The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF)’s second annual Kids Salmon Art Contest received more than 500 salmon-inspired art submissions from students across B.C. and the Yukon. The students produced art pieces celebrating the incredible journey of Pacific salmon and raised awareness for declining populations. The art entries were submitted from children aged four through 17 and bring hope to the future of salmon following the multitude of climate change and habitat loss challenges they’ve faced in recent years.
Pacific salmon undertake one of the greatest migrations in nature as the five species begin their lives in freshwater rivers and streams throughout B.C., migrate into the Salish Sea where they spend one to seven years in the open ocean, and then finally return to their natal stream to spawn and complete their life cycle.
Entries brought out an incredible range in creativity – from salmon-inspired digital art to 3-D sculptures to works influenced by Gyotaku, a centuries-old traditional Japanese art form that developed as a way for fishermen to keep a record of the fish they caught. We received submissions from far and wide, including the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Interior, and the Yukon.
“Seeing salmon through the creative eyes of young artists is such an inspiration and reminder of why we must do everything to help conserve salmon for generations to come. We are so grateful to every artist, parent, and teacher who took the time to celebrate salmon by entering PSF’s Kids Salmon Art Contest. The impressive artistic interpretations of salmon anatomy, life cycles, and challenges to their survival demonstrate the students’ profound awareness of salmon. Their passion and thoughtfulness about salmon is a promising indicator for the future of salmon stewardship,” says Michael Meneer, CEO and President, Pacific Salmon Foundation.
PSF looks forward to hosting the Kids Salmon Art Contest again in 2023. Below, we’ve featured the winning entries in each category. Winning entries from an individual will receive a prize pack worth up to $150 each.
Under 8 category winner: Everett, Age 7, Wells, B.C.
Age 8 – 10 category winner: Fiona, Age 10, Victoria
Age 11 – 12 category winner: Katie, Age 11, Coquitlam
Age 13+ category winner: Candy, Age 13, Coquitlam
Class Contest Winners:
Each of these classrooms will receive $1,000 towards salmon education or resources. Winners were selected by random draw from 138 class/school entries and individual entries who included their school name!
- St. Andrew’s School, Grade 2, Vancouver, B.C.
- AD Rundle Middle School, Integrated Art and Technology, Chilliwack, B.C.
- Mark R. Isfeld Secondary, Grade 8, Life Skills Class, Courtenay, B.C.
To see more great kids salmon art, check out this slideshow:
*note that if your submission was sent by mail or arrived in another format than the online form, the art may not have made it into our slideshow, but it was entered into the contest as a submission!