Earth Day Youth Art Contest 2024

2024 earth day youth art contest banner - stylized earth drawing with announcement of the art contest



2024 Art Contest Winners

For this year’s Earth Day Youth Art Contest, we received an impressive 125 submissions to celebrate Earth Day. Thanks to all who submitted their artwork to our fun art contest. Below are the winners and honorable mentions by grade and these two categories:

- Share how you would reduce use of disposable plastics in your home
- Illustrate what Earth Day means to you

We appreciate you, the parents, who shared your child's talent and creativity!

nishika
Grand Prize Winner!
Nishika N, Age 13
olivia colored a globe as the base with the continents and oceans. on top is a house, tree, sign that reads '04-22' for earth day 2024. there's a sun and clouds in the sky, along with a couple of flying insects
Pre-K
Earth Day
Olivia S, Age 4
ellora drew two kids playing outside. one is watering a tall flower and the other is waving their hands in the air. there are some ants and another insect below ground. there's a helicopter flying in the air, along with a butterfly and another flying insect. a house is on the right with a ladybug on it.
Pre-K
Earth Day Honorable Mention
Ellora C, Age 5
nadia painted an abstract picture of the earth with the continent, ocean and clouds in the atmosphere. there's a compostable spoon next to the earth
Pre-K
Plastics
Nadia C, Age 4
aariv painted a pretty set of four plastic bottles with the earth looking at them from over and a frowny face.
Pre-K
Plastics
Honorable Mention
Aariv A, Age 4
charlotte's painting is of sea life under the water a colorful turtle with a mosaic on its shell, other sea creatures and pretty plants
Kindergarten
Earth Day
Charlotte A, Age 6
charles painted a colorful scene of a creek in the middle with a turtle saying 'water is life.' there's a red creature that's in a bottle saying 'i'm stuck in a plastic bottle,' and another creature with a mask over the eyes saying 'float on the creek of trash.'
Kindergarten
Earth Day Honorable Mention
Charles L, Age 6
olivia drew a colorful rainbow over a pond with lots of bunnies in the water and bunnies on the grass. the words 'recycling trash center in the del vale regional park' and 'save water' are written across the top
Kindergarten
Plastics
Olivia Q, Age 5
yalini's drawing has two hands holding the earth with eyes, cheeks and mouth. the earth has some trees on its head
First Grade
Earth Day
Yalini S, Age 7
artwork of a girl standing next to a tree. background of flowers, sun, blue skies
First Grade
Earth Day Honorable Mention
Navira T, Age 7
vidhur's drawing shows a tree in the middle surrounded by quotes on saving the planet and recycling
First Grade
Earth Day Honorable Mention
Vidhur S, Age 6
sydney's drawing is of two hands holding a world that on one side is in color of a house and recycle logo and the other side is in black and white of a house and large plastic bottle
First Grade
Plastics
Sydney K, Age 6
ethan's colorful drawing is of a child seated at a table with images on the wall of a whale, sea life, robot, and a plastic bag
First Grade
Plastics Honorable Mention
Ethan S, Age 7
aarna painted smokey the bear standing in front of a forest, holding a shovel. the sun peeks out from the clouds and the caption reads 'save wildlife for earth day.'
Second Grade
Earth Day
Aarna S, Age 7
abhay drew a collage with the caption earth day at the bottom. a blue whale is just below a plastic bag with a big red x; another plastic bag has a big red x on it and a plastic bottle is poised above a wastebasket with the word 'recycle' over it
Second Grade
Earth Day Honorable Mention
Abhay D, Age 8
painting of earth with continents and oceans against a black background. on the left is a big plastic bottle the size of the globe with a hand holding it and a recycle logo on the bottle. the other bottle has a hand grasping it and about to compress it
Second Grade
Plastics
Aashi M, Age 8
an abstract style gallon size milk jug on a green background with recycle logo all over the background. an orange heart is colored against a white and kelly green background on the milk jug
Second Grade
Plastics Honorable Mention
Vihaan M, Age 8
anagha's colorful painting of the earth in the middle of the page shows a healthy landscape on top with homes. the bottom of the earth shows an industrial landscape. the caption says 'the climate is changing so should we.' the top half of the page has bright sun rays beaming from the sun on the right. the bottom shows an orange, dull color. there's a hand holding the earth, wearing a bracelet that says 'save earth' with the top part of the hand healthy and bottom part cracking.
Third Grade
Earth Day
Anagha R, Age 8
ishita drew a reusable tote bag with a recycle logo on the front. a hand holds the handles of the bag. carrots, cheese and a tomato can be seen at the top of the bag. the tote is drawn against a blue background
Third Grade
Plastics
Ishita K, Age 8
rajvika drew a collage that at the top says reduce, reuse, recycle. there's a home, recycle logos, the earth shaped like a heart and another earth in the middle.
Fourth Grade
Earth Day
Rajvika M, Age 10
esha used the theme of plastics versus planets with one side in black and white that's dreary with the word Plastics drawn on top. the other half says Planets and is colorful with a bunny, cat, tree, sun and blue skies.
Fourth Grade
Plastics
Esha P, Age 9
girls dressed in old-fashioned blue coats doing various tasks in a house that has a dome. stylized leaves outline the painting with birds sitting beneath the leaves and staying out of the rain. the caption reads 'help conserve water.'
Fifth Grade
Earth Day
Katelyn W, Age 11
felicity drew a giant light bulb in the middle with two seals touching noses, that also looks like the earth surface with green continents and blue oceans. there's a house on the upper left hand corner with a kitty in front. right below is a parrot and snake on a branch and below that is a whale about to swallow two fish. along the bottom are two flowers and a squirrel on the left. on the right is a fruit basket with bananas, pineapple, apple, grapes, bell pepper and maybe a bok choy.
Sixth Grade
Earth Day
Felicity D, Age 11
a painting of the earth nestled in grass or the ocean. the sun is shining and there's fish, waving grass and on the right side, it's nighttime with the moon. on the left side is the sun and white sky
Sixth Grade
Earth Day Honorable Mention
Arina B, Age 13
carina painted a scene from the ocean - on the left is a purple octopus, fish, coral, manta ray. on the right is a not-healthy scene with a shark with a car tire wrapped around it, sad face anemones, sad face crab and starfish, plastic cups, plastic bags, unhealthy turtle, netting.
Sixth Grade
Plastics
Carina A, Age 11

 

ira painted a water color of the sea with black coral and a creature rising from the water with a caption that reads 'polluting the ocean wont save you from the toxic waste when it's too late
Seventh Grade
Plastics
Ira R, Age 12
yijin drew a scene with a teenager picking up plastic bottles in one hand and holding a bag full of plastic bottles in the other hand. a large park-style trash can figures prominently in the middle of the drawing. a bunny and deer are looking at the teenager from the left. a pond, trees and grass make up the background with blue skies and a rainbow.
Tenth Grade
Plastics
Yijin C, Age 16
susie painted a young woman with black hair and brown skin gazing down and holding a globe. next to her are a deer, goose and bird looking at the globe. the caption reads 'lovely world.'
Twelfth Grade
Earth Day
Susie D, Age 18

2024 Art Contest

Welcome to our annual Art Contest page. Earth Day is April 22 and this year's theme is "Planet vs Plastics." Let your child's creativity and thoughtfulness be free so they may create artwork that illustrates how they would reduce use of disposable plastics in the home and/or show us what Earth Day means to them.

 

2024 Art Contest

Welcome to our annual Art Contest page. Earth Day is April 22 and this year's theme is "Planet vs Plastics." Let your child's creativity and thoughtfulness be free so they may create artwork that illustrates how they would reduce use of disposable plastics in the home and/or show us what Earth Day means to them.

 

2024 Earth Day theme is Planet vs Plastics

Earth Day is April 22, 2024. This year, young artists may enter their creations for the Earth Day Youth Art Contest to these categories:

  1. Share how you would reduce use of disposable plastics in your home
  2. Illustrate what Earth Day means to you
     
daniel's colorful drawing shows happy people living in open air treehouses. children are playing in a circle on the green grass, there's a tire swing, a bluebird flying next to the tree.

Let your child's imagination run free as they express themselves with colors, style and creativity, and most of all, have FUN. Let’s celebrate Earth Day by showing how they might save the planet by reducing the use of plastics.

Artwork will be featured on our social media and parkhere.org, and every participant will receive a small thank you gift. In addition, there will be one grand prize winner and finalists from each age group will receive a special prize. Winning artwork may be displayed in our parks.

Contest Rules

  1. Each person may submit up to two (2) pieces of artwork

  2. Artwork may be created in any medium - crayon, pencil, pens, watercolor, charcoal, digital, etc.

  3. Artwork must be 8.5” x 11” format (vertical/landscape or horizontal/portrait)

  4. Include first name and age on artwork in lower right-hand corner (open to anyone entering grades TK/Pre-K to 12 in 2024)

  5. Submit original artwork under the appropriate school grade level

  6. Complete the submission form in full

  7. Submit artwork via the online submission form or print and mail (postmarked) by 11:59pm PDT, Wednesday, May 15, 2024

  8. Winners will be notified via email by June 1, 2024

  9. Prizes will be mailed by June 30, 2024 (restricted to addresses in the United States)

  10. To submit artwork by mail: print and complete the submission form, and mail with artwork to:​

Santa Clara County Parks
Earth Day Youth Art Contest
5965 Silver Creek Valley Road
San Jose, CA 95138

Contest Agreement

By entering the contest, you accept and agree to all rules, terms, and conditions. Artwork submitted may be used for any and all purposes anywhere and in perpetuity at no compensation. Winning and non-winning photo submissions may be used in Santa Clara County Parks social media channels, website and other park publications. The contest is open to participants regardless of residence or citizenship, so long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation; prizes will be restricted to the United States. Employees of Santa Clara County Parks are not eligible to participate.

Original artwork must be uploaded or postmarked by 11:59 pm PDT, May 15, 2024.

Questions? Email [email protected]



2022 Art Contest Winners

We received 100+ entries for our second Youth Art Contest to celebrate Earth Day. It was challenging (but fun!) to choose the winning artwork and quotes.

These amazing pieces of art will be featured in posters to be displayed at County Parks this year and winners will receive a prize (parents/guardians have already been contacted). Everyone who submitted their artwork will receive a participation gift.

Thank you so much for sharing your child's creativity and talent!​​​

drawing by tobias of rainbow people animals hearts

Tobias, 4 (high-res file)

drawing by Sia, sun, rainbow, flower

Sia, Age 5 (high-res file)

drawing by shinyee, horseback riding in corral at Ed Levin

Shinyee, Age 6 (high-res file)

drawing by sophia, animals, sun, plants, a heart with two children in it

Sophia, Age 7 (high-res file)

drawing by tobias of rainbow people animals hearts

Tobias, 4 (high-res file)

drawing by Sia, sun, rainbow, flower

Sia, Age 5 (high-res file)

drawing by shinyee, horseback riding in corral at Ed Levin

Shinyee, Age 6 (high-res file)

drawing by sophia, animals, sun, plants, a heart with two children in it

Sophia, Age 7 (high-res file)

drawing by tobias of rainbow people animals hearts

Tobias, 4 (high-res file)

drawing by Sia, sun, rainbow, flower

Sia, Age 5 (high-res file)

drawing by shinyee, horseback riding in corral at Ed Levin

Shinyee, Age 6 (high-res file)

drawing by sophia, animals, sun, plants, a heart with two children in it

Sophia, Age 7 (high-res file)

drawing by claire, four children in a forest with wide eyes, trees, plants

Claire, Age 8 (high-res file)

drawing by ian, duck and duckling against grey background

Ian, Age 8 (hi-res file)

drawing by hudson, deer with orange butterfly and spotted butterfly on nose, with trees in background
Hudson, Age 10 - Grand Prize Winner
(high-res file)

 

drawing by iyla, child on a swing with a heart sign above head, tree branches in background with an orange and yellow sunset

Iyla, Age 10 (high-res file)

drawing by kylie, black and white, with deer in the trees. Handwritten sign that says "I like county parks because I like camping and looking at wild animals, including deer. County parks also have a lot of room to run around. The deer that I drew is named Dreamy."

Kylie, Age 11 (high-res file)

 

drawing by arshia, black and white sketch of two campers in tent looking outside at their view of their campground, mountains and trees

Arshia, Age 12 (high-res file)

drawing by claire of child in purple crew neck sweater gazing at a woodpecker in a tree with a bridge in background, grass, and a rock lined stream.

Claire, Age 13 (high-res file)

watercolor painting by yuling of an airstream trailer parked along a body of water, with yellow rays of sunshine overhead and grey clouds

Tyler, Age 11 (high-res file)

watercolor painting by carolyn of a young girl in a striped sweater reading a book, leaning against a cherry blossom tree. she's sitting on a brown and white checked blanket and an orange tabby cat is lying close to her feet. a deer is feeding on grass near her and is next to a small pond with a mallard duck swimming in it. there's an ivory path behind the girl with two more deer in front of a fence. blue skies and some cherry blossoms are falling from the tree.

Carolyn, Age 14 (high-res file)

 

acrylic painting of a girl picking flowers in a field of flowers. the girl is wearing a bright blue ribbon tying back her black hair and she's dressed in black wearing a light blue face mask. she is in profile as she reaches down to pick a yellow flower. the field has lots of flowers among the green grass

Hayoon, Age 16 (high-res file)

2021 Art Contest Winners

Many thanks to all who participated in our first Youth Art Contest to celebrate Earth Day. With 225+ amazing entries, it was challenging to select winners in each age group and category. The collection below shows the winning artwork for each age group, in the categories of ‘Enjoying a SCC Park,’ ‘Protecting a SCC Park,’ ‘Volunteering at a SCC Park,’ and ‘Keeping Wildlife Wild.’ 

These terrific pieces of art will be featured in posters to be displayed at County Parks this April and winners will receive a prize (parents/guardians to be contacted via email). Everyone who submitted their artwork will receive a participation gift. 

Call us amazed by the creativity and talent from our youth!​​​

Volunteer lettered drawing

 

Painting of a girl in pink with a crown

 

gevin-jorelle-m-enjoy-resize

 

art piece of a kid raising his arms up of  joy on a trail

 

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