Directory Cover Art Competition

Art Contest


Thank you to all of those people who have entered this year's Art Directory Competition for 2020/2021. The winning entrants will be contacted by October 31, 2019.



Northwestel is proud to support a thriving and diverse northern arts community.



For more than 30 years, artwork created by northern artists has been a staple for the covers of Northwestel phone directories.  From stunning northern landscapes to richly coloured cultural designs, Northwestel directory cover art is as varied and diverse as the northern artists who create it.  Each year, three selected cover artists are awarded $3,000 each and have their winning artwork featured on the directory cover for their region. Northwestel directories help northerners in every community to connect with each other.  It’s one way we’re helping to build a stronger North – where everyone can prosper and thrive. 



2019 - 2020 Winners 


Past Winners

  • Directory Art Contest Legal

    No purchase necessary.Some restrictions apply. Contest starts at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on September 2, 2019 and closes on October 2, 2019 at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) PT. Open to legal residents of Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Northern British Columbia and Yukon, comprised within the Northwestel operating area ( who are of the age of majority in the province or territory in which they reside. Approximate value of each of the three (3) prizes is $3,000.00 CAD. Odds of winning a prize will depend on the total number and caliber of all eligible entries received for each region during the contest period. Complete contest rules and entry available at

    • Eligibility

      Entrants must be current residents of Northwestel’s operating area (Nunavut, NWT, northern BC and Yukon). Artists whose work has appeared on a Northwestel directory cover in the last four years are not eligible to enter. Works to be considered must be two-dimensional original, hand-rendered artwork (such as acrylic, oil, watercolour, silkscreen, etc.), digital visual art works (such as digital painting, drawing or computer-generated still imagery) or three-dimensional works (such as sculptures and carvings). Although photography is considered an art form, we are not seeking this type of artwork at this time for the directory covers. The artwork cannot already have been previously published, reproduced in any format or exhibited. The artist should not have future plans to sell, publish, reproduce or exhibit the artwork. A maximum of two pieces may be submitted by each artist.