Announcing the Winners!

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8 and Under Age Group

  • Alyosha Netrebko (Cary), 1st place, for “Giganotosaurus in the Jungle”
  • Aliza Schrage (Raleigh), 2nd place, for “Midnight Snack”
  • Lee Williams (Lillington), Honorable Mention, for “Acrocanthosaurus Attack”
  • Johnny Gracely (Raleigh), Honorable Mention, for “Flash the Friendly Dinosaur”
  • Dylan Dorris (Raleigh), Honorable Mention, for “The King of the Dinosaurs & the Prince”

9-13 Age Group

  • Shelby Elder (Fayetteville), 1st place, for “Velociraptor Pack”
  • Jessie Johnson (Clayton), 2nd place, for “Timid Triceratops”
  • Noah Sulzman (Black Mountain), Honorable Mention, for “Rise of the Spinosaurus”
  • Zaria Richardson (Zebulon), Honorable Mention, for “Sinosauropteryx Sprint”
  • Ethan Johnson (Herriman, Utah), Honorable Mention, for “Walking with Dinosaurs”
  • Amber Sari (Clayton), Honorable Mention, for “Through the Forest”

14-18 Age Group

  • Lydia Johnson (Clayton), 1st place, for “The Hunt”
  • Gillian Griffiths (Raleigh), 2nd place (tie), for “Prehistoric Marsh”
  • Alexander Altenkirch (Raleigh), 2nd place (tie), for “Troodon”
  • Jayna Senn (Jacksonville), Honorable Mention, for “Acrocanthosaurus”
  • Priscilla Mathai (Raleigh), Honorable Mention, for “Tyrannosaurus”
  • Bethany Edwards (Raleigh), Honorable Mention, for “Coelophysis”

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Dinosaur Illustration Contest for Kids!

Calling all young artists! 

Ceratosaurus illustrationInspired by the Dinosaurs in Motion special exhibit running at the Museum through September 8, the Museum is sponsoring a Dino-Sketch Contest for young artists. 

Kids aged 2-18 are invited to create their best and most realistic version of a dinosaur in its natural habitat for a chance to win a prize and have their drawing displayed in the Museum Store!

  • The contest will accept drawings from July 1–August 15.
  • Each age group (8 and under, 9–13, and 14–18) will have 1st place and 1st runner-up winners with prizes from the Museum Store. 
  • Children can draw, paint or sketch using whatever medium they choose, as long as the drawing is on a standard sheet of paper (8.5”x11”).

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Each participant must turn in a submission form, which is available at the Museum Store and online (see above). One submission form per illustration. Limit of 3 illustrations per child. Submission forms must be completed to be considered.

Kids can draw or paint using whatever medium they choose (e.g. crayon, acrylics, water colors and/or pencil) as long as it is on a standard sheet of paper (8.5”x11”).

We encourage kids to use all resources accessible to them to make their illustrations as realistic as possible, however, copied or traced drawings will not be taken into consideration. Computer-generated art or drawings done with the help of an adult will not be accepted in the contest. Drawings left unfinished, or exceeding the measures indicated above will also be disqualified.

Illustrations will only be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Immediate family members of Museum or Friends of the Museum staff are ineligible.