Alaska Biodiversity Art Contest – February 28 Deadline

Alaska Biodiversity Art Contest

Calling all inspired K-12 Artists! Our annual art contest is in its third year and moving forward in partnership with the Wild Postcard Project. The contest is open for youth across Alaska from Kindergarten to 12th grade. This year’s theme is Alaska Biodiversity.

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research and quality animal care. Our partner, Wild Postcard Project, is a 100% volunteer run global initiative founded in 2016 to provide educational opportunities about biodiversity through art contests for K-12 students. This year we are combining forces to reach students across Alaska. Selected artist will be showcased in a virtual art gallery and some will be published on postcards or in AWCC’s animal adoption packets. The Who, What, When & Where are below:



Kids and teens (ages 5-18) who are currently living in Alaska.


Your artwork (whether you paint, draw, etch, screen print, etc.) should represent the biodiversity of Alaska in some way…whether you focus on a single animal or plant, or depict an entire habitat or landscape. Three dimensional pieces (e.g. sculptures, paper maché, collages, etc.) or other kinds of creative entries are also accepted! In addition to biodiversity at large, AWCC is looking for art representative of wildlife in our animal adoption program including; porcupine, Alaska birds, brown bears, black bears, wood bison, muskox, wolves, reindeer, lynx, fox, and beluga.

A digital copy of your artwork and entry form is preferred (take a photo with your iPhone, iPad, or any option that works!). Just make sure to hold on to the original copy of your artwork in case you’re selected as a winner and we need to do a fancy photoshoot of it (because we may need the original for printing purposes). Along with your photo, please also make sure to include the information as requested on our online entry form. Alternatively, you can submit the entry form information and artwork image via email at


Entries should be postmarked no later than February 28th, 2021.


Option 1 (preferred): Online entry form, here.

Option 2: By mail: Wild Postcard Project & Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, PO 949, Girdwood AK 99587

Option 3: By email here.

If you choose to email your artwork and entry form, you can print the PDF below, or make your own, but it should have all of the information listed on the entry form. The link should open a PDF file, ready for you to complete and send in with your artwork.

Printable entry form, here!


Artists will be selected in age groups with selected artist in each age category. Selection for awards by AWCC will be completed by our staff. Selection for publishing by Wild Postcard Project will be completed by a volunteer panel of biodiversity experts and artists. Selection of other artists being features in our virtual gallery will be completed mutually.


All Selected artists will be featured in a virtual art gallery shared with participants and their families across Alaska. Artists selected by AWCC to be featured in our animal adoption program will receive a $250 scholarship for art featuring animals in our adoption program.

Your art published on a postcard
Artists selected by Wild Postcard Project’s panel of judges will be published on postcards and receive postcards with their art on it to share with family and friends. Postcards will be sold on Etsy, the AWCC gift shop, and other shops around Alaska. Proceeds from the sale of postcards will return to the art contest program and be donated to Alaska biodiversity focus organizations.

Your art featured in our virtual gallery
Additional artists will be selected to be featured in our virtual gallery.

Greg Melvin
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