BioDiversity of Oklahoma Art Contest

BioDiversity of Oklahoma Art Contest provides an creative opportunity to celebrate our state’s biodiversity.

We are suspending the art contest until winter.

BioBlitz! Oklahoma is a celebration of Oklahoma’s natural diversity.  Traditionally our events have focused on an inventory of biological species observed during our fall BioBlitz! OK weekend or our Virtual Spring BioBlitz! Month.

We now are expanding our celebration to include artistic expression!  

Subject Matter

Artwork is to highlight biodiversity of Oklahoma.  This can be a single species, habitat, or a landscape depiction.  You must include species or habitats found in Oklahoma.

Entry Requirements

  • Image must be a portrayal of a native species or habitat in Oklahoma.
  • Artistic liberties may be taken as long as the depiction is a recognizable.
  • The entry may be multi-color, black and white, or a single color.
  • Acceptable techniques are painting and drawing, and may include scratch-board, airbrush, printing, paper collage, dry brush, crosshatch, pointillism.
  • Computers or other mechanical devices may not be used in creating artwork. No photography, weak pencil, or computer-generated art.
  • Design entries must be entrant’s original, hand-drawn creation and may not be traced or copied from published photographs or other artists’ works. Entrants may rely on photographs or published images as guides. However, especially when references are used for the subject(s), the entry must be the entrant’s own creation and idea.
  • One entry per person.

Categories and Judging

Winners will be chosen in four categories: K-Grade 5, Grades 6-12, College, and Adult. One awardee will be selected from each category, and one overall best submission will be chosen.

Contest entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including artists and conservationists. Contest winners will be notified by October 10.

Art will be judged on the basis of:

  • Concept: How well the work relates to the endangered species theme.
  • Composition: How well the elements of line and form work together.
  • Color: How color enhances the art work.
  • Expression: How imaginatively the work conveys an idea or emotion.


Artwork will be submitted through digital upload

  • Art must be scanned at a minimum of 300dpi and be a minimum size of 3300 pixels by 2550 pixels (3300×2550).
  • Scanned artwork may look slightly different than the original. Make sure you are happy with the digital copy before submitting.


This contest is organized BioBlitz! Oklahoma, an outreach project of the Oklahoma Biological Survey.  BioBlitz! OK will have permission to use submitted art work for non-profit educational purposes.  Art will be displayed in an online gallery on the Virtual Nature Center.

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