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Do you love art, dogs, and winning prizes? Then we have great news!

The American Kennel Club is hosting an art contest for students in grades K-12. The top winner in each category will recieve a $50 Amazon gift card. Artwork will be on display at the Orange County Convention Center as a part of the AKC National Championship on December 14 and 15, 2019.

  • About the AKC National Championship +

    The 2019 event will showcase the top national and international canine athletes and will also include popular attractions such as the Best Bred-by-Exhibitor competition, the AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals, the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes, AKC Meet the Breeds® and the NADD/AKC Dock Diving National Championship.

    The show will once again take place alongside the AKC Agility Invitational and AKC Obedience Classic, with junior events in each sport.

  • Frequently Asked Questions +

    Who can enter the contest?

    The AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Art Contest is open to all legal residents of  Florida, who are enrolled in school (or homeschooled) and are in grades K-12.

    When are entries due?

    Entries are accepted beginning on September 17, 2019. All entries must be postmarked by November 15, 2019.

    Can I turn in my art work after November 15?

    Unfortunately, no late entries will be accepted.

    What type of art will be accepted?

    Art must be created on a 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper. The picture can be created using drawing, painting, mixed media, or digital art. The art must be an original picture (not copied from somewhere or someone else) and must be created by you. It cannot have been submitted to another contest or promotion.

    Is there a theme?

    Yes. This year’s theme is “Activities with My Dog.” We would love to see the fun things you do with your dog in art form!

    Where do I send my art?

    The art and entry form signed by a parent/legal guardian can be mailed to:

    American Kennel Club

    Attn: Public Education Department

    8051 Arco Corporate Drive

    Suite 100

    Raleigh, NC 27617

    How will the art be judged?

    The entries will be split into three grade level categories: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

    Entries will be judged on creativity (40%), fit to “activities with my dog” theme (30%), and quality of picture (30%).

    Each entry will be assigned a score based on the above criteria. The twenty-five pictures from each grade level category with the highest scores will be finalists and will be displayed at the AKC National Championship in Orlando, Florida on December 14 and 15, 2019.

    The top scoring picture from each grade level category will be deemed the winner.

    What is the prize?

    All finalists and winners will have their art displayed at the AKC National Championship in Orlando, Florida on December 14 and 15, 2019.

    All finalists will receive a ribbon. All winners will receive a ribbon, pencil and a $50 Amazon gift card.

    I was chosen as a finalist in the 2017 or 2018 AKC National Championship Art Contest? Can I still submit my art?

    Yes! You are welcome to enter your art.

    How will I find out if I am a finalist/winner?

    On or about November 25, 2019, AKC will send an email to the parent/legal guardian of the finalists and winners, notifying them. AKC will use the email address provided on the entry form. Each parent must acknowledge the message within 48 hours.

    Where will my art be displayed?

    Finalist art will be displayed at the AKC National Championship on December 14 and 15, 2019. This event is held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

    Where can I learn more about the AKC National Championship?

    You can learn more about this awesome event here.

  • Official Rules and Entry Form +

    Official Rules

    Entry Form

    Please print the entry form, have a parent/guardian sign, and return with art entry. Participants who are 18 years of age or older do not need to have a parent sign, but they must still submit the form.

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