Nature Quest

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Nature Quest Art Contest

Explore your back yard, a local park or other outdoor environment. Tell your nature story by drawing, painting, photographing, or through poetry. Enter the art contest by uploading your artwork to be displayed in our Nature Quest exhibition and possibly win a cash prize!

Check out our NEW Nature Quest Instagram page where you can upload your very own original artwork and have the chance to be featured! Make sure that you upload an image of your artwork with a clean background and tag @naturequestpgc and use these hashtags #naturequestpgc #naturequestcontest  #naturequestcontest2020 to get your artwork recognized!

If you wish to enter the Nature Quest Art Contest, click the submission button below! (Posting on Instagram is NOT a submission)

Contest Guidelines

  • Contest launches May 1, 2020.
  • Open to youth ages 18 & under.
  • Contest ends on November 1, 2020.

All artwork will be featured in an art exhibition virtually from December 1, 2020, to March 1, 2021.

View the Virtual Exhibit now!

Rules and Forms


The Department of Parks and Recreation’s contest in Prince George’s County will recognize winners in three categories: elementary school, middle school, and high school. Prizes in each group are $200 for 1st place winners, $100 for 2nd place winners, and $50 for 3rd place winners. Poetry will be recognized in a separate category with cash prizes of $200 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place. All prizes may not be awarded.

Looking for Inspiration?

Visit these nature parks for more inspiration:

2020 Nature Quest Winners

Age Group Mixed Media Photography
Elementary School 1st: Ana Lucia S.J. "Dog in the Woods" Age 8
2nd: Theodor G. "The Night Time Tree" Age 6
3rd: Eleni S.J. "Spring" Age 5
1st: Emilie B. "Super Sunset" Age 10
2nd: Tayla W. "Jelly Fishing" Age 8
3rd: Nena J. "If They Can..." Age 10
Middle School 1st: Kellie G. "Wildflower and Shrubbery" Age 12
2nd: Alissa N. "Hungry Crab Drawing" Age 11
3rd: Javonni H. " Fresh Fulfilling Fall Day" Age 12
1st: Isabelle B. "Dinner Sunset" Age 12
2nd: Anlindwa K. "Backyard" Age 13
High School 1st: Mayly C. "Nightly Shine" Age 16
2nd: Kayla R. "Fish x-Ray" Age 16
3rd: Arielle C. "Forest View Artwork" Age 15
1st: Camryn F. "Niagra Falls" Age 16
2nd: Mayly C. "Orange Blast" Age 16
3rd: Jarley E. "Mountain Drive" Age 16
1st: Willow S. "The Rain Poem" Age 14
2nd: Alyssa N. "Get Outdoors Poem" Age 11
3rd: Gianna S.J. "The Homely Toad Poem" Age 10