Georgia Arbor Day 2024

Student Art Contest Rules

2024 Georgia Arbor Day is Friday, Feb. 16, 2024

Entries Accepted 11/14/23 – 1/30/24
Deadline has been extended to Jan. 30!


One of our favorite events that celebrates Georgia Arbor Day is our annual Student Art Contest!

Whether you are a student, teacher, parent, or friend – get the word out to young artists across metro Atlanta! The Student Art Contest is a great framework to introduce concepts related to trees, urban ecology, health benefits of nature, plant science, climate patterns, and so much more!

Art categories include several media optioins to celebrate a range of individual interest, skill, and or capacity. Please review the Student Art Contest rules and guidelines below.


Past year’s Trees Atlanta Georgia Arbor Day Student Art Contest Winners:    2023   |   2022   |    2021

Rules and Submission Guidelines

Please review the contest details below. The following information can also be downloaded as a PDFs:


What is it?

  • Trees Atlanta’s Georgia Arbor Day Art Contest is a celebration of trees and creativity in which participants submit a work of art in the medium of their choice.
  • Only one submission will be accepted per student.
  • Submissions must be original and created by the student.
  • Qualify under one of our three art categories (see below).

What’s the theme for the Georgia Arbor Day Student Art Contest 2024?

  • Artwork should reflect the participant’s interpretation of this year’s theme: “Trees, Diversity, and Me!”

What’s the Deadline to submit entries?

  • We will accept submissions from November 14, 2023 to January 26, 2024. All entries must be received by email or arrive at our office by mail or in person by 1/26/24 by 3:00 PM.

Who can participate? 

  • Students in all metro Atlanta area schools, including homeschool students, in grades K-12 are invited to participate.
  • First place, second place, and third place winners will be selected from each age group for each art category:
    • Grades K-2 (age 6-7)
    • Grades 3-5 (age 8-10)
    • Grades 6-8 (age 11-13)
    • Grades 9-12 (age 14-18)

Will there be prizes?

  • Yes! Winners for each art category will be selected by a panel of Trees Atlanta judges.
  • Student winners will receive prizes, including cash and/or items, and their winning work will be published on our website.
  • Teachers and/or adults who submit art on behalf of the student will receive a gift card to
    go towards the purchase of educational materials for their classroom/student(s).
  • Winners will contacted by Trees Atlanta and be announced during our Georgia Arbor Day Celebration Week.

How do I submit my entry?

  • All participants must complete the entry form: Arbor Day Art Contest Registration Form
  • Entries can be submitted digtally, by mail, or dropped off in person.
  • All digital files must be named according to the format as shown:
    Last name-First initial-grade-SchoolName
    Examples: “Doe-Jane-K-PerkersonElem” or “Doe-John-12-SouthAtlantaHS

What are the Art Categories?

Category Visual Writing Film/Video
Acceptable Formats Drawing, painting, photography, mixed media collage, and sequential art (comics). May be traditional or digital. Poetry, narrative writing (story), or informational writing (essay). May be handwritten or typed. Video essay, live action narrative, and animation.
Size May be submitted by email or delivered by mail or in person

Min size: 8.5” x 11”

Max size: 14” x 18”

Accepted file formats:




May be submitted by email or delivered by mail or in person

Min word count: 100

Max word count: 500

Accepted file formats:




Must be submitted by email or publically accessible link

Max runtime: 2 minutes

Max file size: 100 MB

Accepted file formats:




Georgia celebrates Arbor Day in Feburary while spring is just around the bend. Trees Atlanta celebrates Georgia Arbor Day with a whole week of events, including free tree seedling adoption days, classes at the Kendeda TreesHouse and in Atlanta schools, tree planting projects, and the announcement of the Student Art Contest winners!

Take a look at this year’s Georgia Arbor Day Celebration Week of events at: 

Questions? Email: