YBC T-shirt Art Contest

Hey, kids! Would you like your artwork to appear on the annual Youth Birding Competition T-shirt? How about winning an Amazon gift card for free art supplies? Then plan on taking part in the Youth Birding Competition's T-shirt Art Contest! 

Note: The 2020 contest is closed. View the winning entries. Check back this fall for details on the 2021 contest.

2020 Participation Map
2020 Participation Map

Rules for 2020

All you need to do is draw or paint your favorite native Georgia bird on paper or sheet canvas (at least 8"x10” but no larger than 11"x17”), put it in a large envelope (flat, not folded), and mail or deliver by March 6, 2020 to:

GA DNR-WRD, YBC Art Contest
Attn: Linda May
2600 Highway 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281

On a separate piece of paper, gently taped to the back of your artwork, be sure to include your name, school, age, grade level, mailing address, phone number, parent or teacher e-mail address, and the species name of the bird in your artwork. Incomplete submissions may be disqualified.


Grand Prize Winner receives a $100 Amazon gift card, and his/her artwork appears on the 2020 Youth Birding Competition T-Shirt. Three other winners will each receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

A winner will be selected from each of the following age categories:

  • Primary (Pre-K–2nd Grade)
  • Elementary (3rd–5th Grade)
  • Middle School (6th–8th Grade)
  • High School (9th–12th Grade)

The Grand Prize Winner will be determined from those four age category winners.

Other Contest RulesBird Painting in Oil on Canvas

The Youth Birding T-Shirt Art Contest is open to Georgia residents in pre-K through 12th grade. Although participation in the 2020 Youth Birding Competition (YBC) on August 29-30 is encouraged, it is not required in order to submit artwork. Only one entry per person is allowed, and the submission must be the child’s original artwork. Tracings and computer-generated artwork are not allowed.

How to Get Artwork Returned After the T-Shirt Art Contest

Select artwork will be displayed at the YBC banquet at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center on August 30. The artwork can be picked up at the banquet, where winners will be announced and awards given (you must be a YBC team participant or an art contest winner to attend the banquet). Artists can also pick up their artwork at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center from April 1 to August 30 during normal business hours. Artwork can be returned by mail but ONLY IF the artist provides a self-addressed large envelope & proper postage (more than six first-class stamps).

Tips for Winning

Make sure the bird species you draw or paint is native to Georgia and not previously featured on a Youth Birding Competition T-shirt.

If you’re not sure if a species is native to Georgia, consult a field guide to birds of the Eastern US. The species description and range map will tell you if the bird naturally occurs in Georgia or if it is introduced or exotic. Native resident and migratory birds qualify. Artwork of domesticated birds (like yellow ducks, parrots and peacocks) as well as naturalized exotic species (like house sparrows, pigeons & starlings) will be disqualified. Also refrain from depicting any bird previously featured on a YBC T-shirt (Anna’s hummingbird, barn owl, blue grosbeak, blue jay, blue-gray gnatcatcher, Carolina chickadee, great blue heron, great horned owl, osprey, red-breasted nuthatch, yellow-breasted chat and yellow-rumped warbler).

Follow the contest rules regarding artwork size and shape.

Artwork must be at least 8x10” but no larger than 11x17” in size and on paper or sheet canvas (no frames). Please keep artwork flat—not folded—when mailing or dropping off at DNR’s Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Headquarters in Stockbridge, GA (see address at bottom of this page).

Pay attention to the bird’s features. Draw or paint them accurately.

If the judges can’t tell what bird species is in your artwork, the picture won’t work well on a T-shirt. Body proportions, beak shape & field marks are important (especially for older art contest participants).

To show up well on a T-shirt, the bird needs to be the main focus of your artwork.

Simple backgrounds (especially appropriate habitats) are a plus, but your bird must stand out well. Put some thought into composition, context and contrasting colors.

Deep contrasting colors scan best for a T-shirt.

Keep in mind that the winning artwork will be used on a T-shirt for both boys and girls. Fill in your colors well so that the bird can be seen well from a distance. If you use colored pencils (which often appear faint), press down hard or go over your lines several times for richer colors.

Previous Winners

View winning artwork from previous years​.


For more information, please contact Linda May at 706-319-0211, linda.may@dnr.ga.gov, or at:
2600 Highway 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281