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McMaster Children’s Hospital’s Child & Youth Mental Health Program is seeking art work from youth in our community.
February 16, 2021

Contest: Call for youth artwork

McMaster Children’s Hospital’s Child & Youth Mental Health Program invites community youth to submit artwork that captures themes of mental health, wellness, hope and support. Submit your artwork by March 14, 2021 for a chance to win one of five $100 prizes!

Winning artwork that best captures these themes will appear in our Child and Youth Mental Health Program welcome materials for families who are new to the program. The artwork will also be featured on our website, social media channels, and in our buildings. Artwork can be any size and any medium (such as painting, drawing, sculpture, or photography).

We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We encourage and welcome Black, Indigenous, racialized, Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA+, differently-abled or disabled, precariously housed and unhoused youth, as well as young parents, to submit their artwork.

Stay tuned to see all the submissions on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Rules and Regulations

Contest Period

Entries will be accepted from February 16 at 12:00 pm to March 14 at 11:59pm. Winners will be announced on March 29, 2021.


Artists must be 5-18 years of age and living in the greater Hamilton region. Caregivers may submit on their child’s behalf. Artwork can be any size and any medium (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, etc.).

Submission Rules

No purchase or payment is necessary to enter. You may enter a maximum of two pieces of art per child. Entries must be submitted using the form.


Five individual prizes of $100.00 each will be awarded by mailed cheque. Winners will be selected by a jury of community youth, parents, partner agencies and Child & Youth Mental Health program staff based on how the artwork captures themes of mental health, wellness, hope, and support.


By entering this contest, you agree to have you/your child’s first and last name, age, city, and artwork shared on Hamilton Health Sciences’ online channels, including our Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram account and websites, as well as in our Child and Youth Mental Health Program welcome materials for new clients and within McMaster Children’s Hospital and Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre buildings.

Any entry that that infringes on the rights of any person, which is contrary to law, contains sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or determined to contain inappropriate content will automatically disqualify the entry.

Artwork cannot contain a logo or watermark and must be original. If a caregiver is submitting artwork on behalf of their child, the caregiver has received permission from the child to use their artwork for this purpose if the child is able to do so.

By accepting a prize in this contest, the winner agrees to have their child’s name and image displayed on our website, hospitals and centres, and on social media and used by us for promotion of this contest without any fee or form of compensation other than the prize.

How to enter

Complete and submit the contest entry form by March 14, 2021.


Hamilton Health Sciences is the sole organizer of this contest. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

By entering this contest, I confirm that:

• I am the creator of this artwork or I am the parent and/or legal guardian of the creator of this artwork.
• I consent the following information being posted publically on Hamilton Health Sciences’ website, social media channels, program materials, and hospitals and centres: artist first and last name, age, city, and artwork.
• I consent to receive email communication from Hamilton Health Sciences related to this contest.

By entering this contest you acknowledge to having read these rules and agree to be bound by them.

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