2022 Youth Art contest

"Vision for Myself"

Grades 1 - 12
Submission Deadline: Nov. 15, 2022

Check out the Rules and View the 2021 Youth Art Show Below!

3rd Annual Youth Art Contest!

The Colorado Optometric Association is inviting students in grades 1-12 to submit artwork for the 3rd Annual Youth Art Competition. The 2022 competition encourages students to reflect on “Vision for Myself”. 

Vision is a very important part of navigating the world especially for artists. Participants are encouraged to reflect on what they’d like to see or create in for their own future.

“Vision for Myself”: How do you see your future shaping up to be? What is a goal that you have that you’re striving for? How do you see yourself fitting into your community?  Would you like to solve a problem that impacts your family, local community or global community? Tell us about it through your artwork. We also challenge you to think about the value of your “physical eyesight” in bringing this vision for yourself to life. Colorado optometrists agree that understanding the value of your eyesight is the first step in taking care of your priceless eyes.



  • All students living in Colorado grades 1st-12th.
  • 2D artwork will be accepted that follows the established image requirements and includes: drawings, paintings, photography, mixed media or anything that can make a mark on a flat surface.
  • One entry per student (entry is free!)

Image Requirement

  • Artwork must be submitted as a 300 dpi digital file in JPG, GIF or PNG formats. Formats not accepted: PSD, BMP, RAW or TIF file.
  • The submitted file must be the final version ready for use as a magazine cover.
  • Any inappropriate content or subject matter will be disqualified.


  • Submission deadline is Nov. 15, 2022 at 11:59pm.
  • Winners will be notified by email on Dec. 15, 2022.
  • If your submission does not meet all of the requirements your entry will be disqualified.


Three students will win the #2020EyesColorado Artist Award!

*If a student who is homeschooled wins, the school donation will go to their homeschool chapter, online school or donated to See the Future Fund who distributes scholarships for the blind and visually impaired.

Grade 9-12 winner prizes:

  • Apple iPad Pro 12.9 ($900 value)
  • $200 donated to the winner's school

Grade 6-8 winner prizes:

  • One year SketchBox Premium Subscription ($350 value)
  • $200 donated to winner's school

Grade 1-5 winner prizes:

  • 3 months of Green Kids Craft Subscription Box ($90 value)
  • $200 donated to winner's school

Check Out Winners!

Colorado Students Value Eye Health

2021 Artist Award Recipients

Lexi Jay​

Grand Prize Winner - Grades 9-12

Pine Creek High School

Lexi Jay Picture of High School Winner

Lexi‘s home high school will receive a $200 donation for Lexi‘s winning entry and she won an iPad Pro.

“In this piece, I hope to express the vibrancy and beauty that color has brought into my life and how it illuminates a dark world with its everlasting elegance. In my art, I use color to express my innermost feelings, allowing the small shifts in hues to tell a story that pictures and words simply could not portray. The art I create seeks to explain this complex narrative and thus I could not do what I love most without the tools delegated to me by my eyes.”
Lexi Jay
Grade 12

Avery Reynolds

Grand Prize Winner: Grades 6-9

Boltz Middle School

Avery‘s home middle school will receive a $200 donation for Avery‘s winning entry. 
Avery also won a SketchBox Premium Subscription ($350 value).

My picture represents mother nature and how if we recycle and take care of the world, it will heal. The girl is mother nature and she’s coming out of a pile of trash. To take care of the world, we first have to see what we are doing wrong. Vision helps you see the beauty in nature and if you couldn’t see that, then you wouldn’t want to help change things.
Avery Reynolds
Grade 7

Bernice Tan

Grand Prize Winner: Grades 1-5

Willow Creek Elementary School & Artistic Fox Studio

Bernice Tan Elementary Age Group Winner

Bernice’s elementary school and art studio will receive a $200 donation for Bernice’s winning entry.
She also won 3 months of Green Kids Craft Subscription Boxes ($90 value)

"My future vision is going to Hawaii and painting landscapes and playing in the water. I love the beach so I really want to go to Hawaii. Also I think vision is important because you see art and you read with it."
Bernice Tan
Grade 4

Honorable Mentions

(Listed in alphabetical order. Click on image to see full version.)

2020 Eyes Colorado and the Colorado Optometric Association would like to recognize the above artists as Honorable Mentions for their high quality artwork. 

2021 Art Contest Submissions

*Some submissions may not be displayed due to file incompatibility with the image slider

Thank you everyone for submitting your entries. It was a very competitive contest and we are amazed at each entry’s unique view on the value of vision and eye health. 

"The heart and imagination in the entries this year was inspiring. It’s an honor to be a judge, and a privilege to witness the vision and hope these kids have for their futures."

Alexis Davina, Contest Judge Tweet

"The second year of this contest saw many great entries including some particularly creative art from the younger grade students. It is a pleasure and an honor to have judged this year’s contest."




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