Fish Art Contest

The ART of Conservation®

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Fish Art Contest! With over 70,000 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 2024 Contest Deadline has been extended to March 31, 2024.

How to Enter the 2023-2024 Fish Art Contest


1. Click the icon above the review the 2023-2024 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. Please note entries MUST feature a wild fish in natural habitat.

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.

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

7. Download your certificate of participation!

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South Dakota