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Nature Inspires Art Contest

Enter our Florida nature-inspired art contest with the theme: Celebrate Nature.

Heart-shaped grape leaf at Tiger Creek Preserve.
Grape Leaf Heart-shaped grape leaf at Tiger Creek Preserve. © Linda Fish


Contest Overview

Do you have a deep connection to Florida nature that should be celebrated? Let this be your inspiration to enter TNC Florida's Center for Conservation Initiatives Art Contest, Nature Inspires!

Create a Florida nature-inspired work of art that represents this year’s theme: Celebrate Nature. Submissions must be visual art, including, but not limited to digital art, painting or sculpture. Video, photography and sculptures made from natural or perishable items will not be accepted. When you submit your piece by following the directions below, it will be considered for display at The Lake Wales Art Center as part of a special art installation. The top three winners will enjoy a family fun day at Tiger Creek Preserve! With your participation, we’ll continue to cherish our connection to Florida wildlife and wild places.

Florida has some of the most striking natural inspiration from beautiful aquatic life in our springs and on the coasts to charismatic weather, ecosystems and plants. Consider what in nature inspires you most in the sunshine state and let your creative energy be your guide!

How to Enter

  1. Review the Official Contest Rules.
  2. Create your art!
  3. Submit a photo of your artwork and other required information using our contest form by clicking the button below.

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Judging Criteria

Artwork will be judged on expression of the theme Celebrate Nature, originality and the degree to which it is Florida nature inspired.


Three winners will be selected and invited along with four guests of their choosing to a fun day at Tiger Creek Preserve to be held on November 19, 2022 including a buggy tour and picnic.

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View the 2021 Winners

See the First, Second, Third Place and Honorable Mention winners.

"Florida Trinity" by Blair Updike: triptych painting portraying native Florida wildlife (from left) American alligator, wild turkey and Florida Panther.
"What the Waterlilies Sing" by Bobbi Baugh: surface design on fabric constructed by collage and stitch.
"On the Boardwalk" by Kate Less-Madsen: oil on canvas.
"Chair of Vibrance" by Vitaliya Repina: this repurposed chair is a symbol of the connection we have with the universe and nature.
"Echoes" by Molly Franken: watercolor, an abstract but definitive portrait of Florida's underwater ecosystem.
"A Light in the Dark" by Penny Edwards: oil on canvass depicts a great blue heron at night.
"Bald Cypress" by Janet Molchan: sculpture reminding people of the beauty of wild Florida.
"Cherries for Breakfast" by Teresa Chin: watercolor depicting a male pileated woodpecker.
"Wading Great Egret" by Bonnie Masdeu: oil on canvas.
Visit our art gallery at Disney Wilderness Preserve to see the winning entries and honorable mentions. Masks will be required and gathering restrictions will apply.