State-Fish Art

The ART of Conservation

The contest was inspired in 1997 by a 5th grader’s homework assignment,  She discovered there was little information on all the different state-fish in the U.S. The annual international contest has been around for over 20 years educating kids, teachers and parents on aquatic resources, conservation and fish. Participate today and incorporate STEAM education into your learning.

The State-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.

How to Enter the 2021 State Fish Art Contest

The 2021 Contest open and accepting entries. 


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 9″X12″ (23cmX30cm) illustration a species from the Official Fish List

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


Have questions?


Call: 763-253-0222

Digital Learning Resources

State-Fish Art How-to Presentation

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


State-Fish Art Digital Classroom

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

Digital Classroom

View the 2020 State-Fish Art Winners

2020 Winners

2021 Sponsors

State Hosts


Educator's Corner

Explore the Lesson Plan

Judge's Wisdom & Inspiration

2020 Winners

2020 Certificate of Participation

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