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Wildlife drawing contest

Do you love to draw?

Does our city’s wildlife make your heart go pitter-patter?

Well, grab your crayons, sharpen those pencils, warm up that stylus and bust out those paints because Calgary Parks is holding a wildlife drawing contest!

We want to see your best rendition of native wildlife that lives in Calgary’s parks. Pick your model from the following list:

  • Moose
  • White-tailed Deer
  • Porcupine
  • Beaver
  • Canada Goose
  • Great Grey Owl
  • Mallard Duck
  • Pheasant
  • Black-capped Chickadee 
  • Kingfisher
  • Bobcat
  • Snowshoe Hare
  • Tiger Salamander
  • Western Toad
  • Garter Snake
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Mourning Cloak Butterfly 

Our contest is open to anyone in Calgary — any age, any ability! Whether you’re a kid who just loves drawing and animals or a professional artist sketching to impress, we want to see what you’ve got.

An impartial jury of Calgary Parks’ staff will judge the entries. We’re looking for originality, not perfection! 

Contest categories


  • Littles (0 – 11)
  • Middles (12 – 17)
  • Adult (18+)

How to participate


  • Create your masterpiece using any drawing medium — physical or digital.
  • Take a clear photo or scan of your artwork (formatted in JPG, PNG or PDF) OR break out the mailing envelopes and send us the original artwork.
  • Artwork should be submitted in a high-resolution digital format (minimum 300 dpi) or as a high-quality photograph of the original artwork.
  • Submit your entry with the following information:
    • your name
    • age
    • phone number or email address
    • mailing address
    • why you picked your animal (we love hearing why Calgarians like specific critters).
  • Send your entry through email (parks@calgary.ca) or snail mail:

Calgary Parks
Wildlife Drawing Contest
P.O. Box 2100, Station M
Mail Code #54
Calgary, AB
T2P 2M5

Artworks may be used on Calgary Parks’ communications channels, including Calgary.ca and social media, as well as Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo channels. 

A kid smiling at the camera while drawing
Paint supplies

Entry deadline


The contest opens on June 15, 2024, and all submissions must be received by July 31, 2024.

Judging


An impartial jury of Calgary Parks’ staff will judge the entries. We’re looking for originality, creativity and fun — not perfection!

All submissions must be original artwork without tracing, copying, or other schemes.

A photo of a hand sketching

Announcement of winners


Winners will be contacted via email or phone and announced on Calgary Parks’ social media channels.

Prizes


Winners will receive ONE of the following prizes (drawn randomly)

  • Two admissions to the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo
    • Can be used for Day Admission only; not valid for ZOOLIGHTS Admission or After-hours events
    • These admissions can’t be redeemed towards a membership
    • Expires Dec. 31, 2024.
  • City of Calgary Golf Family Prize pack
    • Valid for McCall Lake Golf Course, par 3 course
    • Admits four (two adults, two kids)
    • Expires Oct. 31, 2024.
  • A Family pass to Southland or Village Square Leisure Centre
    • Valid for two adults with children (under 18) living in the same household
    • Expires May 1, 2025.

Frequently asked questions


Kids drawing outdoors
Kids drawing in a classroom

I'm not sure I'm an artist. Can I still enter?

Everyone is an artist — sometimes we just forget that! Whether you’re painting professional frescos or doodling on napkins, it’s all great to us. 

What materials can I use?

Anything you like — pencil and paper, watercolours, oil paint, charcoal, potato stamps, anything! 

What information do I need to submit with my drawing?

  • Name (first and last)
  • Age
  • Phone number or email address
  • Mailing address
  • Your answer to the question: Why did you pick your animal?

How do I submit my entry?

Calgary Parks
Wildlife Drawing Contest
P.O. Box 2100, Station M
Mail Code #54
Calgary, AB
T2P 2M5

How will I get the prize?

We’ll mail them to you! (So make sure you give us your contact information.)

Can I enter more than one animal?

Yes, but they need to be separate artworks.

Terms and conditions

  • Participants must adhere to the contest rules and guidelines outlined on the submission form.
  • By submitting an entry, participants grant permission for their artwork to be used for promotional purposes (non-commercial) by the organizers.
  • The decision of the judges is final and binding.
  • Artwork mailed to Calgary Parks will not be returned to sender. We’re going to keep it and put it up in our office to admire.
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