DSWF Global Canvas – Children’s Wildlife Art Competition

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Global Canvas children’s art competition is an annual international art contest run by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF), to encourage creativity from young people, to display thought and concern for our planet’s environment and the incredible wildlife that inhabit it.

Set up in 2004 by DSWF’s founder, wildlife artist and conservationist David Shepherd, each year, the competition receives thoughtful and creative entries from all over the world, with an amazing array of interpretations of the year’s theme.

Global canvas 2021

Who can enter Global Canvas?

The entry period for Global Canvas 2023 is now open and will close on Friday 10th February 2023.

To enter the competition, please use the following link – Enter Global Canvas 2023

The competition is free to enter and is open to children and young people aged 16 and under. We welcome entries from both groups and individuals. A group can be as small as 2 children, or as large as a whole school!

Entries for group and individual categories will be judged separately and in the following age groups:

  • Ages 4-7 years
  • Ages 8-11 years
  • Ages 12-16 years

Any art techniques can be used to create entries; including painting, sculpture, textiles, collages and we always like to see recycled materials.

Group entrants are asked to make a display based on the theme, please see our post about displays.

Individual entrants can create an artwork of any size that they like, as long as their entry is based on the theme.

Please note that budding young wildlife artists between the ages of 16 and 22 are invited to enter the ‘Human Impact’ category in ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year‘. The Wildlife Artist of the Year competition typically runs from September/October to February.

Competition winners will receive vouchers for art supplies, digital animal adoptions, and certificates.


The theme for Global Canvas changes each year but if you’re seeking inspiration, have a look at last year’s winners, how to create a display and how to use recycled materials.


Michael O’Mara Books is an award-winning independent publisher, producing a diverse range of best-selling biography, science, and well-being, lifestyle and environment titles, plus children’s and art titles with Buster Books and LOM ART imprints. 

“Global Canvas is the only competition we know of with the environment as its central theme. The future belongs to children so it is vital they are made aware of the challenges we now face.”Lesley O’Mara, Artist and Co-Founder of Michael O’Mara Books