Fish Art Contest


The ART of Conservation

The Fish Art Contest was inspired in 1997 by a 5th grader’s homework assignment and has grown into an international competition introducing young people to the wonders of fish, the joy of fishing, and the importance of aquatic conservation. The Fish Art Contest uses art, science, and creative writing to foster connections to the outdoors and inspire the next generation of stewards.

The Fish Art Contest is open to all youth in grades K-12 (ages 5-18). To compete Participants will submit an entry consisting of a completed entry form, an original illustration of a fish of your choice, and a one-page creative writing submission (required for grades 4-12). The 2021 contest deadline is March 31st, 2022.

View the 2021 Fish Art Contest Winners

View the 2021 Winners

How to Enter the 2022 Fish Art Contest

The 2022 Contest is now OPEN! Contestants have until March 31st, 2022 to submit their entry.

1. With an adult, review the Rules & Guidelines for the 2022 Contest

2. Select any fish species of your choice

3. Utilize the Fish On! Lesson Plan, books, and reputable online resources to research your fish species. You may choose to print out the Guided Research Form to keep track of your findings. 

4. Create your Fish Art Entry consisting of two parts:

Part A
An original HORIZONTAL illustration between 8.5″- 9″ tall and 11″- 12″ wide in size featuring a species of your choice.

Part B
A personally written essay (one side of one page) relating to your chosen fish species.

You may also choose to answer the question “Why do you think it is important to protect our lakes, rivers, estuaries and coastlines?”

Essays will be judged and awarded, but are not required, for contestants in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade or from countries other than the USA.

5. Complete a contest Entry Form. Be sure to choose the Entry Form for your state, if applicable. 

6. Submit your Entry.

  • Option 1 :  Complete either an online entry or print out a physical entry form. Once completed, mail your entry to the address listed at the top of your Entry Form before March 31st, 2022. 
  • Option 2: Complete and submit your artwork online. **International students should submit their artwork digitally**

Winners will be announced at the beginning of May 2022. 

Prizes will be sent by mail after winners are announced. 


Have questions?


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

2022 Sponsors

State Hosts


Educator's Corner

Explore the Lesson Plan

Judge's Wisdom & Inspiration

2021 Winners

2022 Certificate of Participation

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