Aspiring artists in elementary, middle school and high school have an opportunity to enter their fish art in the 2021 Fish Art Contest Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops.
The 2021 Art of Conservation Fish Art Contest is free and is open to students in Kindergarten to 12th grade. The contest is accepting entries until March 31st, 2021 and you must enter to win.
To compete, young artists create an original illustration of any species from the Official Fish List, found at www.FishArt.org. A one-page creative writing piece answering the question “Why do you think it is important to protect our lakes, rivers, estuaries and coastlines,” is also required and awarded for contestants in grades 4-12.
“The Johnny Morris Foundation is committed to introducing a new generation to the wonders of the natural world. With children spending more time in front of screens, programs such as the Fish Art Contest are vital to inspire the next generation of anglers and conservation stewards,” said Misty Mitchell, Director of Conservation Programs.
“Many kids just can’t access fishing opportunities. The Fish Art Contest breaks down barriers and is an innovative solution to connect youth to fish and aquatic conservation, teaching them the value of nature and the outdoors,” said Pat Conzemius, President & CEO, Wildlife Forever.
Young artists from around the world have the opportunity to win prizes and international recognition while learning about fish, habitat and the great outdoors. The Art of Conservation® ignites a new passion for fish and fishing and helps to create the next generation of stewards.
Winners will be honored in four grade categories K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. National judging for the Fish Art Contest will be held in April and winners will be announced at the beginning of May.
Students can win prizes from our sponsors Bass Pro Shops, the USDA Forest Service, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, National Fish Habitat Partnership, Western Native Trout Initiative, World Fish Migration Foundation and more. Full details are at www.FishArt.org
About the Fish Art Contest: The award-winning Wildlife Forever Fish Art™ Contest, with support from Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, the USDA Forest Service and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, brings children, art and aquatic conservation together! The annual contest reaches thousands of youth each year. New distance learning resources allow students to participate from home or classroom and complement a wide array of educational programming. To enter, young artists create an original illustration of any fish from the Official Fish list and written words detailing its habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Educators nationwide utilize Fish On, the full-color Fish Art Lesson Plan, integrating the disciplines of science and art. Entries are due postmarked or emailed by March 31st each year and for more information go to www.fishart.org.
About Wildlife Forever: Our mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Wildlife Forever is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to investing resources on the ground. Recent audits reveal that 94% of every dollar supports our award-winning conservation programs.
NWTF UPCOMING BANQUET
Due to continuing Covid concerns, this year’s Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s annual banquet will be held virtually.
According to Bruce Dietrich, this year the organization will have in lieu of the banquet, a Membership/Door Prize Ticket system that includes a year’s membership and a Virtual Door Prize ticket that includes a long list of top-notch firearms. There are also several raffles that even includes a “Gun Safe Raffle Guns” where the winner takes the safe and guns.
There will be 15 door prizes with only 300 tickets to sold so your chances of winning are very good. This is but one opportunity with a long list of other chances and raffles.
All winners will be drawn via Facebook live at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 19, 2021. Winners will also be notified.
To participate plus purchase tickets and sponsorships, go to https://events.nwtf.org/38032110-2021.
Nick Hromiak has been an outdoors and automotive writer for over 30 years. He's been published in numerous national and state-wide outdoor magazines and newspapers.