Fish Art Contest

View the 2023 Fish Art Contest Winners

View the 2023 Winners

The ART of Conservation®

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Fish Art Contest! With over 55,000 entries and counting, the Fish Art Contest is the BEST way to introduce youth to conservation and the joys of fishing. The Fish Art Contest uses art, science, and creative writing to foster connections to the outdoors and inspire the next generation of stewards. The 2023 Contest Deadline is now March 14th, 2023.

How to Enter the 2023 Fish Art Contest


1. Click the icon above the review the 2022-2023 Rules and Guidelines with an adult.


2. Select a fish species to base your entry on. Double-check your state’s entry page for requirements before selecting.

3. Use books and reputable online resources to research your fish species.

4. Create a hand-done, original illustration of your species. Exact copies of a photo or other artist’s work will be disqualified. Any 2D medium is acceptable.

5. A personally written piece of creative writing or essay (one side of one page) sharing what you learned. Essays are not required for K-3 and international participants, but will be considered for awards if submitted. 

6. Click the icon above to complete a contest entry form and submit your entry.

7. Download your certificate of participation!

Digital Learning Resources

How to Enter the Fish Art Contest Presentation

The presentation to the right has been created to take you, step-by-step through the process to enter the Fish Art Contest.


Fish Art Contest Digital Classroom

The new Fish Art Contest Digital Classroom is an interactive opportunity for students to learn more about the contest, “visit” the Fish Art aquarium, learn more about fishing, and listen to books in the library.

Digital Classroom

2023 Sponsors

State Hosts








South Dakota


Educator's Corner

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Judge's Wisdom & Inspiration

2021 Winners

2022 Certificate of Participation

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