Students Across British Columbia Celebrate Salmon Through Art

The Pacific Salmon Foundation’s inaugural Kids Salmon Art Contest received more than 200 salmon-inspired art submissions from students across B.C. The students produced art pieces celebrating the incredible journey of Pacific salmon and raised awareness for the declining populations. The art entries from children aged five to 15 bring hope to the future of salmon following the challenging year they’ve faced with a multitude of extreme climate events throughout 2021.

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 cake designs to 3-D clay sculptures, to works created entirely out of materials found in nature. We received submissions from all across the province, including the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and the Interior.

“We’re incredibly grateful to the young artists, parents, and teachers who took the time to celebrate salmon by entering Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Kids Salmon Art Contest. The thoughtful submissions show that the next generation of salmon stewardship is in excellent hands,” said Michael Meneer, CEO and President, Pacific Salmon Foundation.

PSF looks forward to hosting the Kids Salmon Art Contest again in 2022. Below, we’ve featured the winning entries in each category. All the entries can be viewed on our Instagram here or our Facebook Album here.


Under 8 Category Winner: Irene, Age 7, Coquitlam


Age 8-12 Category Winner: Hannah, Age 11, Burnaby



Age 13+ Category Winner: Arin, Age 14, Burnaby


Class Contest Winners:

Each of these classrooms will receive a virtual or in-class salmon field trip. Winners were chosen by random draw from over 65 class/school entries!

– St John’s Academy
– Okanagan Indian Band Cultural Immersion School
– Fawkes Academy/WestView Learning