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 and entry consisting of a completed entry form, an original illustration of a fish from the Official Fish List and a one-page creative writing submission (required for grades 4-12). The 2021 contest deadline is March 31st, 2021.

View the 2021 Fish Art Contest Winners

View the 2021 Winners

How to Enter the 2021 Fish Art Contest

The 2021 Contest is now closed. Winners will be announced May 7th, 2021.

Updated information for the 2022 Fish Art Contest is coming soon.  


1. With an adult, review the Rules & Guidelines for the 2021 Contest

2. Select any species from the Official Fish List. 

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 State-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 from the Official Fish List.

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 (Preferred):  Mail your entry to the address listed at the top of your Entry Form before March 31st, 2021. 
  • Option 2: Email scanned copies or photos of your entry to **All International entries should submitted through e-mail

Winners will be announced at the beginning of May, 2021. 

Prizes will be sent by mail after winners are announced. 


Have questions?


Call: 763-253-0222

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

2021 Sponsors

State Hosts


Educator's Corner

Explore the Lesson Plan

Judge's Wisdom & Inspiration

2021 Winners

2021 Certificate of Participation

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