Visual Arts Contest

Visual Arts Contest 2016

"Seeing Earth Heritage"

About the Contest

AGI is sponsoring a visual arts contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2016. The visual arts theme for this year is: "Seeing Earth Heritage."

Please see below for contest guidelines.

Click here to download the visual arts contest entry form.

Contest Guidelines

Who can enter?

The visual arts contest is open to any interested person in grades K-5. You must be a resident of the United States to enter.

What is the subject of the contest?

Your artwork should focus on the topic “Seeing Earth Heritage.”

Earth science is the study of “Earth systems” — our planet’s land, water, air, and living things. These systems have been affecting each other for billions of years, as in the way wind has shaped the landscape or the way falling rain has nourished plants. Our natural heritage is the evidence of these past processes that we see today, such as the shapes of mountains, seashores, and forests formed over many years. Can you create a picture that shows how Earth systems have interacted over time to shape our world? Use artwork to show “Earth heritage” in the world around you.

What do I need to submit?

A valid submission will contain the following information:

1. A two-dimensional (flat) visual arts project no larger than 24 x 36 inches, dealing with the topic "Seeing Earth Heritage." Each visual arts project must be original, authentic, unpublished, the sole property and work of the entrant, and not previously submitted in any other contest.

2. Your personal information and a one- to two-sentence description in English of what the image demonstrates printed on the back of the visual arts project:

First and last name
Phone number
E-mail address
Description of artwork

3. A completed and signed entry form. Print out the entry form here and mail it to us with your artwork. Entries cannot be accepted without a signed entry form.

How should I submit my visual arts project?

Submissions for the visual arts contests must be mailed.

All mailed submissions must be sent to:

Earth Science Week 2016 Visual Arts Contest
American Geosciences Institute
4220 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302-1502

If you have any questions about your visual arts project, please e-mail the Earth Science Week staff at

When is the deadline?

All mailed submissions must be postmarked no later than Friday, October 14, 2016.

How will the visual arts projects be judged?

The visual arts projects will be judged by a panel of geoscientists on creativity and relevance to and incorporation of the topic.

What are the prizes?

The selected entry will win $300 and a copy of AGI’s The Geoscience Handbook. The winner's and finalists' names and entries will be posted to the Earth Science Week website. No cash substitution for prizes will be permitted, and prizes are nontransferable.


 Additional Rules: By submitting an entry, an entrant represents that the artwork is an original work, and the entrant is the sole owner of all rights to the artwork. An entrant also agrees to allow the American Geosciences Institute to use his or her name to post on the AGI web site, without compensation unless prohibited.  Each entrant retains his or her rights to their artwork but grants to AGI a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the artwork, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any AGI purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion. AGI will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses. The American Geosciences Institute, its agents and contractor, are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or postage-due entries. Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law. AGI reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of AGI are final and binding.


Contest Winners from past years

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