Picture Compassion with “Art for Animals”

AFA, Frog Study
“Frog Study” – Casey Alexander Southard, NAVS Art for Animals 2016 1st Place Winner

Now in its 29th year, NAVS’ Art for Animals contest has provided an opportunity for artists of all skills and ages to create images that inspire others to extend compassion, respect and justice to all animals. For our 2018 competition, we’re once again looking for fresh perspectives to illustrate NAVS’ mission of ending the exploitation of animals used in science, as well as messages of hope and compassion throughout the year.

For example, your artwork could appear in print and online messages from NAVS for Labor Day, the Fourth of July, World Week for Animals in Laboratories, or on greeting cards and in social media throughout the holiday season.

Submissions may be digitally-created artwork, as well as digital images of original paintings, illustrations or photographs. Artwork files may only be submitted via email, CD/DVD-ROM or portable flash drive. No physical artwork will be accepted.

Cash prizes will be given to First, Second and Third Place winners, one Youth (age 12 and under) winner, and one Best in Show winner.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 27, 2018.

Companion animals fill our lives with friendship and devotion, while animals in the wild inspire us with their natural beauty. Whether paying tribute to an animal in your life or appreciating animals in the world around you, Art for Animals provides an opportunity to get creative and give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.

Please use the links at left to share this contest with all the artists in your life!


  • Submissions must be original work.
  • Save your submissions using the following format:
    [Example: Animals in Winter_John_Doe.jpg]
  • Please refrain from using religious symbols or portraying animals in clothing.
  • Submitting artwork for consideration grants NAVS permission to feature the artwork online and/or in print publications in perpetuity. The artist will always be given full credit.
  • Submit no more than three works of art per person.
  • NAVS reserves the right to not award all prizes if contest submissions are not suitable.
  • Entries must be received by July 27, 2018. 
  • Include the following information in the body of your email or attached to your CD-DVD/ROM or flash drive:




TITLE (1):


TITLE (2):



  • Email files to: art@navs.org with the words “Art for Animals 2018” in the subject line.
  • Mail CD/DVD-ROMS or flash drives to:


Attn: Art for Animals 2018

53 W. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 1552

Chicago, IL 60604

No physical artwork will be accepted.