The Washington Invasive Species Council (WISC) is partnering with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on an art contest to design an exterior wrap design for WDFW’s new Invasive Species Education Trailer. The trailer will travel to schools, libraries, and events all over the state and Northwest to inform the public about invasive species that threaten Washington’s natural resources, economy, recreation, and ecology.

This art contest is an opportunity for students in grades 9 through 12 to demonstrate their digital art skills by using mediums such as photographs, illustrations, cartoons, digital paintings, and more.

If you have already started your design, please be sure to double-check trailer dimensions below as an error was found in the original dimensions.

Art Contest Rules

Please review all rules for the 2022 Invasive species art contest here or below before starting work.

All art contest entries must include the following:

They also must depict invasive species (with common name labels) that are the greatest threats to Washington’s waters, parks, and wildlands, along with one or more of the following messages:

Entries also must include a description(s) of one or more species that could be or has been introduced into waters, parks, or wildlands. Options are:

Winning designs also must include information on prevention (How You Can Help – Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers) of invasive species, such as the following:

Art Contest Submission Dimensions

Art contest submissions must be scaled to fit the dimensions of the trailer below as the winning design will be made into a wrap for the trailer. 

How to Submit Art for the Contest

1. Fill out the contest entry form (required).

2. Download the image .zip file of logos and photos of mussel dogs Puddles and Fin required to be included in your artwork.

3. Submit the entry form, along with your art, by emailing a PDF or JPEG to invasivespecies@rco.wa.govAll entries must be submitted in a PDF or JPEG format and a resolution of at least 300dpi

Submissions must be received by December 31, 2022. For questions or more information, contact Sergeant Pam Taylor of WDFW Police at pamela.taylor@dfw.wa.gov or 509-435-6236.

Contest Prizes

Two winners will be selected. Prizes for the grand prize winner include a $500 Amazon gift card, invasive species educational materials, and the design used to wrap the WDFW Invasive Species Education Trailer. The runner up will receive a $300 Amazon gift card.

Art Contest Legal Information

All contest submissions become property of the Washington Invasive Species Council and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The agencies reserve all rights for the artworks use in publications, in media, online, and in social media. These are not exclusive rights. Artists can use their own submissions freely for other projects.

Contest Background

What are invasive species?

Invasive species include non-native organisms that cause economic or environmental harm and can spread to new areas of the state. (Domestic livestock, intentionally planted crops, or non-harmful exotic organisms are not considered invasive species.) Learn more about Washington invasive species on the Washington Invasive Species Council Web site.

What is the Washington Invasive Species Council?

The Washington Invasive Species Council was established by the state Legislature in 2006 to coordinate invasive species prevention efforts around the state to sustain Washington’s human, plant, and animal communities and our thriving economy.

How can I stay involved?

Get the app and get involved! With a guardian’s permission you can download the WA Invasives app and identify and report invasive species in your community. It’s FREE!