White Bear Lake, MN- Wildlife Forever offers the State-Fish Art Contest as a fun and exciting way to get outside even when the thermometer reads below zero.

The State-Fish Art Contest is a free K-12 art competition, teaching the joy of fishing and the importance of aquatic conservation. Supported by Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, the contest uses art and writing to ignite the imagination of youth and can spark the next generation of stewards. Young artists that enter can win prizes over $200 in value and worldwide recognition. The contest deadline is always March 31st.

“Winter is a great time to introduce young people to the world of fish and fishing. The State-Fish Art Contest connects students to what is happening below the water’s surface and can inspire them to learn about aquatic conservation,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.

To enter, young artists should submit:

  • An original horizontal 9”x12” piece of artwork featuring any fish from the “Official Species List”
  • A piece of creative writing, no longer than one page about the chosen species
  • A State-Fish Art Contest Entry Form, attached to the back of the artwork

Completed entries should be submitted to the address at the top of the entry form no later than March 31st, 2020.
The 2020 State-Fish Art Contest also offers two new award categories, the Guy Harvey Award sponsored by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the Fish Migration Award, in partnership with the World Fish Migration Foundation.  To learn more, visit www.StateFishArt.org

Artwork by Pavitra, 3rd Place State, Virginia 2019 State-Fish Art Contest

About the State-Fish Art Contest: The award-winning Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art® Contest, with support from Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, brings 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, integrating the disciplines of science and art. Entries are due postmarked by March 31st each year.  The State-Fish Art Contest is also supported by the US Forest Service and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundationwww.statefishart.org.

About Wildlife Forever: Located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife.  For 30 years, members have helped conduct thousands of fish, game and habitat conservation projects across the country. National programs include the Clean Drain Dry Initiative and the State-Fish Art Contest.  To join or learn more about Wildlife Forever’s award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit www.WildlifeForever.org.

About Bass Pro Shops®: Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company.  Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”