Youthful Expressions is passionate about art and the hearts that are behind the artwork. Our vision is to provide opportunities for youth to contemplate mindfulness in their art by providing socially and individually responsible themes for them to internalize and produce their interpretations of the theme in their artwork. We offer a wide variety of categories to enter to capture the interest of many students. Students may submit one entry per category. For example: under Digital Photography there are two sub-categories, "Edited" and "Non-edited," students may enter one entry in both of those categories in addition to any or all of the other categories listed below. (Submitting more than one entry in one category will disqualify the entries.)


  1. Fine Art: Drawing
  2. Fine Art: Painting
  3. Fine Art: Digital Art
  4. Digital Photography: Non-edited
  5. Digital Photography: Edited
  6. Dance Choreography
  7. Film
  8. Music Composition
  9. Literature


In each of the ten categories above there will be 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners chosen in each age division. There will also be a Grand Prize Winner as well as People's Choices Award. Winners will receive cash prizes*, certificates sent via email, and be posted on the "Winners" page of our website. All entries will be posted online in galleries on Facebook. Participants (or their parents) who live outside of the continental United States MUST have a PayPal account as this is how prize money will be distributed to those residing outside of the U.S. Prize money will only be sent out once via PayPal or Cashiers Check. Since this is withdrawn from out account there will be no reissuing of prize money. We are not responsible for misguided money due to contestants providing incorrect email or mailing address.

*Cash prizes are variable based on age division. How much we give out depends on how many entries we have. Please keep in mind that the option of entering multiple categories gives more chances to win multiple cash prizes. We do not give out cash prizes for Grand Prize Nominees but we do email out certificates and post it on our website.


There are four different age categories.

  • K — 2nd grade
  • 3rd — 5th grade
  • 6th — 8th grade
  • 9th — 12th grade


Entry fees are only $4.50 per piece of artwork submitted. A portion of all entry fees will be donated to support the Nepal Orphanage. All entry fees will be paid online via PayPal. Participants (or their parents) who live outside of the continental United States MUST have a PayPal account as this is how prize money will be distributed. Entry fees are non-refundable.

2018 THEME:

Live in Wonder


All entries must be submitted and uploaded by Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 10:00pm MST. Submit them early to make sure there are no technical difficulties in the submission process. Entries for the 2018 competition may be submitted starting November 11, 2017. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Winners will be announced March 10, 2018.


All students entering this contest must be ages 5-18 at the time of entry. Children of our judges may not enter the category that their parent is judging.


Any artwork that depicts copyrighted images will be rejected and not displayed on our website or Facebook page. For example, no artwork depicting characters from television shows, movies, video games, or books will be accepted. All artwork must be original ideas and created entirely by the student.


All submissions will be reviewed by our judges according to age category based on the following criteria:

  • Interpretation of the theme
  • Technical skill
  • Originality