Global Canvas – Children’s Wildlife Art Competition

Global Canvas children’s art competition is an annual art contest encouraging collaboration and creativity to display thought and concern for our planet’s environment and the incredible wildlife that inhabits it. Each year, the competition receives incredible and insightful creative entries from all over the world, with an amazing array of interpretations of the year’s theme.

Global Canvas 2021

The theme for the 2021 competition is ‘Healing Nature- a Planet on the Edge’ and entries are now open. Find out how to enter here.

We welcome imaginative group entries from children aged 16 years and under, using a variety of art techniques including painting, sculpture, textiles, collage, etc and including recycled materials to create a mini-exhibition reflecting the competition theme.

Who can enter Global Canvas?

The competition is open to groups of children aged 16 and under; this could be a class, year group or entire school, an art club or group, or a group of friends or siblings.

This is a group competition typically led by an adult or art teacher.

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.

Update: Please note that for the Global Canvas 2021 competition, if you are unable to work as a group to create your display due to Covid 19 (e.g. due to isolation/ quarantine/ school closure), we will accept individual entries and marks will not be lost during the judging process for not entering as part of a group.

Children’s Art Competition prizes

There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as the David Shepherd Award. Other prizes include the Michael O’Mara Personal Choice Award and the guest speaker’s Personal Choice Award. Every winning school will receive a special certificate and a goody bag.

Global Canvas sponsors

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A huge thank you to our generous competition sponsors Michael O’Mara Books for their ongoing support of Global Canvas and for providing educational and fun books as prizes.

Lesley O’Mara from Michael O’Mara Books presents the ‘Michael O’Mara Personal Choice Award’.

Michael O’Mara is an independent publisher founded in July 1985 and specialises in creative and inspired adult non-fiction and children’s books.

How to enter Global Canvas

Global Canvas 2021 entries open in July 2020. The deadline is Wednesday 24 February 2021. Find out how to enter here.

Entry to the competition is FREE –  if you have any further questions please contact DSWF’s Education Manager, Jo Elphick at

Due to government guidelines and ever-changing circumstances regarding Covid 19, please do refer back to the website on a regular basis for updates.