Children's Art Contest

Calling all young artists! Show us what you love about manatees by entering our first-ever children's art contest in celebration of Manatee Lagoon's 5th anniversary. Children from all over are invited to participate in the “What I Love About Manatees” children’s art contest, a juried art competition for children, ages 17 and under. 

The contest is designed to inspire appreciation for manatees and their place in the environment. Artists can feature manatees in their natural surroundings, including manatees and other animals that live in the sea or on the land. 

Age Group Categories
Winners will be chosen in four age group categories (ages 6 and under, ages 7-9, ages 10-12, ages 13-17), and judges will choose one (1) grand prize winner and one (1) honorable mention from each age group category for a total of eight (8) winners overall. 

Prizes
Grand prize winners will win a one-on-one behind-the-scenes virtual session and Q&A with a Manatee Master and a Manatee Lagoon gift basket (valued at $250). Honorable mentions will win a Manatee Lagoon gift basket (valued at $150).

Entry Deadline
Entries must be mailed in to Manatee Lagoon and postmarked on or before Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 for consideration. No electronic entries can be accepted. For address details, please refer to the official art contest rules and guidelines document linked below.

Winners
Winners will be announced on this website page as well as Manatee Lagoon's social media pages on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. We will also contact the winners directly via the information provided on the entry form.

How to Enter
Please click here to review the official rules and guidelines for entering. This document includes the artwork guidelines and instructions for mailing in your artwork. Please note, the release form found on the final page of the document must be completed and mailed in with each entry. Failure to submit the release form automatically disqualifies participant from contest.