Students Have Chance to Shine in Latest ORTLEF Contest

Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation’s (ORTLEF) contests encourage students of all grades to use their talents and artistic expression to create life-affirming art in a variety of forms. Through drawing, writing, video production or oral speech, pro-life students inspire excellence and lifelong advocacy. Win up to $500 each for the drawing, writing and film categories, and up to $600 for the oratory competition. Share with a pro-life youngster in your life today!

2023 ORTLEF Contest Theme
“Let Life Shine!”

Contest Categories
Drawing: grades K-12
Computer Drawing: grades 9-12
Essay: grades 5-12
Short Film: youth ages 10-13, junior 14-17 & adult 18+
Oratory: grades 11-12

Get started by filling out the “Find My Contest” form at

Students are matched with local contest coordinators, thoughtfully create submissions and compete at the city or county level. Local winners participate at the state competition held at the annual Together We Advocate conference on March 4. State-winning drawing and essay entries are displayed, short film winners will be viewed and oratory contestants will compete for the state prize. 

The oratory state contest winner will give their winning speech during the conference. Additionally, he or she will receive an expenses-paid trip to the 2023 National Right to Life Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where they will compete with students from across the country.  

“Something that I’m looking forward to with this year’s contest is to see the creativity of students and learn from their point of view why life is precious and should be protected,” says Jalaya Taylor, ORTL community outreach specialist. 

Interested in coordinating a local contest in your community? We could use your help! For more information, call 503-463-8563 or email
Pleasant Hill senior Gerard Morton won the oratory contest in 2021’s ORTLEF student contest as he accepts his award from ORTL executive director Lois Anderson

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