Hydrocephalus Art Contest 2023

HC Does Art: Help Us Tell Stories

In honour of Lorna Wreford and her dedication to the Hydrocephalus & Spina Bifida community

painting of white and purple trillium flowers
painting of childs playroom

Whether you’ve joined our Hydrocephalus Canada Community many years ago or recently, you deserve to be proud of the community and the numerous positive effects it has had on its members. This Art Contest is dedicated in honour of Lorna Wreford whom I first met in 1979. She became a very successful and prolific artist who contributed immensely to the community, including donating art for fund-raising calendars. All current members are invited to use their imaginations to create their own unique image that will celebrate the golden anniversary of HC.

To help you get started on this competition, here are some suggestions that will increase your chances of success and feeling good about what you create.

               Be sure your art fits into the THEME of the anniversary.

               Think of how you can make your art unique, something that is original and helps us understand and appreciate YOU.

               From time to time, try to self-evaluate your art by being your own judge. (Of course, you’ll have to read the judges’ criteria below.)

I wish you all the best as you let your creative ideas flow. 

-Alan Hirsch

This contest is open to individuals from our SBH Community, their family members and caregivers to submit their traditional and non traditional artwork. Art pieces can include paintings, drawings and photographs . This contest aims to encourage everyone in our community to use their creativity to shine a light on the millions of stories that exist in our Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida Community and to discover and reward outstanding artistic abilities. 


This year HC will be awarding the top 3 artists voted on by the SBH community with cash prizes.

Prizes for Top 3:

  • 1st Prize Wins: $500
  • 2nd Prize Wins: $250
  • 3rd Prize Wins: $150 

Contest Information


To celebrate our incredible 50th anniversary year we are asking all submissions to reflect the anniversary spirit of CELEBRATE, LIVE & DREAM. Celebrate the Past, Live in the Present and Dream about the future! Whether your idea is from the past, to share the excitements of today, or imagine what might be available in the future, we want to know more about your story. Artwork can be more realistic or abstract and can include people, animals, events and objects. The creativity is all yours! 

Creativity: 20%

Originality: 20%

Technical Skill: 25%

Theme interpretation (including the Short Description submitted with the entry): 35%

  • A panel of judges will review all entries in both traditional and non traditional art and pick a top 10. The top 10 will go on to get a public vote from the SBH community. The pieces that receive the most votes will be awarded the top prizes. 
  • Judging will be based on creativity, originality, technical skill and interpretation of the theme
  • The first place winner will also have their art piece featured as the cover for the 50th anniversary special edition magazine 
  • All art submissions will 
    • Be featured on Hydrocephalus Canada’s website 
    • Receive a certificate of participation
    • Receive a sketch book/art supplies 
  • All winners will
    • Receive a cash prize
    • Receive a canvas of their artwork
    • Be featured on Hydrocephalus Canada’s social media platforms
    • Artwork will be featured in our Staying Connected 

Submission Info

All submission are due FRIDAY, JUNE 9TH, 2023

Contest Rules:

  • One submission per person
  • Please tell us about your art submission, including how it emphasizes the theme (a short description is required)
  • The pieces must be created and submitted by individuals from our SBH Community, their family members and caregivers 
  • All art pieces need to be submitted by the May 31st, 2023
  • All submissions require a digital photo copy of the piece. For example, if you are doing a watercolor painting a photo attachment needs to be attached to your submission
  • Winners will be announced in June for June Awareness Month 

***Copyright law: All submissions must be original and created by you. Any artwork that is copyrighted will be rejected. For example, no artwork can be taken from television shows, video games, movies or books will be accepted, however replicas or interpretations will be accepted.  

Submissions are NOW OPEN. Please submit your entries HERE

We are excited to see what you create! 

Please reach out to trajan@hydrocephalus.ca if you have any questions. If you need accommodations, please contact us directly.