American Academy of Pediatrics: Launches 9th Annual Children’s Art Contest

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–March 5, 2013. Calling young artists! Win a trip to Orlando, Fla., by creating a piece of original artwork for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) international art contest. Children in grades 3 through 12 are invited to submit original artwork on the theme, “A World Free from Tobacco and Secondhand Smoke.”
In the USA, the contest is open to boys and girls in three groups, grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Group winners and their parents/guardians will be invited to a presentation ceremony before several thousand pediatricians at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition in Orlando on Sunday, October 27, 2013. Each first-place winner will receive a $500 cash prize and up to $1,000 for travel-related expenses. The three second-place winners will each receive $250. The six winners’ schools will be awarded matching cash amounts. Some artwork will be featured on the AAP website and in promotional materials. 
Entries are also welcome from children outside the USA. For the single international award, the contest is open to children ages 13-18. The winner will receive a USD 500 cash prize with a matching amount for the school or home school. 
“The artwork we receive from children each year is truly inspirational,” said Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP, president of the AAP. “We look forward to seeing how these young artists illustrate their visions of a tobacco-free world.”
To enter, children in the USA and abroad should mail original artwork to: Children’s Art Contest, American Academy of Pediatrics, 141, Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. International category entries may also submit entries by email to Deandra Galarde ([email protected]).
This year’s contest is an initiative of the AAP’s Julius B. Richmond Center, supported by the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute, and dedicated to eliminating children’s exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke. The Richmond Center of Excellence website has a section with tools and resources to enable educators to create lessons on the topics of tobacco and secondhand smoke. To access these tools, visit
Entry forms and consent forms must accompany all entries, along with official rules and regulations. Entries must be postmarked by July 31, 2013. Winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges, including pediatricians, and announced in the summer.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.