2023 Art Contest

Submit your artwork for a chance to win prizes!

Art can play a big role in your health. Art as part of health management and treatment has been shown to help people with a variety of health concerns, including those experiencing mental illness. Art is also a part of our cultures. It promotes communication between and within communities, helping us learn and share our life experiences.

Following the theme of NPHW 2023, “Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health,” we are hosting our first art contest!

Respond to the prompt through your own artwork:

How has your culture shaped your health? This could include the foods you eat, how you choose to exercise, activities and hobbies you engage in, how you unwind and decompress, the traditions you have with your family and friends or your community. All these things can impact your health. Visually show us what these things are and/or how they’ve made you feel!

Kid-friendly explanation: Culture can include traditions you have with your friends and family, the foods you eat, the activities you engage in (like dance or sports) and your community. These things can impact how your body and mind feel. Think about your culture. Illustrate your favorite part(s) of your culture that make your body and mind feel good!

How to enter:

The contest runs from March 1-April 5. All artwork submissions are due by 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 5.

We strongly encourage all participants to submit their artwork by sharing it on Twitter or Instagram using #NPHWArt. If you do not use or have access to these social media platforms, please submit your artwork by emailing arianne.noorestani@apha.org.

For all submissions, please include your age (if under 18), a brief description of artwork and the #NPHWArt hashtag.

Sample submission

(17) Raas is a Gujarati folk dance that is done in pairs or large groups while holding sticks called dandiya. This painting is an image of me practicing the dance with my friends and family in preparation for the annual Hindu festival, Navratri. #NPHWArt

Sample NPHW tweet with the text "(17) Raas is a Gujarati folk dance that is done in pairs while holding sticks called dandia. This painting is an image of me practicing the dance with my friends and family in preparation for the annual Hindu festival, Navratri. #NPHWArt"

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can apply?

You don’t have to be an artist to participate! People of all ages can apply. Just remember that it must be your original work.

What type of artwork can be submitted?

Any original artwork is fine. Examples include: paintings, digital art, sculptures, drawings or photographs. Once you submit your artwork, your submission is final and may not be modified or edited further. APHA may, in its sole discretion, remove, delete and/or disqualify submissions deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise non-compliant. See terms below for more details.

How many times can I submit my artwork?

Entrants may only submit one piece of artwork.

How will prize winners be selected?

There are three categories for this contest: kids (up to 12 years old), teens (13-17) and adults (18+). Three winners will be selected for each category by APHA staff members. All winners will be notified that they’ve won via the platform where they’ve submitted work by Friday, April 7. Details on prizes will be coming soon.

Winners will be selected by quality, creativity, applicability to the NPHW prompt and general appeal. There will be at least 9 winners chosen, unless there is not enough eligible art submitted. The winners will also be posted on the NPHW website or in other APHA venues or media, including social media.

My child wants to participate. How do they submit?

Parents/guardians should assist in the submission process. Follow the same protocol listed in the contest details above using the parent/guardian(s) social media account and/or email.

What will happen to my artwork after it has been submitted?

By tagging your image with the #NPHWArt hashtag or submitting via email, you are giving APHA uncompensated permission to publish the image on its communication channels (including websites and social media). See terms below for more details.

How can I see everyone else’s artwork?

Contest participants who are submitting their artwork via social media will also have their artwork automatically displayed through a live feed on our website.

Contest Terms:

Please read the following carefully.

As conditions of entry into this contest, and by submitting artwork, each entrant will agree to abide by the rules of submission:

  • Warrants and represents that her/his submission(s): (a) are original to the entrant and have been legally obtained and created, (b) do not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party, or violate applicable laws or regulations; (c) have not been published previously by any third parties. By submitting artwork, the entrant warrants that she/he is the legal owner of the art and has authority to enter it in the contest. Art taken by and/or purchased from professionals are not eligible for entry. AI-generated art will also not be accepted.
  • Irrevocably grants to APHA, legal representatives, agents and licensees, the unconditional, uncompensated perpetual right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse the entrant's artwork, details about their art submission, name and biographical material, including, but not limited to, any of the above items, as well as any additional photographic images, portraits, interviews or other materials relating to the entrant and arising out of her/his participation in this contest (with or without using the entrant's name) (collectively, the "additional materials") in any media, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation or approval from the entrant or any other party.
  • Forever waives any rights of privacy, intellectual property rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude APHA's use of the entrant's submission, or require the entrant's permission for APHA to use them for any purpose, and agrees to never sue or assert any claim against APHA’s use of materials; and agrees to indemnify and hold APHA and its respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, and any employees, harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Indemnities due to or arising out of the entrant's entry materials or additional materials, or the entrant's conduct during and in connection with this contest.
  • All submissions will be reviewed for content before being published or judged; however, such review does not relieve the entrant from responsibility for compliance with the terms of use and these official rules. Submissions that do not comply with the terms of use or these official rules or that otherwise contain prohibited, or inappropriate content as determined by the sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified and will not be considered. The NPHW team makes the final determination as to which submissions are eligible to take part in this contest.

Have more questions? Email arianne.noorestani@apha.org.

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