Why we count

community art contest

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the Why We Count art contest! Scroll through the winning submissions and honorable mentions below. Click the piece to view in full size or to play any of the videos. 

Submission Guidelines

Who can submit?

Artists three years old and older are eligible to enter. Artists of all disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to submit. Eligible works include but are not limited to: drawing, painting, illustration, sculpture, printmaking, photography, graphic design, collage, chalk art, installation, mixed media, literary arts, poetry, prose, storytelling, music, songwriting, dance, performance, fashion design, cosmetic, and culinary arts. Be creative!

In addition to twenty honorable mentions receiving a $25 gift card, a $500 grand prize winner will be selected from each of the following age groups: 

Kids (ages 3-6), Youth (ages 7-12), Teen (ages 13-18) and Adult (older than 18)

See submission guidelines below for accompanying hashtags to include with your submission. 

How to submit:

1. Create a work of art that responds to Why We Count! Consider why your community matters and why it is important that everyone is counted on the 2020 Census. 

2. Post a public photo or video of your submission to Facebook or Instagram, or email your submission to completecountcle@gmail.com

3. Include the hashtag #completecountcle and the correct hashtag for the age of the artist:

Kids (ages 3-6) #whywecountartcontestkids

Youth (ages 7-12) #whywecountartcontestyouth

Teen (ages 13-18) #whywecountartcontestteen

Adult (older than 18) #whywecountartcontestadult

NOTE: Hashtag used must designate the age of the artist that created the piece of work being submitted.


Deadline to submit: Friday, July 31

Selected artists notified: mid-August

Size Guidelines

Photos: Maximum image size 1080 x 1080 pixels, no files larger than 15 MB

Videos: Maximum video width is 1080 pixels, no longer than 2 minutes, no files larger than 15 MB

Contest Criteria

Prompt: Why We Count. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges using the following criteria:

  • Does the piece respond to the prompt "Why We Count?"

  • Does the piece respond to the prompt creatively?

Multi-Language Contest Guidelines:

Click to open a PDF with these guidelines in these languages! ​