CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Entries are now being accepted for youth art contests to raise awareness about problem gambling and endangered species. If you're an artist, check out the details below!
Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia
The organization is accepting entries now through March 1 for a competition to design new posters to raise awareness about gambling addiction. The posters will be used during National Problem Gambling Awareness Week March 3-9.
The contest is open to students in third through 12th grade. Entries should focus on the symptoms and consequences of problem gambling. Symptoms include lying to loved ones about how much you gamble, asking others for money to pay off your gambling debts and risking your job or relationships to continue gambling.
Everyone who enters will receive an appreciation gift. The designers of the best posters will receive iPod Nano Shuffles.
Contestants will be divided into six state regions and three grade level categories (3-5, 6-8 and 9-12). One winner will be chosen from each category in each region.
Visit www.1800gambler.net for the entry form, full list of rules and more information about symptoms and consequences of problem gambling.
Endangered Species Day
May 17 marks the eighth annual national Endangered Species Day, which recognizes conservation efforts across the nation that help America's imperiled species. In conjunction with that, a youth art contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade is open through March 15.
The contest asks artists to select one or more U.S. endangered species and create artwork expressing their knowledge of the species. Students are encouraged to depict species found in their region and, ideally, in the species' habitat.
The International Child Art Foundation will select 40 semifinalists in four grade categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. They will receive plaques and art supply gift packs.
Finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes Jack Hanna, renowned marine life artist Wyland, Smithsonian Institution botanical illustrator Alice Tangerini and photographer David Littschwager, who is a regular contributor to National Geographic.
One grand prize winner will receive a trophy, art supplies, a trip to Washington, D.C. and a special art lesson via Skype with Wyland.For more information, including judging criteria and an entry form, visit www.endangeredspeciesday.org.