Participants needed for Youth Birding Competition t-shirt art contest

Published 6:40 pm Monday, January 14, 2019

SOCIAL CIRCLE — Georgia’s 14th annual Youth Birding Competition invites resident children and teens to celebrate birds through a T-shirt Art Contest.  A winner will be picked from each of these age categories: primary (pre-K through second), elementary (third through fifth), middle school (sixth through eighth) and high school, according to a press release from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

One winner will be awarded the grand prize — their artwork will appear on the 2019 Youth Birding Competition T-shirt, and they’ll receive a $100 gift card to Michaels. The three other winners will each receive a $50 Michaels gift card, redeemable for art supplies.

To encourage artists to also participate in the 2019 Youth Birding Competition on April 26-27, a new award will recognize the best artwork from a member of a team involved in the competition (if a participant doesn’t already place in the regular art contest).

Participants must draw or paint a native Georgia bird that has not been previously featured on a Youth Birding Competition T-shirt. Artwork may be created on paper or sheet canvas, at least 8-by-10 inches but no larger than 11-by-17 inches. Participants should mail or deliver the artwork in a large envelope – flat, not folded – by March 13, 2019, to: GA DNR-WRD, YBC T-shirt Art Contest (Attn: Linda May), 2065 US Hwy. 278 SE, Social Circle, GA 30025.

On a separate piece of paper, gently taped to the back of the artwork, include the participant’s name, school, age, grade level, mailing address, phone number, parent or teacher’s e-mail address and species name of the bird depicted.

The illustrated bird must be a wild species and native to Georgia. Artwork of exotic or domesticated species will be disqualified. Participants should draw or paint the bird’s features as accurately as possible. A simple background that provides habitat context is good to include, but participants should make sure their bird stands out well and is the focus of the artwork. Also keep in mind that deep, contrasting colors scan best for a T-shirt.   

Only one entry per person is allowed, and it must be the child’s original artwork. Participation in the Youth Birding Competition from April 26-27 is encouraged but not required to submit artwork for the                       T-shirt Art Contest.

Competitors in the birding event can pick up their submissions at the April 27 banquet at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center where select artwork will be displayed and winners announced.

Artwork from children and teens who do not take part in the Youth Birding Competition can either be picked up at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield through May 18 during normal business hours or returned by mail — but only if a large, self-addressed envelope with at least six first-class stamps is included with the submission.

The 2019 Youth Birding Competition starts at 5 p.m. Friday, April 26, and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Groups may use as much or as little of that time to count as many birds as possible throughout Georgia.

Although teams may start birding anywhere in the state, they must turn in their checklists at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center by 5 p.m. Saturday.

For more information on the T-shirt Art Contest, visit  Participants can also contact art contest coordinator Linda May at (706) 557-3226 or

Details on the 2019Youth Birding Competition, including registering a team online for this event, will be posted soon at Participants can also contact competition coordinator Tim Keyes at (912) 262-3191 or