WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (February 10, 2020)- The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest has partnered with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, which conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment, to recognize the contest winner with the Guy Harvey Award, named for the world-renowned artist, scientist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey. The national contest is designed to teach students the importance of healthy ocean ecosystems.
“The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is pleased to add the State-Fish Art Program as an extension of our educational outreach to young people. We know the Guy Harvey Award will help foster the next generation of artists and ocean conservationists,” said Greg Jacoski, executive director of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
The contest is open to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Entries should feature artwork depicting saltwater or anadromous state-fish such as Fighting Tarpon, Chinook (King) Salmon, Garibaldi, American Shad, Weakfish, Atlantic Sailfish, Red Drum (Channel Bass), Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, Spotted Sea Trout, Striped Bass, Atlantic Cod or Steelhead Trout. An accompanying essay should highlight how their chosen species plays an integral role in the ocean.
One student artist will be chosen as the Guy Harvey Award winner and will receive a print signed by Dr. Harvey (up to a $200 value) and be eligible to win additional awards and recognition. The deadline to submit entries to the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest is March 31.
“Wildlife Forever is honored to be working with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Guy Harvey is a leader in fisheries conservation and by incorporating the Art of Conservation, thousands of young people will learn about the role that fish have in their environment and express themselves through art,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.
About the Artwork: 2019 National Top 12 Winner Artist William K, Grade 9 New Jersey
About the State-Fish Art Contest: The award-winning Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art® Contest, with support from Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops and the US Forest Service, 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. State-Fish Art is also Supported by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, learn more at www.statefishart.org.
About the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation: The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment. The GHOF also funds affiliated researchers working to better understand our ocean ecosystem and educators helping to foster the next era of marine conservationists. The GHOF will help ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a properly balanced ocean ecosystem. For more information, visit www.ghof.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.”