2023 Manatee Art Contest Rules


This contest will run from June 15 – July 15, 2023.

Online voting will take place on SMC’s website July 17 – July 23, 2023.

Final winners will be selected by popular vote and announced on July 24, 2023.

Winners will be notified on or shortly after July 24, 2023.

Who May Enter

The 2023 Save the Manatee Club Art Contest is open to all people regardless of age or nationality. There is no cost to enter. Employees of the Club or their family members are welcome to participate but are not eligible to win.

What to Enter

Photo submissions of manatee-themed creative endeavors are welcome. Artists are allowed to make multiple submissions. Art of any medium is welcome.

All submissions will be reviewed for appropriateness and in accordance with Save the Manatee Club’s mission and core values. Photos that contain sexually explicit, obscene, violent, or other objectionable or inappropriate content will be deemed ineligible. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must be prepared to provide a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian.

All artwork submitted must be original and created by the submitting artist. If it is later determined that the artwork is not original and violates copyright laws, the artist is liable for any legal costs incurred by SMC. The originating artist maintains ownership and use rights of their original art.

Entrants whose photos depict other people’s work (such as sculptures, statues, paintings, and other copyright-able works) must be prepared to provide a release from the rights upon request. When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person’s creation.

How to Enter

To enter, submit a high-resolution PDF, PNG, or JPEG format image of the artwork through our online form. Please do not mail physical art submissions to the Club. If you or someone you know is unable to submit through the online portal, please contact us at contest@savethemantee.org and we will be happy to review options with you.


The contest will have 3 age-based categories each with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Categories are as followed:

    • 10 and under
    • 10 to 17
    • 18 and up

Images will be displayed on the Save the Manatee Club Facebook page and other social media platforms, both during and after the contest. This art contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with any social media platforms. By submitting art, the artist agrees to allow the Club to use this art free of charge under a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for promotional and educational activities online. Any photograph reproduced will include artist credit.

Artists will be contacted directly to grant explicit permission for use of their art outside of these online promotional and educational activities.

Minors will be presumed to have parental permission to participate in the contest. Parental / guardian permission will be requested in the case that art submitted by a minor is later considered for use outside of the art contest.


Entrants should include a description of their art and disclose the circumstances under which an image was captured. Under no circumstances will violence or violations of the law or Save the Manatee Club’s mission be accepted.


Winners will be nominated by popular vote, which will be hosted on the Club’s website July 17 – July 23, 2023. Final winners will be announced on July 24, 2023. Winners will be notified and announced on social media on or shortly after July 24, 2023.


First, second and third place winners of each category will receive a prize.

1st Place – $35 Friend Level Manatee Adoption Gift Certificate
2nd Place – Save the Manatee Club Official Membership T-shirt
3rd Place – Save the Manatee Club Plush Toy

By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Contest Rules and Procedures, the Terms and Conditions on Use of Images, and the decisions of the Sponsor and judges, which are final and binding on all matters. This Contest is void where prohibited and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.


Please send an email to contest@savethemanatee.org.