2020 Contest Information

Submit a poster, photo or video entry by April 10, 2020. 

This is the 30th Annual DLC High School Art Contest.  Since 1990, tens of thousands of high school students have participated in Donate Life Connecticut’s Annual Visual Arts Contest, and we are inviting you to showcase the creativity and talent of your students by encouraging their participation in this year’s program.  There are a host of cool prizes for the winners: 

  • 1st Place:  Apple AirPods with Apple Care Plus &                      $100 iTunes Gift Card

  • 2nd Place:  $150 Gift Card

  • 3rd Place:  $100 Gift Card

  • Tony Award: Cash Prize

  • Teacher Prize:  New this year..... The teacher of the 1st Place Winner will be awarded a $100 gift card.


Why is it important to get this life-saving message to high school students?


The contest is intended to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation, and the importance of becoming a registered donor.  Donation and transplantation can affect anyone.  With most Connecticut students applying for their driver’s license or state ID at the age of 16, our goal—by encouraging students to create a poster, photography piece, or video message—is for students to be better informed about donation and the donor registry when asked if they want to be a registered organ and tissue donor at the DMV.


This year, awards will be presented for selected visual art winners on April 24, 2020, during a kickoff celebration of National Donate Life Month (April). The celebraton at the Connecticut State Capitol building is canceled due to COVID-19 but participating students will be recognized and an announcement of winners will be broadcasted via Facebook Live on Friday, April 24, 2020  at 10:00am. In addition to first, second, third place winners, a special Tony Award is also presented to one student in memory of a young man who passed away while waiting for a transplant.


Below, you’ll find information detailing the contest rules and requirements, examples of past winners, helpful hints for students and the application to be adhered to the back of each submission.

In collaboration with the Annual Visual Arts Contest, Donate Life Connecticut offers you the opportunity to invite organ and tissue transplantation professionals into the classroom for an in-house presentation designed for students, offering information on donation and the role that each individual can play in saving and improving the quality of life of others. 

To schedule a presentation, please contact Alison Keating at

203-387-1549 or


For questions about the contest, please email 

2020 Second Place

Hannah Mussatto


2020 First Place

Skyler Cassidy

2020 Third Place

Juliet Kimble

2020 Second Place

Hannah Mussatto

2020 Tony Award

Nicole Drinan

2019 Visual Arts Poster Contest Winner

2017 Visual Arts Poster Contest Winner

2018 Visual Arts Poster Contest Winner

2016 Visual Arts Poster Contest Winner

CT Coalition for Organ & Tissue Donation, dba, Donate Life Connecticut

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