How to Enter our Art Competition

How to participate in the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print Art Competition. 

New Canadian artists wishing to participate are asked to send an artist’s CV and samples of their work (i.e. online portfolio, website, etc.) to:

Amanda Mangan – Project Manager

Upon review of selected artwork, artists accepted to participate will receive an invitation to compete in upcoming art competitions. Interested artists are able to apply at anytime during the year.

If they apply after the Intent to Participate Deadline, they will be invited to the following year’s Art Competition.

A detailed competition package will accompany the invitation, including the Competition Agreement.


General Rules and Proceedings


  • Canadian citizens and landed immigrants are eligible to participate in the art competition at the invitation of Wildlife Habitat Canada. If the participant is under the age of 18, a letter of consent signed by the parent(s) or legal guardian is required and must accompany the confirmation of intent to participate.
  • Persons who have previously won the art competition during the preceding three (3) years, are ineligible to submit an entry in the current year’s art competition (E.g. if you won the 2021 Art Competition, the next time you can compete is the 2025 Art Competition).
  • Members of the art competition judging panel, employees and members of the Board of Directors of Wildlife Habitat Canada, employees of the Federal Department of the Environment or Members of Parliament and their immediate families and relatives are ineligible to submit an entry.



Read, sign and submit Intent to Participate Form

Start painting!

The following 3 items must be submitted and received by WHC upon deadline:
• Painting submission including painting title
• One signed copy of the 2022 Competition Agreement
$30 Entry Fee (NON REFUNDABLE)

Please note:

  • Missing any of these steps and/or deadlines may disqualify your painting submission. Please contact us immediately if you think you will miss a deadline.
  • We encourage everyone to use our online process as much as possible to ensure accuracy, reduce paper waste, and avoid delayed mailings.
  • Please do not submit your Entry Fee until you are ready to ship your painting.


Online Forms                                     – OR –                     By Mail

Intent to Participate                                                        Intent to Participate Printable PDF

Entry Fee                                                                       2022 Competition Agreement Printable PDF


Mailing Address:

WHC – Art Competition
247-2039 Robertson Road
Ottawa, ON K2H 8R2

Due to COVID-19, we are asking all to inform us of your shipping with tracking information so we can ensure staff are available to receive your painting.


  • Invited artists must submit only one (1) original entry.
  • Entries must be an original multi-coloured painting in the artist’s choice of medium (no reproductions).
    • Please Note: Pastel submissions will no longer be accepted (as of 2018) due to the fragile nature of the piece and challenges associated with the reproduction of Stamp products.
  • Submissions must be one of the following to be accepted;
    (1)12” x 18”,
    (2) 12 x 16,
    (3) 11x 14, or
    (4) 6 x 8
  • The painting must portray the eligible waterfowl species / migratory game bird in its breeding plumage and natural habitat during breeding season.
  • The habitat of the species must be clearly defined. A landscape design must be incorporated into the painting along with the traditional image of the waterfowl.



  • The painting must be painted in such a way that the painting (or the cropped portion of the painting) can effectively be reduced to Stamp size and Print size:
    o The Stamp size: 1 1/4″ x 2″
    o The Print size: 6 1/2″ x 9″
  • Sufficient tranquil area must be provided around the eligible bird to allow for the placement of required Stamp text (see Stamp Crop Example of the 2016 winning painting, below):
  • “Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp
    Timbre sur la conservation des habitats fauniques du Canada

Stamp Crop Example
Original Submission with Crop Outline

Stamp Reproduction of the Cropped Painting


  • A minimum of five independent judges are selected for the panel, including an ornithologist and a representative of Environment and Climate Change Canada.
  • Judging criteria includes:
    o  Anatomical and habitat accuracy as depicted in breeding plumage and season;
    o  Artistic composition;
    o  Originality;
    o  Technical suitability for reproduction as a Stamp and a lithographic Print.


New Artists
Submission Procedures
Painting Requirements
Stamp Cropping
Judging Criteria