The 2023 World Wildlife Day International Youth Art contest will tap into the immense creativity of the world’s youth through artwork that not only highlights the power of conservation, but reflects their personal sense of stewardship for the natural world and its wildlife.
Now in its fifth consecutive year, the annual art contest is held in conjunction with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
As a reminder, the art contest is open to interested artists from the ages of 4-18. All entries must be original and created by hand using markers, crayons, colored pencils and/or paint. Entries must be submitted electronically. The winner will be announced and featured at the annual World Wildlife Day event held on March 3, 2023.
With over 1,500 entries received last year from nearly 60 different countries across the globe, thirteen semi-finalists were selected by a panel of guest judges. Below is “Return Home”, the winning piece for 2022 by 13-year-old Yanjun Mao of China [PIC ABOVE]
In 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 3rd as World Wildlife Day, an annual celebration to raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.