WildArt 2021

WildArt is back! We’re on the lookout for talented young artists to enter our exciting competition.

What to do

Create a piece of art inspired by nature – let your imagination run WILD! There are 2 categories to choose from this year – REAL LIFE – entries using the more traditional approach of paints, pastels, acrylics, pens or pencil. And our new GO WILD category – for those of you who want to ‘go wild’ in every sense of the word. To enter this category, experiment with textiles, sculpture, recycled and eco-friendly materials, collages – anything goes!

To Enter

Email a photo of your artwork to competitions@rspb.org.uk with the heading WildArt 2021 Competition, and tell us your age and category. WildArt is split into three age groups: under 8s, 8–12s and 13 years and over.

Wild Art 2020 Winner


Not only will the winning and runner-up artwork be featured in our youth publications, but it’ll also feature in our online WildArt winner’s video, which goes out to over a million people!

The winners will also receive a £50 art voucher and there are runner-up prizes too.

'Wild Art' event, boy taking part in activity, Coombes Valley RSPB reserve, Leek, Staffordshire

The rules

  • We must receive entries for the competition by Friday 27 August 2021.
  • Please don’t post your artwork to us, we’re only accepting email entries and we’ll be unable to return any artwork sent in by post.
  • When taking a photo of your artwork to send to us, please make sure you use natural lighting. Dark or unnatural light can result in distorted image colour/ appearance.
  • We aim to inform all winners within 21 days of the closing date.
  • All entrants must be under 19 and should ask permission from a parent or guardian before entering.
  • Prizes are subject to availability. If, in circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to provide the stated prize, we will try to arrange an alternative prize of a similar value. No cash alternative will be offered.
  • The RSPB reserves the right to cancel the competition at any time, if deemed necessary or if circumstances arise outside of the Society’s control.
'Wild Art' event, young girl taking part in activity, Coombes Valley RSPB reserve, Leek

WildArt Rules, Terms and Conditions


1. This competition is open to all UK residents aged under 19, except any employee of or person directly connected with the RSPB and their immediate family members. Proof of age may be required.

2. Applicants under 18 must get consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before entering the competition. The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of applicants under 18 agree to the Rules and Terms and Conditions on behalf of the applicants.

3. The competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.

4. The RSPB must receive entries by 11:59pm on Friday 27 August 2021. Any entry which is late, incomplete or inappropriate will be deemed invalid at the discretion of the RSPB.

5. The RSPB accepts no responsibility for damaged or lost entries.

6. The judges shall assess the entries and one winner and two runners-up from each age category (under 8, 8-12 and 13-18) will be selected. The judges’ decisions shall be final. No correspondence regarding the results will be entered into.

7. The three winners (one in each age category) shall receive £50 in art vouchers and the six runners-up (two in each age category) will receive an RSPB prize. The prizes will be sent to the winners and runners-up by post within 28 days of the winner responding to notification from the RSPB that they have won.

8. The winners and runners-up will be notified by email or telephone (using the details provided at entry) within 21 days of a decision being made and must provide a postal and/or email address to claim their prize. If a winner or runner-up does not respond to the RSPB within 21 days of being notified by the RSPB, then they will forfeit their prize and a replacement winner or runner-up will be selected from the other applicants. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. The RSPB reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if necessary. The winner's name will be published on the competition website and in Wild Times, Wild Explorer or Wingbeat, depending on age category. The winning art and winner’s video will also feature on various RSPB online platforms too.

The RSPB reserves the right to refuse entry or to refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of the Rules or the Terms and Conditions or the spirit of the Rules or the Terms and Conditions.


Terms and Conditions

1. By submitting an entry, you agree to be legally bound by the Rules and these Terms and Conditions.

2. Any entry must be your original work and it must not infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trade mark, trade secrets, privacy, publicity, personal or proprietary rights. In addition, all entries must be produced legally without trespassing on any land and no wildlife or habitats should be harmed, put at risk or unduly disturbed in the process.

3. Full copyright title shall be retained by the author of any entry. By submitting any entry to the RSPB (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio), you agree to grant the RSPB a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub-licensable right and worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display and exercise all publicity rights with respect to your entry, and/or to incorporate your entry in other works, in any media now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in your entry, and in accordance with privacy restrictions set out in the RSPB’s Privacy Policy.

4. By submitting an entry, you agree to waive any moral rights contained in your entry. Any entry you provide shall be non-confidential.

5. By submitting an entry, you agree the RSPB may use the material for any purpose and in any way it chooses, including, but not limited to, marketing, publicity, advertising and presentations.

6. The RSPB (including its subsidiaries, agents or distributors) shall not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage or for any costs, claims or demands of any nature whatsoever arising directly or indirectly out of the use of your entry or any part thereof.

7. Insofar as is permitted by law, the RSPB (including its subsidiaries, agents or distributors) will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize, except where it is caused by the negligence of the RSPB, its subsidiaries, agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.

8. You agree to indemnify the RSPB (and its subsidiaries) against any claim from any third party for any breach of the Rules or these Terms and Conditions.

9. The RSPB reserves the right to update the Rules and these Terms and Conditions from time to time and any updated version will be effective as soon as it is published.

The RSPB takes your privacy very seriously; we will only use your personal information in accordance with the terms of these Terms and Conditions and the RSPB’s Privacy Policy. By submitting an entry, you confirm that you have read and agree to the terms of our Privacy Policy.

Any personal data submitted will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Personal data supplied may be passed on to third party suppliers only insofar as required for fulfilment/delivery/arrangement of the prize.

The winner may be required to participate in publicity related to the competition which may include the publication of their name and photograph/ video in any media. You agree that your personal data may be used for this purpose.

For the avoidance of doubt, by submitting your entry you warrant that all persons featured in your entry have given you their express consent for their image, video/ voice or other details to be used and, in the case of vulnerable adults or persons under 18 years of age, you warrant that you have obtained express consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

This competition is governed by English law and English Courts have exclusive jurisdiction.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (the 'RSPB') is a registered charity in England & Wales no. 207076 and in Scotland no. SC037654 whose registered address is at the Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL

Last year's winners

Meet some of last year's winners Kara, Connie, Katherine, Michael and Matilda

Hello it's Cazz Jones here and I'm the youth editor at the RSPB and I've got a wonderful little task to do today and that is to introduce the WildArt 2020 competition winners. So earlier this year we launched the competition, which in a nutshell was just asking you guys to create a piece of artwork inspired by nature, and boy you have not let us down; the RSPB competitions inbox has been pinging away with the most fantastic pieces of art that you've created at home. I think due to the lockdown people have been home more, they've been inspired by nature, they've just been creating pieces of artwork left right and centre and sending them in to us. I just wanted to say thank you so much for entering the competition this year and if you're interested and inspired by this year's artwork then we'll be running the competition in 2021 so keep an eye on our website, enjoy the winning videos and artwork we've got coming up and thank you!


Hi my name is Kara Weston-Arnold and I'm the winner of the 13 plus real-life category. Here is my pastel drawing of a fox that likes to visit our farm from nearby woods. I drew him from a photograph that I took during quarantine and I'm very happy that I won this competition and I can't wait to create more art with the materials I can buy with my voucher so thank you.


Hi everyone my name is Connie I'm 14 and I'm from Northern Ireland and I'm the winner of the 13 plus go wild category from the RSPB competition. I made this orangutan called Geoffrey and he is made of air drying clay and painted with acrylics. He took about 25 to 30 hours work overall throughout the course of about a year and I wanted to make an orangutan just, not because I wanted to enter him in a competition, but because I just love orangutans, I always have done. And then my auntie told me that I should enter him in a competition before I got bored of him or didn't like him so I did and I won.


My name's Katherine Oliver and I'm the winner of the under-8s real-life award. This is the painting that I painted and I painted it because I was learning about turtle at school and I really like turtles. It's one of my favourite animals including flamingos. I found a picture on the computer and I liked it so my dad draw on tracing paper and then after when he drew on the tracing paper and I copied it. This is how I made it, I got leaves and some stones and when we were painting it there was a stone that was really big and I just got all messy and my hands were all messy at the end, it was really fun. But also I kind of collected a snail shell and I thought that I could paint snail shells on my artwork so I painted snails shells on my artwork. I'm pretty proud of me winning the art award and also I was shocked and also surprised and because I've never won an award before and I also felt really happy and thank you so much.


My name is Michael I'm nine years old and a scholar at Wells Cathedral School. Can I start by saying that I'm absolutely thrilled by winning this competition and I would like to thank the RSPB, the SWLA and the Mall Galleries for this opportunity? My inspiration came from a sculpture I saw at the RA summer exhibition 2019 and I've been planning it ever since. The installation consists of four dramatic and rather dark animal scenes projecting climate change and pollution caused by humans these subjects cause me great upset and sadness I feel more children should be involved in projects like these as awareness from a young age is crucial for our vulnerable planet, thank you.


Hello, my name is Matilda I am the winner of the under-8s go wild category. I have made a bag with bird food grass one gem and lots of different flowers with watercolour blue for the background. I made this bird because my favourite animals are koalas horses and birds. When I was doing my schoolwork over lockdown I thought it would be good to enter this competition. There was a jar of flowers nearby which gave me the idea to do the collage. I feel very grateful and happy about winning this and remember it doesn't matter if you win or don't, it's just the fun that counts.

Art work of a fox by RSPB WildArt winner Kara