January 15, 2014
BROOKLYN CENTER, MN - The 16th annual Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art season, open to kids in grades K-12, ends on March 31. Just remember, you have to enter to win! Students across the United States and internationally will have the opportunity to win prizes and national recognition while learning about state-fish species, behaviors, aquatic habitats, and conservation. The State-Fish Art Contest uses art to ignite children's imaginations while teaching them about fish and fishing. The State-Fish Art Contest, presented by FLW, is open to all students and is currently seeking entries. The first-place winning state artists, written word winners, and their families will be invited to attend the EXPO - held in conjunction with FLW during the Forrest L. Wood Cup bass-fishing world championship on Aug. 15-17 in Columbia, S.C. Every attending winner is recognized personally onstage and will receive awards and prizes. National Art winners also will be announced and awarded. Winning contestants from each state, Ontario, Canada, and other countries will be honored in four grade categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. All winning art and written words will receive national recognition on the State-Fish Art website and be displayed at the EXPO. Those attending the EXPO will be treated to a wide variety of family events throughout the weekend, including the special awards ceremony which will honor all first-place and national winners with prizes, trophies and fishing gear. Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2014. State winners will be announced Monday, May 5, 2014. To enter, young artists must create an original illustration of their chosen state-fish. A personal one-page written essay, story or poem on the fish's behavior, habitat and conservation needs is also required and awarded. Educators, homeschoolers and parents: Please visit the State-Fish Art website at www.statefishart.org for complete details or to download the free Fish On! Lesson Plan or request it on a free CD here. 2014 contest schedule March 31- Deadline for all entries. Early April - State-level art judging in Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia and Texas (state winners sent to headquarters for National Judging). April 22 - State-level and national art judging at Wildlife Forever Headquarters in Minnesota (National art winners announced at EXPO). April 29 - National judging of "written words." May 5 - State-level art winners and national "Fish Make You Smarter" award winners announced. People's Choice Award - Online voting dates to be determined. Aug. 15-17 - State-Fish Art Expo Related links: For more contest details, click here. To view the 2013, State Fish Art Contest winners, click here. To view sample art entries, click here For lesson information, click here. For entry forms, click here. For complete contest rules, click here. FLW signs on as title sponsor for State Fish Art Contest About the State-Fish Art Contest The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contestâ„¢, presented by FLW, is entering its 16th year of bringing children, art and aquatic conservation together. To enter, young artists create an original illustration of any official state fish and written words detailing its behavior, 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 State-Fish Art Lesson Plan, combining the disciplines of science and art. It is available on CD, at no charge and for download. Entries are due postmarked by March 31 each year. For all the 2014 details and to view the 2013 winning images visit www.StateFishArt.org. About Wildlife Forever Located in Brooklyn Center, Minn., Wildlife Forever's mission is to conserve America's wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As the nonprofit conservation arm of the North American Hunting Club and North American Fishing Club, Wildlife Forever represents the conservation interests of 1.3 million members. Learn more at: www.WildlifeForever.org. Digital copies of 2013 winning artwork are available upon request.