Award Categories

The Fish Art Contest offers many different award categories to recognize our contestants unique talents and to focus on important conservation topics and issues.

Move your cursor over the photos below to read a short synopsis about each award category available for the contest.

Only one entry may be submitted per person but an entry can qualify for multiple awards ex: Artwork featuring an Atlantic Sailfish and an Invasive Lionfish would qualify for BOTH the Invader Crusader award and the Guy Harvey Award.

Specialty Awards

These awards have certain requirements to compete. Get a quick peek at whats required to compete for our 2021 Specialty Awards. 

Western Native Trout Award

Western Native Trout Award

Created to celebrate the diversity and variety of native trout species in the western United States.


Artwork must feature a Western Native Trout species (marked with a W) from the Official Fish List



Western Native Trout Initiative Prize Package

Display on the WNTI website, newsletter and social media pages

Certificate of Recognition

Guy Harvey Award

Guy Harvey Award

Created to celebrate healthy balanced ocean ecosystems and saltwater fish.



Artwork must feature a Saltwater fish (marked with a GH) from the Official Fish List



Signed Artwork from artist, marine biologist and conservationist Guy Harvey (up to $200 value)


Created with support by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

Migratory Fish Award

Fish Migration Award

Created in partnership with the World Fish Migration Foundation to celebrate migratory fish and the free-flowing rivers they rely on.



Artwork must feature a migratory fish species (marked with a MFA) from the Official Fish List


Created with help from the USDA Forest Service

Invader Crusader

Invader Crusader Award

Created to educate participants about the impact that aquatic invasive species have on fish, fishing and aquatic habitat.


Artwork must features an Aquatic invasive species in addition to a species from the Official Fish list


See our Previous Winners

National Awards

These awards are open to every contestant of the Fish Art contest. there are no special requirements to compete for these prestigious awards.

Fish Habitat Writing Award

Fish Habitat Award

This writing Award was created in partnership with the National Fish Habitat Partnership to focus on the importance of protecting and restoring natural fish habitat.

Art of Conservation Award

Art of Conservation

The Art of Conservation® Award is given to the entry that best illustrates the unique conservation needs of their chosen state-fish species. Both artwork and essays are taken into account when selecting this award. 

Seth Thomas Spradlin Best of Show

Best of Show

Dedicated to Seth Thomas Spradlin, the winner of the 2008 Best of Show and Art of Conservation Awards, who tragically passed away with his brother in a flat plan accident while working for the Alaska National Park Service.

This Award is given to the judges overall top favorite piece of artwork for the contest year.

Smile Award

Smile Award

Created to celebrate one artists unique perspective on fish. This award is given to the student who’s piece makes the judges “smile,” inside and out!

State Specialty Awards

Hosts of the State-Fish Art Contest may offer special awards for students from their state. Look below to see if your state has any additional awards you may qualify for!

Alaska Fish Heritage Award

Alaska Fish Heritage Award

Created to celebrate Alaskan’s unique relationship with King (Chinook) Salmon though sport fishing, subsistence fishing or commercial fishing.


Artist must be from the state of Alaska

Artwork must feature a King (Chinook) Salmon and illustrate one unique way that Alaskan’s interact with this fish


International Recognition

Certificate of Recognition


Created with support by the US Forest Service, Region 10 Office

Go Fish Georgia Award

Go Fish Georgia Award

Created by the Georgia Go Fish! Education center to celebrate fish species native or introduced to the state that are commonly sought by anglers.


Artist must be from the state of Georgia

Artwork must feature one of the following species:

  • Tarpon, Largemouth Bass, Brook Trout, Red Drum (Channel Bass), Atlantic Sailfish, Channel Catfish, Striped Bass, Longear Sunfish, American Shad, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Spotted Sea Trout (Speckled Sea Trout), White Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Muskellunge, Suwannee Bass, Florida largemouth bass, Dorado, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Shoal Bass


Artwork on Display at the Go Fish Education Center

Certificate of Recognition


Created with support by the Georgia Go Fish Education Center

Awards for Educators

New for 2021 is the Richard M. Hart Educator of the Year Award.

Know an outstanding educator? Nominate them for the opportunity to win:

  1. Limited edition “Richard M. Hart Educator of the Year” State-Fish Art Print
  2. $1,000 Amazon gift card for educational supplies
  3. $900 stipend toward a Fishing or Aquatic Education Seminar / Field Trip for classroom
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