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And the Winners Are!

The time has come to announce the JPay Holiday Art Contest winners. This year we received over 50 submissions from more than 13 states and the designs were truly a creative display of spreading peace during the holiday season. We would like to thank everyone that took the time to enter this year’s contest… we really enjoyed your talents.

The decision was tough…. but without further ado, we’re happy to present the winning designs for the 2016 Holiday Art Contest. Thank you for all your excellent contributions and stay tuned for the next contest from JPay!



  1. D. Norman

    October 28, 2017 - 3:55 pm

    These comment about the subject of “Christmas” in this art contest is ridiculous. These inmates are finding ways to express themselves, doing something constructive with their time. I mean, damn people… most of those who complain about the content of their artwork (weather it represent what you believe or not), are guilty of the entire Commercialism of Christmas throughout the world. The entire concept of christmas is rooted in Paganism. And how do you tell someone else how to represent themselves and their views. Shame on all of you, let these inmates be constructive with their time!

  2. Joy

    September 27, 2017 - 8:01 pm

    I Love all 3 of the winners drawings but I fail to see how the 1st one that won had anything to do with what we call Christmas ,some call Holidays …Do not get me wrong I do love the colors and vibrancy of the art . All done so well.

  3. R P

    September 21, 2017 - 2:13 pm

    I am truly offended because NOT ONE OF THESE SHOW THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS. This is JESUS CHRIST’S birthday. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE TO BE CELEBRATING!!!!!! SO SHAMEFUL.!!!!! WHERE IS BABY JESUS????? Merry Christmas???? SERIOUSLY????? I will never go through JPay again. You stand for nothing I believe in.

  4. Tina

    September 13, 2017 - 5:54 am

    Hi, I would like to know when this will begin and how do you notify inmates and us?

  5. Nikki K.

    September 5, 2017 - 2:57 am

    I think that is such a great idea to give the inmates opportunities to be able to spend time on a project and give them a chance to be rewarded for their efforts and artwork. I think there should be more contests. The prizes they could be rewarded with are endless. Should have many place winnings so at least a good number of entries receive some sort of prize. Even if it were just a cup of noodles… They would be more than grateful I’m sure ! That’s amazing you guys are doing this for our loved ones who are incarcerated. Thank you so much !

  6. Patricia D. Butcher

    August 31, 2017 - 4:20 pm

    If a person won an art award from entering this contest before in another year, can they re-enter again in this year of 2017?

  7. Editor

    August 29, 2017 - 3:53 pm

    Hi Vanessa – We are working to have another art contest during the holiday season. We will make sure to let everyone know.

  8. Vanessa Lewis

    August 23, 2017 - 5:22 pm

    Is the date available for the next holiday contest? Again thank you for hosting such a beautiful contest.

  9. Editor

    August 23, 2017 - 12:29 pm

    Hi Jessica – Yes.

  10. Jessica

    August 12, 2017 - 7:41 am

    When JPAY has these Contest, Do the inmates get anything as in prize or money for winning ?

  11. Editor

    August 7, 2017 - 3:35 pm

    Hi Gladys – This is up to the discretion of each state Department of Corrections. JPay does not control the process of adding new products and services in each state.

  12. Gladys Thompson

    August 3, 2017 - 7:15 pm

    Can you please tell me when these tablet are coming out for the inmates so they can have visits on them

  13. Scott Lanter

    July 13, 2017 - 12:06 am

    I just viewed all of the entries on the JPay Facebook page and I am thoroughly impressed. I only wish I knew the names of the inmates who created these masterpieces so that I could write each of them a note of encouragement to continue pursuing their talent, and that just because they may not have won, does not mean their efforts were overlooked. This was really great of JPay to offer the contest. I would like to see JPay do this for every major holiday. The artwork really moved me because of the passion they put into their entries. Simply great!!!

  14. Editor

    January 17, 2017 - 3:29 pm

    Hi Janae- Please click to see all the submissions.

  15. Janae Mcgiboney

    January 17, 2017 - 3:12 pm

    Can I view all of the submissions??

  16. Editor

    January 9, 2017 - 11:55 am

    Hi Arlene- We’re sorry your loved one missed this art contest. He should have been notified by his facility. Our next art contest should be held during the next holiday season.

  17. Editor

    January 9, 2017 - 11:50 am

    Hi Sharon – These winning designs are not being printed for purchase.

  18. Lynda Christopher

    December 30, 2016 - 5:51 pm

    To the facility there that makes these creatives possible to do while serving their time, so ‘all is not lost’, “I thank you for this opportunity you’ve given those who desire to do so.” Lynda Christopher

  19. pia perri

    December 29, 2016 - 11:24 pm

    I thought they were all beautiful, I bet it was truly hard to pick a winner.

  20. Leah Ann Talamantes

    December 29, 2016 - 8:51 am

    Wow! The talent is amazing here! I am glad for the guys and girls to have the supplies to create these masterpieces of art!

  21. Sharon Vandenbergh

    December 28, 2016 - 9:25 pm

    Are these being printed for purchase 2017 Christmas Season. Fund Jpay Lantern?

  22. Arlene

    December 28, 2016 - 2:20 am

    Were all inmates made aware of this contest? My son is talented and would have loved the opportunity to share Christmas Cheer through his art.

  23. Rebecca Phillips riddle

    December 26, 2016 - 6:08 am

    All projects were beautiful and deserving

  24. Debi

    December 24, 2016 - 3:55 pm

    All of them all great.

  25. Rebecca Simms

    December 23, 2016 - 9:01 pm

    I would like to see all of the submissions.

  26. Kat Jackson

    December 23, 2016 - 12:09 pm

    Hey Mr Michael, sent you a wish hope you doing fine Love you?!

  27. Kat Jackson

    December 23, 2016 - 12:06 pm

    Merry Christmas to my cuzzin Mr.Michael J Birklett. So much Love for you. Miss you!! Ha Ha I got it now!!

  28. Melinda schnitker

    December 23, 2016 - 10:31 am

    How do I get art supplies thru j pay to my son in prison.

  29. Sherri Kling

    December 22, 2016 - 3:59 pm

    Beautiful work! My favorite is #3 Happy Holiday’s to all.

  30. Rochelle Dawson

    December 20, 2016 - 5:28 pm

    very very nice….

  31. Rena Bruce

    December 20, 2016 - 4:19 am

    2nd place was my brothers drawing. He will be so amazed his work was chosen. Thank you JPAY, he really put his all into creating peace on earth.

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