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Restore the Wild Artwork Competition

2021 General Rules and Guidelines

We welcome artists to create and submit an original piece of art (not photography) for the 2021 Restore the Wild Artwork Competition. Artwork for Restore the Wild should reflect Restore the Wild’s mission to restore and create natural habitats vital to the survival of Virginia’s wildlife.

The winning artwork, highlighting a species with habitat needs, will be used throughout 2021 to help promote Restore the Wild’s mission. Past years’ artwork has featured the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and rusty patched bumble bee. The subject focus of 2021’s artwork are imperiled terrestrial, freshwater and estuarine turtles.

A panel represented by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR), and possibly other conservation organizations or experts deemed appropriate by DWR, will judge all submitted art as to its technical and esthetic merit and adherence to the mission of Restore the Wild.

Rules and Guidelines:

  1. Contest judges and their immediate relatives are ineligible to submit entries.
  2. Only a Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), as listed in Virginia’s Wildlife Action Plan, from the chosen wildlife group will be eligible. (For 2021 artists may select from these SGCN turtles: bog turtle, eastern box turtle, northern diamondback terrapin, spotted turtle, or wood turtle.)
  3. Artists should create scenes depicting the species in its natural habitat. The eligible species must be the dominant feature in the design. This means it should be noticeably larger than any other elements.
  4. Each artist may submit no more than two original works.
  5. Each submission must be an original work and not previously printed or copied.
  6. Each submission must be “flat-art” (not photography) and may be in the medium and artistic style of the artist’s choice.
  7. Artwork should be submitted unframed with a maximum size of 11”x14” (portrait or landscape). Artwork should be loosely covered with a protective overleaf, although not framed or covered with glass.
  8. All images submitted should be suitable for printing at a reduced size (e.g. a 4” x 4” sticker)
  9. The winning artwork will become the property of DWR. DWR is authorized to sell, distribute, display, reproduce, or otherwise use said artwork at its discretion. Artwork may have the Restore the Wild graphic/text added to it, but not in a way that will obscure any major portion of the work.
  10. The winning artist will have their selection promoted through DWR content channels in recognition of their work, including:
    • Used in various promotional materials for Restore the Wild efforts throughout 2021
    • Posted on Facebook and Instagram with the announcement of the artist as the winner of the Restore the Wild annual artwork winner, either tagging them or including a link to their website
    • A short article about the artist and their work in the Restore the Wild quarterly newsletter, which includes a link to their website
    • A press release
    • Recognition of the artist’s accomplishment to the DWR board and the agency
    • An announcement of the art selection in Virginia Wildlife Magazine
  11. All entries must be received by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources before 5 p.m. on January 29, 2021. Entries postmarked by January 27, 2021 will also be accepted.
  12. All entries will be returned to the submitting artist upon completion of judging. Each artist should include return postage with their entries.

A signed copy of this rules agreement document must accompany your submission.

Mailing Address for Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources:

Restore the Wild Art: Attention – Brian Moyer
7870 Villa Park Drive Suite 400 P.O. Box 90778
Henrico, VA 23228