“Not all superheroes wear capes, some wear scrubs and gowns” An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar

“Draw your hero” is an art competition designed to recognise the many different professions and people who are working tirelessly to bring Ireland through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Centred on the theme “not all superheroes wear capes”, the competition is open to young people aged between 6 and 14 years of age on the island of Ireland. It will be followed by a gallery exhibition and a special awards night to acknowledge a selection of both the artists and the heroes who played a part in getting Ireland through this crisis.

We are looking for children to submit their artwork based on the superhero in their lives whether that is their Mam or Dad who is a nurse or doctor on the frontline, their Gran or Grandad who are sticking out this social distancing like a trooper, all the way to their cousin who is delivering all the goods to our shops. Heroes come in many forms and this competition will be a way to share the children’s creative flair while also acknowledging the heroes who are taking incredible action and standing strong in the face of adversity.

A selection of some of our winners with their medals and prizes!

Our 12 finalists have been chosen:

A massive congratulations to all the finalists and a huge thank you to all the children and teens who entered. It was no easy task for the judges to arrive at a top 12 and they were absolutely blown away by the quality of each and every piece of art & story submitted. You should all be very proud of yourselves. I will be in touch with the parents of our finalists on Saturday August 8th to give further details on the online awards night.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up to speed on any key announcements and to view all submissions!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drawyourhero/

Competition Details

The competition is open to children across the island of Ireland. There are four age categories 6 – 7 years old, 8 – 9 years old, 10 – 11 years old and 12 to 14 years old.

We want to honour both the artist and the superhero who inspired the artist. Participants must complete their artwork in A4 or A3 size and submit it with a short 200 word description outlining why their artwork highlights their particular hero and what makes them so special.

There will be prizes for the top 3 entries in each age category to the value of €100 for 1st place, €70 for 2nd and €50 for 3rd place.

The heroes will also receive prizes as a token of the appreciation of an entire nation.

Submission timelines:

The competition is open from:  Wednesday April 8th – Wednesday June 3rd 2020

Judging will take place from:  Thursday June 4th 2020 – Monday August 3rd 2020

Announcement of finalists: Tuesday August 18th

Date of Exhibition and Awards: The awards will now be held via an online event. All entries have been posted on our Facebook page which will serve as a permanent online exhibition of all the artwork our young artists drew or painted to honour their heroes.

Preparing Your Entry:

We want you to create your masterpiece based around who the superhero in your life has been during the current pandemic?

Here are some ideas to get your creatives juices flowing:

  • Maybe it’s your Mam or Dad who is a nurse or doctor on the frontline
  • Perhaps it’s your Gran or Grandad who are sticking out this social distancing like a trooper
  • Maybe it’s your Aunt or Uncle who are out delivering hot meals to the homeless, checking in on elderly neighbours or serving people in the pharmacy
  • Could it be your brother or sister who helped to keep you entertained throughout the lockdown?
  • Perhaps it could be your neighbour who is working round the clock as a paramedic or your cousin who is delivering all the goods to our shops

Size of artwork:

Your entry should not be smaller than A4 (29.7cm x 21.0cm) or bigger than A3 (29.7 x 42.0cm). Please create your artwork in flat format only, it should not be rolled, folded or framed.

Use of Materials

You may use any type of paper, white, coloured, rough or smooth. The work that you submit may be drawn or painted in pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, crayon, pastel, watercolour, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour and collage.


Your work should be original and unaided.

Submit your masterpiece via our website link: The competition is now closed for submissions

(Please note that by submitting your entry you are giving your permission for your entry to be shared on our social media platforms).

Also please save your original work as we will display a selection of entries at the final awards ceremony so we may ask you to post to us later.

Please submit a good quality photo of your artwork accompanied with a short piece (no more than 200 words) outlining why your artwork highlights this particular hero in your life and what makes them so special.

*Please do not allow your child to put their name on the front of their artwork as we want to keep the judging as fair as possible*

Why not share your entry on our social media pages for the world to admire and you can also share a 30 second video on why you chose this person as your superhero and why! Please note sharing on social media does not constitute as an entry, entries must be submitted via the website as outlined above.

Our Sponsors & Supporters

We wish to acknowledge the following sponsors and supporters who are supporting prizes, venues and more besides:



AYA Kids

For any businesses or people who would like to sponsor a prize or help in any way please reach out via email: info@drawyourhero.ie

Submit your artwork

The competition is now closed for submissions

If you would like see some of the entries submitted just head over to our Facebook page to be kept up to date: https://www.facebook.com/drawyourhero/