2022 Youth Art contest

"Vision for Myself"

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

View the 2022 Youth Art Show Below!

3rd Annual Youth Art Contest!

Thanks to everyone who participated! We'll be reaching out to the winners soon.

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

2022 Artist Award Recipients

Devyn Reaves

Grand Prize Winner - Grades 9-12

Liberty High School

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

“Eyesight is important to me because I can carry out abstract ideas through different mediums. Art is not just pen to paper, but a multitude of other things around us, i.e nature, film, literature. My eyes allow me to work with unconventional materials and collage things together in unexpected ways to make a cohesive work. My future vision is to freelance full time as an artist. My mind is rampant with exciting ideas and I dream of making art to spark emotion in people through all different walks of life. In my piece, I have depicted myself and my art teacher who has been my biggest inspiration. I aspire to make work that makes people think, piques interest, and entertains.”
Devyn Reaves
Grade 12

Sophie Hall

Grand Prize Winner: Grades 6-9

Astravo Online Academy

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

"I value my vision as it allows me to continue creating artwork. As I grow up, I want to create beautiful pieces of art that will inspire others. I hope to inspire others to preserve the beauty of our natural landscapes. The mountains give me a peaceful feeling and I hope that it will give others the same sense of calmness."
Sophie Hall
Grade 7

Claire McHenry

Grand Prize Winner: Grades 1-5

Mount Carbon Elementary School

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

"My eyesight is important for my future because I love to be outside with my family and see the pretty mountains, trees and birds. The many colors in nature are beautiful and I want to see as many new places as I can. I like to hike and climb and having my eyesight would make these activities easier. The colors in nature are beautiful and I am thankful for my eyesight."
Claire McHenry
Grade 1

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. 

2022 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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