and Wellness Champions”, the aim is to raise awareness of infectious diseases among teachers and students, fostering collective discussion on preventive measures against infectious diseases. Simultaneously, there will be a focus on learning about healthy lifestyles, emotional management as well as gaining a comprehensive understanding of UN SDGs sub-goals contents.
Ages:6–12, 13-15 year olds (all nationalities)
Site:Enter Here

Never Such Innocence Art Competition

Never Such Innocence Art Competition

Worldwide competition for 9-18 year olds to reflect on the realities of war and create an artwork on the theme of ‘How Does War Affect People’s Lives?’.

Close:24th May 2024 enter now!
Prize:
  • Various prizes – Prizes will be announced later in the competition but will include some exciting experiences.
Rules:This year’s theme is ‘How Does War Affect People’s Lives?’. Art can be produced in any medium.
Ages:9-11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-18 from around the world.
Site:Enter here

YouCreate

YouCreate Competition 2024

Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (based at UCA) asks young people age 11-18 to respond to the theme ‘Chaos’.

Close:31st May 2024 enter now!
Prize:
  • Year 7-10 Category:
  • 1st Prize: Apple iPad
  • 2nd Prize: £150 Amazon Voucher
  • 1st Prize: £75 Amazon Voucher
  • Year 11-13 and FE equivalents Category:
  • 1st Prize: Apple iPad
  • 2nd Prize: £150 Amazon Voucher
  • 1st Prize: £75 Amazon Voucher
Rules:This year’s theme is ‘CHAOS’. Your challenge is to think creatively when exploring what the theme means to you. Artwork can be submitted in any medium, from film and photography, to sculpture or painting.
Ages:Students who are aged 11 to 18 years old, living in the United Kingdom. To enter you must be in Years 7-13 or an FE equivalent, and born between 01/09/2005 and 31/08/2012.
Site:Enter here

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TALP Open 2024

TALP Open – Young Artist of the Year Award

Featuring a Young Artist (under 18) category run by The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines in partnership with Patchings Art Centre.

Close:9th April 2024 enter now!
Prize:
Rules:2D works in any media including drawings, paintings, printmaking and digital artwork.
Ages:Under 18 (UK & International, £5 entry)
Site:Enter here

Y Talent Award

Y Talent Award

International visual arts competition to celebrate the creativity of exceptional young artists between the age of 13 to 18 from all around the world.

Close:12th May 2024 enter now!
Prize:
  • Grand Prize: £5,000 cash plus a 10-day Art Residency in Zunyi, Guizhou, China – winner will receive £5,000 in cash and a £5,000 worth of 10-day Art Residency at the breathtaking retreat and landscape of ‘Twelve Behind’ located in Guizhou, China. Twelve Behind is a dramatic landscape of waterfalls, mountains and boasts the longest cave system in Asia. It is famous for its stunning beauty and a place where artists gather from across the world to be inspired and create work. Ten Y Talent nomination prize winners will receive a 10-day Art Residency in Guizhou, China. Exhibition at Ruthin School, Wales in July 2024. Shortlisted artworks announced: 12 noon, 16th May 2024. Exhibition opening and grand prizes announced: 28th June 2024. Winners are responsible for any travel arrangements to and from the location of the residency to be organised by 31 December 2024. Ruthin Educaton shall cover all accommodation (five-star hotel) and meals.
Rules:The judges are looking for a blend of creativity, technical prowess and emotional resonance. Like the works of Yue Minjun, they will seek artworks that demonstrate a unique and innovative approach to the medium, pushing the boundaries of traditional aesthetics and challenging the status quo. Originality and a distinctive artistic voice will be highly valued, as well as the ability to convey a compelling narrative or message through the visual language. Technical skill and craftsmanship will also play a significant role, with attention to detail, composition, and use of materials being key considerations. Furthermore, the judges will look for pieces that evoke genuine emotions, provoke thoughtful reflection, or spark a visceral response in the viewer.
Ages:Young artists age 13-18 from around the world.
Site:Enter here

Ocean Awareness Contest

Ocean Awareness Contest

The 13th annual (US based) competition invites 11-18 year olds from around the world to create art that addresses the climate crisis.

Close:10th June 2024 enter now!
Prize:
  • Gold: $1,000
  • Silver: $750
  • Bronze: $250
  • Pearl Award: $150
  • Honorable Mention: $100
Rules:2024 Theme: ‘Tell Your Climate Story’. Encouraging you to become a climate witness and share your own unique climate story. Creatively express your personal experiences, insights, or perceptions about our changing climate reality. Use this opportunity to learn about the climate crisis and how it impacts your family and community, and to examine your individual responses to our evolving world.
Ages:Junior 11-14, Senior 15–18 years old (UK & International)
Site:Enter Here

Tabernacle Art Competition 2024

Tabernacle Art Competition

Annual exhibition at MOMA Machynlleth, Wales. Artists can enter one piece of new work inspired by the theme ‘On a Windy Day’. 12-17 and under 11 age groups.

Close:14th June 2024 enter now!
Prize:
  • Ages 12-17 Winner: £100
  • Ages 11 and Under Winner: £50
Rules:This year’s theme is ‘On a Windy Day’. Any 2D work allowed, including photography. Max size with frame: 36 x 48 inches (914 x 1219 mm). £5 entry fee for under 18s, purchase in advance here. For UK & International artists.
Ages:11 and under, 12 – 17
Site:Enter here

Sketch for Survival Junior 2024

Junior Sketch For Survival

More than 35,000 species are threatened with extinction, submit your animal or wildlife art for exhibition & auction to help raise funds & awareness.

Close:30th June 2024 enter now!
Prize:
  • Exhibition and auction: (Your artwork will be exhibited in London & Edinburgh and sold at online auction to raise funds to help raise awareness of threats facing wildlife and wild spaces. There is an award for each winner of our six categories. Every participant will receive a digital Certificate of Participation.)
Rules:Original signed two-dimensional A4 or A3 size work. The main focus of your artwork can be anything in the following categories from the IUCN red list – Vulnerable (VU), Endangered (EN), Critically Endangered (CR) or Extinct in the Wild (EW).
Ages:The competition is open to anyone aged up to 16 years old. You can live anywhere in the world. There are three age categories: Up to 7 years old, 8-12 yearsold, 13-16 years old
Site:Enter Here

Write On Art

Write on Art

Annual national writing competition sponsored by Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre to encourage an interest in art history among young people.

Close:30th June 2024 enter now!
Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £300
  • 2nd Prize: £200
  • 3 Runners Up:£100
Rules:Choose an artwork from the Art UK website that interests or intrigues you. Write about it in a way that would persuade people to share your interest and enthusiasm. (400 or 600 words depending on age category)
Ages:England & Wales: Years 10 & 11 / 12 & 13, N. Ireland: Years 11 & 12 / 13 & 14, Scotland: S3 & S4 / S5 & S6
Site:Enter Here

Embracing Our Differences

Embracing Our Differences

Annual international outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard-size images celebrating diversity and inclusion.

Close:2nd July 2024 enter now!
Prize:
  • $6,000 worth of awards – A total of $6,000 (US) will be presented in the form of three separate awards – $2,000 each for “Best-in-Show Adult;” “Best-in-Show Student;” and “People’s Choice.” The “People’s Choice” award will be determined by visitors to the exhibition in South Florida.
Rules:Submit your interpretation of the theme “Embracing Our Differences.” Your art should be horizontal and fit an aspect ratio of 12.8” (325.12 mm) wide by 8.8” (223.52 mm) high.
Ages:All ages, international (13 and over can submit their entry online, 12 and under must submit by mail with parental consent.)
Site:Enter here

Spirited Arts

Spirited Arts Competition

Join hundreds of schools from around the world using poetry, drawing, painting, video, sculpture or other media to explore RE themes.

Close:31st July 2024 enter now!
Prize:
  • Class Winners: £50-£100 voucher
  • Individual pupil winners: £20 Amazon voucher
  • Paired winners: £10 Amazon voucher each
Rules:Entries can include: Art (painting, drawing, sketching, etc), Poetry, Photography, Dance, Music, Drama, Sculpture. Pupils can create entries individually, in pairs or groups, or as whole class, year or school entries. 10 entries accepted per school.
Ages:Pupils from ages 3 – 19
Site:Enter Here

Degart

Happy DEGART

International kids art exhibition and contest hosted by DEGALLERY, Texas.

Close:1st September 2024 enter now!
Prize:
  • Various awards – Best of The Show artworks in each category will receive a Prize, Diploma, and Rossete by mail. All winners will participate in an exhibition at Degallery from 17th November 2024 to 5th January 2025.
Rules:The main theme is “WORLD PEACE“. Any medium is accepted: pencil, charcoal, watercolor, oil, etc. Pastels or charcoal entries must be properly sprayed to prevent smearing. Photographs and computer-generated artwork will not be accepted.
Ages:Age categories: 4-7, 8-11, 12-14, 15-17
Site:Enter here

Young Railway Photographer of the Year

Young Railway Photographer of the Year

The National Railway Museum and the Railway Photographic Society celebrates 200 years of railway history with the second outing of their annual awards.

Close:31st January 2025 enter now!
Prize:
  • Lots of Prizes! – Entrants will have the chance to win journeys on heritage railway lines, bespoke travel experiences and subscriptions to leading railway publications. Prizes will be awarded to: The first, second, and third place winners in each age category, The overall competition winner, The recipient of the prestigious Railway Photographic Society award.
Rules:2025 marks a significant milestone in railway history: the 200th anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the world’s first passenger railway service. Creatively respond to celebrate two hundred years of passenger rail travel, past, present and future. Captured moments of the UK railway in its broadest sense, and this may include, but is not limited to: Architecture and structures, Tracks and routes, Signalling and signage, Railway and carriage design, Travel experiences, Railway landscapes, Heritage and nostalgia, Innovation and ingenuity.
Ages:Two age categories: 18 and under, 19 – 25, UK based.
Site:Enter here

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Kids Wild Art Competition

RSPB Kids Wild Art 2022

Create a piece of art inspired by nature and let your imagination run WILD in this kids art competition from the RSPB and the Cameron Bespolka Trust.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • First Prize: £100 art vouchers for each category winner. There are also RSPB runner-up prizes for each category and age group.
Rules:Create a piece of art inspired by nature, 2022 themes to be announced.
Ages:Under 8s, 8-12, and 13-18.
Site:Enter Here

Advent Calendar Design Competition

Advent Calendar Design Competition

The wellness brand for dogs Pooch & Mutt is handing over the reins to dog-loving children across the UK to help design its 2022 advent calendar.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • 1st Prize – Your design on front and back of packaging Partnering with Woodgreen Pets Charity, home to Channel 4’s The Dog House, every advent calendar sold will support a dog in need, providing every dog in their care with a special Christmas dinner this year.
Rules:Download and print the design template from the website link below. Give the template to your young artist to get creative with paint, pencil or crayons. Take a pic of the finished design and email to competition@poochandmutt.com. Keep the original design safe. The winner will be announced on Instagram on 28th May and will need to post it to Pooch & Mutt.
Ages:UK based young artists up to the age of 16
Site:Enter here

Postcards from the Trafalgar Way

Postcards from the Trafalgar Way

Create an artwork based on a feature on the historic Trafalgar Way route (Falmouth to London) prizes in three age categories: 7-11, 12-16 and 17-adult.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • 1st Prize (age 17-adult): 2 x £1,000
  • 1st Prize (age 12-16): 2 x £500
  • 1st Prize (age 7-11): 2 x £250
  • Schools Prize (age 7-11): £250
  • John Richards Lapenotiere Trophy: £500 (for resident in one of the 8 counties of The Trafalgar Way)
  • A touring exhibition will take place in 2021 (shortlisted announced 25th May 2021)
  • Full list of prizes and details
Rules:Take a stunning photograph or create a two-dimensional artwork (including digital art) of a scene along The Trafalgar Way (size range: A6 to A1)
Ages:7-11, 12-16, 17 to adult
Site:Enter Here

Thank A Teacher Day Competition

Thank A Teacher Day Competition

Create a piece of artwork of your favourite school team/member of school staff, portraying how brilliant they are for a chance to win £100 of vouchers.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £100 of vouchers
Rules:Create a piece of artwork of your favourite school team/member of school staff, portraying how brilliant they are. Send a photograph of your special creation with an explanation about why you want to thank them to competitions@teachingawards.com and illustrator and author Rob Biddulph will choose his favourite.
Ages:No age specified, most likely UK only
Site:Enter Here

The Fleming Collection Young People’s Art Competition

The Fleming Collection Young People’s Art Competition

Create a painting, drawing, sculpture, assemblage, photograph or performance inspired by one of the artworks in the Fleming Collection.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £50 voucher (for each age category, runners up in each category will receive a copy of ‘A History of Scottish Art’ )
Rules:Create a painting, drawing, sculpture, assemblage, photograph or even performance that draws from one of the hundreds of artworks in the collection. To find inspiration, search the collection online and discover artworks from the 17th Century to the present day. Winners announced in early August.
Ages:Under 11s, 11-16, 16-18 year olds (UK residents)
Site:Enter Here

Dorset Art Prize 2022

The Dorset Art Prize

Bournemouth & Poole College invite Dorset based artists from primary school age and older to submit their artworks on the theme ‘Messages’.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • Year 10 & 11 students – 1st: £1,000, 2nd: £500, 3rd: £250
  • Year 12 & 13 students – 1st: £1,000, 2nd: £500, 3rd: £250
  • Over 19 – £1,000, 2nd: £500, 3rd: £250
  • Primary Schools – 1st: £500, 2nd: £250
  • Secondary Schools – 1st: £500, 2nd: £250
Rules:Free to enter pen submission for all Dorset artists, designers, art students and makers working in all media forms to submit their artworks. The theme for the 2022 Dorset Art Prize is “Messages”. Entrants are encouraged to interpret and explore this theme in broad and figurative ways, as well as more literal considerations on the theme.
Ages:Primary school to adult
Site:Enter Here

Space Foundation

Space Foundation Art Contest

The Annual Space Foundation International Student Art Contest opens in January for registration and artwork submissions.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • Art Kit, Ribbon, Certificate, Astronaut Autograph – Winning artwork will be displayed on Space Foundation website and at Space Foundation Headquarters and Discovery Center. It also will be viewed by space professionals from around the world during the 37th Space Symposium, April 4-7, 2022, at The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. Winners will be announced on March 14th, 2022.
Rules:Create an original, space-oriented artwork (drawing, painting, mixed media or digital) based on the theme: “Living, Working And Playing On The Moon”.
Ages:Eight age groups: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18 (UK & International)
Site:Enter here

Awakening Festival art prize draw

Awakening Festival Art Prize Draw

Make a piece of art to show how you have been helping climate and nature for a chance to win an AR Globe, for ages 4-11.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • Win an Orboot Earth Interactive AR Globe – An award-winning educational toy, Orboot is a no-borders globe that connects with the fun & interactive Orboot app. Orboot Earth Interactive AR Globe from Playshifu.
Rules:Last closed 28th February 2022. Get creative and make a piece of art to show how you have been helping climate and nature. Perhaps you’ve made your garden more wildlife-friendly? Or have taken part in a citizen science survey such as the British Trust for Ornithology’s Big Garden Birdwatch? How about making a sculpture out of the plastic you’ve used in one week? Your artwork could be: A photo, collage, sculpture, drawing, painting, mosaic, use your imagination! You will need to upload it on their webpage as an attachment no bigger than an A4 piece of paper. For example, if you’ve made a sculpture, take and upload a photo of it! Please also describe in no more than 100 words what action you have taken to help climate and nature and how you’ve turned it into a piece of art.
Ages:You need to be aged 4-11 to enter and you’ll need to ask your parent/guardian to submit it
Site:Enter Here

Logo Lift Off

Logo Lift Off

Design a logo that showcases the role of small satellites in measuring climate change for a chance to have your logo on a rocket in space!

Close:TBA currently closed
Prizes:
  • 1st Prize: Your logo on a rocket 13 regional winners will be selected, with one regional winner being chosen as the overall national winner. Regional winners will receive a certificate, other prizes TBA.
Rules:1. Design a logo (you can enter alone, or with up to three teammates). 2. Make sure your logo helps people understand the role of small satellites through the activities on the Logo Lift Off website. 3. Download your entry form and answer a few short questions from the judges. 4. Submit your entry on the website.
Ages:children aged 4-11 in the UK only
Enter:Enter Here

Britain’s Best Young Artist

Britain’s Best Young Artist

Do you love drawing, painting, collage or anything in between? CBBC want to hear from creative 10-14 year olds for its second series.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • Take part in the CBBC TV series – 27 of the best artists who apply will be invited to take part in the CBBC TV series. The successful artists will compete in creative and inspirational art challenges – before one takes the honour of being crowned Britain’s Best Young Artist.
Rules:To apply, choose three of your BEST pieces of art. You must have created this art yourself and have your parent/guardian’s permission. Once you’ve chosen your art, get ready to make your application video! Full details in the link below.
Ages:Children aged between 10 and 14 on 1st September 2022, in the UK
Site:Enter here

Cairngorms Nature Art Competition

Cairngorms Nature Art Competition

Show your love for the nature of the Cairngorms National Park for a chance to win some fantastic wildlife watching prizes. 2020 winner above.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • 1st Prize: Wildlife watching binoculars
  • 10 Finalists: Nature watching kits
Rules:Draw, paint or model a piece of artwork showing your favourite wildlife found in the Cairngorms National Park.
Ages:Open to all primary school aged children (UK)
Site:Enter Here

My Little Masterpiece

My Little Masterpiece

You could win a £500 Holiday voucher, £250 Bumper Little Artist Pack and a 12-month supply of My Little Sudocrem.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • £500 Holiday voucher, £250 Bumper Little Artist Pack and a 12-month supply of My Little Sudocrem. The prize winner will be featured as a limited edition My Little Sudocrem in 2023. 20 runners up will be randomly selected to win a Sudocrem My Little Masterpiece artist set.
Rules:Upload a photo of your little one’s masterpiece to enter using link below. You can also enter via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter by using #MyLittleMasterpiece and tagging @Sudocrem
Ages:Children aged under 16, UK based
Site:Enter here

Hidden Kids Art Competition

Hidden Gallery Kids Art Competition

Create your own masterpiece inspired by an artwork on the Hidden Gallery website for a chance to win a limited edition art print.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prizes:
  • 1st Prize: Art print worth £595 (win a limited edition print from acclaimed artists Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Heather Phillipson and Bob and Roberta Smith, view prints)
Rules:Recreate one of the artworks from the Hidden Gallery website with an environmental twist. You could transform banksy’s bomb hugger (2003) into a tree hugger, or andy warhol’s saint apollonia (1984) into david attenborough. It can be a drawing, painting, sculpture or any other medium you like.
Ages:Three age groups: 0-8, 9-13, 14-17.
Enter:Enter Here

BIS WSW UK Children’s Competition

World Space Week Kid’s Competition

The British Interplanetary Society are running a creative children’s competition to inspire the next generation of space explorers.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • Ages 4-6 Prize: Lego Disney in Space (view on Amazon)
  • Ages 7-10 Prize: Lego Space Shuttle (view on Amazon)
  • Ages 11-16 Prize: EXPERT Lego ISS (view on Amazon)
Rules:4-6 YEARS OLD: ARTWORK: Create a piece of artwork of women in space. Develop your own ideas of what ‘Women in Space’ means to you and express it in a creative way.
7-10 YEARS OLD: VIDEO: Create a celebration video of women in space, to be shown during WSW2021. Celebrate a specific ‘woman in space’ who can be a role model to others
11-16 YEARS OLD: WRITING: Write a Wikipedia entry for a woman in space who doesn’t already have one. The aim is to highlight the less well-known inspirational women in the space industry.
Ages:There are three separate categories (suggested age ranges below in brackets) although each competition is open to all ages between 4-16. You can only enter one of the three categories: Artwork (ages 4-6), Video (ages 7-10) and Writing (ages 11-16).
Site:Enter Here

D31 Photography Prize

D31 Young Hope Exhibition

Open to young artists age 16 and below for a cjhance top be selected for an exhibition at the Doncaster based gallery this Autumn on the theme “Influence”.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • Group Exhibition Selected works will be invited to exhibit in the 3-story gallery space in Doncaster town center and an online exhibition (20th Oct – 27th Nov 2022).
Rules:Theme: “Influence”. Accepted media: Paintings, digital creations, drawings, photography, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, architectural models, crafts and any creative endeavor. Let your imagination soar!
Ages:Young artists worldwide age 16 and below.
Site:Enter Here

Upcyclers Competition

Brandon’s Best Upcyclers Competition

Competition aimed at primary school-aged children to see which youngsters across the country have the magic touch when it comes to upcycling.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • Win 4 tickets to LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
Rules:Submit a drawing showcasing your upcycling idea. Be as imaginative as you like! You can send your entry to Brandon on Facebook or Instagram, or email it to competitions@brandonhirestation.com.
Ages:Primary school-aged children. UK residents only.
Site:Enter Here

Asda's Design a Christmas Card Competition

Asda Design a Christmas Card Competition

Christmas is coming early as Asda asks children across the UK to create the most Christmassy Christmas card ever!

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • Family camping tickets to Carfest Festival You’ll also receive a supply of the winning card and the opportunity to see it in store and a selection of BBC Children in Need merchandise
Rules:Design a card that represents the most Christmassy Christmas ever, a card design that you would love to give to your family and friends. The more fantastically Christmas and imaginative the better. A card design that uses a variety of colours and Christmas characters and/or items. A card that is designed, drawn and decorated by hand and does not use computer software in it’s creation. The judging panel want to see fun and imagination sparkle with everything Christmas in an innovative and original design. Once your child has completed their design, please scan and upload their artwork to the form below and fill in all the details to qualify for entry into the competition. One parent/guardian can enter more than one child, but only one entry per child is allowed.
Ages:UK based primary school children (ages 4-11 years)
Site:Enter Here

Paint a Pumpkin Competition

Paint a Pumpkin Competition

Instead of carving your pumpkin get your paints out and decorate your Halloween pumkin for a chance to win a £50 voucher.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £50 Whistlefish voucher
Rules:Instead of carving a pumpkin Whistlefish have decided to paint one! Whistlefish will judge for the best painted pumpkin they see for a chance to win a £50 Whistlefish voucher to spend online. Competition closes Sunday 30th October at 12:00am. The Winner will be announced on Monday 31st October!
Ages:No age group specified. UK entries only.
Site:Enter here

Kukri Art Prize

Design a Rugby Kit

Get creative this Halloween and design a rugby kit for a chance to win an art set from Kukri Sports.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • 1st Prize: Win 1 of 5 Art Sets
Rules:Get creative again this Halloween & design your own sports t-shirt! For your chance to win a fantastic art set print out the free template, send in a photo of your completed design to competitions@kukrisports.com
Ages:No age group or location specified
Site:Enter here

Create a Comic Competition!

Create a Comic Competition!

Create your very own comic strip for a chance to get published in Storytime magazine and win a bundle of book goodies!

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • Your comic strip published in Storytime! The winner will also receive a fantastic book bundle, a signed copy of the ‘Laika’ graphic novel and a printed winners’ certificate.
Rules:To enter, you can photocopy or cut out the form from your latest issue of Storytime, or download it from this link here. Then draw your comic strip on it and fill in your details. Email your entry to win@storytimemagazine.com or post it to: Create a Comic!, Storytime Magazine, 61 Bridge Street, Kington, Herefordshire HR5 3DJ.
Ages:Children aged 4 to 9
Site:Enter Here

Olivia the Architect

Design a House for an Animal!

Design a house for your favourite soft toy or pet in celebration of the new book ‘Olivia the Architect’ by Pat Guy.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • £20 WHSmith Voucher – Three winners will be chosen from each age category & they will each win a £20 WHSmith Voucher.
Rules:To enter you need to design a house that reflects the interests of the animal you’ve chosen. E.g: For a penguin: an indoor swimming pool, fish design wallpaper and a walk-in fridge. For a dog: a ball throwing machine, bone shaped bed and a garden full of lamposts. Let your imagination run WILD!
Ages:Three age categories: 7 and under, 8-11, and 12+ years. UK only.
Site:Enter here

Keeping Fit Poster Competition

Keeping Fit Poster Competition

Design a poster and have it displayed nation-wide on digital screens & win some great prizes including an Art/Design tablet for the winner in each age category!

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • 8-10 yrs category: iPad Mini Wi-fi (worth over £400, view on Amazon)
  • 11-14 yrs category: iPad Mini Wi-fi (worth over £400, view on Amazon)
  • 15-18 yrs category: Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch Wi-Fi with Apple Pencil (worth over £950, view on Amazon)
  • Runners Up: Colouring Pencils (top 10 runners up in each age category, view on Amazon)
Rules:Design and create a portrait poster to persuade and inspire young people to become more active and fit during the summer months. Your design could be about a particular sport, activity or challenge – or a combination – that you love or an activity that is more easily pursued during the summertime.
Ages:8-10, 11-14, 15-18 categories. UK residents only.
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Puss In Boots: The Last Wish

Create The Card Competition

Your art could be selected as the special Black Card that will be displayed in cinemas before every single UK showing of Puss In Boots: The Last Wish.

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: See your art on the big screen – your students’ creation could be selected as the special Black Card that will be displayed in cinemas before every single UK showing of Puss In Boots: The Last Wish – the upcoming sequel and the second instalment of the beloved Puss In Boots franchise.
Rules:Design a unique Black Card for Puss In Boots: The Last Wish. Bright, colourful designs that fill the box will produce the best results. Use paint, felt tip, crayon, inks and coloured pencils. As the design will become the real Black Card, please remind your class to leave a space for the BBFC logo and the title of the film. We will add in the other important information. You can download the template here.
Ages:Children aged 4-11 based in the UK
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Art in the Stars

Art in the Stars

Send your students’ artwork into space! Boeing and Space Foundation created Art in the Stars to allow student artists to do just that!

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  • Send your artwork to Space! – All eligible submissions will digitally travel to space aboard the Boeing CST-100 Starliner. All students will receive an official “Certificate of Flight” to show their art traveled to the stars and back.
Rules:Create and submit original artwork that answers the question, “Which historical space pioneer inspires you?” Consider the diverse historical figures who broke boundaries to become a “first” or blazed trails for those who came after them.
Ages:Ages 3–18 from any country
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Toyota 2023 Dream Car Art Contest

Toyota Dream Car Art Contest 2023

Global competition inviting children 15 and under to let their imagination run wild and design their dream car of the future.

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  • 1st Prize: Apple iPad The top three best artworks will be selected in each category in the UK contest, with the Gold winner receiving an Apple iPad, Silver and Bronze winners receiving a Samsung tablet and all winners receiving a Toyota goody bag. UK winners will be announced in February 2023. All UK bronze, silver, and gold winners will be put forward to the World Contest, in which a grand prize winner from each category and two special award winners will be selected. Each winner will receive $5,000 to spend on educational resources and supplementary prizes of $10,000 will also be awarded to their school or college. Finalists in the global competition will also receive $3,000 intended to be used for educational purposes. Global winners announced Winter 2023.
Rules:Flying cars, zero emission hoverboards, space buggies for moons and planets… who knows what the future of mobility will look like? Toyota are inviting children across the UK to share their wildest, most imaginative car design. Acceptable media includes computer generated pictures made using a pc, tablet or phone, as well as scanned in or photographed images of your handmade artworks.
Ages:Category 1: Under 8s. Category 2: 8-11. Category 3: 12-15. (UK only)
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Invent an Animal

Invent your own animal!

Booktrust’s writer and illustrator in residence asks you to let your imagination run wild for the chance to win a signed bundle of Nick’s books.

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  • 1st Prize: signed bundle of Nick Sharratt’s books! – winners of each age group win a bundle of Nick Sharratt’s books.
Rules:“In my brand new book, Unicorn Moonicorn, schoolgirl co-author Phoebe Tinkler and I have imagined extraordinary beasts like the Barbeque-nicorn, the Choo-choo-nicorn and the Tu-whit-tu-whoo-nicorn. Now’s your turn to get creative and invent your very own animal! Entries should take the form of a picture, showing just what your creature looks like. It could be a drawing, a painting, a collage… any kind of artwork. To create a name for your animal you could mix up words, like Phoebe and I have done; maybe you could combine two animal names together, but however you come up with your animal’s name, it must be original and your own invention.”
Ages:Three age categories: Nursery and Reception aged children, Years 1 and 2, Year 3 upwards. UK only.
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Snowman competition

Snowman Competitions

Asks children aged 4-16 to create their own snowman-themed picture or write a short story inspired by Raymond Briggs’s original picture book, The Snowman.

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £50 One4all Gift Card – one winner in each age category for both the art and writing competitions.
Rules:Use Raymond Briggs’s famous Snowman as inspiration and draw or paint your own snowman-themed picture. All we ask is that you feature a snowman in your design… you can include more than one if you like!
Ages:Categories: 4-7 years, 8-11 years, 12-16 years
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OrchardWorld Children’s Art Competition

OrchardWorld Children’s Art Competition

Design an OrchardWorld family mascot featuring an animal and/or fruit and you could be the winner of a £500 holiday voucher.

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £500 voucher (towards a UK holiday with Unique Hideaways)
  • 2 Runners Up: £220 voucher (paid towards a 1 year, annual family membership to a local Farm or Zoo)
Rules:Design an OrchardWorld family mascot that’s bright and colourful that demonstrates the OrchardWorld values and engages families. List of animal/fruit you can create or even a combination: Bee, Lady Bird, Butterfly, Rabbit, Farm dog, Orange, Apple, Lemon, Lime, Plum. Sticking to the brand colours: Orange, Green, Blue, White. Your character must be given a name.
Ages:Categories: under 5s, 6-10, 11-16 years olds
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Flair Open Art Prize

Flair Open Art Prize

Invites 13-16 year olds to present a piece of artwork along the theme of ‘Identity’ exploring ‘Who am I?’ and ‘This is Me.’

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Rules:Present a piece of artwork along the theme of ‘Identity’ exploring ‘Who am I?’ and ‘This is Me.’ We are asking entrants to use their art to express themselves. Artworks can be made of any materials; anything from a painting, sculpture, photograph or installation. Submit a photograph of your artwork and a short written statement explaining why you have created your work and what it means to you.
Ages:13-16 year olds, UK based
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Elizabeth Tower Competition

Elizabeth Tower Competition

Construct your own tower, inspired by the Elizabeth Tower, using any medium you like – matchsticks, building blocks, clay, Minecraft, or even cake!

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Prize:
  • VIP trip to the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye – There will be one winning entry in each category, and the winners will receive: A winners day at UK Parliament in London, including a lunch and a trip on the London Eye. A family voucher to visit the Elizabeth Tower (children under 11 are not able to visit the tower). A selection of Elizabeth Tower merchandise. Runners up will receive a selection of Elizabeth Tower merchandise. The winners day is planned for 21st April 2023, each child can be accompanied by one adult.
Rules:Construct your own tower, inspired by the Elizabeth Tower. Things to think about: – What does Big Ben mean to you? – What would you like UK Parliament to focus on in the future? – How does your design and material represent the UK or your area? You can use any medium you like – matchsticks, building blocks, clay, Minecraft, or even cake! To enter, you will need: – A photograph of your creation and 50-100 words to explain your design and the material you chose to use.
Ages:The competition is open to UK residents aged 7-12 on 30th January 2023. There are 4 categories: – Individuals aged 7-9, Groups (of up to 5) aged 7-9, Individuals aged 10-12, Groups (of up to 5) aged 10-12
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New Life Art Competition

New Life Art Competition

Park Gallery, Cheltenham’s Christian Arts Festival and Cheltenham Education Partnership invite young people to create art on the theme ‘New Life’.

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £150 – The winner’s work will be displayed in the window of Park Gallery for two weeks following the award. The runner up’s artwork will be displayed in Park Gallery for two weeks.
Rules:The theme is ‘New Life’ and all successful artworks will need to creatively embrace this idea. Painting/drawing/mixed media/sculpture are all accepted. Entrants will be judged on how well the theme has been incorporated into their artwork. Consideration will also be given to the artist’s approach to typical elements of art such as creativity, composition, colour, technique etc. 5 finalists will be selected. It is necessary that both the artwork and artist are available for the awards evening.
Ages:Open to years 9 to 13 (UK based)
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Lego Friends Competition

Lego Friends Competition

Draw or build your dream bedroom from Lego for a chance to have your bedroom transformed into the ultimate hangout.

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £2,000 value – Main Prize: 1 x transformation of their bedroom into the “ultimate hangout”, having their entry “brought to life” (interior decoration of child’s bedroom to the max. value of approximately £2,000. Runner Up Prizes: 2 x “ultimate sleepover pack” to enjoy with friends to the max. value of approximately £500 per sleepover pack). Gift: The first 15,000 entrants can claim a Gift from your local participating LEGO Store on presenting proof of entry.
Rules:Upload the image of Your Creator’s LEGO® build, drawing or design of their dream bedroom and in no more than 100 words their explanation of what their design features.
Ages:Open to children aged 6 – 18 (UK based, adult over 18 has to submit entry)
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Crew T-Shirt

Design A T-Shirt Competition

To celebrate 30 years of Crew Clothing, 3 kids aged 3–9, will have the chance to design their very own t-shirt.

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    Your design on a T-shirt! – 3 kids will have the chance to design their very own t-shirt, with the winner having their creation turned into reality.
Rules:Print out the downloadable PDF and get creative! Once your masterpiece is complete, scan it and email it to anniversary@crewclothing.co.uk.
Ages:Ages 3-9.
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Calleo

Design A Mascot

Inspired by World Book Day, Calleo are asking youngsters to design a mascot to be made into a costume to tour the UK.

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Prize:
  • £100 book voucher – and a 50% discount voucher for a family member’s Audio Guest Book with Calleo.
Rules:Design a company mascot for Calleo, which will be created into a costume and touring the UK very soon. Create a fun, exciting mascot design for our Calleo story. Email hello@calleo-uk.com an A4 drawing of the mascot design and the mascot’s name. Entries must be emailed by an adult aged 18+ on behalf of the young person.
Ages:No age range specified
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International Comic/Manga School Contest

International Comic/Manga School Contest

Manga, comic, and illustration contest open to students worldwide. Winners are eligible for cash prizes, creative software & pen tablets

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Prize:
  • Manga/Comic Grand Prize: $3,300 (and Wacom Cintiq Pro 16, view on Amazon. Comic / Manga / Bande Dessinée / Webtoon Categories)
  • Manga/Comic Category Awards: $1,700 (and Wacom One Creative Pen Display, view on Amazon)
  • Storyboard Grand Prize: $2,200 (and Wacom One Creative Pen Display, view on Amazon)
  • Illustration Grand Prize: $550 (and Wacom One Creative Pen Display, view on Amazon)
Rules:The theme for all categories is “Journey”. Entries will be accepted for the following six categories: Comic, Manga, Bande Dessinée, Webtoon, Storyboard & Illustration. Submissions may be created using any drawing tools or software. If you create your submission using traditional tools, please submit a digital scan of the artwork. (Paper submissions will not be accepted)
Ages:No age range specified. Applicants must be students aiming to debut as a creative professional, for example, as a manga artist or illustrator, at the time of application. A teacher or member of school staff must register by 3rd April 2023 on behalf of the school or program in order for students to be eligible.
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Draw A Robot

Draw A Robot Competition

Do you have the imagination to draw a winning robot design? Show off your creativity and design an imaginary robot you’d like to see in the future.

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  • Win a Robotics Kit – Thames & Kosmos Coding and Robotics kit. A tour of the AMRC’s Factory 2050 in Sheffield, the UK’s first state-of-the-art factory dedicated to conducting collaborative research into reconfigurable digitally assisted assembly, component manufacturing and machining technologies. A copy of the book “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, signed by competition judge Ted Dewan.
Rules:1. Download the entry pack, or request one to be posted to you. 2. Create your robot on the plain A4 sheet of paper included. You can use any art medium you like! 3. Label up to five important features on your drawing, let the judges know about all your robot’s useful gadgets. 4. Write your design spec in up to 200 words Explain your robot’s job or function and describe the key features you labelled on the drawing. 5. Scan or photograph your entry page into a computer, or return your entry pack by post and fill out our online entry form before the deadline to be in with a chance to win. UK-RAS are looking for original, practical, and ingenious robot designs. Your robot could do any task or job you can think of – the only limit is your imagination!
Ages:Children aged between 5 and 7 years old.
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Co Crew Competition

CO Crew Competition

Help spread the word on the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) in any form of creative media from cartoons, models or fact sheets.

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  • National prize of £300 for yourself and £600 for your school Winners from Key Stage 1 and 2 will each receive £150 for themselves and £300 for their school or organisation. Each network winner will then go forward to a national competition where they have a chance to win a further £300 for themselves and £600 for their school or organisation.
Rules:Submissions could range from any form of media, such as: Eye-catching cartoons and videos, Models, Short stories or poems, Leading assemblies at school or your local Cubs or Brownie group, Making a fact sheet to share with your family and virtually with friends. As long as you are spreading awareness of carbon monoxide, anything counts!
Ages:UK children aged 5 – 11 years
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Happy Habitart Competition

Happy Habitart Competition

Invites children to create the coral reef of their dreams! For every artwork entered, a bottle’s worth of rubbish will be removed from the ocean.

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Prize:
  • Win eco-friendly prizes! – from eco-friendly toys to eco-art supplies. From eco news packs to being featured IN the news. From virtual chats with marine biologists to virtual ocean drawing sessions.
Rules:Create the coral reef of your dreams! Children get to create their artwork by hand, using any medium (pencil, paint, crayon, craft items, nature items, recycled materials, found items from a litter pick . . . go wild!). All entries must be created by hand and submitted online. Entries will be judged for: Imagination – how creatively the artwork depicts a coral reef of dreams. Composition – how elements such as colour, shape, texture work together. Biodiversity – how much coral reef plant and animal life variety is included.
Ages:Open to children aged 4 – 8 years, living in the United Kingdom or Australia. PLUS if children live anywhere else in the world, they’re still eligible for People’s Choice Awards.
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UKTS 2023

UKTS 2023 Art Competition

Global Creative Art & Poetry Competition from The Thalassaemia Society asks entrants to create an image on the theme ‘Fantasy and Fairy Tales’.

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £150 (for each age group)
  • 2nd Prize: £75 (for each age group)
  • 3rd Prize: £50 (for each age group)
Rules:Submit your creative response on the theme of “Fantasy and Fairy Tales”. This could be a painting, drawing, illustration, graphic art, comics, or similar.
Ages:3 to 5 years, 6 to 9 years, 10 to 12 years, 13 to 16 years, 17+
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Into The Wild Artwork Competition

Into The Wild Artwork Competition

Create your own artwork in celebration of Belgravia in Bloom for a chance to win vouchers to spend at Belgravia Books!

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  • Win a £50 voucher – The overall winner will receive a £50 voucher to spend at Belgravia Books and will also feature on the Belgravia LDN website. The winner of each age category will receive a £20 voucher to spend at Belgravia Books and will also feature on the Belgravia LDN website.
Rules:During Belgravia in Bloom 2023, the neighbourhood will come alive with incredible floral installations and displays celebrating creatures of all sizes from feathered to scaly and furry to creepy-crawly. The Into the Wild theme will be celebrated with an artwork competition where entrants are invited to create their own Into the Wild pieces of art, think majestic tigers, colourful butterflies, proud peacocks and everything in-between! All submissions need to include the entrant’s name and age on the front. Send a digital copy of the artwork to belgravia.marketing@grosvenor.com (including the entrant’s parent/guardian contact details).
Ages:Categories: 4–6, 7–9, 10–13, 14–18
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Villains Academy

Create Your Own Villain

Create your own villain for a chance get your character illustrated by Ryan Hammond and featured on your very own National Book Token.

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  • Various Prizes – Winner will receive a signed copy of Villains Academy by Ryan Hammond, An illustration of their villain drawn by Ryan, £50/€50 National Book Token, featuring their villain, A Villains Academy bookmark and poster. 3 runners-up aka Villains of the Week will receive a signed copy of the book.
Rules:To celebrate Ryan Hammond’s villainously funny, illustrated series Villains Academy, National Book Tokens are asking children to create their own villain for a chance get their character illustrated by Ryan and featured on their very own National Book Token. Download and print the template.
Ages:UK based children age 15 and under
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Young Landscape Photographer Of The Year

Young Landscape Photographer Of The Year

Youth competition to celebrate the magic and wonder of the British landscape and showcase the work of talented photographers under 18.

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  • 1st Prize: £1,000 – The winner will be awarded £1,000, a place in the touring exhibition and their image printed as part of the Collection 16 book.
Rules:There are five categories to enter, with prizes for each category: Classic View, Cityscapes, Expressions/Impressions of the Landscape, Coast, Intimate View (Macro or Details)
Ages:You must be 18 or under on the 31 May 2023 (UK & International)
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The Drug of Art Competition 2023

The Drug of Art Competition

Competition and exciting exhibition opportunity for young people aged 4-25 to experiment and explore the benefits of art for your mental wellbeing.

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  • 5 x Prizes: £30 – five lucky winners will have the chance to have their work displayed in an exhibition featuring three internationally renowned artists – Alison Lapper, Rankin and Marc Quinn. Each winner will also receive a voucher of £30 to spend at Cass Arts.
Rules:The idea behind the competition is to get young people to experiment and explore the benefits of art for your mental wellbeing. We want you to be as creative as you like so use different materials and mediums. See the masterclasses for inspiration. Entries can be a painting, drawing, text art, a photograph, a film or even a crocheted creation. The theme is “How do I feel?” – there are two categories.1. My Happy Place: Where is your favourite place to be? Tucked up in bed, at the beach, playing a sport? Being with friends and family or do you prefer your own company? Where do you find yourself most comfortable? In nature, at home, around your favourite people? Do you have a physical or mental safe place? This could be a photo, a sculpture or a painting. 2. My Reality: What is your reality? What does your day to day look like? Do you suffer from anxiety or depression, if you do, can you visualize this? Can you express this frustration onto a piece of paper? This can be abstract, expressive, metaphorical or realistic. Could it be a diaristic self portrait, a busy crowd, a lonely room, a collection of your most important objects or expressive mark making.
Ages:Open to groups and individuals aged 4-25 (UK based)
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Close-up Photographer of the Year

Young Close-up Photographer of the Year

The fourth Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) is now open for entries with Young Photographer prizes worth over £700.

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Rules:£5 entry fee for up to 15 images. There are no restrictions on subject matter for this category, so you can send any close-up, macro, extreme-macro and micro images that might catch the judges eyes.
Ages:17 or under on July 9th 2023 (UK & International)
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Picture This

Picture-This

An ootibo play collaboration with Picture-This Books and Spark UK asks children to draw on their imagination for a chance to win a very special prize.

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  • Win a mini workshop for your class! (The main prize will be a special Christmas in September mini workshop run by the author for the entire class the winning entry came from. Here, students create an illustration based on her Christmas story. There are two runner up prizes of a signed book by Holly.)
Rules:The project is based around a new concept developed by Holly Wadsworth-Hill, author and founder of Picture-This Books, who recently joined the ootiboo team. In her books children read or listen to the story, before going back to the start of the book and illustrating a page or two at a time. This is a mindful journey into a child’s unique imagination. Picture-This Books encourage imagination and creativity, whilst nurturing empathy and kindness. Teachers can download a digital lesson plan and resource to deliver in a 1-hour mini workshop. Holly and Goose will also run the workshop at four ootiboo schools. All resources and workshops are FREE. Students do not need to be artistic to take part in the project; this is more about imagination rather than art and we want it to be fully inclusive. Teachers submit entries from students, which will be judged by Holly based on imagination and interpretation. Winners will be announced on 20th July.
Ages:Open to UK schools, aged limit 7-12.
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Tyger prizes

Win Tyger Prizes for your School!

Writer in Residence SF Said wants to find the most creative piece of art that is inspired by an animal, just like his books Varjak Paw and Tyger.

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  • 30 Tyger Books & Art Print! – The art category winner will receive 30 copies of Tyger for their class, plus a signed print of Dave McKean’s amazing artwork from the book. But that’s not all! The first 1,000 individuals or classes to enter will also receive a poster.
Rules:Create a piece of artwork inspired by an animal.
Ages:Children aged 8+ based in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
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BioArtAttack 2D Competition

BioArtAttack 2D Competition

A new drawing and painting competition for children aged 7-18 years old to draw or paint their favourite animal, plant or fungi.

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Prize:
  • Global Winners: £50
  • UK Winners: £50
  • Nancy Rothwell Prizes: £50 (for a named specimen drawing)
  • Global Runner-Ups: £20
Rules:Draw or paint your favourite animal, plant or fungi. The Nancy Rothwell Prize is now a sub-category for specimen drawings entered into this competition.
Ages:There are three age categories: 7-11, 12-14, and 15-18. UK & International.
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Young RSPCA

RSPCA Young Photographer of the Year 2023

Put your photography skills to the test while showing an appreciation and understanding of all the amazing animals around us.

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Prize:
  • Overall Winner: £675 Prize Value (A weekend photography break including accommodation with a parent or guardian at Deer Rut Special UK with award-winning wildlife photographer Danny Green’s team at Natures Images. The overall winner will also receive an RSPCA Young Photographer Awards trophy.)
  • Ages 16-18 Prize: £500 (£500 Amazon UK vouchers, photoshoot at an animal centre, trophy and a Camtraptions PIR Motion Sensor.)
  • Ages 12-15 Prize: £350 (£350 worth of vouchers from Amazon UK and same as above)
  • Under 12 Prize: £200 (£200 worth of vouchers from Amazon UK and same as above)
  • Category Prizes: £100-£500 (various prizes and trophies for each category)
Rules:You can enter up to five photos for each of the following categories: Your age category – under 12, 12-15 Years or 16-18 Years. Pet Personalities, Pet Portraits, Small World, Mobile Phone and Devices, Instagram, Portfolio – in this category you can enter up to three portfolios each made up of five photos, all must be different subjects.
Ages:UK based young people age 18 years or below on 15th August 2023. Age categories: under 12, 12-15 Years & 16-18 Years
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Crayola Superhero competition

Crayola Hero

Get creative over the Summer holidays in this mega Super Hero drawing competition and learn to draw with tips and tutorials from Will Sliney.

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  • Win Crayola prize bundles & a drawing masterclass! – Chance to win Crayola bundles every week, win Crayola goodies for their whole class and a drawing masterclass for their school with Will Sliney and be drawn as a hero by Will himself!
Rules:Heroes can come in all different shapes and sizes from the NHS saving lives, a robotic cat that captures baddies, to a pet dog that makes you feel happy when you’re sad. Unleash their imagination and submit their hero drawing to the social media channels below. Your child can draw their “hero” – this can be anything or anyone they consider to be their hero. Be as imaginative and creative as they wish. Have an adult upload the picture to a social media platform (Instagram or Facebook) For Instagram, upload your image and tag @CrayolaUK in the post and #Crayolahero. For Facebook, comment on the pinned Facebook post. Download templates and worksheets here (click on the small images of pages to download). Read the full terms and conditions here.
Ages:Competition is open to all primary school children who are currently residing and attending school in the United Kingdom (UK) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI). Entries must be submitted by an adult 18 or older.
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World Animal Day

World Animal Day Mug Competition

Be part of something special and have the chance of getting your design on World Animal Day 2023 commemorative mugs.

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  • See Your design on World Animal Day Mugs! – The winning entry will have their design printed on commemorative 2023 mugs and receive a free one to treasure. Runners-up from each age group will receive a copy of a wildlfe mindfulness colouring book.
Rules:Using your pencils, felt tips or anything else you fancy – get creative! Create your design using the PDF template provided here using as many colours as you want, the only requirement is that your design is animal related. Send your creation info@naturewatch.org or post to Naturewatch Foundation, 49 Rodney Road, Cheltenham GL50 1HX.
Ages:Age groups: 5-10, 11-16, 17+
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Design A Kitchen Competition

Design A Kitchen Competition

If you’re based in the UK mainland and aged 12 years and under you could be in with a chance of winning your dream kitchen and a whole lot more!

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Prize:
  • Win a £1,000 Smyths Toys store voucher and £5,000 for your local school! (The winner will get a £1,000 voucher for Smyths Toys store to spend on whatever they like. And the winner’s school will also get £5,000 to spend on equipment. The winner will also get their kitchen brought to life by DIY Kitchen’s 3D team.)
Rules:Children can be as creative & imaginative as they want and include things that they would like to see inside their dream kitchen. Remember, there are no rules, so a 24/7 milkshake machine or robot pot washer are all in the realms of possibility! The winner will be announced on 8th September 202
Ages:Open to all UK mainland residents aged 12 years and under (Entries must be made on their behalf, by someone over 18 years of age)
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War Through Children’s Eyes

War Through Children’s Eyes

Art & Creative Writing competition aiming to raise awareness of the impact of wars and violent conflicts on the children & communities caught up in them.

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Prize:
  • 1st Place: £100 Amazon voucher (additional school prize to the value of £200 if submitted by a school)
  • 2nd Place: £70 Amazon voucher (additional school prize: £140)
  • 3rd Place: £50 Amazon voucher (additional school prize: £100)
Rules:Create an artwork (drawing, painting, mixed media or digital) inspired by the themes of war and peace. Some suggestions: Think about how your image can raise awareness of the children affected by violent conflicts; Create a scene that comes to mind when you think about wars and the children who try to escape or who wait to be saved; Identify the message you want to communicate to people who look at your work; Imagine a world without wars, where children wouldn’t have to run from their homes and instead could be tucked safely into bed by their parents every night.
Ages:UK residents aged 7 – 17. Junior (7-11), Senior (12-17).
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Holdsworth House

Holdsworth House Art Competition

Submit your painting or sketch of the stunning Jacobean manor house hotel in West Yorkshire for a chance to stay where the Beatles once stayed!

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Prize:
  • Under 18s 1st Prize: £100 (art supplies voucher from Calder Art Supplies)
  • 2nd Prize: £50 (art supplies voucher)
  • 3rd Prize: £25 (art supplies voucher)
Rules:Submit your 2-D painting or drawing (oil, watercolour, acrylic, mixed media, pencil, charcoal, pastel, textiles, ink or digital) of the front view of Holdsworth House. View Image Gallery.
Ages:17 and under (for 18 and over competition details go here)
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Design a Moon United Football Kit

Design a Moon United Football Kit

Design the very first Moon United football kit in this STEM-themed sport and space activity for kids – a football competition for children aged 4 to 13.

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Prize:
  • Win your Moon United football kit designed and brought to life to wear and keep (Two lucky winners from two age categories will see their designed football kit brought to life.)
Rules:Design the very first Moon United football kit – a specially designed and adapted kit for the lunar footballers of the future. 4-7 year old rules: The football kit should include: The team’s name Moon United somewhere on the kit. Colours and items that you like or show your personality. 8-13 year old rules: The football kit should include: The team’s name Moon United somewhere on the kit. A pair of shorts and a shirt. A special element, gadget, or tech feature that would make the kit perfect for playing on the Moon or make the child play better for example.
Ages:Two age categories: 4-7 years olds, 8-13 year olds (UK based only)
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Grantham Climate Art Prize

Grantham Climate Art Prize

“Palette for the Planet” is the theme for young artists aged 11 – 25 from all across Great Britain to submit designs depicting a greener, cleaner world.

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £500 (£500 cash for 3 winners of each age category)
  • 2nd Prize: £250 (£250 for the 6 runners up)
Rules:The 2023 theme for the competition is “Palette for the Planet” – young artists aged 11 – 25 from all across Great Britain are invited to submit designs depicting a greener, cleaner world. Winning artworks will be turned into a beautiful public mural by a local professional artist and projected on billboards across London in the run up to COP28, the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference. All art forms welcome – painting, graphics, photo montage etc (except artwork generated by AI).
Ages:Age groups: 11 – 14, 15 – 18, 19 – 25 (must live in Great Britain)
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International Children's painting competition 2023

International Children’s Painting Competition

The third edition gives children age 4–16 the chance to win a 5 night family trip to visit major tourist destinations in Kerala, India.

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Prize:
  • Win a Trip to Kerala from any Part of the World! – 10 winners from across the globe, outside of India, will win a five-day family trip to Kerala. Two members can accompany the winner for the trip.
Rules:The theme of the competition is Kerala village life! The painting can be anything related to villages of Kerala. View the photo gallery or video of village life of Kerala for inspiration. Here’s a 2 minute video tutorial on how to enter. The participant is expected to paint a picture manually on paper using crayons, color pencils or paint and brush or sketch pens. Any picture generated with digital, electronic or mechanical tools will not be accepted. The picture should then be digitized by any mode and uploaded to the Kerala Tourism contest page (file size cannot exceed 5 MB. The painting dimension should be minimum A4 size.
Ages:4 – 16 years old, UK & International (born on/after 1/1/2007 and on/before 1/1/2019)
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Sun Xmas Card

Christmas Cards For Kids

The Sun on Sunday launches its nationwide Christmas card competition to give children with cancer a special festive treat.

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Prize:
  • See your Christmas card printed and sold to help Children with Cancer – three winning artworks will go on sale as Christmas cards in The Entertainer stores and also online to raise money for Children With Cancer UK.
Rules:Email sundayfeatures@the-sun.co.uk with the heading CHRISTMAS, including a photo of your child’s drawing. Make sure the image is well lit and include your name, along with your child’s name, their age, address and a phone number. Include a few words about why they entered. The original design MUST be on A4 paper, either landscape or portrait. Keep it safe in case it is one of the winners and needs to be scanned for use.
Ages:Winners will be chosen from three categories: Under 5s, ages 6-10, ages 11 to 16. (UK based)
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Maths Inside

Maths Photo Competition

Photo competition open to everyone in Scotland. Join us on a journey of discovery oot an’ aboot, the ‘why’ of shapes, and in motion.

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Prize:
  • 3 x Category Winners: £50 (Amazon voucher)
  • 6 x Level Winners: £20 (Amazon voucher)
  • 12 x Level Runners-up: £10 (Amazon voucher)
  • Schools Prize: £100 (Most Engaged School — £100 Amazon voucher)
Rules:1. find an example of maths inside, 2. stick a maths inside sticker on it, 3. take a photo including the physical sticker in the image, 4. add a title to describe your photo, 5. add a commentary to describe the maths inside (as short as 5 words and no more than 250 words), 6. submit your photo in one of the categories with the help of an adult when submissions open.
Ages:Levels: Early Years — pre-school children & P1 pupils, First Level — P2–P4, Second Level — P5–P7, Third/Fourth Level — S1–S3, Senior Phase — S4–S6, Another Level — for those out-of-school (teachers, parents, anyone not at school!).
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Mini Minds

MINI Electric & Crayola Design Competition

MINI have partnered with Crayola to invite the next generation of budding artists to create the MINI Electric of the future.

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Prize:
  • Your Artwork on a MINI! – The winning design will be turned into reality using vinyl wrap on a MINI Electric. The winner will also receive a big bundle of Crayola goodies for them and their school as well as a private tour of MINI Plant Oxford.
Rules:Use crayons to create your perfect MINI Electric of the future. Draw your ideas on the MINI templates by downloading and printing this PDF. Then, ask an adult to help you describe your design in the description box. Designs should then be submitted by a parent or guardian in a digital format (jpeg or png) to miniminds@popcornpr.co.uk.
Ages:Children aged 4 to 10 years old, residing in the UK.
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NASA Crew

Commercial Crew 2024 Artwork Contest

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program’s annual artwork contest to help star-seeking children get engaged with the excitement of space exploration.

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Prize:
  • Your Artwork in a NASA Calendar – Winning artwork will be selected from three age groups in each theme, and first, second, and third place selections will be used to create an out-of-this-world calendar for 2024!
Rules:Children ages four to 12 years old can submit artwork in four space-related themes: Rockets and Spacecraft, Living and Working in Space, Exploring the Solar System, Astronauts. There is no prescribed artwork form that needs to be used. Types of original artwork can include two-dimensional, sculpture, collage, or digital. However, AI-generated content will not be accepted. Artwork must be original. Participants will take a photo/scan of their artwork suitable for the equivalent of an 8 x 10-inch (20.32 x 25.4cm) artwork. All photos must be horizontal/landscape orientation.
Ages:Age groups: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 (UK & International).
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ootiBOO

ootiBOO! 2023

ootiBOO! is a fun spooky annual project for all ages, in collaboration with partners Farshore, The Works and HarperCollins.

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Prize:
  • The Works Prizes: Craft bundle (eight craft bundle prizes to be won)
  • Farshore Prize: £50 Book Bundle (Kids book bundle tailored to the age of the winner)
  • HarperCollins Prizes: Book Bundles (two spooky book bundle prizes for the grown-ups)
Rules:“Our Halloween craft competition has launched. To celebrate the publication of The Child of the Beast, the fourth book in the darkly delicious The Beast and the Bethany series, we’ve teamed up with Farshore to make this year’s ootiBOO! as beastly as possible. With that in mind, we want you to show us what your best Halloween-inspired Beast would look like! Or, if you don’t fancy designing your own Beast, why not have a go at a spooktacular pumpkin design instead?.”
Ages:Ages 4+, worldwide.
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RI Coronation Award

RI Coronation Award

An exciting new award for UK school students aged 11-18 year olds working in watercolour and water based media.

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £300
  • 2 Runners Up Prizes: £150 (worth of art materials)
Rules:Water-based media including watercolour, ink, gouache, and acrylic on paper. Email ricoronationaward@gmail.com for full derails.
Ages:UK school students aged 11-18.
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Young Amateur Photographer of the Year 2022

Young Amateur Photographer of the Year

Free competition open to young photographers aged 13-21 comprising 10 rounds of different photography categories to enter.

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Prize:
  • Overall Winner: £500 (worth of vouchers to spend at MPB)
  • Category Winners: £250 (worth of vouchers to spend at MPB)
Rules:10 monthly rounds to enter throughout 2023. Your best-placed image in each round will count towards your Amateur Photographer of the Year 2023 ranking. View the Young APOS Leaderboard for current standings.
Ages:UK residents aged 13-21 years.
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Unlock A Smile Challenge

Unlock A Smile Challenge

Design an Amazon Locker near your school to be in with a chance of winninga goody bag of Red Nose Day treats and £1,000 for your school.

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Prize:
  • £1,000 & a Red Nose Day Gooody Bag! – The winning artist will receive a goody bag crammed full of Red Nose Day treats and your school will receive £1,000 in Amazon Gift Cards! The winning designs for each age category will be enlarged and wrapped around Amazon Lockers near to your school.
Rules:Could you design something eye-catching to brighten up someone’s day? Would you like to see your artwork enlarged and exhibited in your own neighbourhood? If so, get involved and make someone else smile with your creativity. Be imaginative, bold and as bonkers as you like. We want you to raise a smile and spread some joy! Simply start drawing your ideas on a piece of plain white A4 paper and get creative with a colourful, imaginative and original design.
Ages:Categories: 4-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-16 (UK only)
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Christmas Card Competition

Salvation Army Christmas card competition

Festive kids Christmas Card Competition where the overall winner receives a £100 voucher for The Entertainer and design made into an e-card.

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £100 voucher (and design made into an ecard and featured on the cover of Kids Alive magazine)
  • 2 Runners Up: £50 voucher
  • Winners in each age category: £20 voucher
Rules:Design an A4 drawing/creation of something Christmassy. Ask your parents or guardian to send in your design along with your name, age, address, parent’s email address.
Ages:Categories: Under 7s, 7-9s, 9-12s, 12+
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Big Issue Art

Big Issue Christmas Kids Cover Competition

Big Issue are on the lookout for bright, bold, eye-grabbing art that will catch the attention of passers-by and help their vendors sell lots of copies.

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize – Your design on the cover of Big Issue! have a go at designing a Big Issue cover that will appear on the front of one of Big Issue’s Christmas magazines.
Rules:Submit your designs to be on the cover of The Big Issue this Christmas. This year’s theme is WELCOME, and entrants are asked to think about what that word means to them and what it represents, during the festive period and beyond. Big Issue are on the lookout for bright, bold, eye-grabbing art that will catch the attention of passers-by and help their vendors sell lots of copies. Artwork can be drawn with pencils or pens, paints, creative collages or designed on a computer or tablet.
Ages:Anyone aged 13 or under.
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The Jeffrey Ahn Jr Foundation

Jeffrey Ahn, Jr. Fellowship

Fellowship that seeks to empower young artists (up to age 17) from any background or country to realise extraordinary independent projects.

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Prize:
  • Up to $10,000 for young artists up to age 17 to produce ambitious creative projects
Rules:Phase I application: Choose images that represent your best work. Images of finished work are preferable to works in progress. The jury wants to see that, as an artist, you are able to complete an ambitious creative project. By sharing finished work you are giving concrete examples of your ability to follow through. Phase II applicants: Ideally, the images submitted should have some connection to your proposed project. Sketches, drawings, short samples of video, or photographs that illustrate the concept or key components of your proposed project are also very helpful. This will help the jury to envision what you hope to make.
Ages:For the 2023-24 application cycle, candidates should be no older than 17 years of age on June 1, 2024. Global.
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Go Ape Christmas Outdoors

Go Ape Christmas Card Competition

Create a design inspired by ‘Christmas Outdoors’ for the chance to feature on Go Ape’s 2023 Christmas Card and win a class trip to Go Ape!

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: Class trip to Go Ape! (an action-packed class trip to Go Ape for their school AND a Go Ape family ticket for any national Go Ape site for themselves! The winning design will be featured on teh Go Ape Digital Christmas E-card with the winner’s name, age and school included. Plus, the first 200 schools who enter will receive a copy of our ‘Go Ape the School Trip’ book for their school library.)
Rules:Create a design on the theme ‘Christmas Outdoors’ on white A4 paper. Must be in colour – coloured pencils, paint, crayons and felt tips can be used. We would advise you not to stick additional material onto the entry to make it easy to print your design. It should be image only and not feature any text. Must be uploaded as JPEG or PNG file from a scan or clear photo of the design.
Ages:4-11 years old (UK residents)
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ootiboo AllStar

ootiboo All Star

ootiboo are teaming up with children’s mental health organisation SparkUK to help raise awareness of their All Star Advent calendar in the lead up to Christmas.

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Prize:
  • Ty Beanie Boos (5 bundles of 10 Ty Beanie Boos from Ty worth £69.90 per bundle)
  • Farshore Book Bundles (4 book bundles from Farshore worth £50 per bundle)
  • Picture-This Book Bundle (A bundle of 5 Picture-This books)
  • Flossy & Jim Cushion (An ‘Armadillo of Anxiety’ cushion from Flossy and Jim.)
Rules:Create anything star-themed, in any medium. Use your imagination to come up with a fabulous star. Use any materials or medium you like! You could bake some star cookies, paint or draw a design, make a model, dress up as a star, even dress your pet as a star… The possibilities are endless! What unusual idea can you come up with? ootiboo have also created some colouring templates for younger kids and anyone else!
Ages:Ages 4+, worldwide.
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Sony World Photography Awards: Youth Competition

Sony World Photography Awards: Youth Competition

Monthly competitions for young photographers aged under 19 to compete to be Young Photographer of the Year and win Sony digital imaging equipment!

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: top Sony digital imaging equipment
Rules:Monthly competitions with a changing theme running from 1 June to 31 December, 2022. Photographers can enter up to three images per month. Judges will select a shortlist of 10 images per month, including one winner, Monthly winners compete to be Youth Photographer of the Year.
Ages:The Youth competition is open to all members of the public aged under 19 on the closing date of the competition.
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Window Drawing Weeks

Festive Drawing Weeks

Festive competition from edding inviting you, your friends and family to come together and create one of a kind festive decorations using edding markers.

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Prize:
Rules:Step 1: Create or select a template for your Festive Drawing. Step 2: Choose the right edding marker i.e. metallic brush pen, chalk marker, acrylic marker, gloss paint markers. Step 3: Start and get creative. Step 4: Take a picture of your drawing. Step 5: Upload your picture, using #eddingfestivemoment. Step 6: With a bit of luck, win one of ten edding product packages.
Ages:12 years and over (UK residents)
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International Kids' Owl Art Contest

International Kids’ Owl Art Contest

Over 2,000 entries from dozens of countries apply each year to be part of the International Festival of Owls exhibition in Houston, Minnesota.

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Prize:
  • Award certificate & group exhibition – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each age category will be mailed a framed, customized and signed award certificate with a custom wax seal. Selected artwork will be placed on special exhibit in museums and galleries or used to make T-shirts, cards, or other items.
Rules:Entries must be an image of an owl. Artwork must be two-dimensional, on any size paper that can be mailed and hung on a wall with tape. Digital artwork is allowed if printed, labeled, and mailed as required for other entries. No AI may be used for digital artwork entries. No frames or mattes may be used on the artwork.
Ages:Categories: 0-5, 6-9, 10-14, 15-18, worldwide
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World Children’s Haiku Contest 2023-2024

World Children’s Haiku Contest

The first Haiku Contest was organised by the JAL Foundation in 1990 and has been held every two years since then with assistance from the Japan Society.

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Prize:
  • Win a Trip to Tokyo, Japan – Winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards will be invited to an award ceremony in Tokyo. Each will receive ¥100,000 as grant money for travel and accommodation expenses in Japan. Both foreign residents and residents in Japan will receive round-trip air tickets (economy class) to Tokyo for two.
Rules:Entrants must submit their original haiku and accompanying artwork on the theme ‘Family’. Haiku are short poems split over three lines and usually contain a seasonal word. The haiku must be accompanied by hand-drawn or hand-crafted artwork on the same page, using A4-sized paper.
Ages:Ages 15 and under, based in UK
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World NTD Day Poster Competition

World NTD Day Poster Competition

Children aged 8-16 years in the UK can take part in a poster competition to help shine a light on neglected tropical diseases.

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: Art Supplies & Event in Parliament! (3 winners for each category (8-11), (12-14), (14-16), will receive art supplies and the opportunity to attend an event seeking to raise awareness of NTDs in Parliament
Rules:Create a hand-drawn poster using any medium you like, on the theme Shine a Light on neglected tropical diseases. The poster should be no bigger than A3 size.
Ages:Age categories: 8-11, 12-14, 14-16 (UK residents)
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Centre for Personalised Medicine Art Competition

Centre for Personalised Medicine Art Competition

“Every year, we plan to ask young people to create art that looks at the great things and the challenging things about personalised medicine”.

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £100
  • Runner Up: £50
Rules:“We would like you to create art about screening newborn babies for disease”. Watch this short video for more on this year’s theme. “You can make a drawing, a painting, a photograph, a collage, a sculpture – we’re excited to see what you come up with! It needs to be something that you can take a photograph of (so it can’t be a piece of music or a video, for example). The art must be your own work. If you use pre-existing material (e.g. to make a collage), you need to obtain permission to use the material from the copyright holder. Any people in your art should not be identifiable. If you’re doing a picture involving a person, you should draw or paint someone from your imagination rather than a person you know in real life.”
Ages:You can enter if you will be in Year 7, 8 or 9 of secondary school on the 1st September 2023. (based in the UK)
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BOOMERANG STUDENT PLANNER POSTER COMPETITION

Inspire People to Dance Poster Competition!

Design a poster and have it displayed nation-wide on digital screens & win some great prizes including an Art/Design tablet for the winner in each age category!

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Prize:
  • 8-10 yrs category: iPad Mini Wi-fi (worth over 500, view on Amazon)
  • 11-14 yrs category: iPad Mini Wi-fi ((worth over £500, view on Amazon)
  • 15-18 yrs category: Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch Wi-Fi with Apple Pencil (worth over 1,000, view on Amazon)
  • Runners Up: Colouring Pencils (top 10 runners up in each age category, view on Amazon)
Rules:Design and create a portrait poster to persuade and inspire people of all ages to dance! Your design could be about any form of dancing, such as ballet, ballroom, disco, hip hop, jazz, tap, swing, not to mention others. It should be a combination of both art/graphic design and words.
Ages:8-10, 11-14, 15-18 categories. UK residents only.
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Home Bargains Christmas Card Competition

Home Bargains Christmas Card Competition

Design a Christmas Card for a chance to win £100 & craft hamper for your school & appear on cards to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

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Prize:
  • £100 Home Bargains voucher & carft hamper for your school – The 12 winning designs will also be manufactured and sold in stores with all profits going to + Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Rules:Design a Christmas Card, in square format, in any media.
Ages:UK based primary school pupils age 5-11.
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Global Canvas

Global Canvas – Children’s Wildlife Art Competition

Annual group art contest for children aged 16 and under encouraging collaboration and creativity around wildlife and the environment.

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Prize:
  • This years prizes to be announced, previous prizes:
  • 1st Prize: £500 (art vouchers)
  • 2nd Prize: £200 (art vouchers)
  • 3rd Prize: £100 (art vouchers)
Rules:Any art techniques can be used to create entries; including painting, sculpture, textiles, collages and we always like to see recycled materials. 2024 Theme: “The Barometer of Life” – A barometer measures atmospheric pressure to help us prepare for bad weather. The ‘Red List’ of threatened species measures the pressures acting on species and how many are left, which helps governments and wildlife charities prevent extinctions. That is why the ‘Red List’ of endangered species, developed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is often called the barometer of life.
Ages:Ages categories: 4-7, 8-11, 12-16 (from any country)
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Science Without Borders Challenge

Science Without Borders Challenge

Annual international contest that engages students and teachers in ocean conservation through art. 2024 theme: ‘Hidden Wonders of the Deep’.

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: $500
  • 2nd Prize: $350
  • 3rd Prize: $200
Rules:The theme for the 2024 Science without Borders® Challenge is “Hidden Wonders of the Deep.” To apply for this year’s contest, students should submit artwork depicting mysterious and unique deep-sea creatures or ecosystems, highlighting the beauty and diversity that often goes unseen. Learn about the theme.
Ages:11-14 years old, 15-19 years old, international
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Our Earth

Our Earth Open Call Exhibition

Open call for biodiversity and climate themed artwork by amateur and professional artists, young and old, based anywhere on Earth.

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Prize:
  • Winners – The public will choose two winners from the under 18 category who will have their work printed in the 2024 biodiversity & climate ‘zine and be featured on the website. All artwork submitted will be considered for the online exhibition, presented virtually in 3D.
Rules:Artwork should have an Earth theme related to climate, nature or biodiversity. Materials: Acrylic, oil, watercolour, original prints of any media, photography, mixed media, collage, assemblage, drawings, pastels, sculpture.
Ages:All ages, global (free for ages 18 and under, £5 for over 18s)
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Our Earth Postcard Competition

Our Earth Postcard Competition

Draw an earth or environment themed design on a postcard size piece of card and see your art on show in Leicester.

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Prize:
  • Winners – All postcards will be exhibited at Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester. Exhibition visitors will choose three winners.
Rules:Draw your design on a 6 inch by 4 inch ‘postacrd size’ piece of card. Your design should be earth or environment themed. Write on the back about a local environment topic that matters to you.
Ages:Anyone under 18, UK & International
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Leader's Award

Leaders Award

If you were an engineer, what would you do? Pupils are invited to get creative with their answers via interviews and annotated illustrations.

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Prize:
  • Prizes: Awards & Exhibition – Winners are invited to regional awards and a public exhibition.
Rules:Pupils are invited to imagine if they were an engineer, what problem would they most like to solve? They do this by interviewing professionals from the engineering field to help inspire them to create their own design of a solution to a real-world problem through an annotated illustration detailing their invention. As well as annotation, they will put their formal English writing skills into practice by creating their own letters of purpose, detailing and explaining their ideas, using persuasive techniques to appeal to our engineer judges – a thoroughly engaging and immersive experience for pupils, teachers and engineers alike.
Ages:UK based school pupils aged 3-19.
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Young Artists’ Summer Show

The Young Artists’ Summer Show

A free, open submission exhibition from the Royal Academy for young artists aged 4 – 19 years studying at schools based in the UK.

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Prize:
  • Winners – Prizes are awarded each year for two inspiring artworks from each key stage receiving vouchers for art materials or a free practical workshop for their school. See last year’s Summer Show. Selected pieces will be shown in an online exhibition and group show at the Royal Academy of Arts from 16 July – 11 August 2024.
Rules:First, a teacher needs to register your school. Once the school is registered, your artwork can be submitted. If you’re 12 or under, a teacher or parent/guardian will need to enter for you; if you’re 13 or over you can submit artwork yourself. Each student can submit one artwork and there is no theme. Submit an image of your artwork plus some information about the piece such as title, size, and a little text about the artwork and why you made it.
Ages:Students aged 4-19 studying in the UK
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British Science Week 2024 poster competition

British Science Week Poster Competition

Get creative for the annual, UK-wide poster competition, create a poster which fits in with the theme of ‘time’.

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Prizes:
  • Lots of prizes! – Prizes for the 2024 competition winners include: Cool Cat Chem Cards, 15-minute STEM books, Shape Aliens Game, At the museum jigsaw, A Day in the Life…books, Shroot pouches, Memberships for My Science Club, MegaWatt Games, A collection of Science Works books, Two space-themed 3D building playsets, Our Living Planet book, WWF adoption pack.
Rules:The theme this year is ‘Time’, – there are loads of STEM topics were explored! Students could create a poster showing how a certain type of technology has changed over time, or even the advancement of time-telling technology itself. Budding poster makers could also go futuristic show us how they think the world might look in years to come, or perhaps look at nature – lifecycles, lifespans, evolution and hibernation – nature is full of timely topics. Entries must be one page of A4 or A3 paper only and you will need to take a photo or scan of it to send electronically.
Ages:UK based only. Early years (3-5), Infant (5-8), Junior (8-11), Senior (11-14)
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Primrose Hill Childrens Design Competition

St Albans Children’s Design Competition

Design a bespoke ‘St Albans inspired’ pendant for a chance to see it brought to life by a goldsmith at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery.

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Prize:
  • Your Design On A Silver Pendant! – The winner will receive their design hand engraved by a talented goldsmith onto a Sterling Silver pendant for them to treasure always.
Rules:Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery would love to see what aspects of St Albans are your child’s favourite. They can choose any inspiration from the area -perhaps the cathedral, the clocktower, the landscape or ruins at Verulamium park or even a favourite café – the sky’s the limit. Once they have a design in mind, they can get creative and draw it on the design template. This can be collected from the St Albans Studio and Shop, or can be emailed directly to you.
Ages:UK based children of all ages
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Explorify Art Competition

Explorify Art Competition

Turn curiosity and creativity into a work of art for a chance to win a £50 book token and see your artwork used to inspire others.

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Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £50 book token (The winning works of art will each be made into a new Start With Art activity that will be published on the Explorify site, ready to be used by more than 100,000 teachers with their classes of children in schools around the world.)
Rules:Children are invited to create their own Start With Art artwork. They could draw or paint a picture, make a model or a sculpture, create a collage, design a print, take a photograph… whatever they choose. They might seek inspiration from one of our featured Start With Art artists (but note that children’s entries do need to be original, rather than copies of existing works of art). Or perhaps they’ve learned about the style and work of a particular artist, or have explored new skills in art such as water-colour or hand building with clay. Here’s a purposeful opportunity for them to put those skills into practice. Can they find a way to show their science learning through their art? Can they create something that will spark a conversation about science among other children that look at it?
Ages:Two age categories: 7 and under (at the start of the Autumn term 2023), 8 (at the start of the Autumn term 2023) to 12 (at the end of the summer term 2024). (Entries are welcomed from all educational settings in the UK, including home-educated children.)
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Humanimal Trust Creative Awards

Humanimal Trust Creative Awards

Create a piece of visual art on the theme ‘Time to Connect’ – displaying the connectivity between humans and other species.

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Prize:
  • 16 Upwards Age Group:
  • 1st Prize: Signed Noel Fitzpatrick books (plus Humanimal Trust messenger bag, certificate & badge.)
  • Runner Up: (Book voucher, certificate & badge)
  • 12-15 Age Group:
  • 1st Prize: Basket of Books (from What on Earth Publishing, Humanimal book, certificate & badge)
  • Runner Up: (Engineers Making a Difference book, certificate & badge)
  • 10-11 Age Group:
  • 1st Prize: Basket of Books (from What on Earth Publishing, Humanimal book, certificate & badge)
  • Runner Up: (Humanimal book, certificate & badge)
  • 7-9 Age Group:
  • 1st Prize: Basket of Books (from What on Earth Publishing, Humanimal book, certificate & badge)
  • Runner Up: (Humanimal book, certificate & badge)
Rules:Create a piece of visual art or written word on the theme of ‘Time to Connect’. Share examples of that wonderful bond between us and our animals and time to connect human and animal medics so they are able to learn from each other. Humanimal Trust strive to build a bridge to create this connectivity between doctors, vets, allied professionals and researchers to work together for the benefit of all species, One Medicine. The amazing connections between humans and other animal species (because humans are animals too!) not only show how our lives are so closely intertwined, but also the physical and emotional similarities between us should be recognised and celebrated. Your entry can be a painting, drawing, pencil sketch, pastels or you might want to create a poster. You don’t have to limit yourself to 2D artwork, how about venturing into 3D? You can use sculpture, collage, textiles, recycled items to create your artwork based on One Medicine and the connectivity between humans and other species.
Ages:7-9, 10-11, 12-15, 16+ (Only parents, legal guardians or teachers may submit entries on behalf of their children)
Site:Enter here

Design a National Book Token

National Book Token Design Competition

Annual nationwide contest encouraging children to design their own gift cards for the chance to win hundreds of pounds of book tokens.

Close:TBA currently closed
Prize:
  • 1st Prize in each age range: £450 of Book Tokens (£350 National Book Tokens for the school, £100 Book Tokens for the pupil)
  • 2nd Prize in each age range: £250 of Book Tokens (£200 National Book Tokens for the school, £50 Book Tokens for the child)
  • One Overall Winner: up to £350 of Book Tokens (£10 Book Tokens for every child in their class)
Rules: Download the book token template on the World Book Day website, print it out, create your artwork then upload to their website. Winners will be announced in May 2024.
Ages:Up to 8 years, 9-12 years and 13-16 years (UK & Ireland)
Site:Enter Here

Easteroo 2024

Easteroo

Annual Easter-themed project, designed for the whole family. Anyone, any age, anywhere can take part and you can enter multiple designs!

Close:TBAcurrently closed
Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £50 book bundle (4 awards of £50 worth of books tailored to the age of the winner.)
  • 2nd Prize: Craft Hampers (2 craft hampers for kids worth £45 each from The Works)
  • 3rd Prize: Chocolate Eggs (family prize from Kinnerton with selection of themed chocolate eggs)
  • More Prizes: Chocolate Eggs & Craft Kits (eco-friendly art supplies from The Natural Crayon Company & Curiosity Corner spring chicken mini kit)
Rules:Draw, paint, make or bake your Easter creation based around one of our two themes: eggs, and spring (so that’s things like bunnies, flowers, chicks, lambs, and more). You really don’t have to be an amazing artist to take part – just use your imagination and share your entry by taking a picture of your creation and posting it on the Ootiboo website. Images featured in the gallery are square-shaped – if possible please send in your entry as a square.
Ages:Ages 4+, worldwide.
Site:Enter Here

The End!

That’s it for now but stay tuned for further kids art competitions as more prizes and contests are announced.

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