WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN – Wildlife Forever is proud to announce that the 2021 Minnesota Fish Art Contest is officially open and accepting entries. The Contest is a free art and writing competition open to learners in Kindergarten through 12th grade that works to inspire young people to discover the outdoors.
This year, Outdoor News is offering a free 1-year digital subscription to all Fish Art Contest participants from the state of Minnesota. Winners will also receive a gift card thanks to Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops and a year-long subscription to the Guy Harvey Magazine, from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
Outdoor News, founded in 1968, is the most popular source of news and information for outdoor enthusiasts in the Great Lake states. The Junior Pro Team (JPT), part of the Outdoor News Family, is a forum and resource for youth ages 18 and under to “become an outdoor expert.” You can join for free by visiting www.jrproteam.com
Evy Gebhardt, Director of Business Development for Outdoor News Inc., remarked “Outdoor News is proud to help ensure the future of outdoor sports. Programs such as the Minnesota Fish Art Contest encourages young people to become involved members of our outdoor community.”
To enter, participants create an original illustration of any species from the Fish Art Contest Official Fish List. Participants in 4th to 12th grade must also submit a one-page written essay, story or poem based on habitat and conservation needs of their chosen species. Contestants will be honored in four grade categories, K-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th and 10th-12th. Judging will be held in April and winners announced in May.
“The Art of Conservation® Fish Art Contest ignites a life-long appreciation of fish and fishing. Minnesota is home to 162 different species of fish, this contest is the perfect opportunity for Minnesotan students to learn about fish, near and far,” said Wildlife Forever Education Director, Julia Luger.
The 2021 contest also has many Specialty Award Categories and opportunities for additional prizes and recognition such as the Fish Habitat Award, Western Native Trout Award, and Guy Harvey Award. Visit www. FishArt.org for full details on how to participate.
About the Artwork: 2020 Minnesota 1st place winner, 4th-6th grade division. Artist, Paul W. Duluth, MN
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. Entries are categorized in four grade levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. 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. 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. Please, Join Today and learn more about the Art of Conservation® Fish Art Contest® and Songbird Art Contest™, Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ and Prairie City USA® at www.WildlifeForever.org.