2022 Teen Art Contest Rules

Teen Art Instagram Contest Rules

WHO MAY ENTER: Teens, aged 13-18, who are members of York County Libraries (in York County, Pennsylvania) and registered for SummerQuest 2022 may submit pictures of up to two pieces of art to the contest. We only want pictures of the art. Do not bring your physical art pieces to the library.

There are two age brackets: 13-15 and 16-18. Which bracket you belong to is determined by your age on June 1, 2022. (Example: if you turn 16 on June 2, 2022, you would be in the age 13-15 bracket, since you were still 15 years old on June 1st.)

If you are not registered for SummerQuest, go here: https://www.yorklibraries.org/summerquest or use the Beanstack app to register. You will need your YCL library card. 

ENTRY PERIOD: Entries accepted from July 1, 2022 through July 31, 2022 to the @YCLTeens Instagram account.

THEME: The art should reflect the theme “Oceans of Possibilities.”

LIMIT ON ENTRIES: Individuals may submit images of up to two (2) unique pieces of art.


Works may be art created at a YCL event, or it may be something you make on your own! It does not have to be new art, but no art which has been entered into other art contests, please.

Art should be family friendly and on-theme. 

Art should be 2D or 3D and made of physical media: drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage, etc. No digital creations, please.

Art should be photographed in good light without the use of any filtering software and submitted to the @YCLTeens Instagram account. We only want pictures of the art. Do not bring your physical art pieces to the library.


Post your picture and @Tag @YCLTeens on Instagram, or DM your photographs to the @YCLTeens Instagram account. Use the hashtag #YCLTeenArt2022.

In a Direct Message (not a public comment), send us the artist’s first and last name, the title of the piece, the artist’s age as of June 1, 2022, and include the hashtag #YCLTeenArt2022.

Note: Parents may use their own Instagram accounts to submit art on their child’s behalf, so long as the art is the child’s original work and the child meets the above parameters for WHO MAY ENTER. 


Prize of a $50 (fifty dollar) gift card will be given for “Best Exploration of Theme.” One winner in each age bracket, for a total of two (2) prizes. 

DETERMINATION OF WINNER: Winner is determined by bracketed popular vote from the @YCLTeens Instagram account, starting August 5, 2022. Winners will be announced August 19, 2022 on YCL social media channels. Prize pickup will be at your local library.


By submitting your art to the contest, you grant YCL a limited copyright to reproduce/repost the image of your artwork entry for the purposes of this contest; for ongoing marketing purposes; on yorklibraries.org; on YCL social media channels; in YCL library locations; and other partner media outlets, as needed. YCL reserves the right to disqualify works which do not meet the above parameters; do not meet the theme; or contain profanity or unsuitable imagery. YCL may lightly edit works (adjust image cropping, add text) for the purposes of running the contest.