Canada Youth Visual Art Contest

The 2021 Canada Youth Visual Art Contest (CYVAC) is hosted by Youth Initiative Vancouver (YIV), and co-organized by Vanparents and Academy of Modern Art (AOMA). The contest aims to encourage multicultural communication and philanthropic endeavours, and to discover outstanding artistic and design talents around the world. Our jury includes internationally esteemed artists, top university art professors, and renowned senior-level competition judges. Winning art and design pieces will be organized into a charity sale to benefit UNICEF and help improve the lives of the most vulnerable children in the world. With the funds raised, children will be provided with food, water, medical care, and education, because every child has the right to grow up in a safe and healthy environment. Our contest organizers have five years of experience hosting international art events and we’re looking forward to the success of CYVAC this year!


  • Grand prize winner ($500 Scholarship)
  • Gold prize winners ($100 Each)
  • Silver prize winners ($50 Each)
  • Outstanding Artwork Winner (Certificates)


All winners will be given a letter of congratulations signed by the BC Minister of State for Child Care, as well as award certificates, exhibition certificates, and digital catalogues. If winners’ artwork is sold in the charity sale, they will also receive a charity donation certificate.

Show your creativity!

There are no restrictions on the materials used to create the submissions, including but not limited to drawing, painting, illustration, cartoon, animation, short-video, photography, digital art, design, sculpture and installation art, etc. The size of 2D artwork such as painting and design should be clearly photographed and should be no smaller than 20×30 cm and no larger than 40×55 cm. The size of 3D work such as sculpture and installation should be within 60×60×60cm. The size of digital art and film should be no larger than 300MB. All submissions of any medium should be no smaller than 500KB. Online submissions only. Participants may only submit one artwork each.

Entry form:

Submit your artwork through our web form by clicking the button below, or email your artwork to [email protected] along with your filled-out pdf registration form.

Competition Jury:

Gu Xiong

Gu Xiong is a Professor of Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia, was the judge of the National Arts Council of Canada and a multimedia China/Canadian Contemporary artist. His works have been collected by the National Gallery of Canada, the National Art Museum of China and many other museums and individuals, and he has received many commissions from the United States and Canada to create a number of public artworks.

Andrew McDermott

Andrew McDermott is a well-known artist and the President and a senior member for the Federation of Canadian Artists. He has been awarded national MEDALS of art many times, and his works have won many top international awards. Andrew has also been a judge for many international art competitions; In 2019, he was invited to be the chairman of The 34th IAPS Juried Exhibition, the world’s most influential pastel contest. He is the only judge who has the right to decide the final 10 winners.

Rachael McCall

Rachael is lead designer at HDA-x, faculty at SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture teaching undergraduate and graduate design studios and visual studies seminars, and a well-known designer based in Los Angeles, California. Her work speculates on the intersection of architecture, design, and technology, exploring multiple media, digital platforms, film, and installations. Rachael’s work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in Los Angeles, Australia, Greece, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Japan, and published in Italy, Australia, the USA, and UK.


Diamond: Beeta International Education Group Inc.
Gold: Quantum Academy

Host Organization:

Host Organizer: Youth Initiative Vancouver
Co-Organizers: Vanparents, Academy of Modern Art
Special Assitance: Canadian Community Service Association
Charity Partner: UNICEF Canada
Media Collaborators:, Lachic, Toronto News, Promenade Media, Great Vancouver Media, Canada National Chinese Channel

Make a donation now to UNICEF Canada to help them reach the most vulnerable children in some of the world’s toughest places.

To donate to UNICEF, you can choose the following donation methods:

1. Visit the Unicef Canada + CYVAC Official Donation WebsiteUnicef will Email you the tax receipt after your donation.

2. E-transfer to [email protected] 

3. Write a cheque to YOUTH INITIATIVE VANCOUVER SOCIETY. The address is 2408 West 41 Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6M 2A7. 

Please include your name and contact info along with your donation if you use method 2 or 3. We will send the full amount of your donation to UNICEF and will send you a tax receipt. 

Contact us at [email protected] or (604) 564-2408 if you would like a donation receipt.