About the Contest

Eligibility

The contest is open to all students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 who live in British Columbia.

Grade Categories

Participants may submit one entry during the contest period. The entry will be judged in one of the following grade categories:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 4
  • Grades 5 to 8
  • Grades 9 to 12

Contest Questions

Each grade category is provided with a unique contest question to help guide creative visual entries. 

Accepted Entry Formats

Entries will only be accepted in visual format. Only one entry will be accepted per participant. Collaborative entries (made by more than one person) cannot be accepted.

  • The entry must be an original hand-created or computer-generated work.
  • The entry can be in the form of a drawing, painting, poster, collage or other form of visual art (except photography, film or sculpture).
  • Participants can use any art media, for example: pencil, paint, pastel, etc. (except three-dimensional supplies).
  • Words, characters and numbers may be included in the entry.
  • Entries cannot be larger than 8.5” x 11” inches (21.59 x 27.94 centimeters).
  • Participants may also choose to photograph their original work and submit the high-resolution image online as their official entry; if chosen as a contest finalist, the original work may be requested.

Content Standards

  • The entry must be an original work.
  • The entry cannot be plagiarized.
  • The entry cannot include copyrighted clip art, brands, logos, music or symbols.
  • The entry cannot contain offensive or demeaning language or imagery.
  • The entry cannot contain private, personal or sensitive information about another individual or group.

Contest Period

The contest period runs from September 16, 2019 to January 31, 2020. Mailed entries must be received or postmarked by Friday, January 31. Online entries must be uploaded and submitted online by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 31. Entries not received or postmarked by the end of the contest period will not be judged.

Judging

All eligible contest entries will be evaluated by an impartial panel. One winning entry will be selected in each of the three grade categories.

Entries will be evaluated using four guiding criteria:

  • Communicates contest themes
  • Creativity/originality
  • Visual appeal
  • Composition

The contest winner in each grade category will be informed by email and/or phone. The first names, grades and school names (if applicable) of the contest winners will be publicly announced on the websites and social media of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

Prize

The three contest winners will each receive the following prize awarded by the  Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, including:

  • A trip to Victoria in May 2020 for an unveiling at the Parliament Buildings of the three winning entries. The cost of travel to and from Victoria and hotel accommodation for up to two nights for each contest winner and one parent or guardian will be provided.
  • Lunch hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia at Government House.
  • Formal introduction of contest winners to the Legislative Assembly.
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the Parliament Buildings.