Calling all artists, photographers, and writers aged 12-24!

Take part in Festival of Nature’s Art Competition, spotlighting The Natural World. Showcase your connection to nature through your art - whether it's a photograph of a landscape, a climate change-inspired poem, or a painting of your favourite species.

Judged by experts in their fields alongside the Festival of Nature's youth panellists, winners will receive prizes at the Festival's Wild Weekend event on 1st June at Millennium Square.

Festival of Nature's Youth Panel

This Art Competition has been organised by Festival of Nature’s Youth Panel. In 2024, the Festival has been piloting its first ever youth panel. The panel is a voluntary group of 7 people aged 16-24 who have been meeting together each month to help shape some of this year’s events, ensuring content is exciting,
relevant and accessible to young people.

There are 3 categories to enter: Photography, Art, and Creative Writing (with categories for ages 12-16 or 17-24)

Competition Judges

Photography: George Cook (he/him)

George is a wildlife photographer, content creator and Communications Officer at Avon Wildlife Trust. His incredible photographs and fantastic videos, which he shares on Instagram and TikTok as @georgecuckoo help raise awareness and the appreciation of UK wildlife.

TikTok, Instagram, Facebook: @georgecuckoo. X: @george_cuckoo

Creative Writing: Jasmine Isa Qureshi (they/she)

Jasmine is a marine biologist, activist, writer and freelance journalist whose work includes published pieces in BBC Wildlife, Gaytimes, and the Metro. She writes about ecology, conservation, diversity, trans and queer issues, muslim identity, Islamophobia, philosophical thought, climate change and politics.

Instagram: @wildheartwithacamera. X: @GoWildForBees.

Competition Prizes!

17-24 age bracket: Each category winner (art, photography, writing) will win 1x video call with the judge of their category.

12-16 age bracket: Each category winner (art, photography, writing) will win their choice of 1x meerkat experience or 1x lemur experience at Bristol Zoo Project - experiences are for 1 person only.

Terms and Conditions

- You may only submit one entry per category (Art, Creative writing, Photography). In the event that you submit more than one entry in a category, only your first entry will be considered valid and be made available to the judges.

- Photography: please submit one photograph that is not manipulated or adjusted in any way (i.e removing elements). Basic editing (contrast, brightness adjustments etc) is allowed. AI images are not permitted.

- Art: please submit one art piece - this may be a painting, drawing, comic strip, sculpture, digital art piece, or any other type of static art you would like to create, but not a film.

- Creative writing: please submit one short story of maximum 500 words (approx.) or one poem of maximum 40 lines.

- All submissions must be the entrant’s own work.

- All entries should be submitted through this online form - the deadline for entries is 11:59PM on Sunday 26th May.

How to enter

To enter simply click on the link below to upload details of your work.

Click here to enter

What happens next?

After the deadline closes on Sunday 26th May, all submissions will be passed onto our panel of judges to decide on the winners. Everybody who enters the competition will hear back about their entry by no later than 10pm on Friday 31st May.

Category winners or those with Highly Commended submissions will have their artwork showcased in a physical exhibition on Millennium Square as part of the Festival Of Nature Wild Weekend. Digital submissions will be produced by the Festival team, but anyone wishing to bring a physical piece to be part of the exhibition is welcome to do so - and should make themselves available to bring their entries to the Square between 12-6pm Friday 31st May*.

Category winners or those with Highly Commended submissions will also be invited to collect their prize at a small awards presentation in Millennium Square at 3:15 on Saturday 1st June. By entering the competition, you agree that you are available to attend the prize-giving on this date.

*Please note: as the Festival is held in a public location and will not have a dedicated team monitoring the exhibition throughout the day, we cannot be held responsible for any damage that occurs to entries displayed in the exhibition. Please only bring entries if you are happy with the idea that they may get damaged or broken during their time on display.*

Festival of Nature is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery Players, we have been able to run the Festival of Nature Youth Panel, empowering young people to shape their own nature events and opportunities.

Find out more about the National Lottery Heritage Fund here: