EASTON — Beginning Wednesday, May 1 the National Wildlife Federation kicks off its Draw Ricky contest for children ages 4 to 7. The contest is one of three concurrent contests put on by NWF to encourage kids to share their wildlife experiences. The prizes range from iPads to free magazines.
The contest to draw Ricky encourages children to show off their artistic talent in drawing their favorite raccoon friend. The winners of the contest will have their art featured in the October issue of Ranger Rick Jr. magazine, and receive a Ranger Rick Jr. baseball cap and six complimentary copies of the October issue to share with family and friends.
Drawings can be submitted online at nwf.org/DrawRicky or sent via postal mail to: Draw Ricky Contest, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190. Please include your name, age, address, phone number and email address with your submission. All art is due by June 30.
The National Wildlife Federation is holding two photo contests where children can win big.
For the younger crowd (anyone 13 and under with parental permission), children can submit their personal best nature photos for the Ranger Rick “Your Best Shots” contest. Winners are selected every month, and will have their images posted to the contest home page in the Recent Contest Winners slideshow. If selected as an online winner, you will be eligible for Ranger Rick’s “Your Best Shot” Magazine Award.
The magazine award winners will have their pictures published in Ranger Rick magazine and receive a certificate of recognition and five copies of the magazine featuring their photo. The best part is that this contest is ongoing and children can submit up to three images per month. For complete details, just go to www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick/Photo-Contest.
National Wildlife Magazine Photo Contest
National Wildlife magazine also is holding its 43rd annual photo contest that runs until July 15. The contest has a special Youth Category for teens ages 13 to 17. The first prize winner in this category will receive and iPad (or cash equivalent) and second place will be awarded an iTouch (or cash equivalent). Those entering into the Youth category also will be eligible to win the Grand Prize: a trip for two to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada where you can see and photograph polar bears, as well as $6,000 in prizes. Photographs are entered in the main competition in which the winning photos are selected by a panel of judges. Photos can also be entered in the People’s Choice contest in which winning entries are selected by visitors to the website.
Entry for the contest is $20, which includes the ability to submit up to 10 images, a one-year membership to National Wildlife Federation, a one-year subscription (six issues) to National Wildlife magazine (where your photo will be published if you win), a 10 percent discount on all NWF merchandise and the tax-deductible fee will go toward helping the National Wildlife Federation protect wildlife and wild places across the country.
Photographers can submit their photos to any one of the following seven categories:
- Baby animals — portraits and behavior of young animals of any species
- Backyard Habitat — wild creatures, native plants and natural settings in your yard
- Birds — portraits and behavior
- Connecting People and Nature — people enjoying the outdoors
- Landscapes and Plant Life — scenic views and native plants in wild settings
- Mammals — portraits and behavior
- Other Wildlife — portraits and behavior (includes underwater life, reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders and more)
The same photo cannot be entered in more than one category.
For complete contest information, go to www.nwf.org/PhotoContest.