State-Fish Art Contest Heats Up With Days Remaining

Posted Monday April 27, 2020 by wf_admin

WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN – With just a few days remaining, the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest® is heating up as entries pour in from across the globe. Artists in grades K-12 have until Thursday, April 30th to finalize and submit their entry for the contest.

The State Fish Art Contest, supported by Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, the US Forest Service and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, combines Art and Science to ignite the imagination of youth while they learn about fish and aquatic conservation. Students have the opportunity to win awards and international recognition while learning about fish, aquatic habitats and conservation threats like invasive species. Digital entries are now being accepted, contestants should send a scanned copy or photo of their entry to to compete.

“Young people are offered a unique opportunity to connect to fishing and life under the water through the State-Fish Art Contest. These are challenging times and programs like the State-Fish Art Contest and the Wonders of Wildlife Mission Conservation will continue to engage young people in the outdoors,” said Misty Mitchell, Director of Conservation Programs at Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.

Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever remarked “For over 20 years, the State-Fish Art Contest has inspired the next generation of stewards. The Art of Conservation® ignites the imagination of young people and introduces them to the joy of the outdoors.”

To compete, young artists should create an original illustration of an official State-Fish Species, found at Youth in 4th grade and above should also submit a creative writing piece no longer than one-page about the behavior, habitat, or conservation needs of their chosen species. You must enter to win!

About the Artwork: 2020 Entry from MI artist, Maya, 11th grade, Atlantic Tarpon

About the State-Fish Art Contest: The award-winning Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art® Contest, with support from Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, the US Forest Service and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, 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 or emailed by April 30th, 2020. Learn more at

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 State-Fish Art Contest®, Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ and Prairie City USA® at

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.”