International Art Contest for Primary School Students

In the past few years, Arcus Ecological Association from Bačka Topola organized art contest for primary school students on the occasion of the Earth Day. The contest is aimed at promoting the nature protection, the knowledge about the living beings that surround us, about their habitat, ecology and importance. That is why the contest is addressed to young population, especially the primary school students. In the previous years there were a lot of participants from our country, but from abroad as well, and that is how the contest became international. Again, in 2023 we expect participants from all over the Serbia and from abroad, too.

European Roller (Photo: Szekeres Levente)

European Roller (Photo: Szekeres Levente)

Theme of 2023 contest is European Roller (Coracias garrulus) and its habitat. During the past decades the European Roller population has collapsed throughout Europe and nowadays this species is fighting for its survival. Changes in the European Roller habitat occurred due to human activities. Habitat degradation and loss have had a drastic effect on the European Roller population. At the beginning of 2000s, in the Province of Vojvodina (the North part of Serbia) there were less than twenty nesting pairs of the European Roller. One civil organization in Vojvodina started the European Roller conservation programme aiming conservation of previously collapsed population and potentially growth of the population. The first steps were very successful. Installation of artificial nest-boxes in suitable areas brought increase of the European Roller population in the North of Vojvodina. These encouraging results led to joining the other civil organizations from Vojvodina and taking part in the conservation programme. Thanks to active conservation, the latest results show that now there are more than 400 nesting European Roller pairs in Vojvodina, and the nesting area also grew, so the European Roller started to nest in the parts of Serbia that are southern from the rivers Sava and Danube. The European Roller is bright coloured bird, its head, neck and belly are skyblue, its back is chestnut brown, edge of the wings and the beak are black, the legs are yellow. The European Roller is a lowland species and it prefers open forest steppe habitat. It nests once a year, from May to July, in cavities of solitary and old trees. Rollers mostly hunt for large insects, but sometimes they also feed on small vertebrates. The European Roller is a long distance migrant, it starts its migration in the end of the Summer or beginning of Autumn, spending the winters in the southern and eastern parts of Africa.

Contest details

Contest type: art – drawing, watercolour, collage, and similar techniques


– primary school students 1st – 2nd grade (7 – 8 y. o.)

– primary school students 3rd – 4th grade (9 – 10 y. o.)

– primary school students 5th – 8th grade (11 – 14 y. o.)

Works can be created in any technique and size that is suitable for the age of participant. We expect works that show European Roller and its habitat.

Participants can create and prepare their works on art classes in school or independently from educational institution.

Participation method and deadline

Each participant can submit only one work. It is obligatory to write down on the back of the work the following information:

– title of the work

– name of the author

– author’s age and school grade

– contact information of the author or their parent/guardian (phone number and e-mail obligatory)

– art teacher’s name (if helped with work preparation)

– name of the school that is author attending

Contest participants can submit their application by sending their works by post at the following address: Arcus Ecological Association, 24300 Bačka Topola, Školska 2, Serbia (Ekološko društvo “Arkus”, 24300 Bačka Topola, Školska 2, Srbija).

Deadline for sending the works is 7 April 2023 (Friday).

There is no participation fee. The works can’t be returned to the authors.

Privacy policy

By registering participants agree to be bound by this agreement and accept all its parts. Artists authorize Arcus Ecological Association to process artist’s personal data in accordance with law. Personal data and submitted works will be used in accordance to the purpose of the contest.

Selection, awards and collective exhibition

In each category will be selected three best works by jury composed of Arcus Ecological Association’s members. If there will be any work that stands out, the jury can award special prize. Jury will not take into consideration the works with incomplete information about the work and its author, and the works which will be sent after the deadline. The awards are books suitable for the age of the authors.

All submitted artworks will be exhibited in Exhibition Hall of Bačka Topola Municipality Culture Centre. Exhibition opening and award ceremony will be held on 8 May 2023 (Monday) at 18:00.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 8 to 12 May 2023.

We are expecting very creative artworks.

S u p p o r t e r s

Local Government of Bačka Topola


Bačka Topola Municipality Culture Centre

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