1. There is no fee to enter the contest.
  2. All entries must be received by August 6, 2021, at 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time (ET). All submissions must be received by this deadline or they will be disqualified.
  3. Submissions must be made online. Email submissions are not permitted.
  4. All students and kids under ages 19 anywhere in the world may enter the contest. College and university students are not eligible for this contest.
  5. All artwork must be an original work by the contestant and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Do not copy an idea from a past participants’ work. Do not draw a character from a cartoon or movie. See the grading rubric and prompting questions in the previous page for more ideas of what a successful entry should be like.
  6. As one part of the important grading criteria, artist’s statement with explanations of art piece is required and will help the judges to have better idea about the art work. Things you need to mention in the Artist’s Statement:
    • How is nature and the environment important in your life?
    • How does your work represent that relationship between nature and you?
    • How did you creatively and uniquely create your work in respect to the process?
    • What realistic steps can you take to be more environmentally-friendly and sustainable?
  7. Do not submit artwork to the Nature and People contest that you have entered into another art competition.
  8. The artwork must be 2D such as a painting, collage, photograph, or digital drawing. Acceptable media includes paint, pencil, marker, crayon, ink, felt, photography, glue, string, oil pastel, etc. Using magazines, newspapers, or other non-original work is not permitted.
  9. There are no minimum or maximum size requirements for the artwork.
  10. All submissions must be made by an individual artist. Group submissions are not permitted.
  11.  Participants may submit only 1 art piece.
  12.  Applicants must fill out all required information on the online Submission Form, including a photograph or scan of the original artwork. We will use your digital submission to determine the finalists and winners, so it is important that you create a good digital copy of your artwork to be judged. Full-color scans from printers and scanners often produce the best results, but almost all phones and digital cameras are able to create a quality image for submission.
  13.  All participants must provide parent/guardian contact information even if they are 18 years or older. Participants who do not provide accurate information may be disqualified.
  14.  Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Forms are required for all participants who are 7-12 years old. The form must be uploaded at the time of submission.
  15.  Do not include nudity or explicit content in artwork you submit to the Nature and People contest.
  16.  The U.S.-China Environmental Education Foundation reserves the right to disqualify artwork deemed as offensive or plagiarized.
  17.  Entries that do not comply with all of the contest rules will be disqualified.
  18.  All winners and their parents/guardians will be contacted before the Foundation announces the winning entries.
  19. All submissions may be used to promote the Nature and People competition, environmental education, and the work of the U.S.-China Environmental Education Foundation in all media worldwide in perpetuity. Artwork, artist statements, and student information (i.e. name, country, age) may be used in publications and distributed to the media as well as produced prints for non-profit, charity fundraising.
  20. The U.S.-China Environmental Education Foundation promises to run this contest fairly and with integrity.


The applicant agrees that the U.S.-China Environmental Education Foundation will retain the rights to the submitted artwork and the art description, which it may use to promote the Nature and People annual art competition, environmental conservation, and the work of the U.S.-China Environmental Education Foundation in all media worldwide in perpetuity.

Artwork, art descriptions, and select student information (such as name, country, and age) may be used in publications and distributed to the media.