(Above: This entry created by 6-year-old Puttipag Sakoldiloke from Thailand, was one of the finalists in the 2023 World Wildlife Day Youth Art Contest, affiliated with the United Nations.)

Here’s the news from IFAW: Go online to IFAW.org for all the details:

Calling all young artists!

IFAW — the International Fund for Animal Welfare — is excited to announce the 2024 World Wildlife Day (WWD) International Youth Art Contest.

Wild animals and plants are disappearing at alarming rates. Through the transformational power of art, contestants will raise awareness for wildlife conservation and share the benefits we receive from wild plants and animals.

This year’s World Wildlife Day is celebrated under the theme of Connecting People and Planet: Exploring Digital Innovation in Wildlife Conservation, and aims to highlight how digital technology is used to safeguard biodiversity.

The International Youth Art contest is held in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

To celebrate and acknowledge this year’s theme, we’re adding a digital art category to the contest. Contestants can enter either with traditional art mediums (hand using markers, crayons, colored pencils and/or paint) or digital art (created with illustration software). The contest is open to youth artists aged 4-18 years.

We ask that participants choose a species that benefits from innovative technologies, such as camera traps, tracking collars/tags, and more. The art does not need to portray these devices, just highlight the species for which these methods are in use. Parents are welcome to research such methods with their student artists.

Once the artist has decided on a species, they may depict it as an individual animal portrait or in its native habitat.

All contestants have until February 6, 2024 to submit their work. All entries must be submitted electronically. The finalists and winning entries will be presented at the official WWD event on March 4, 2024.

In 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 3rd as World Wildlife Day, an annual celebration to raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.