Let’s explore together the vibrant entries of the “Celebrating the Animal Kingdom” drawing competition, submitted by young artists from around the world: Iran, Sri Lanka, Australia, Romania, Germany, Malawi (Africa), Latvia, India, Macedonia, France, Portugal, Russia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the USA.
This colorful article is a celebration of creativity and compassion, each drawing being a testament to children’s love for animals and their dedication to wildlife conservation. Get ready to be amazed by their incredible talent and find out how you can support these emerging artists and the cause they hold dear!
The voting process is simple: each “Like” on the original post of a child’s drawing counts as a “Vote.” Voting will continue until October 1st, and on October 4th, World Animal Day, I will proudly announce the winner.
Children participating in the competition are encouraged to share their original posts with friends and family, multiplying their chances of winning. The winning artwork will be the one with the highest cumulative likes on both 4TinyHands’ Facebook and Instagram pages.
Celebrating Young Artists and Wildlife
4TinyHands’ drawing competition, “Celebrating the Animal Kingdom,” is not just about art. It’s about cultivating a love for animals and raising awareness about the challenges they face in today’s world. These young artists have poured their hearts into each drawing, capturing the essence and beauty of the animal kingdom.
In a world where wildlife conservation and animal rights are paramount, their artwork is a powerful medium of expression. And through their creations, they remind us of the importance of preserving the natural world and protecting the creatures that share our planet.
A Glimpse into the Animal Kingdom
As you explore the entries in this competition, you’ll journey through the rich and diverse world of animals. From majestic lions to playful dolphins, from the tiniest insects to the mightiest elephants, these drawings bring the animal kingdom to life. Moreover, you’ll witness the incredible talent of young artists and their dedication to celebrating the beauty of our natural world.
Every stroke of the pencil, every splash of color, and every detail in these drawings tell a story of admiration, respect, and concern for the creatures with whom we share our planet.
How to Support Young Artists and Wildlife
Your role in this celebration is crucial. By participating in the voting process, you not only appreciate the talent of these young artists but also contribute to the cause of wildlife conservation. Your “Like” is a vote for compassion, creativity, and conservation.
Additionally, by sharing the original posts of your favorite child’s drawing with friends and family, you amplify the impact of their message. Together, we can inspire more people to appreciate animals and take action for their protection.
Creativity Meets Compassion: The World of Children’s Drawings
Ronia Khalaj Khamse Fard (Iran, age 8)
“My painting is about aquatic and marine animals. Due to the pollution of the oceans, the waters contain a complex mixture of toxic substances, plastics, chemicals, oil, urban and industrial waste, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, chemical drugs, agricultural waste, and sewage. Many of these pollutants pose a threat to marine creatures, potentially leading to their extinction. My drawing serves as a tribute to the ocean’s remarkable biodiversity, but it’s also a reminder of the vital role the ocean plays in sustaining our planet”.
Mohamad Mahan Mollazadeh (Iran, age 13)
“I drew the Iranian cheetah, also known as the Asian cheetah because it is a rare and endangered species in Iran. Unfortunately, the Iranian cheetah faces great challenges from hunters. But thankfully, there are many protected areas dedicated to safeguarding this magnificent creature”.
Gisoo Mehregan (Iran, age 7)
“I drew the endangered animals in the natural habitat of Iran. I hope that the efforts of all nature lovers will help prevent the extinction of these animals in their natural surroundings”.
Ammaar (Sri Lanka, age 10)
“I love lions; Simba from the Lion King movie is my favorite. Let’s take care of and save animals.”
Audrey Day (Australia, age 9)
“The animal I drew is a giraffe. When I was little, it was the first animal I ever saw, and I immediately felt a deep connection with it. I have pictures of giraffes everywhere now, and I’m so grateful that they are still alive. I hope they will always remain safe and thrive.”
Baran Fateminejad (Iran, age 10)
“I love cheetahs, and I drew one in black and white because I want to draw more attention to them and help prevent their extinction.”
Thomas (Romania, age 9)
“Rhino is one of my top favorite species. Unfortunately, the rhinoceros are often hunted by humans for their horns. Today, there are only five surviving species of his family. Two of these species are native to Africa and three to southern Asia. Three of the five species—the Javan rhinoceros, the Sumatran rhinoceros, and the black rhinoceros—are critically endangered. The Indian rhinoceros is threatened, with fewer than 2,500 individuals in the wild. The white rhino is classified as vulnerable, with approximately 14,500 individuals in the wild.”
Andia Nouralizadeh (Iran, age 9)
“I love the fox I drew and its cute kits, the raccoon sleeping peacefully, and the sea animals that coexist harmoniously. The various species of birds and squirrels peacefully share the same tree and have fun. While I adore cats and dogs, some are kind, and some are not so nice. The rattlesnake, cobra, and boa are playing together in my drawing. The ants are on an adventure. There’s also a woodpecker that feeds its young, and I am happy when a little fox plays in my hand, and a rabbit sits beside me. I hope that all these animals will continue to peacefully coexist alongside us humans.”
Aiden (Germany, age 5)
“I love the dolphin! I drew it because they’re super, super smart and friendly! Dolphins swim very fast, and they look beautiful when they jump out of the water. I really hope dolphins and all the ocean animals stay safe and happy. We should make sure the water is clean and take care of the animals so they can keep playing and making us smile!”
Donnex Nazombe (Malawi, age 13)
“Why Zebras: Because they usually stay together as a family with a daddy, many mommies, and baby zebras. This teaches me about the importance of togetherness as a people. I really wish zebras were one of the most protected animals in the whole world.”
Francis Deano Wanniarachchi (Sri Lanka, age 6)
“Peacocks are one of the most beautiful birds on Earth. They can also be found in Sri Lanka. Peacocks look so attractive because of their colorful feathers.”
Vanessa Mozgalova (Latvia, age 11)
“The giant panda has often been China’s national symbol. They are an endangered species and can only be found living in the wild in a few mountain ranges in central China.”
Skanda. R (India, age 15)
“The tiger has an emotional and cultural connection with me. Unlike other animals, its way of living in nature is why I consider it my favorite animal.”
Gorazd Trajkovski (Macedonia, age 11)
“I drew the Macedonian dog breeds because I really love these dogs. To me, Macedonian breed dogs are the friendliest, most protective, and smartest animals. The world should definitely know about them. Animals are our best friends, and we should celebrate the Animal Kingdom all over the world.”
Andreea Gheorghiță (Germany, age 7)
“I chose this animal because the dolphin is a playful, intelligent, and clever mammal. I wish all animals to have a home and to be taken care of.”
Riya Aggarwal (Australia, age 8)
“Toucans are brightly marked birds with large, often colorful bills. They mainly live in South America, primarily in the rainforests. There are only 10,000 mature toucan birds in the entire world. Toucans play a crucial role in the rainforest ecosystem by spreading seeds and helping to regrow the forests. I drew a Toucan to draw everyone’s attention to the importance of protecting these birds and the rainforests.”
Galatea (Romania, age 10)
“My favorite animal is the duck. I love ducks because my very first stuffed animal was a fluffy duck.”
Anastasia (Romania, age 10)
“My favorite animal is the lion because they are incredibly beautiful creatures, and I really hope their species is protected.”
Violet (Australia, age 10)
“I drew a picture of a koala because I want to raise awareness about how koalas are becoming endangered. It’s crucial to protect koalas, especially after the bushfires. Koalas play an important role in regenerating and growing the land.”
Roxana (Romania, age 9)
“My favorite animal is the rabbit because, for me, it’s one of the greatest and most beautiful animals.”
Rebecca (Romania, age 10)
“I chose the dog because it’s funny and fluffy, and I would really love to have one.”
Lev Stepanyan (France, age 8)
“I drew a lion because my name means lion”.
Arsh P. (USA, age 10)
“What I like the most: The cuddles. The baby always receives cuddles from Mama Koala.”
Eric (Romania, age 10)
“I chose the dog because it represents me.”
Akhil P. (USA, age 7)
“Why I like them: Elephants are kind and loyal, especially the baby elephants, they’re super cute.”
Aiden Gamez (USA, age 13)
Ozzy Ozworth the Tiger – short story
“The trees are blooming. Rain clouds gather in the sky. The first drops hit my white paws. I look for shelter up in the trees. The leaves help me to keep dry.
Paper airplanes land on the road below. Children passing by do not see me in my tree. I am an excellent hider. There I sit, quiet as can be.
My days are spent sleeping in the sun. My house is a cave where I live with my dear friends and neighbors. Tigers are good people. They’re great problem solvers. And they keep the jungle safe.
I hope my story reminds you to be good to nature and to the animals who call our world home.”
Manlin (Portugal, age 9)
“I’d love to share about my favorite animals because I enjoy exploring the underwater world. One day, I met dolphins and discovered that they are amazing creatures that live in the ocean. They’re incredibly cute, smart, and very loving. That’s why I love them so much.”
Baran Ranjbar (Iran, age 6)
“Dinosaurs remind us that if we don’t take care of wildlife, it’s possible that all animal species may become extinct.”
Mohammad Yasin Rajabi (Iran, age 7)
“My grandparents told me that once upon a time, deer used to live in the mountains near my home, but now, I can’t see any. I really wish they would come back! Saving animals means saving ourselves!”
Ali Keramati (Iran, age 11)
“The tiger is my favorite animal. It’s the largest cat in nature, known as a fearless, solitary, and proud hunter. Unfortunately, the biggest threat to this proud and incredibly beautiful animal is the danger of extinction due to human activities and ecosystem manipulation.”
Roshana Shahi (Iran, age 9)
“I really like animals because they are very good and helpful for our planet’s health, and we should help them have a better life.”
Nilya Sadat Mirrezaie (Iran, age 10)
“I love all kinds of animals because they are our precious assets, and we should take good care of them.”
Paula (Romania, age 14)
“I drew this dog in memory of Rifca, my best friend since I was 2 years old.”
Daria (Romania, age 12)
“I drew this because I love tigers! Tigers have always fascinated me with their strength and grace.”
Pranav (India, age 11)
“I have chosen to feature the Flamingo from the archives. I love flamingos for their vibrant colors. They are excellent dancers and truly captivating creatures.”
Rebeca (UK, age 14)
“I like owls because they are wise animals. I decided to make it purple because this colour symbolises wisdom, mystery, and nobility.”
Zelda (Netherlands, age 7)
“I like cats because they can jump high, and I hope that someday cats can swim too.”
Adrina Pirghasemi (Iran, age 11)
“I love animals because they are unique creations of God, and they should not be harmed by anyone.”
Niyayesh Adineh (Iran, age 9)
“I like horses because they are smart and kind, and I enjoy riding them on the slopes of mountains. I hope that in the future, all animals will be free and happy and that no animals will harm humans.”
Nicole (UK, age 15)
“Swans are my favorite animals because they mate for life. Once they choose their partner, they stick together no matter what.”
Nahal Shahriarinour (Iran, age 10)
“I know that garbage in nature harms animals. When I’m in nature, I collect garbage and leave special food for animals.”
Nazanin Zahra Pirghadimi (Iran, age 6)
“I love horses. My horse’s name is Angel. Angel is kind, just like angels. I take very good care of Angel and all the animals.”
Sofia Kalina (Russia, age 10)
“I really love tigers and the entire cat family. I’m deeply concerned about the population of Amur tigers, and I’m very saddened to know that there are fewer of them.”
Mahyas Mirmousavi (Iran, age 7)
“Animals are beautiful and vulnerable, and they sometimes face oppression. I love animals and would never hurt them. I have drawn a fox in the forest, a character featured in many of my storybooks.”
Anisa Khadem Kimiyaei (Iran, age 11)
“All animals are valuable for our world, both big and small. They contribute to taking care of our world, and it’s our responsibility to take care of them.”
Lena Poorfatahi (Iran, age 6)
“Rabbits live in the forest and build houses underground because they take care of their children, and I am always careful not to destroy the rabbits’ nests.”
Setayesh Asgari (Iran, age 13)
“Do you know why I love animals? First of all, I want to give a reason; they are incredibly cute and funny. Animals are our friends; they never let us feel alone. I hope that all kinds of animals will be happy and healthy in the future, and their generations won’t become extinct, especially in my own country, Iran.”
Anastasia Alexiu (Romania, age 13)
“I love cats because they are excellent companions, intelligent, self-reliant in various situations, vigilant, affectionate, and playful.”
Sara Mihalache (Romania, age 13)
“The Koala bear – I wanted to draw this animal because it’s endangered.”
Cristina Matei (Romania, age 13)
“The owl, in its wisdom, doesn’t chase after the light; it has learned to navigate in the darkness. It’s an impressive, thoughtful bird and is considered lucky.”
Iuliana Făcăleț (Romania, age 14)
“The dog is man’s best friend, gentle and affectionate; it never forgets the moments spent together. It is the most loyal animal, willing to give its life to save its owner.”
Alex Dinu (Romania, age 13)
“I love penguins because they are funny and cute. Their color helps them with camouflage, even though they are birds that don’t fly; they jump from very high cliffs.”
Alex (Romania, age 12)
“I really like peacocks because they have a beautifully colorful plumage and an impressive tail.”
Ilinca Scrieciu (Romania, age 10)
“Please meet my little brother, my dog, Joy. Being an only child, I always wanted a playmate, and my parents found the perfect solution in Joy. Joy is a poodle and has brought so much happiness into our home from the very first day. I love Joy from the bottom of my heart.”
Luna (USA, age 10)
“Cats hold a special place in my heart because they are adorable and lovable creatures. I have two cats of my own named Kintaro and Gumdrop. I got inspired to draw this piece of artwork from my four-month-old kitten, Gumdrop, who is always active and wild but extremely sweet.”
A Note on Creativity and Inspiration
As the organizer and sponsor of the “Celebrating the Animal Kingdom” drawing competition for kids and teens, I want to address a recent issue that has come to my attention. Some of our talented young artists participating in the competition have drawn inspiration from the works of various established artists: Kim Niles, Alina Nikitaeva, Laura Graves, Fabien Blondé, Natalia Nazarian, and Kylie MacEachern.
First and foremost, I want to emphasize that the artworks submitted by these young artists will NOT be removed from the competition. I believe in nurturing creativity, and it is essential to support our young artists on their creative journeys.
However, it’s equally important to understand the concept of respecting copyright and acknowledging the influence of others. It’s totally fine to get ideas from other people’s art. In fact, it’s a natural and essential part of artistic growth.
What I encourage in this competition is not just the act of drawing, but the ability to infuse one’s own vision, creativity, and authenticity into their artwork. It’s about taking inspiration and making it uniquely yours. Each of you possesses a distinct perspective, style, and imagination that can transform any idea into a masterpiece.
To our young artists, please remember that being inspired by someone else’s art is not only acceptable but a valuable learning experience as well. It allows you to explore different techniques, styles, and ideas. It’s a stepping stone towards finding your own artistic voice.
In the spirit of fostering creativity and respect for the art community, I kindly ask all participants to be mindful of copyright issues and give credit where it’s due. If you use another artist’s work as a reference, make sure to acknowledge them. It’s a gesture of respect and an acknowledgment of the shared love for art.
I appreciate your enthusiasm and passion for art, and I am excited to see your creative journey unfold in this competition. Remember, your unique voice and perspective are what makes you a true artist, and I can’t wait to celebrate your individuality and creativity.
Artist Kim Niles: Advice for Young Artists
“Young artists privately copying to learn is okay. Posting the copy online without permission is typically frowned on, but it is often forgiven if the inspiring artist is credited within the posted artwork (as long as nothing is being offered for sale). Copying from other artists as a learning tool is how we all start developing skills. I did it, as well, when I was young and just starting out.
As a young artist, however, it is important to remember to apply those newly acquired skills to our own imaginings so we don’t get stuck in a habit of only copying. The reason is that when your reference is always someone else’s artistic voice, it prevents you from developing your own unique artistic voice and fully blooming into the lovely artist you were meant to be. I think it is a truly important lesson to learn early rather than later & in a world with AI technology quickly flooding the world of art, standing out with your own truly unique style will only help you to make a career as an artist if that is something that appeals to you.”
Please consider Kim Niles’ advice, and let’s continue to inspire and support each other on this artistic adventure!
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