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Endangered Species Chalk Art Contest

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In honor of Endangered Species Day, we’re holding a nationwide, all-ages chalk art competition that anyone can participate in, from wherever you live. This event will help raise awareness of the importance of endangered wildlife, and we’ll be giving away a variety of prizes, including a $250 Grand Prize for the best artwork and a number of small prizes just for participating!

This event is a great chance to:

  • Celebrate the beauty of the endangered and threatened plants and animals all around us.
  • Raise awareness of the fact that more than 1 million species worldwide are threatened with extinction. 
  • Participate in Endangered Species Day in a fun, creative way!


The competition will take place from Friday, May 20th, 2022 to Sunday, May 22nd. Friday, May 20th is Endangered Species Day.


We encourage people of all ages, identities, and skill levels to participate in this competition. We encourage people to create chalk art individually or to collaborate with each other. You can participate from anywhere in the world. 


To be eligible for a prize, your art must feature at least one threatened or endangered plant or animal species, and it must be created with chalk. Artwork must be new (created within the previous week – no reusing photos of old chalk art). There are no other restrictions and we encourage you to be creative. 

To enter the contest, you must post a photo of your chalk art on Instagram between 9:00am Pacific Time on Friday, May 20th and 11:59pm Pacific Time on Sunday, May 22nd. 

You must use the hashtag #EndangeredSpeciesChalkArt and tag @endangeredspeciescoalition in your caption. This allows us to find your artwork. Please also include the name of the threatened or endangered species that is in your artwork in the caption. 

If your Instagram account is private, you will need to temporarily make it public, for one week starting on May 20th, so that we can find and see your post. If you do not have an Instagram account currently, we encourage you to create one in order to participate! If this is not possible for you for some reason, please reach out to us. Because Instagram requires users to be 13 or over, parents, guardians, or teachers may post art on behalf of children or students under 13 who want to participate. 


Grand Prize: Our staff will pick one piece of chalk art that we feel is the most expressive and skillful. This grand prize winner will be awarded $250.

Public Vote Prize: The chalk art that receives the most likes on Instagram by 11:59pm on Friday, May 27th will be awarded the public vote prize of $100. Encourage your friends, family, and followers to vote by liking your post! 

Lottery Prizes: After the Grand Prize and Public Vote Prize are awarded, we will randomly draw names from the rest of the contest participants and award five people with our lottery prizes! These prizes include fair-trade chocolate and other small items. 

If you are a winner, we will contact you through your Instagram account to discuss the details of receiving your prize. Check out our winners from last year here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CPtEs3kgods/


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