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Now Accepting 2018 State-Fish Art Entries

Now Accepting 2018 State-Fish Art Entries
State-Fish Art Entries

Wildlife Forever is now accepting entries for the 20th Anniversary State-Fish Art Contest sponsored by Bass Pro Shops. The program is for K-12 students in the United States and abroad, and provides the opportunity to win prizes and recognition while learning about state-fish species, behaviors, aquatic habitats and conservation.

“Connecting new audiences to the outdoors ensures conservation will have a strong voice for generations to come,” says Bob Ziehmer, senior director of conservation at Bass Pro Shops. “State-Fish Art is another way of getting them hooked.”

To enter, young artists create an original illustration of their chosen fish from the official State-Fish List. A personal one-page written essay, story or poem based on behavior, habitat and/or conservation needs is also required and awarded.

Winning contestants from each state, plus Ontario, Canada, and international entries, will be honored in four grade categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Winners will be honored on the Wall of Fame at the 2018 State-Fish Art EXPO in Hot Springs, Ark., on Aug. 10-12 during the Forrest Wood Cup. The Wall of Fame will showcase the first-place state winners and national art/writing winners in the four grade categories. In-person voting for the People’s Choice Award will be on the Aug. 10 and 11. The Seth Thomas Spradlin Best of Show Award winner will also be announced on the Forrest Wood Cup stage in Bank of the Ozarks Arena. This event is open to the public free of charge.

Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, March 31, 2018. Judging will be held in April, and winners announced on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Visit statefishart.org for all the details, and to download the free Fish On! Lesson Plan, which integrates the disciplines of science and art. The lesson plan can also be requested for free via email or CD.

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