Calling all artists! We are excited to announce our first-ever drawing contest to celebrate Guru Nanak’s birthday on November 19!
We are hosting this drawing contest so that Sikh Dharma community members around the world can share their drawings of Guru Nanak Dev ji, or any aspect of his life or his Bani with our global community. We look forward to the chance to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of the great Guru Nanak Dev ji in a spirit of love, reverence, and creative expression. The top-rated drawings will be awarded prizes from the Sikh Dharma International Marketplace!
Guru Nanak is the first Sikh Guru. He lived for 70 years. He was born in Talwandi, Pakistan. Born into a Hindu family, Guru Nanak rejected the notion of divisions between people based on religion. He taught the Oneness of the Creator and the fundamental brotherhood and sisterhood of all. He stated that the experience of the Divine dwelled within every person, so there was no difference between people based on caste, creed, gender or nationality. His simple but profound philosophy rested on recognizing the fundamental Divinity of all people. When lived in an awareness of the Divine Light within all, human life could become a profound experience of love, truth, patience, peace and contentment.
Instructions for Submitting Drawings
We are accepting submissions in three different age categories:
- Children: Ages 9 and Under
- Preteens and Teens: Ages 10-16
- Adults: Ages 16 and Over
Submitting drawings for the contest is simple! Your age and email address is required to submit photos, but will only be used by the SDI team to coordinate the logistics and the mailing of prizes to the contest winners. SDI will not share your information, or add you to our email list.
- Create a drawing or painting celebrating the life of Guru Nanak. If you already have a drawing of Guru Nanak, his life, or his Bani that you would like to submit, skip to step 2!
- Take a photo of your drawing, or use a scanner to scan your drawing and create a digital file of the drawing.
- Click on the applicable link below based on the age of the person submitting the drawing.
- Click on the “Add Photo” button. The system will prompt you to upload the “photo” (digital file) of your drawing. Please note that you should only submit drawings that you have permission to share (drawings created by you, your children, etc.). The SDI team will review the drawings before they are posted, which may take up to one day.
- Be sure to upload your drawings no later than the October 28 deadline! Voting will take place from November 2 – 10. Further information will be shared about voting on November 2.
Prizes for Children
Sikh Dharma International is delighted to present prizes to the top three drawings in the children’s category from the beautiful offerings of the Sikh Dharma International Marketplace! All prizes will be mailed to the contestant by SDI free of charge.
The creators of the top-three drawings in the children’s category will each be able to pick ONE prize from the list below:
- Adi Shakti Kirpan (small) with Gatra
- Mini Kirpan (4.5″) with Gatra
- Amrit Ceremony for Children Coloring Book
- Gratitude Journal
- Gurmat Coloring Book for Children
- My Little Sikh Handbook
- Sikh Coloring Book for Children
- Sikh Princess Coloring Book
- The Five Fingered Family – Children’s Book
Prizes for Preteens and Teens
The creators of the top 3 drawings in the preteens and teens category may pick ONE prize from the adult list or the children’s list, per their preference.
Prizes for Adults
Sikh Dharma International is delighted to present prizes to the top three drawings in the adults category from the beautiful offerings of the Sikh Dharma International Marketplace! All prizes will be mailed to the contestant by SDI free of charge.
The first place winner in the adults category will be gifted a beautiful set of Japji Meditation Cards.
The second place winner in the adults category will will be gifted the book “Guru Nanak’s Call of the Soul: Japji Sahib.”
The third place winner in the adults category will have a choice between the four offerings listed below:
- “Japji Sahib: A Journey Towards Spirituality” Booklet
- Gratitude Journal
- Wooden Wrist Mala
- Beautiful print of painting of Guru Nanak Dev ji (available in either 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 14)