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On YNF Entertainment Magazine, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, for the World Wildlife Day youth art contest this year, young people from all over the world are encouraged to be creative.

Wildlife Youth Art Competition

2019 World Wildlife Day youth art contest finalist entry on YNF Entertainment Magazine
2019 World Wildlife Day youth art contest finalist entry

In conjunction with the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) is hosting the fifth annual international youth art contest.

People who are making a difference for wildlife on a local, national, or global scale are highlighted in the 2023 World Wildlife Day theme of “Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation.”

The species that have benefited from people working together to protect and conserve them are the focus of the art competition. These partnerships can include wildlife groups and governments working with others to protect and improve habitat for species to thrive, scientists working together to understand and address critical threats to survival, and community members working together to protect wildlife around them.

Enter The Competition

Artists between the ages of 4 and 18 are welcome to apply. Participants will illustrate a species that has benefited from these partnerships, either as an individual animal or in its natural habitat. The contest builds on the growing success of previous contests, which have attracted more than 1500 entries from nearly 60 nations last year, by showcasing the incredible creativity of today’s youth.

The entry period began on January 9, 2023, and artists are required to submit their works electronically by February 6 at 11:59 p.m. GMT. All submissions must be original and made by hand with paint, markers, crayons, or colored pencils. A prestigious international panel of judges will choose one grand prize winner and twelve semifinalists from various age groups.

With his piece titled “Return Home,” 13-year-old Yanjun Mao of China was named the winner in 2022. The United States, Australia, and Hong Kong have all had winners in the past. At the annual World Wildlife Day celebration hosted by the UN, the winner for 2023 will be chosen. World Wildlife Day is an annual event that takes place on March 3 and falls on the anniversary of CITES in 2023.

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is a non-profit organization that works toward the common good of humans and animals. Working across seas, oceans, and in more than forty nations, we are both experts and everyday people. In addition to rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing animals, we restore and safeguard their natural environments. We are confronted with urgent and complex issues.

We combine innovative ideas with daring actions to solve them. We collaborate with businesses, local governments, and non-governmental organizations. We work together to develop novel strategies that support the survival of all species.

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About CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)

On March 3, 1973, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed, and it went into effect on July 1, 1975. Through the regulation of international trade in over 38,000 species of wild animals and plants, it remains one of the world’s most powerful tools for wildlife conservation with 184 Parties (183 countries plus the European Union).

People all over the world use CITES-listed species for food, health care, furniture, housing, tourist souvenirs, cosmetics, and fashion. In support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, CITES aims to ensure that sustainable, legal, and traceable international trade in these species contributes to both the livelihoods of the communities closest to them and national economies for a healthy planet and people’s prosperity.

About UNDP

In order to assist in the development of nations that are able to withstand crises and drive and sustain the kind of growth that enhances everyone’s quality of life, UNDP collaborates with people from all walks of life. We provide global perspective and local insight on the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories to assist in empowering individuals and building resilient nations.

About the United Nations’ World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day was declared on March 3 by the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly on December 20, 2013, to commemorate and educate people about the world’s wild animals and plants. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed on this day in 1973.

World Wildlife Day is now the most well-known annual celebration of wildlife worldwide. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness of the many difficulties faced by wild animals and plants and to celebrate their beautiful and diverse forms. Currently, more than one million species are in danger of extinction. The day also serves as a timely reminder of the importance of intensifying efforts to combat wildlife crime, which has a wide range of economic, environmental, and social consequences.

For more information about this year’s World Wildlife Day and virtual event, visit

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