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Salmon art contest

It's spring break!

We're inviting kids K-12 to create art and share their love for wild Alaska salmon and healthy salmon habitat. 

At Salmon Sisters, we care about our coastal communities and want to inspire young generations to be creative thinkers, artists, small business owners, salmon stewards, and advocates for this great state and its salmon. As Alaskans, we are all connected to salmon – whether we fish for them, study them in school, or like to eat them. Artwork is our favorite way to express our connection to salmon and the life they've given us. 

When we were kids growing up in bush Alaska, we loved making artwork for the annual U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Calendar Contest. Kids from across rural Alaska participated and helped inspire bird conservation. It was the best! We also drew and painted a lot outside, especially in the spring time when the wildflowers started blooming. We took sketchbooks to the hills and drew the plants and animals around us. We especially loved drawing the salmon, halibut and rockfish we caught on the boat with our parents. 

We invite kids to send us an artwork about their connection to salmon this spring break, and in return we will send a copy of the Made of Salmon book, in which Emma's (Salmon Sisters #2) essay "Thank you Swimmer" about growing up in a fishing family, and lots of other Alaskan stories, are published. We will choose 5 finalists to be featured on our website, social media accounts, and newsletter for thousands of people to see, and all 5 finalists will receive a Salmon Sisters t-shirt and stickers ($50 value)!

Contest Details

Artwork theme

Make a drawing or painting or print about why you love salmon or why healthy salmon habitat is important. The artwork can be realistic or abstract.

Media and Technique Requirements
Any of the following media or techniques may be used:
  • Paint (watercolor, poster, tempera, acrylic, oils, etc)
  • Drawing materials (pencil, charcoal, colored chalk, pastels, colored pencils, markers, sharpie, etc)
  • Mixed media (collage, cut and glued papers, photographs, stickers, aluminum foil, etc)
  • Prints (handmade stencils, block prints, stamps, etc)
  • Original digital illustration 
Please keep artwork size 8.5x11" (a regular piece of copy paper)
Finalist / Judgeting Criteria 
A selection committee of local artists will review artwork submission based on the following criteria: 
  • Interpretation of the theme/concept
  • Technical Skill
  • Originality 
Five finalists will be chosen to have their artwork displayed on the Salmon Sisters website, shared on our Facebook and Instagram pages, and through our email newsletter, including the artist's name and caption. Finalists will receive a Salmon Sisters t-shirt and stickers ($50 value).
All participants will receive a copy of Made of Salmon Book supplied by Salmon Sisters and mailed by April 2, 2018 to all participants who included mailing address in submission. 
Submission Guidelines
Please submit:
  • Full name and contact information (email address, mailing address)
  • Short caption for your artwork (artwork title, medium, inspiration for your work)
  • Artwork made on 8.5 x 11" size paper

By Email or snail mail:

  • Email: scan your artwork as a PDF or JPEG file, and send to with your caption and contact info. 
  • Snail Mail: send your original artwork, caption and contact info in a large envelope to Salmon Sisters, Attention: Salmon Art Contest, PO BOX 230, Homer, AK 99603. 
Any Alaskan K-12 student may participate.
Copyright Law 
Any artwork that depict copy righted images will be rejected. For example, no artworks depicting characters from television shows, movies, video games, or books will be accepted. All artworks must be original ideas and created entirely by the student. 
Multiple Entries 
One entry per student. 
Deadline for Entries 
All entries must be received by Sunday, March 25th 5:00 PM ASKST
Entries submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. 
Notification of Finalists 
Five finalists will be selected in early April and notified shortly thereafter. 
Five finalists artwork will be shared on Salmon Sisters website in early April 2018. 
All artwork submitted by mail will be returned by April 2, 2018 and Made of Salmon Books will ship to all participants at this same date as well.