World Wildlife Day Youth Art Contest

Young artists from all over the world are invited to be creative for wildlife. The Fifth Annual International Youth Art Competition is organized by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). )

The 2023 WWD theme of ‘Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation’ highlights people who are making a difference for wildlife on a local, national or global scale.

The art competition focuses on species that have benefited from people working together to protect and conserve them. These partnerships range from community members working together to protect the wildlife around them, to scientists working together to understand and correct critical threats to survival, to governments working with others to protect and improve habitat for wildlife groups and species.

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Open to artists ages four to 18, entrants will choose a species that has benefited from these partnerships, then illustrate it as an individual animal or its native habitat. The competition taps into the immense creativity of the world’s youth through artwork and builds on the growing success of previous competitions – last year received more than 1,500 entries from around 60 countries around the world.

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Entry opens on January 9th2023, and artists must submit their artwork electronically on February 6 at 11:59 PM GMTth, 2023. All entries must be original and created by hand using markers, crayons, colored pencils and/or ink. A distinguished international panel of judges will select 12 semi-finalists in various age groups and a separate grand prize winner.

The 2022 winner was 13-year-old Yanjun Mao from China for his piece ‘Back Home’. Previous winners have come from Hong Kong, Australia and the United States. The 2023 winner will be announced at the annual World Wildlife Day event organized by the United Nations. World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on March 3rd And 2023 is the 50th anniversary of CITES.

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For more information on this year’s World Wildlife Day and the virtual event, visit

Note to editors:

Images from previous WWD International Youth Art Competitions can be found here.

Press the touch:

IFAW – Rodger Correa / [email protected] / +202 834 6637
CITES – David Whitburn / [email protected] / +41 79 552 1507
UNDP – Sangita Khadka / [email protected] / +212 906 5043

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