by Environmental Education Specialist & Biologist Sirena Lao
We were impressed by the quality of the submissions and inspired by the stories that kids share! We received entries from all over the world, and our judges loved admiring everyone’s artwork and reading the stories. Seeing that young people are connecting deeply with nature makes us hopeful for the future of birds and their habitats!
We are very excited to share this year’s winning entries in each age category! Click on each image to enlarge and read their stories!
Each of the winners was able to attend SFBBO's 2023 Annual Meeting held at the South Bay Yacht Club, where they received their prizes and were able to showcase their artwork in person to an enthusiastic crowd of bird lovers. We truly enjoyed meeting each artist and their families!
Because several pieces of artwork were so close to the top, we also awarded honorable mentions to three participants:
There were of course many more wonderful pieces than we can highlight here. You can see all of the great artwork we received this year and comments from the judges by checking out this post on our Facebook page (no login required). We also had one participant share a video about her artwork! We hope seeing the artwork and reading the stories inspires more people to take action to protect the environment so future generations can continue to enjoy birds!
In addition, many of the artists submitted optional photos of themselves holding up their artwork, so we wanted to share a collage highlighting these amazing young artists. We hope everybody who participated in the contest continues to tell stories, create art, and help birds!
Thanks so much to: everyone who participated in the contest; to the volunteer art contest judges, Marina Dimitrov, Katie Green, and Elizabeth Kalt; to Cargill for supporting SFBBO's outreach programs like this contest; and to the Oakland Zoo, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, and CuriOdyssey for donating prizes!
If you'd like to support the Kids Bird Art Contest, you can make a donation or contribute prizes for next year!
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