Youth Wildflower Art Contest

Have wildflowers ever inspired the inner artist in you? Shenandoah National Park's annual Youth Wildflower Art Contest is virtual once again, but this year, we are opening this tradition to all K-12 students throughout Virginia and the District of Columbia to participate! See details for submitting artwork in the "How" section below.
Colored pencil and watercolor painting of Dwarf crested iris
2023 Best in Show | Dwarf crested iris | Colored pencil and watercolor



The contest is open to all K-12 students (including home-schooled students) K-12 students throughout Virginia and the District of Columbia. One entry per student and total entries may be limited.


Each student may submit one piece of artwork. For the subjects of their work, artists must use wildflowers that are native to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Shenandoah National Park. To help you choose, we've put together a list of eligible native wildflower species.

Submissions must be on flat media, and may include acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pencil, fabric, etc. Artwork should not be matted, mounted, or framed. Photographs, computer-generated, or computer-enhanced artwork will not be accepted. Works will be judged on the basis of original design and artistic composition. Judges will select the top entries from each grade level, and one of the top entries will be selected as the "Best in Show."

If you'd like some art tips before getting started, be sure to check out our virtual wildflower watercolor workshops with artist Betty Gatewood.


Artwork submission begins February 17, 2024 and ends April 7, 2024. The winners will be notified after the judging process has been completed and invited to participate in a winners' ceremony at the visitor center at Big Meadows during the 2024 Wildflower Weekend on May 11th. Winners are not required to attend the winners ceremony.


You can get started any time with your work! Participants will email and include the following:

  • Student First and Last Name
  • Address (to send prize to if they are a winner)
  • Student School and location (if homeschool, include a co-op if you are a member of one)
  • Student grade
  • Name of the wildflower depicted
  • Title of the art piece
  • A high-resolution photo (follow these tips)
  1. If possible, photograph your artwork in natural light (outdoors).
  2. Avoid using flash.
  3. Select your phone/camera's highest resolution setting.
Please remember only one entry per student. If you are a teacher submitting for multiple students, please send one email per student.

Good luck!

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Last updated: March 11, 2024

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