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Art competition “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns

Following the lion’s proud entrance, the “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns really gets started: wild donkeys gallop for all their worth, the tortoises – slooowly – throw their legs in the air as they dance the can-can, the elephant takes a ponderous turn … and there’s so much more to come!


What great fun it is for the animals as they play music, dance to music or just jump around!


Can you imagine what this would be like? If so, then why not take part in our art competition and draw or paint a picture, showing us what fun the animals are having with the music at the carnival!


And you’ll have a chance to win one of three prizes! And what’s more, ALL OF THE PICTURES will be displayed on our website.

Here’s what you have to do:

  • Draw or paint a picture of one or more animals from the “Carnival of the Animals” that are included in this list: lion – hens and roosters – donkeys – tortoises – elephant – kangaroos – fish in an aquarium – cuckoo – birds – fossils – swan

  • Make sure you draw or paint your picture carefully and show what fun the animals are having with the music – so perhaps they are playing an instrument, dancing or singing.

  • Ask your parents if you are allowed to take part and ask them to read the terms and conditions of entry outlined below. Email your drawing together with the consent form signed by your parent or guardian by 30 June 2021 23:59 CET to (file size 10 MB)

If you like, you can watch the “Carnival of the Animals” again here, performed by the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Papiertheater (a paper theatre) in Nuremberg.

Source: BR 2020,

There’s a little bit of German in the video – but don’t worry, you’ll certainly be able to enjoy listening to the music, watching the musicians and, of course, the magical paper theatre!

And the prizes are:

From among all of the eligible entries the jury will choose the three pictures which best illustrate the fun the animals are having with the music. The winners will be notified by email at the beginning of July 2021.

The three winners may each choose one of the following prizes:

* subject to availability; otherwise a similar prize of equivalent value will be substituted.


In addition, we will be posting the three winning pictures (giving the first name and age) on the following channels: and!  

And if you don’t win a prize? Don’t worry, we’ll also be showcasing your picture here on our website (giving your first name and age)!

Terms and conditions of entry:

The competition is open to children who are a maximum of 12 years old on the day their picture is submitted. IMPORTANT! Participation of minors is only allowed with the written consent of a parent or guardian (consent form HERE), which must be submitted with the picture and will be archived by the publishing house!

This competition is not open to employees, owners, editors and authors of G. Henle Publishers or their relatives. Entry is limited to one picture per child. To enter the competition, email the picture together with the official consent form signed by a parent or guardian to The closing date for the competition is 30 June 2021 23:59 CET. The winners will be notified via email. The judges’ decision is final. There is no right of appeal. No cash alternative for any prizes will be offered. The entrants understand that no compensation will be paid. Information regarding data privacy can be found here.