White Bear Lake, MN- The Wildlife Forever Art of Conservation® Fish Art Contest is thrilled to announce their newest partnership with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). The Fish Art program inspires youth all around the world to learn about fish and aquatic conservation. Through science and art, students discover the natural world developing stewardship and important life skills.
This year’s Fish Art Contest will feature the “IGFA Conservation Award,” where students must focus their artwork on billfish and their conservation needs. This award is focused on one of the IGFA’s major conservation programs, the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR), the world’s largest citizen science satellite tagging project for billfish.Youth in grades K-12 can compete showing their knowledge gained through research and learning the important role billfish play in ocean ecosystems. Students will also learn about sportfishing and the opportunity it creates for hands on learning and productive citizen science. The winner of the 2022 IGFA Conservation Award will receive a prize package from IGFA, international recognition, and promotion though the IGFA publications.
Jason Schratwieser, IGFA’s President, said, “We are excited to partner with Wildlife Forever on the Fish Art program to empower youth while sharing our joint mission of fisheries conservation.”
“The International Game Fish Association has played an important role in conservation for more than 80 years and I’m thrilled that we’re working together to encourage youth to get hooked into fishing,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.
The 2022 Fish Art Contest is now open and accepting entries. To enter, contestants create an original illustration of their chosen fish species and a one-page creative writing essay. Learn more at FishArt.org. The deadline to enter is March 31st, 2022. So, start creating today!
The Art of Conservation®: The Art of Conservation is an internationally recognized program connecting youth to nature and science through art and self-discovery. The Fish Art Contest® and Songbird Art Contest™ divisions are extension programs that empower conservation education and youth participation through the arts. The award-winning Fish Art Contest has been inspiring youth and teaching aquatic conservation education for 24 years. As an international art and writing competition, support comes from sponsors, state hosts and partners from around the world such as Bass Pro Shops, the USDA Forest Service, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the International Game Fish Association, National Fish Habitat Partnership, and others.
About the International Game Fish Association (IGFA): Established in 1939, the IGFA is a nonprofit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making, record keeping and recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the field of angling. To learn more about the IGFA Great Marlin Race, please visit https://igfa.org/the-great-marlin-race/.
About Wildlife Forever: Our mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and scientific management of fish and wildlife. Wildlife Forever is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to investing resources on the ground. Recent audits reveal that 96% of every dollar supports our award-winning conservation programs. Join Today and learn more about the Art of Conservation® programs, Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ and Prairie City USA® at www.WildlifeForever.org.